Welcome to Puerto Rico

ESJ Towers San Juan El Morro

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In a walking distance from the ESJ Towers ,you will find the Embassy Suites, with an Outback Steakhouse, as well as a Ritz Carlton,Intercontinental Hotel and the El  San Juan hotel and Casino also Suppermarket "pueblo" that opens 24  hours a day.

Just at the entrance of the ESJ towers is Lupis bar and restaurant, a mexican-style eatery .

Walk down Isla Verde Avenue and you will find more restaurants and stores, beach entrances and bars/restuarants and clubs. Also don't forget the fast foods if you're really craving! Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut. Though I would really recommend the local restaurants above that. You have to take advantage!

Isla Verde is a great mix of about 3/4 residential and 1/4 hotels, giving the area the best of both worlds! Do you want to vacation like a tourist, or do you want to live like a local? Its up to you evey minute of the way - its all here waiting for you!.

A word of warning in regards to the beaches. They are beautiful. Take a bike ride down Piñones, and eat some healthy deep fried cod fish batter (bacalaito) or beef filled plantain batter (alcapurrias) - all while gazing at some of the most spectacular ocean views you will see so close to convenience. Trust me, I've been here forever, and I still look around once in a while and think "I can't believe I live here!"

Seriously though, about the warning - there are no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk and watch the young ones - just stay away from the rocks, and you're good to go. Its not a dangerous beach, but you can never be too respectful of mother nature.

Keep your eye on this page - we will be updating it to include a lot of great information.

You may also visit visit here for general tourism information.

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Nature and Adventure

 

  1. El Yunque Rain Forest
  2. Old San Juan
  3. Isla Verde Beach
  4. Piñones Beach
  5. Piñones Bike Trail
  6. Luquillo Beach
  7. Phospholuminescent bays
  8. Cuevas de Camuy
  9. Arecibo Observatory
  10. Kayaking
  11. Scubadiving
  12. Golfing
  13. Fishing
  14. Indoor/Outdoor Rock climbing
  15. Coffee

Shopping and Gambling

 

  1. Shopping malls (Plaza las Americas and Bellz)


Nature and Adventure

  1. El Yunque Rainforest
  2. El Yunque Rainforest is the only national rainforest in the US National Park system. The word "Yunque" comes from the Arawak word "Yuquiyú," the god spirit of good for the Taino natives. Enjoy the rivers Icaco, Mameyes and La Mina, as you hike the Big Tree Trail and others. With waterfalls, scenic walkways, barbecue friendly huts, and even gift stores and tourism centers, El Yunque has something to offer for everyone. Another Arawak word that you may find interesting is "Huracán," or Hurricane. In the Pacific, these storm bodies are still known as typhoons.

    As the forest name classification implies, in the rainforest, it rains. Ponchos are great for avoiding a hefty soak if you are caught off guard. You can also take refuge in some of the huts along the main paths. A note about tropical rain - it can come swiftly, and leave swiftly, so look at the sky once in a while to make sure you stay dry (if you want to stay dry - some people like getting soaked). For more information on the rain forest please visit http://www.elyunque.com and http://www.fs.fed.us .

    You can also look through http://www.gorp.com/... and "http://www.rainforestsafari.com/ for more information.

  3. Old San Juan
  4. Old San Juan is the name by which the antique, capitol city of Puerto Rico is known. Stone paved streets, and two thirds of the original fortified walls that surround the Old San Juan still stand. Enjoy the colonial Spanish architecture as you stroll through the stores, restaurants, forts and other historic sights that fill the city. When you hear "San Juan" in Puerto Rico, most of the time it will be a direct reference to "Old San Juan."

    Visit the famous bay, and take a ferry over to the Bacardi factory , where free tours and drinks are abound (You must be at least 18 years of age to legally drink alcoholic beverages in Puerto Rico), or walk up to El Morro and look over the fortified walls into the deep blue. Both the day and night have a lot to offer! At night enjoy a wide range of clubs and bars sprinkled throughout the old city. Please remember to drink responsibly.

  5. Isla Verde Beach
  6. Isla Verde beach is a mainstay for both tourists and locals alike. Made up of two connecting beaches, Jobi, and Pine Grove, Isla Verde offers great variety in beach experience, including grain type. Soak up the sun like the local vegetation and look over the beautiful scenery (but don't forget the sunscreen!). With a relaxed atmosphere, and miles of beach to walk along, Isla Verde Beach quickly becomes a favorite amongst visitors (even after viting the breathtaking beaches of Culebra, Viequez, and Luquillo).

    Want to try your hand at surfing, wind surfing, or kite surfing? Both Jobi (the Western beach of Isla Verde) and Pine Grove (Eastern) offer great waves for beginner surfers, as well as a beautiful breeze for other enthusiasts. As always, proceed with caution, and know your limits. Rental services and lessons are also available.

  7. Piñones Beach
  8. Just a short distance from Isla Verde you will find Piñones, a collection of charming beaches dotted with kiosks selling all kinds of local fried food. Try the "pinchos"(shish-kababs), "bacalaitos"(cod fritters), and alcapurrias(deep fried stuffed plantain)!

