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El Morro, Protector of Puerto Rico

One of the outstanding features of San Juan is the old Spanish citadel at El Morro. Located on an arrowhead-shaped promontory jutting across the entrance to San Juan Bay, El Morro was perfectly placed to protect the harbor and city from foreign invasion. El Morro, known officially as Fort San Felipe del Morro (or El Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Spanish) was originally constructed in the early 16th century, shortly after Spanish colonizers settled at San Juan and noted the promontory’s advantageous position. Today, El Morro is one of the main features of the San Juan National Historic Site which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

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Puerto Rico - Mountain-grown Coffee

Puerto Rico has historically been a center of fine coffee growing, but what is not well known is the high quality and sublime flavor of the beans grown on the island. Long overshadowed by Jamaica's Blue Mountain coffee, Puerto Rican coffee has a similar mild and refreshing flavor yet does not have the high cost of its more famous neighbor. Puerto Rico and Jamaica share a similar climate, fertile mountains, and perhaps most important a Bauxite (aluminum ore) infused soil that the coffee plant thrives in.

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Bioluminescent Bays of Vieques, Puerto Rico

Imagine going for a night swim in warm tropical waters... sound nice? Well, the Bioluminescent Bay off Puerto Mosquito on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island steps things up a notch. Unique environmental conditions in the bay result in high concentrations of a certain microscopic organism called a dinoflagellate. This tiny creature, half plant and half animal, emits light when disturbed. The ethereal bluish light is called bioluminescence and is similar to the cold glow produced by fireflies. In optimum conditions more than 700,000 dinoflagellates can occupy each gallon of bay water. Anything moving in the water, whether a boat, fish or a swimmer, will cause the nearby dinoflagellates to light up. The effect is like something only a Hollywood special effects team could whip up, but in this case the Oscar goes to Mother Nature.

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5 Best Beaches of Puerto Rico

Being an island surrounded by some of the world's warmest, cleanest waters, Puerto Rico can be expected to have some beautiful tropical beaches. That it does, in abundance!

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Puerto Rico's Tren Urbano

The Tren Urbano (in English: "Urban Train") is a state of the art urban transportation project that is one of the most expensive construction projects ever undertaken in Puerto Rico. Costing over $2.2 billion, the Tren Urbano first opened for service in December of 2004, more than 8 years after the original contract was awarded to a consortium of companies led by Germany's Siemens AG. The train runs between San Juan, Bayamón, and Guaynabo for a total distance of 10.7 miles. There are at present 16 stations although plans are afoot to extend the line into other neighborhoods. An extension to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport has also been discussed. The beautiful, well-lit stations are decorated with publicly commissioned artwork from Puerto Rican artists.

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Puerto Rico Loves Baseball

Baseball has entwined itself in the fabric of America, becoming the national sport. The same can now be said of the game in Puerto Rico. The people of this Caribbean island have taken this sport as their own and have become a driving force in international play and Major League Baseball in the States.

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Puerto Rico: A Diver's Playground

You spent the winter locked in your work cubicle and temperature outside has been unbearably cold, while your mind dreams of white beaches and warm open water, you body is stuck in the repetitious movements of work. If this is you I have the perfect recipe for escape, Puerto Rico and its warm waters.

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Vieques, Puerto Rico: Restoring Beauty to a Wonderful Island

In 2001, the Bush administration promised to stop naval bombing practices upon the island of Vieques and in 2003, the destruction stopped. Although the 2/3rds of the island that the navy of the United States had owned has now been turned over to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, little has been done to the areas of bombing destruction, but like all places of beauty, inroads are starting to take place.

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