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Discovering the Resilience of Puerto Rico

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We asked AFAR Ambassador Flash Parker to visit one of our favorite Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico, to see how it is recovering from hurricane Maria in 2017. He discovered the tropical paradise is as enchanting as always. Here he describes five of the highlights of his trip.
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Av. Noel Estrada, Isabela, 00662, Puerto Rico
Tucked between the windswept headlands of Puerto Rico’s west coast, on the outskirts of the town of Isabela, is the “Big Sur of Puerto Rico,” to borrow a phrase from Leopoldo Rosso, a local guide with more than two decades of experience showcasing...
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Crash Boat Beach, Borinquen, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Located two miles northwest of Aguadilla, Crash Boat Beach is a lively, energetic place known for a wide stretch of golden sand, craggy outcrops, large surf breaks, mountainous backdrop, and massive concrete breakwaters—jetty and pier remnants...
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PR-155, Orocovis, 00720, Puerto Rico
Billed as the largest adventure park in the Caribbean and the Americas, ToroVerde is home to eyebrow-raising attractions like The Monster, The Beast, and The Wild Bull. High in the mountains on the outskirts of cozy Orocovis, ToroVerde’s cable...
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Viejo San Juan, San Juan, 00919, Puerto Rico
One of the most ferocious hurricanes to ever strike the Caribbean could not darken San Juan’s old soul. The capital of Puerto Rico and the island’s cultural core, San Juan is an ode to perseverance and preservation. The cobbled blocks of Old San...
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Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest was wracked by hurricanes Irma and Maria, but cleanup crews and local volunteers have helped re-open parts of the nation’s only tropical rain forest to visitors. El Yunque is known for its biodiversity with thousands of...