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Puerto Rico's Parks and Gardens

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The parks and gardens of Puerto Rico—and the lush El Yunque National Forest—offer many serenades for the senses. This island has it all, from exotic birds and reptiles, to jungle explorations and cave dwelling animals. Too adventurous for you? Not to worry, there are plenty of architectural beauties in the parks and town centers dotted all over the island. Enjoy a good book and a coffee, taking in the sounds of the daily life in Puerto Rico.
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Calle de Tetuan, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
This old city is one of my favorites. I love the character and the artsy atmosphere. It's like New Orleans, but Caribbean style. I was eating lunch outdoors one afternoon and heard the sweetest accordion music. At first, I thought it was coming...
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Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián, PR, Puerto Rico
In Calvache, a smaller subdivision of Rincon, in Puerto Rico, is a house made entirely of bamboo. A labor of love by two artists living in the area, this place is up close and personal with nature. The house itself features two outdoor bedrooms,...
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Yauco, PR, Puerto Rico
In Guanica, Puerto Rico, the iguanas roam stealthily. This guy slid right under my chair while I sipped my morning coffee.
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Ensenada, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
The distinctive tree of Puerto Rico is the aptly named red flamboyan, also known as a royal poinciana. You can find these growing wild everywhere throughout the island during the wet season months, particularly in April in Rincon. The trees often...
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Isla Magueyes, Lajas 00667, Puerto Rico
This is Isla Magueyes, the island that once harbored the Mayaguez Zoo but was later turned into the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. This is solely a graduate department, offering degrees in four...
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Rincón, Puerto Rico
Many beaches have restaurants serving the best of island comfort food. In Cabo Rojo, scarf down sorrullitos (corn sticks), empanadillas (turnovers filled with seafood), or rice, beans, and fish at Ann’s Place on El Combate. Crashboat in...
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PR-191, Río Grande, 00745, Puerto Rico
Due to Hurricane Maria, El Yunque National Forest is currently closed. Please check the Forest Service website below for updates.

Few visitors to Puerto Rico leave without having visited El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. national...
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for a more diverse aquatic playground than a single beach can offer, try some of Puerto Rico’s water parks. Las Cascadas in Aguadilla features adult rides such as the intense serpent- and braid-shaped slides and the obstacle...
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PR-156, Caguas, 00726, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican gardens are a delicate fusion of nature and art, and a perfect escape from urban life. The William Miranda Marín Botanical and Cultural Gardens in Caguas have exquisite palm trees from around the world and displays dedicated to native...
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202 Calle San José, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican plazas are laid-back gathering spaces where locals buy snacks, watch shows, play dominoes, and chat with friends. Take a seat on a bench to give your feet a break and soak up some of the everyday comings and goings. At the Plaza de...
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Ensenada, Guanica, Guánica 00647, Puerto Rico
The invasive green iguana is apparently quite the nuisance in Puerto Rico, costing islanders dearly in road repairs (from their underground burrows) and in removal efforts. They can grow over 4 feet long, with a tail like a whip and exotic...
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Ensenada, Rincón 00602, Puerto Rico
I rescued a local gray kingsbird, locally known as the pitirre because of the unique sound of their song. You'll notice these birds nesting in awkward and unusual places, like the precarious edge of a light post along the street, or the edge of a...
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Isla de Mona, Mayagüez 00680, Puerto Rico
If you ever have the chance to explore the island that is lingering 30 miles off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico.... then go! Mona Island is a marine protected area and no-take reserve. You are allowed to venture out there for daily trips to...
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The Landing is a currently abandoned building with an ocean view. You can easily park just outside its gates and walk around to gain access to the ocean front. From there, take a second to check out some of the wall art before heading off to the...