Puerto Rico Overview
Puerto Rico has been influenced by a number of cultures and civilizations throughout its history. From Spanish conquerors to African slaves, almost every culture that set foot in Puerto Rico has left its mark here. Over the years, Puerto Rico emerged as one of the best Caribbean islands that became famous for its diverse sightseeing opportunities, breathtaking natural beauty, interesting history and extensive explorations. The island has so many things to offer to its travelers that it can become quite difficult to decide what to do first.
Outdoor adventurers can really delight themselves in Puerto Rico due to the presence of activities like scuba diving, hiking through the rainforests, horse-riding and sunbathing on one of the island’s many beaches. There are gentler activities like historic plantations and splendid cultural activities for the faint hearted as well. There are no landmark sites in Puerto Rico because almost everything offers ooh-and-aah moments. Art lovers will love the numerous art galleries and museums while nature lovers simply cannot miss out on those bioluminescent bays that make the islands really famous. Finally, culture lovers are likely to fall in love with Old San Juan.
Popularly called the Island of Enchantment, this exotic Caribbean island lies on the Mona Passage in the Panama Canal. It is famous for its close proximity to Miami, clean waters, excellent shopping and breathtaking beaches. Surfing and sun worshiping are the top things to do in Puerto Rico. Trips to the beautiful Calle Del Cristo and El Morro are also in order. The small size of the island also makes it possible for tourists to travel from one end to the other in a single day. Most islands in the Caribbean offer an exotic nightlife. But, Puerto Rico is one of those few islands that takes nightlife to an entirely new level. The island is usually known to be a tropical paradise, and it is easy to see why.
There are all sorts of accommodation options available in Puerto Rico. From exotic resorts and luxury hotels to budget motels and backpacking hostels, almost everything can be found here. The cuisine is also known to be worth a try. A number of restaurants serve local staples like beans and rice and there are a plethora of international cuisines to choose from as well.
Traveling around Puerto Rico is extremely easy. The local transportation system is top-notch and car rentals are a reliable and cost friendly option. There are two main taxi companies that operate in Puerto Rico and metered shared cabs also ply in the main areas. There is a train line that connects the main metropolitan areas around San Juan while buses offer extensive routes to the remote areas.
Some of the main highlights of a trip to Puerto Rico include exploring the cave systems of Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy, swimming in bioluminescent bays, visiting historic plantations, surfing at one of the world famous surfing destinations, enjoying the history and culture at the Museo de Arte de Ponce and horseback riding in a beautiful beach. Whether you’re here for history, culture, natural beauty, the sun and sand, green rainforests or majestic mountains, Puerto Rico never disappoints.
San Juan Overview
San Juan was established in the year 1521. It is the second-oldest European settlement in the Americas. The San Juan Old Town was actually inaugurated a century before Europeans set foot in Massachusetts. It is now famous as a historic wonderland that boasts of a pulsating energy, exciting sights and an amazing lifestyle. San Juan might attract visitors with its colonial era artifacts, 20th century art-deco architecture and natural beauty, but it also boasts of continually evolving neighborhoods that promises visitors with some of the best and most authentic Puerto Rican experiences.
San Juan is actually a collection of beautiful neighborhoods that have their own culture and identity. One of the top neighborhoods in the city is Santurce, a raw fusion of magnificent restaurants, exciting nightlife, a fantastic bar scene and beautiful galleries. The Isla Verde area is where you can find most of the popular luxury resorts and casinos of San Juan. Old San Juan is the oldest neighborhood in the region and arguably the most popular neighborhood as well. It is an ideal place to experience the island’s history and culture and is home to iconic attractions like the Fort San Felipe del Morro and the San Juan lighthouse. The best way to explore Old San Juan is on foot. The beautiful cobblestone streets unfold unique museums, cafes, restaurants, galleries and shops at every step and the beautiful buildings with their French balconies are also worth a watch. Stop for some pina colada at one of the open-air cafes and watch the locals as they go about their everyday life.
Once you get over the historic and cosmopolitan charm of the area, San Juan offers a wide assortment of silky sand beaches. The city’s northern edge is home to some of the most exclusive resorts in the world and the swanky Condado area is also located here. It is entirely possible to be splashing in the beautiful waters of San Juan 60 minutes after arriving at the international airport. Another thing that makes the city unique is that it doesn’t make you choose between a cultural capital and a typical Caribbean beach paradise. It simply has both on offer!
The San Juan weather is another highlight. San Juan enjoys a tropical weather where the summer highs average close to the 90s while the winters average in the low 80s. The summer months can be quite humid and the outdoors become very hot in the afternoon. The period of April – November experiences frequent thunderstorms and rain. The ideal time to visit the city is between the months of December – March.
San Juan is also close to one of the most popular destinations in Puerto Rico – the Vieques Island. Visitors can travel to this rare island by boat. It is the place that is home to those enchanting bioluminescent bays where the waters seem to radiate with light once the sun goes down. Adventures like snorkelling, scuba diving, kitesurfing and windsurfing are also found here.
OROGOLD San Juan Store
The Plaza Las Americas is a huge shopping mall located close to Roosevelt Avenue in the very heart of San Juan. The mall covers an area of almost 2.1 million sq. ft. and is famous as the center of everything. It is the top shopping center in the Caribbean and is home to more than 300 stores that feature world-famous brands, high-end clothing and apparel and specialty stores. The mall has already undergone a number of expansions in its short existence and now boasts of beautiful sculptures, inspiring art installations and delightful fountains. It is a major meeting point for the locals and also attracts almost all tourists who visit San Juan. Apart from shopping, Plaza Las Americas also offers services like banking, restaurants, a food court, a multiplex and a pharmacy. The Chili, Macy’s, Puma and RadioShack stores in Plaza Las Americas are known to be the highest grossing and busiest in the world.
This exciting shopping mall is currently anchored by JCPenney, Macy’s, Sports Authority and Sears. Other popular brands found in Plaza Las Americas include Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, bebe, Bose, Cache, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Faccio Pizza, Footlocker, Godiva Chocolatier, Gap, Guess, Hugo Boss, Indigo, KFC, Mc Donald’s, Michael Kors, Radio Shack, Passion, Sephora, Subway, Taco Bell, The Cheesecake Factory, Tumi, Zara and Victoria’s Secret.
The OROGOLD Cosmetics store in San Juan is located in Section 1C of the Plaza Las Americas. OROGOLD is synonymous with high end gold based skin care products that offer customers an opportunity to explore decadent solutions and the essence of pampered skin.
Address: Plaza Las Americas, 525 Avenida Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, 00918, Puerto Rico Contact No: 1-877-554-1777 Store Hours: 09.00AM – 09.00PM (Monday – Saturday). 11.00AM – 07.00PM (Sunday)
Address: Plaza Las Americas, 525 Avenida Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Juan, 00918, Puerto Rico
Contact No: 1-877-554-1777
Store Hours: 09.00AM – 09.00PM (Monday – Saturday).
11.00AM – 07.00PM (Sunday)