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10 Fun Facts About Puerto Rico

March 15, 2009

puerto_rico2I had the pleasure of vacationing in Puerto Rico last week. I’ll have a few PR-themed blog entries this week, but I thought I’d start out with a general overview of some fun facts about Puerto Rico.

  1. It’s not a foreign country! That’s right, it’s a U.S. commonwealth, like Virginia, my home state. That means you can go to PR without a passport.
  2. Despite Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status, cockfighting is legal there. [Edit: Thanks to an alert reader, I’ve been notified that cockfighting is not actually legal in PR. He said that “people just keep doing it.”]
  3. The island is a beautiful, sunny, island paradise that’s only a 4-hour flight from Houston.
  4. Contrary to my impression of PR after 3 days, not all of PR is a resort, and most people don’t get around on golf carts.
  5. Traffic is absolutely horrible and the drivers are extremely aggressive.
  6. Food falls from trees in Puerto Rico.
  7. Customer service is essentially non-existent in PR, particularly in restaurants.
  8. There are packs of wild dogs in Puerto Rico. However, they’re not the mangy, scary wild dogs of Mexico. They’re cute and cuddly-looking. They’re packs of wild puppies, really.
  9. I never thought I’d say this, but there’s something better than Popeye’s chicken in PR. It’s a fast food restaurant called Pollo Tropical. It’s amazing. In fact, all of the food in PR is amazing.
  10. PR has both the best bartender in the world and the most bloodthirsty iguanas in the world. More on that later in the week.
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20 Comments leave one →
  1. quecaraesesto permalink
    March 16, 2009 4:29 pm

    what is: Food falls from trees in Puerto Rico. suppossed to mean?
    i’m a puertorican by the way…
    and cockfighting is actually illegal, people just keep doing it.

    • March 16, 2009 4:43 pm

      Thanks for the clarification–I’ll change that on the post. Have you been to a cockfight? We didn’t go.

    • March 16, 2009 4:46 pm

      Also, about the food: In St. Louis, mangos, coconuts, and papayas don’t fall from trees for us to eat. It’s a blessing that you have these delicious fruits available for you.

    • roberto permalink
      February 7, 2010 10:59 am

      What he meant: in puerto rico people love to eat, I don’t think anyone will die of hunger.

  2. quecaraesesto permalink
    March 16, 2009 4:53 pm

    Oh, ok. And no, i haven’t gone to a cockfight before but i don’t think I’d ever want to either, it’s very gruesome. I’ve only seen them through videos some poeople I know have taken.
    But as gruesome -and illegal- as it is, it’s still tradition and part of our culture.

    • March 16, 2009 4:56 pm

      Cool, thanks for the info. I put it on the post because it’s a very foreign concept to me. The only contact I’ve had with cockfighting is an episode of Seinfeld, which made it funny instead of gruesome (clearly it’s not funny, though).

      Stay tuned as a fact checker for the rest of the week as I talk about Puerto Rico…but please understand that I will exaggerate things for the purpose of attempted humor. You’ll see what I mean when I post about iguanas.

    • Jorge permalink
      August 5, 2009 5:18 am

      In Puerto Rico Cockfighting is not ilegal.

  3. Josh permalink
    March 16, 2009 5:58 pm

    What’s it like to be Jamey Stegmaier?

  4. John permalink
    May 9, 2009 10:23 am

    Hi, here r 10 Puerto Rico fun facts :

    1.Puerto Rico Have the 2 most largest mall in Latin America (Plaza las America )and the bigest and the only American style mall in the Caribbean.

    2.It have the worlds largest radio telescope in Arecibo and and longest free flowing swimming pool in the world ( El Conquistador )

    3.It is leading nation in the world in terms of rum .

    4. We got the largest JC Penney store in the world ,the largest Big K-Mart store in the Caribbean ,the busiest and highest grossing RadioShack store in the world , and the Highest grossing Borders store (all in Plaza las America ).

    5.Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe pageant a record five times .

    6.San Juan is the oldest city in US territory, founded in 1521 by Ponce de Leon. Making it the oldest under the American flag! Sorry Saint Augustine, Fl, which was founded in 1565!

    7.Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the only places in the United States or its territories that coffee if grown, processed, and sold for local and international consumption.

    8.No other island in U.S. jurisdiction has such ecological uniqueness and diversity as Puerto Ricos Galápagos Islands .

    9.Puerto Rico has the 3 best Bioluminescent Bays in the world of only 5 or 6 worldwide.

    10.Puerto Rico have El Yunque which is the only rain forest in the United States.

  5. sam permalink
    May 18, 2009 11:47 am

    not uh

  6. Dionne permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:02 am

    Sorry I’m late in responding…but being as I am part puerto rican, I’m glad you added a comment about the food. You’ve never had rice until you’ve had arroz con candules…mmm…yummy!

    I’m proud that you vacationed in the motherland…she is a jewel.

  7. September 26, 2009 8:53 am

    I really enjoyed my time there–who knew a tropical paradise was so close to the mainland?! My girlfriend’s parents live there, but they’ll soon have to move…that means no more visits to PR for a while, unfortunately.

    • Nancy permalink
      September 26, 2009 4:09 pm

      No visits to Puerto Rico anymore, but here we come, Budapest, Hungary (maybe)! Your 10 fun facts about Budapest will be vastly different 🙂

  8. December 15, 2009 12:31 pm

    i like Puerto Rico its a fun place to go to in the summer

  9. Abe permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:37 pm

    Pollo Tropical is also in Miami!!! I love that place sooo much!

  10. February 5, 2010 12:20 pm

    Hi. . . ii luv Puerto Riico!.

  11. roberto cuilan permalink
    February 7, 2010 11:10 am

    I would like to add to the amazing facts about Puerto Rico: We have fought in every major conflict the United States have been involved in.
    The most brutal one’s, Korean conflict, and Vietnam , where many Puerto ricans lives were lost. If their is any country in the world that deserves to fly the American Flag, and be Citizens of that great nation; yes, it is we, the Puerto Ricans, and I would love to add, became the 51st. state of the United States.

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