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Your Ultimate Vacation: Puerto Rico

Take a closer look at this Caribbean island.

From the October 2021 Issue
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Puerto Rico is located in the Caribbean Sea. It became a U.S. territory in 1917.


  • 3.3 MILLION people live in Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico has about 300 beaches
  • There are 2 official languages: Spanish and English
  • Puerto Rico is 100 MILES long and 35 MILES wide

Sources: The U.S. Census Bureau, CIA World Factbook, Discover Puerto Rico


  • HIKE: Don’t miss El Yunque National Forest, a lush rainforest teeming with plant and animal life.
  • SWIM: Enjoy the calm, turquoise waters at Flamenco Beach or grab a surfboard and head to Rincón, a popular surf spot.
  • DANCE: Dancing is a favorite pastime, so get ready to move! Salsa, merengue, and bomba are three popular styles of music and dance on the island.
  • EXPLORE: Old San Juan is a historic area known for its colorful, centuries old buildings, cobblestone streets, and many restaurants.
  • LEARN: Follow the Taíno Route to learn about the Taíno people, whose ancestors settled the island thousands of years ago.


Puerto Rico has a tropical climate, which means it is warm and humid year-round.

  • Average annual high: 86 DEGREES F
  • Average annual low: 74 DEGREES F 
  • Average annual rainfall: 61 INCHES

Sources: U.S. News & World Report, National Centers for Environmental Information


  • ARROZ CON GANDULES: yellow rice, gandules (a type of peas), and sofrito—a mix of onions, garlic, peppers, and cilantro
  • MOFONGO: deep-fried plantain mashed with garlic, butter, and sometimes pork and served with meat or seafood
  • LECHÓN ASADO: a whole pig marinated in adobo (a seasoning used in many Puerto Rican foods) and slowly roasted over coals for several hours
  • QUESITO: a flaky pastry stuffed with sweetened cream cheese, often eaten with café con leche (coffee with milk)

Writing Prompt

Consider the purpose of this infographic. What is it trying to convince you to do? Now create your own destination infographic, using this one as a model. Your destination can be a real or fictional place. 

This article was originally published in the October 2021 issue.

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