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Puerto Rico's Annual Culinary Extravaganza

Saborea Puerto Rico is promoted as 'A Culinary Extravaganza' and visitors who have been to this event are sure to agree with that description. This year Saborea Puerto Rico took place on April 4-6 with a program jam-packed with celebrities, superb food, the finest drinks and loads of festive atmosphere. Up to 30 of the island's finest restaurants offered tastings each day, and visitors discovered dozens of different ways to enjoy the island's signature drink – rum. The venue was the world-renowned Escambrón Beach at Third Millenium Park, close to many restaurants, hotels, museums and the magnificent historic Old San Juan.

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The Carnivorous Plants of Tortuguero Lagoon

Situated between the municipalities of Manatí and Vega Baja, the Tortuguero lagoon covers an area of about 2.43 square kilometers and is Puerto Rico's only freshwater lagoon. The lagoon is incorporated in the Tortuguero Lagoon Nature Reserve which also features marshes, swamps and silica sand deposits. The reserve provides a range of terrain supporting wildlife and some fascinating flora, including seven species of carnivorous plants. These include species of bladderworts (Utricularia) and sundews (Drosera), both of which are considered by conservationists to be endangered and in need of protection.

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The Spectacular Islands of Culebra, Culebrita and Luis Peña

Consisting of a main island and twenty-three smaller islands, the archipelago of Culebra is a municipality of Puerto Rico lying around 17 miles east of the mainland. Parts of Culebra and the smaller islands are designated as nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, with some beaches of Culebra being nesting sites for three species of turtles – leatherback turtles, green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles. An estimated 50,000 sea birds find refuge in these sanctuaries each year and birding enthusiasts visiting the islands will more than likely see laughing gulls, brown boobies, sooty terns, noddy terns and bridled terns, among others.

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Birds of Puerto Rico: Bananaquits

Bananaquits (Coereba flaveola) are small birds found in a variety of habitats in Puerto Rico, including parks, suburban gardens and forested areas. They have adapted to living around humans and can become quite tame. As they are very fond of sweetness, they are easily lured to backyard garden feeders by offerings of granular sugar and sugar water where they can be observed at leisure. Although they are often compared to hummingbirds, these little black and yellow passerines are not able to hover and must perch while feeding. When obtaining their nourishment the natural way, they are known to poke holes in the sides of nectar-rich flowers to extract the nectar. In addition to nectar, bananaquits enjoy a variety of fruits, particularly ripe banana, and also eat small insects.

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Take a Stroll Through the San Juan Botanical Garden

Covering an area of 300-acres, 75 of which are open to the public, the San Juan Botanical Garden is affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico and serves as a living laboratory for the study of both native and exotic flora on the island. The gardens are located in Río Piedra, with the project known as Bosque Urbano del Nuevo Milenio situated on the eastern side. This urban forest project studies the importance of vegetation in built up areas such as cities, towns and suburbs. With the ability to filter air, water and sunlight, as well as to provide shelter for animals and recreational zones for people, urban forests are vital to the ecology and should be protected and expanded where possible.

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Puerto Rico’s NRHP Listed Landmarks Part 2

The city of Ponce in the Porta Caribe region of Puerto Rico is a top tourist destination offering a wide variety of activities and a wealth of cultural and historical attractions. This vibrant port city is home to thirty-eight sites listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) located in its various barrios. Some of these are high profile tourist attractions, while others are not that well known, but are nonetheless worthy of the protection accorded to them by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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Puerto Rico's NRHP Listed Landmarks Part 1

As an unincorporated territory of the United States, a number of Puerto Rico's notable historic sites, buildings and structures are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) as being worthy of preservation, and are therefore protected under the National Historic Preservation Act. The NRHP was established in 1966 with a list of criteria places must meet in order to be listed on the register, and in September 2012 there were 306 Puerto Rican places listed on the register, with 62 of the island's 78 municipalities having one or more listings.

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A Brief History of Filmmaking in Puerto Rico

Filmmaking in Puerto Rico is considered by some to have started in 1898 when the United States invaded the island and American soldiers recorded what they saw on film. The first non-documentary film, titled Un drama en Puerto Rico was made by Rafael Colorado D'Assoy in 1912, and in 1916, together with Antonio Capella Martínez, Colorado founded the Film Industrial Society of Puerto Rico and produced the film Por la hembra y el gallo. Since these early beginnings, a number of Puerto Ricans have achieved international fame in the world of cinema, including Rita Morena, Rosie Perez, José Ferrer, Benicio del Toro and Joaquin Phoenix.

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