Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of which Caribbean island?

And the answer: Puerto Rico.

San Juan, Puerto Rico (Shutterstock)

Located in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is situated to the east of the Dominican Republic and about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. With a current population of over 3 million people, Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917.

At just 5,500 square miles (about the size of Connecticut), Puerto Rico is home to roughly 3.2 million people. It clocks in as one of the densest regions of the greater United States, coming in just behind Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. However, its environment is substantially more enjoyable, with tropical, year-round sun and white sand beaches. While commonly understood as a single island, the territory of Puerto Rico is actually three main, inhabited islands (Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques) and dozens of smaller, uninhabited ones.

Puerto Rico is considered to be the world’s oldest colony. Christopher Columbus landed on the island back in 1493, claiming its land for the Spanish. In the early 1500s, Spain named the island Ciudad de Puerto Rico, or "Rich Port City," due to the abundance of gold in its waters. Though it was relinquished to the United States following the 1898 Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico kept its colonial status.

Puerto Rico remains a haven of gorgeous landscapes and untouched natural beauty. Home to networks of caverns, friendly tree frogs, bioluminescent waters, and over 270 miles of beaches, the beauty of the island can not be understated. Check out this New York Times article for a taste of life in Puerto Rico’s capital city.

Hungry?

Check out this list of 19 Puerto Rican dishes you should try.


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