Updated: Aug 5, 2019
After the storm the sunshine comes, after two years of being affected by hurricane Maria, the US territory Puerto Rico has been getting back to their feet. In my trip to Puerto Rico I experienced how a small Island has worked tirelessly and united to recuperate.
Brief History of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a beautiful Island in the Caribbean, first conquered by the Spaniards. Christopher Columbus arrived at Puerto Rico in 1493. He originally called the island San Juan Bautista, but thanks to the gold in the river, it was soon known as Puerto Rico, or "rich port;" and the capital city took the name San Juan. Soon, Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony on its way to becoming an important military outpost. Puerto Rico produced cattle, sugar cane, coffee and tobacco, which led to the importation of slaves from Africa. As a result, Puerto Rican bloodlines and culture evolved through a mixing of the Spanish, African, and indigenous Taíno and Caribbean Indian races that shared the island. Today, many Puerto Rican towns retain their Taíno names, such as Utuado, Mayagüez and Caguas.
Many attempted taking over Puerto Rico like the Dutch, English and the French but they were unsuccessful. Puerto Ricans received U.S. citizenship in 1917 and Puerto Rico officially became a U.S. Commonwealth in 1952. The issue of political status is one under constant debate, with some in favor statehood, others independence, and still others the continuation of commonwealth status.
Un Viaje Inolvidable (An Unforgettable trip)
Those were some interesting facts of Mi Isla del Caribe; La isla del Encanto. On our first day we were scared to travel to the Island, although I am Puerto Rican. Living in the US main land creates a fear of traveling outside of the states, given that we are constantly bombarded by the main stream media with the "HORRORS" of other countries. I've discovered in my travels that this is not necessarily true. There are bad people in every races and countries, but it doesn't make up the entire race or country.
Do you know that butterfly like feeling in your guts when you hold the hands of your crush for the first time? Yeah? Yeah! That's how we felt when first seeing the island from above. As we arrived, we experienced the rich culture of the Puerto Rican people applauding in the airplane out of excitement and thankfulness.
This is a tradition that they have; Hint: Jet Blue does it best! (Not Sponsored By them but if Jet Blue sees this here's some promotion!)
Icing on the Cake
3 Places to go in the Island:
San Juan, as soon as you get to the Island this is the first place you need to visit. It is the capital of Puerto Rico and there you will be able to experience the night life, especially on the weekends. They have live music everywhere, delicious dishes in the streets and in the restaurants. A notable landmark to visit in the capital is el Morro. This is the historical fortress used by the Spaniards to defend the island.
Playa Flamenco in Culebra a beautiful island about 45 minutes on a boat ride east from the main island. It is one of the top beaches to visit on earth. Clean and the water is crystal clear. So if a shark is around, you will know haha 🦈🦈🦈😄
La Cueva Del Indio in Arecibo, has played a very important in the first Natives lives. In this beautiful caves, the ancient natives used to take refugee from storms. You can also see Los 7 Arcos naturally formed by the crashing of the waves.
These are three of my favorite places that I was able to capture images of during my trip. Puerto Rico is full of wonders and there are many more places to see. Comment below what would be a place in Puerto Rico you would like to see and what other places would you like me to blog about.