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San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Harbor View in San Juan

Harbor View in San Juan

San Juan (capital), Puerto Rico is an island located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 1,000 miles from Miami, Florida (USA). Puerto Rico is a territory of the US with commonwealth status. Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Island residents were granted US citizenship in 1917. Island residents are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections but they may vote in Democratic and Republican party presidential primary elections. The climate in Puerto Rico is tropical marine, mild; with little seasonal temperature variation.

El Moro Fort - San Juan, Puerto Rico

El Moro Fort – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Castillo de San Cristóbal Fortress, built on the San Cristóbal hill, is the largest Spanish fortification in the New World. The fort was built in approximately 1634 by the Spaniards as part of a defensive system in Old San Juan to protect against land based attacks. The Spanish spent hundreds of years fortifying Old San Juan in order for Spain to control access and commerce in and out of the New World. San Juan’s rich port area was protected by the Castillo San Felipe del Morro Fortress.

San Juan, considered a melting pot, is a welcoming city filled with rich culture old and new. With its blend of 16th century buildings, cathedrals, narrow cobblestone streets, open air markets, trendy restaurants and clubs and its National Rain Forest better known as El Yunque. Its beaches are considered by many as some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.



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Comment from Joe

San Juan always seems to have a festive vibe.