    Beach types in Piñones vary greatly, from rocky, coral beaches, to sheltered, warm, bathing holes, to sandy slopes lined with palm trees. There's something for everyone here, and while just minutes away from Isla Verde, you will be able to find a secluded little section of beach all for yourself.

  9. Piñones Bike Trail
  10. The Piñones bike trail is a part boardwalk and part paved 8Km bike trail. The trail is an ideal scenic route, letting you take in the through beach, pine forest and mangrove forests of the area. There are several bike rental locations along route 187 (Boca de Cangrejos), which the bike trail runs loosely parallel to.

    The path is not difficult to traverse, with only one or two short hills to ascend. At a relaxed pace, it takes about two hours to complete the path.

  11. Luquillo Beach
  12. Luquillo beach is calm cresent,perfect to body surfing.

  13. Phospholuminescent bays
  14. The microscopic plankton in Biolumnicent bays of Fajardo and Vieques light up when they are touched.

  15. Caves of Camuy
  16. Years of rainfalls worn away the limestone of Puerto Rico bedrock and forming underground streams and caves.

  17. Arecibo Observatory
  18. The world largest Radiotelscope located in Arecivo.

    Arecibo Observatory is availble to all scintits from throughout the world to pursue reserch in atronomy,planetary studies and space and atmospheric science.

  19. Kayaking
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  21. Scuba Diving
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  23. Golfing
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  25. Fishing
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  27. Rock Climbing
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  29. Coffee
  30. History

    Among the many legends regarding the origin of coffee, perhaps the most reliable is the tale of Kaldhi the shepherd. Upon sampling the fruit, the shepherd felt suddenly energized and quickly rode to transport both the fruit and branches of this strange new plant to the local mosque. There, the Imam (Muslim spiritual leader) befan to experiment with the beans: cooking them, boiling them, and finally roasting them in order to prepare a sweet-smelling infusion that today is the legendary drink we know as coffee.

    Centuries later, in the year 1736, the first coffee plant was transported from Africa to Puerto Rico. During the 19th Century, mountain-dwelling farmers, mostly Corsican immigrants, helped found the basis of what would soon become a lucrative and prestigious coffee aristocracy. Today Puerto Rico produces what many connoisseurs consider to be the finest coffee in the world. Due to its distinctive taste and incomparable aroma, Puerto Rican coffee has been lauded in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany, becoming the favored beverage of kinds, popes, and the literary elite.

    An age-olf Arabian proverb instructs us that coffee must be 'as dark as the devil, as hot as the underworld, as sweet as love itself, and as pure as an angel.' One can only wonder if that same nameless scribe had tasted Puerto Rican coffee before penning this verse.

    Today the Puerto Rican coffee industry boasts over 50 million dollars in annual sales. The industry employs over a quarter of a million inhabitants in 21 towns across the island.

    Among the many varieties of coffee grown in Puerto Rico, here is a sampling of some of the more popular:

    Coffea arabica Type A is the most widely-grown coffee in the world and in Puerto Rico, comprising approximately 80 percent of total production. When growing wild, the plant reaches an average height of 18 to 25 feet. The blossoms are white and fragrant. Coffea arabica beans are distinguished for their superior flavor.

    Coffea canephora is native to the equatorial regions of Africa, stretching from the western coastal regions all the way to the areas of Uganda and southern Sudan. Its flowers are white and sometimes tinged with shades of pink. Approximately 20% percent of global coffee production is Coffea canephora and 18% of all Puerto Rican coffee belongs to this variety.

    Typica is a traditional heirloom varietal derived from the Coffea arabica plant growing wild along the Ethiopian plateaus of Africa. The plant is conical in shape, straight-trunked, and its prolific branches offer an abundant production of fruit. Both fruit and seed are large in size. The majority of Puerto Rico¹s specialty coffees belong to the Typica variety.

    Bourbon is a natural mutation of the Typica variety, first found on the island of Reunion. The compactness of its branches allows the Bourbon to yield a greater number of fruit, though somewhat smaller in size than those of the Typica variety. During heavy rainfall, the Bourbon suffers the drawback of frequently dropping fruit during harvest, thus reducing yields. Nevertheless, the flavor of this bean is very highly regarded. The Bourbon varietals Caturra and Pacas are also grown in Puerto Rico.

    According to the Coffee Research Institute, Typica and Bourbon are considered to be the first coffee varietals. Most latter varietals are considered byproducts of these two cultivars.

    Over the years, Puerto Rico has produced several local hybrids as well: the Porto Rico Limani and Frontón varietals are among those most worthy of mention.

     

    Made in the Shade

    Shade-grown coffe helps reduce ground erosion and regulate the water cycle, provides food and shelter for wildlife, all while improving the quality of the bean by encouraging greater uniformity in both ripeness and bean size. By mitigating light and temperature, shade-grown coffee also helps reduce the incidence of plague

    Specialty Coffee

     

    From Branch to Cup

 


Shopping and Gambling

  1. Shopping malls

fishing, scuba, nature

 
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