Scenes from my new favorite place: Puerto Rico

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Beach outside the Ritz-Carlton San Juan.

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Garita at Castillo San Cristobal, a massive fort completed by the Spanish in 1783.

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Old San Juan at sunset.

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Park ranger/guide in period soldier uniform, shouldering a 22-lb. musket, at Castillo San Cristobal.

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San Juan at night, from the fort.

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What the locals drink, aged 6-10 years (the rum, not the drinkers).

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La Placita (little plaza) on a Friday evening. Streets blocked off and ready for business.

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Musicians appear at La Placita.

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Performing traditional Plena music from the town of Ponce.

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Plena band heating up at La Placita.

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Everyone knows the song, and how to dance to it.

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Band winding its way down the street.

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Performing outside at the very popular Jose Enrique restaurant, from one of the island’s hottest chefs.

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Corner market in La Placita on a Friday evening.

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The main plaza in La Placita. By day a produce market.

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La Placita on a Friday evening, closed to traffic. The most popular happy hour scene in the city.

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Tree in El Yunque National Forest. The only tropical rainforest in the US national park system.

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Coca Falls in El Yunque National Forest.

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View of valley and ocean on bluff just outside El Yunque.

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View of valley from La Cava Terroir restaurant outside El Yunque.

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Golf course at El Conquistador resort.

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Riding the funicular with a view of the marina at El Conquistador resort.

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El Conquistador’s private beach island, and mini islet just beyond.

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Sea and sky.

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Sea and sky and boats.

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Boat concession near the Biobay.

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Mangrove swamp leading to the Biobay.

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Sunset at the Biobay lagoon, filled with bioluminescent plankton.

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Evening sky at Biobay.

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Kayakers with lights and glow sticks.

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Our guide in a teachable moment, spotting iguanas in the mangroves.

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The Turks…

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and Caicos. From 30,000 feet.

 

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