Wednesday, October 27, 2010

La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Airlines Add Routes To Puerto Rico

JetBlue and British Airways are expanding their routes to the island of Puerto Rico.  JetBlue is starting a new route nonstop service from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico and it goes on sale at the end of this month. British Airways is launching a new route from London Gatwick Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will start operating summer 2011, flights are on sale now.

This is great news for travelers who want more options of flights to Puerto Rico.  Hopefully, more options will translate to cheaper fares.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Dish of Puerto Rico: How To Make Chicken Fricassee

Ingredients for Chicken Fricassee
A popular and tasty dish in Puerto Rico, Chicken Fricassee (Pollo Guisado), made with a healthy recipe.


2-1/2 pounds of skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs.  Cut breasts in halves or thirds, depending on the size.
Garlic Powder

Pam Spray (Olive Oil)
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1/4 cup water

3-4 Tablespoons of prepared Goya "Sofrito" *
1 envelope Goya Sazon  with cilantro and achiote *
1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
1-2 Knorr chicken broth cubes
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1-2 dashes of cayenne pepper
1-2 bay leaves

1/2 cup red wine (optional)
1/2 cup water, if needed **

Wash chicken pieces and season with salt and garlic powder, to taste.
Set aside.

Spay the bottom and sides of a  4-quart microwaveable pot, with Pam spray.  Add the potatoes and 1/4 cup of water to pot.  Cook, covered for 5 minutes on High.  Rearrange and turn potatoes, and continue cooking an additional  4 minutes on High.  Let stand for 3-4 minutes.

Add all the ingredients to the potatoes, except for chicken, wine, water and salt.  Stir the ingredients and cook, covered, for 3 minutes on High.

Add the chicken and wine to pot and stir well, making sure to coat chicken with the sauce.  At this time, you should taste for salt and add any, if needed.  If sauce is to thick, add some additional water.  Cook for 20 minutes on High.  At the end of that time make sure chicken and potatoes are done.  If needed, cook an additional five minutes 5 minutes on Medium-High.

Let stand for 3-4 minutes before serving.

* Available at most Hispanic supermarkets.
**If wine is not used, you need to add 3/4 to 1 cup of water.


Chicken Fricassee


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Puerto Rico In The 1950's

In this video from the Prelinger Archives, we get to see how Puerto Rico was in 1955.

In this video, also from the Prelinger Archives, we get to see a commercial for Westinghouse, and winning a trip to Puerto Rico.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hotels In Puerto Rico Receive Nominations For The World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards nominated a number of hotels and a beach place in Puerto Rico.  The 2010 nominees for the 17th World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide, are:

  • Caribbean's Leading Beach  -  Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico. 
  • Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel  -  Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel,
                                                                       Puerto Rico.

  • Caribbean's Leading Boutique Resort  -  Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel,
                                                                         Puerto Rico.

  • Caribbean's Leading Casino Resort  -  El San Juan Hotel & Casino,
                                                                     Puerto Rico.

  • Caribbean's Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel  -  El Conquistador Resort &
                                                                                                       Golden Door Spa,
                                                                                                       Puerto Rico.                                                                                   
                                                                                                       Ritz-Carlton San Juan
                                                                                                       Hotel, Spa & Casino,
                                                                                                       San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Congratulations to all the nominees.

    The World Travel Awards recognizes excellence in the most important aspect of travel and tourism, the quality of the customers experience. 



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rincon, Puerto Rico A Surfers Destination

Rincon is a town in Puerto Rico, that is popular with surfers.  Rincon is located in the West Coast of Puerto Rico, about 2 hours from San Juan.  Rincon, is the place with the best surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Marias Beach, Sandy Beach, Tres Palmas Beach, Domes Beach, Pools Beach, and Rincon Town Beach Plaza.

Rincon, Puerto Rico, is known around the world for its surfing beaches.  Surfers have been visiting Rincon looking for the perfect wave, since The World Surfing Championship was held in Domes Beach, in 1968.  Rincon is dubbed "The Caribbean Pipeline," and is regarded as one of the best surf spots around the world.  Winter waves can reach 25 feet in height, similar to the surf in the north shore of Oahu.  Many surfing competitions take place in Rincon.  One of them, The Rip Curl Pro Search, the world's most exciting professional surfing contest, will take place in Rincon, October 30 to November 10, 2010.  This event will feature the best male and female surfers from around the world in search for the perfect wave.

Rincon has a strong tourism economy.  In addition to surfing, and surfing championships, other attractions include:

  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Many options available in Rincon.

  • Desecheo Island National Wildlife Refuge: The island is located 14 miles from the coast, is not open to visitors, but scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing are allowed around the island.

  • Rincon Lighthouse: Recreation park and a great location where you can see Desecheo Island National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Whale Watching: Whales can be spotted between December and March.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Hollywood Of The Caribbean, Is In The Future For San Juan, Puerto Rico

With the investment of a 57 million film studio, Puerto Rico is on its way of  becoming the Hollywood of the Caribbean.  The studio, to be located in the metropolitan area of San Juan, will have about 360,000 square feet. 

Puerto Rico wants to transform the island into a prime destination for film production, and be able to compete with other film production studios around the world.

Promoting the island as a film production destination has payed off for Puerto Rico. This year alone at least a dozen films have been filmed in Puerto Rico: Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Fast Five, and The Losers, among others.  Filming in Puerto Rico has provided numerous jobs in the industry, from makeup artists to sound engineers.  The variety of  film locations in the island, has made Puerto Rico a  favorite destination for film production in the Caribbean, but the lack of available film studios, have resulted in some production companies having to find other locations.

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were interested in investing in a film studio on the island.  This story has not been confirmed.