Puerto Rico is a blend of American, Spanish, Indian and African culture. It is primarly Spanish much of the cuisine as well as holiday traditions. Many cities in Puerto Rico still preserve the colonial Spanish architecture. The original native-American people, known as Tainos, can still be seen in the faces of many people. Some Taino traditions and cuisine still survive today. Similar to nearby Cuba, the African influence forms a large part of the national identity. You can still hear Yoruba drums in the countryside, and Salsa music has become a major export to the world. Finally, being a US Commonwealth, Puerto Rico enjoys many conveniences and efficient infrastructures found on the mainland, while preserving its unique Caribbean charm. Locals on horseback riding right alongside the cars are an everyday sight around here! Yacht charter in Puerto Rico and the Spanish Virgin Islands is secluded and beautiful destinations for sailing. Vieques and Culebra are about 3-4 hours away from Fajardo sailing. They are much of what was the Caribbean 20 years ago: a laid-back and inexpensive place populated by colorful locals and American "expats" that have chosen the slower pace. Seeing another boat on the water is the exception, not the rule. People respect each other and are very welcoming. You will discover many wild, under-populated and fabulous beaches: Flamenco Beach in Culebra is considered the second most beautiful beach in the world by Discovery Channel. Excellent snorkeling in healthy coral reefs is possible directly from the beach. There you can find leatherback turtles and many colorful fish.
Puerto Rico enjoys a summery tropical climate. Temperatures year-round average 82°F (28°C). The tradewinds provide constant breezes for cool evenings and nights.