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Guadalupe, things to see and do

The eastern Caribbean island of Guadeloupe was first discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second voyage to America in 1493.  He named that island Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura (which would later be shortened to Guadelupe).  Although he himself never settled on the island, Spanish settlers eventually did make their way to Guadeloupe.  With […]

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PONCE

Located 75 miles (121km) southwest of San Juan, Ponce — “The Pearl of the South,” was named after Loíza Ponce de León, great-grandson of Juan Ponce de León. Founded in 1692, Ponce is today Puerto Rico’s principal shipping port in the Caribbean. The city is well kept and attractive, with an air of being stuck […]

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OLD SAN JUAN (VIEJO SAN JUAN)

The U.S. National Parks Service maintains this huge colonial military complex, comprising Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. These fortresses were constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries to defend the San Juan coastline from other European powers who at one time or another attempted to invade Puerto Rico. It’s an area that rises […]

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Santurce

Santurce is one of the districts (or barrios) of San Juan. It is also the biggest and most populated of all the capital’s districts. With a total population of 94,067, Santurce has a bigger population than most of the municipalities of Puerto Rico. As a result, it is also one of the most densely populated […]

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OLD SAN JUAN (VIEJO SAN JUAN)

The U.S. National Parks Service maintains this huge colonial military complex, comprising Castillo El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal. These fortresses were constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries to defend the San Juan coastline from other European powers who at one time or another attempted to invade Puerto Rico. It’s an area that rises […]

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Port Antonio

Port Antonio – located on the northeast coast of Jamaica, Port Antonio was a sleepy town until the late 1800s, when the banana trade began to boom and drove the local economy. Tourism gradually took hold here, with initial help by Hollywood actor Errol Flynn during the 1940s, and later by other prominent figures such […]

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Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios – located on the north central coast of Jamaica, Ocho Rios, which was once a fishing village, later became a port of call for cruise ships and cargo ships exporting sugar, limestone and bauxite. In terms of tourism, it gained attention when the James Bond film “Dr. No” was filmed there. International visitors […]

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About Saint Martin (French West Indies)

The island of Saint Martin, located about 300 km east of Puerto Rico, is just 87 square kilometers, and is evenly divided between the northern half (Saint Martin – which is an overseas department of France) and the southern half (Sint Maarten – which is part of the Netherlands). Saint Martin was initially under Spanish […]

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Sobre Santa Lucía

Saint Lucia is a volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean (covering an area of 617 square kilometers) which was initially discovered by French colonists, which named the island after Saint Lucy of Syracuse. The French made the first permanent European settlement there in 1643. However, the island changed hands constantly between French and British control […]

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About Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos islands, which were said to have been discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, were claimed by several European powers before the British secured control of them.  The islands were never actually settled until the late 1600s, when a group of Bermudian salt collectors established a foothold there.  Loyalists leaving the newly-born […]