Travel By Fingertip.....Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico
Temperature
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Puerto Rico Profile

This destination is definitely not for the traveler who likes to conquer an entire island in a 10-day vacation, for it would probably take months to experience the extraordinary variety of sights, sports, and sensations packed into Puerto Rico's 3,500 square miles. Likewise, it would be wasted on the dedicated beach potato who desires nothing more than a hammock and a shady palm.

Admittedly, Puerto Rico is skirted by nearly 300 miles of grand sparkling beaches, including - for those who want a Miami-style getaway with a Latin twist - an ample supply of self-contained luxury resorts. But the wise visitor to this cosmopolitan commonwealth takes time out from the ever-present sun to pursue the island's other charms, beginning perhaps with the historic majesty of San Juan (the capital) and Ponce. Cathedrals, museums, and stately Spanish squares abound - many sumptuously restored for Puerto Rico's 1993 quincentennial. Shopping and dining combine the best of Old World and New, while the nightlife, both in the cities and at the finer resorts, is a neon kaleidoscope of casinos, discos, and shows.

The weather here is near perfect: rarely too hot, with breezes cooled and scented by the florid mountain interior. Spring months are driest, though even at wetter times the rainstorms are fleeting. And roads have improved in recent years, so getting around is fairly easy. (Encourage clients visiting southern sites to sample Puerto Rico's astonishingly scenic Ruta Panoramica, more than 150 miles of tropical pageantry.) Botanists and birdwatchers flock to El Yunque, a 28,000-acre national forest worthy of Brazil, and Mona, an uninhabited island paradise west of Mayaguez. Diving devotees prefer the unspoiled islands off Puerto Rico's east coast. Are your clients armchair astronomers? Arecibo Observatory houses the world's largest radar-radio telescope. Music lovers? Send them in June, for the Casals Music Festival. Surfers? The heady waves north of Rincon have a loyal following.

Both lodging and sports are varied. Far from the glamour of the high-rise resorts, sweetly secluded countryinns - paradores - nestle amid mountainside coffee plantations, complete with stables, while clubby retreats command beaches all their own. There's no shortage of tenniscourts and golf courses, and the wide array of aquaplay includes deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, and sailing. If there's any place tropical that's truly a something-for-everyone cure-all, Puerto Rico is it.

Month

Degrees (F)

Inches

January 70-80 4.3
February 70-80 2.7
March 70-81 2.9
April 72-82 4.1
May 74-84 5.9
June 75-85 5.4
July 75-85 5.7
August 76-85 6.3
September 75-86 6.2
October 75-85 5.6
November 73-84 6.3
December 72-81 5.4