Coqui ~ Puerto Rico’s own

 

The “Coqui” is a tiny tree frog, about one inch long an a native to Puerto Rico.

Its skin is smooth, almost transparent, and changes color to blend with its surroundings. The name derives from its melodious song “co-key”, which lulls to sleep children and adults alike all over the island.

Being a nocturnal creature, it hides during the day and emerges at sundown to delight us with its nightly performances. The coqui song is at its sweetest and most joyous after a rainfall.

Many different species of small frogs create the family of the coquí.  More than 16 different species live on the island, 13 of which occur in the Caribbean National Forest.

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Island

An American island that’s truly blessed with culture, history, and natural beauty, Puerto Rico welcomes you with open arms and encourages you to explore beyond the shore.

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island with a difference. It has pristine beaches, tropical climate, crystal-blue sea, and coconut palms characteristic of its counterparts, but along with is unmistakable Spanish colonial heritage, the island is today part of the United States Commonwealth, meaning it has American-style infrastructure mixed in with its traditional Latin American culture.

Hamburgers are as endemic as island dishes like sancocho, and freeways connect shantytowns to strips of high-rise beachfront hotels. The second thing that makes Puerto Rico different to other Caribbean vacation meccas is that it remains largely undeveloped, except for the coastal region around its capital city, San Juan. The island is edged with some magnificent beaches featuring coral reefs, most not commercialized and easily reached from the capital and large resort hotels.

Exploring Puerto Rico, both around its coast and the interior, is a delight. Roads are excellent, and there are numerous interesting attractions and unrivalled experiences, from the world’s largest radio telescope, to the magical experience of swimming at night amongst tiny phosphorescent creatures on the offshore island of Vieques.

Historically, Puerto Rico, like many other Caribbean islands, was originally inhabited by Taino Indians until the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the instigation of Spanish rule and settlement. The island’s capital and larger towns have preserved their Spanish heritage as “old quarter” tourist attractions, full of charm and interest. Puerto Rico is a hybrid of old and new, which makes it an intriguing destination, rather than just another tropical island paradise.

Some of our suggestions:

* Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico

* Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa

* Rincon Beach Resort

* El San Juan Hotel & Casino

Give us a call today to book your vacation escape to Puerto Rico at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean

The Brimstone Hill Fortess in St. Kitts

Cuba: Cuba has the lion’s share of UNESCO heritage sites with eight cultural and historic sites. 

Dominican Republic: The colonial town of Santo Domingo, founded by Christopher Columbus in 1498. 

Haiti: The National History Park comprising the ruins of The Citadel, San Souci and Ramiers are monuments to independence, which was declared in 1803. 

Dominica: On this rugged and mountainous island, The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was established in 1975. It’s name means “Mountains of the Three Peaks.” 

St. Lucia: The Pitons. These dual volcanic cones are located on the southwestern coast of the island. The highest Gros Piton looms over the town of Soufriene, and its black sand beach. 

San Juan, Puerto Rico: The enormous fortifications at La Forteleza and El Morro are part of the US National Historic site in Old San Juan. 

Curacao: Founded in 1634, the city of Willemstad is the most historic in the Netherlands Antilles. It features superb Dutch architecture situated along a deep water bay. 

St. Kitts: The Brimstone Hill Fortess, called “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”, stands high on a promontory overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Bermuda: The Town of St. George, founded in 1612, is an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. 

Belize: The longest barrier reef in the Americas. 

When you are ready to travel to any of the wonderful Caribbean islands listed above, just give us a call at 310-722-3099 or email us at Info@carterelitetravel.com