Welcome to Around the World Trivia Puerto Rico
I’m so excited for this years trivia adventure. Every Wednesday we will be visiting places all around this beautiful, amazing, and interesting world we all live in. We will be visiting places I’ve been, places you’ve been and places we will see for the first time together. I have had interest in a few of my readers sharing where they live or have traveled, so e-mail me if that’s something you are interested in. My e-mail will be at the bottom of this post. As I did last year, I will always let you know where we will be the next week so if you have photo’s you’d like to share, you can let me know.
This week we are visiting Puerto Rico. We have had the opportunity to visit San Juan when we were on a cruise and let me tell you, out of all the ports we have been to, San Juan is one that stands out the most.
So let’s get started sight seeing in Puerto Rico…
1. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is east of the Dominican Republic and west of the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico in Spanish means “the island of enchantment”.
2. The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan which is also the busiest cruise-ship ports in the world. San Juan is the oldest city in US territory was founded in 1521 by Ponce de Leon.
3. The city is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. Near Fort San Felipe del Morro is the Casa Blanca, a palace on land which belonged to the family of Ponce de Leon.
The cobblestone streets of Old San Juan are blue stone cast from furnace slag which were brought over on Spanish ships as ballasts. The characteristic blue color comes from age and moisture.
4. Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States. The chief of state is the President of the United States of America. The head of government is an elected Governor. On March 2, 1917, United States granted Puerto Ricans U.S. statutory citizenship.
5. On a bluff about 100 feet high at the west end of the island is Fort San Felipe de Morro, which has stood guard over San Juan Bay for more than four centuries and is one of the largest forts built by the Spaniards in the Caribbean.
6. The most popular city destinations are San Juan, Ponce, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Fajardo, San Germán Cayey, and Caguas.
7. El Yunque is the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service and is a must visit destination for tourists.
8. You won’t find any large wild animals in Puerto Rico. In fact, this tropical island inhibits mongoose, lizards, bats, snakes, coqui (green tree frog), various insects, and abundant aquatic animals.
10. Puerto Rico has over 270 miles of beaches, including 8 beaches that are listed under the prestigious Blue Flag Program.
Next week’s Wednesday Around the World Trivia, we will be visiting the Virgin Islands.
If you have pictures or trivia you would like to share for the Virgin Islands, you can e-mail me at
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