Puerto Rico is a small island located in the Caribbean. Most people fail to realize that Puerto Rico is a protectorate of the United States. That means that even though it is not a state, everyone that is born there enjoy the benefits of being a U.S. Citizen. Official languages are both Spanish and English. Locals typically speak Spanish and only use their English when they need to communicate with a lost tourist.
Tourists that visit the island are often drawn to the capital city of San Juan where they explore: El Yunque, which is the U.S’s only natural rainforest, El Morro, which is a Fort, the Bacardi Factory, and of course, the beautiful beaches. However, Puerto Rico has more to offer than just the metropolitan area. For example, in Ponce you can find a Fire House from the 1800’s.
Carnaval is one of the best times of the year to visit Ponce. The celebration lasts a week generally in February and ends on Ash Wednesday with the burial of the Sardine. During the burial, people follow the coffin of the sardine and chant traditional responses, while they pretend to cry for the death of their beloved sardine.
Locals dress up in costumes and wear traditional paper-mache masks.
I grew up in PR, since that’s where my mom’s side of the family is from. As a travel agent, I’m happy to share my knowledge with prospective travelers.