10 Interesting facts about Puerto Rico

For anyone interested in visiting or curious for learning more about Puerto Rico, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are about 3.7 million people that live in Puerto Rico.  It includes the main island as well as some smaller surrounding ones, such as Vieques, Culebra, Mona, Desecheo, and Caja de Muertos.
  • 2. The largest city and capital in Puerto Rico is San Juan, followed by Bayamon, Carolina, Ponce, Caguas, Guaynabo, Arecibo, Toa Baja, Mayaguez, and Trujillo Alto.
  • 3. The languages used in Puerto Rico are mostly Spanish, although English is also commonly used.
  • 4. The name Puerto Rico is Spanish for “Rich Port”.   Originally inhabited by the Taino culture, they called the island Boriken, until Columbus arrived in 1493.
  • 5. The geography of Puerto Rico is diverse, with mountains and rainforests in the middle, as well as a desert on the western part of the island.  There are 17 lakes and more and 50 rivers.  The El Yunque rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System.
  • 6. The currency used is the US Dollar, USD.  Historically, Puerto Rico was a major source of sugar, today is more dependent on tourism as well as industries such as pharmaceuticals and technology.
  • 7. The cuisine in Puerto Rico is a combination of Taino Amerindian, Spanish, African, US, and South America influences.  Popular ingredients include plantains, cilantrillo, passion fruit, different types of beans, corn, rice, cassava, chayote, cachucha chili peppers, avocados, acerola cherries, and more.  Some of the popular dishes include Mofongo, Alcapurrias, Taquitos, Arroz con Gandules, Jibarito and Rice, and Pasteles.   You’ll also find different types of seafood as well as the ever popular fish and chips.
  • 8. Beverages include many drinks from the different types of rum available, such as a Pina Colada, Chichaito, Parcha Con China, and Spiced Cherry.  More than 70% of the rum sold in the US comes from Puerto Rico.  Other non-alcoholic beverages include Banana Milk, Cocorico, Horchata, Malta and Malta Shakes, Mavi, and Piragua.
  • 9. The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope is in Puerto Rico, the Arecibo Observatory, measuring 1,000 feet in diameter and covers about 20 acres.  The telescope was highlighted in the James Bond movie Goldeneye.
  • 10. There are about 3.7 million people that travel to Puerto Rico every year, the second highest in the Caribbean, after the Dominican Republic.  Popular attractions include visiting the city of San Juan, snorkeling or scuba diving around Vieques, visiting the Rainforest, and hanging out on the various beaches.

Have your own networks with others in Puerto Rico

If you regularly share content or work with people in Puerto Rico, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, including Spanish, English, and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views from respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites, and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability create as many networks as you’d like, use the applications, and initial storage for your photos, office files, audio and video files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Puerto Rico, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and relevant blog articles.

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