Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Runner, Runner" To Be Filmed In Puerto Rico With Affleck And Timberlake

It has been reported that Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake are set to star in a film called "Runner, Runner"  that is to be filmed in Puerto Rico.  The New Regency film, written by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien, is a thriller that takes place in the world of online gambling, to be directed by Brad Furman.

"Runner, Runner" is scheduled to begin shooting in June in Puerto Rico.  Thanks to film tax incentives, Puerto Rico has become the destination for filming movies and television shows.  "The Rum Diary," "Fast Five," "Pirates of the Caribbean 4," "White Collar" and "The Big C," are some of the movies recently filmed in Puerto Rico.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way Productions, is developing “Runner, Runner,” which is scheduled to be released in 2013.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Top Drinks To Have In Puerto Rico

Next time you are in Puerto Rico, and you are ready to order a drink, take a look and try these top drinks in Puerto Rico:

Piña Colada

The popular cocktail was invented in Puerto Rico.  Piña colada is made of pineapple Juice, coconut Cream, and rum. 

Medalla Light Beer

Produced in Puerto Rico, Medalla is a light beer, favored by Puerto Ricans.


Rum and coke (Cuba libre).  There are a number of rum brands in Puerto Rico to choose from.  These are some:  Bacardi, Don Q, Barrilito, Palo Viejo, and Ron Rico. 

Whiskey and Coconut Water

The refreshing taste of coconut water goes well on a warm night in Puerto Rico.


Chichaito is a Puerto Rican shot consisting of Palo Viejo white rum mixed with anise liqueur, served at room temperature, chilled or with ice.  Sip it slowly.


Coquito or Puerto Rican eggnog, is the Christmas drink in Puerto Rico.  Coquito is made with white rum, egg yolks, cream of coconut or coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and evaporated and condensed milk.  Coquito is served cold.

Enjoy these drinks when you are in Puerto Rico and Salud!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Puerto Rico To Build New Rum Distillery

Puerto Rico will have a third rum distillery.  Construction has started in Cidra, Puerto Rico, the mountain region of the island.  The Club Caribe LLC rum distillery in Cidra, is expected to open later this year.  The site of the construction is a former pharmaceutical plant.

The distillery is expected to produce 2 million gallons of rum in its first year, as part of a  20-year incentive deal program by the  government of Puerto Rico.  Club Caribe Distillers is expect to produce up to 10 million gallons of rum to sell in bulk and as private labels.  Club Caribe Distillers will produce three new products: Club Caribe, a white rum; Black Roberts, a spiced rum, and Ron Carlos, a dark rum.

Puerto Rico’s rum industry continues to provide opportunities for professionals in Puerto Rico and to positively impact the economy of the island.  The Puerto Rico rum industry generates some 5,000 direct and indirect jobs and provides the government with about $400 million annually in rum rebate revenue.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Leatherback Turtle Nesting On Vieques, Puerto Rico

A member of the Vieques Conservation Historical Trust and a biologist from The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vieques, Puerto Rico, got to witness first hand a Leatherback turtle laying the eggs in the sand.

Daytime nesting is very rare.  Endangered pregnant Leatherback turtles come out of the sea and lay their eggs into the sand.  Once hatched, the baby sea turtles emerge from the sand and quickly try to reach the sea.  Beach goers in Puerto Rico, have been able to witness the birth of these Leatherback turtles.  Local environmental officials, activists and community members work to protect these nesting grounds.

Take a look at a video of a Leatherback sea turtle nesting during the day at Navío beach on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico:


Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fools Joke: Puerto Rico Becomes A State April 1, 2012

There is a joke going around the internet, that Puerto Rico has finally become the 51st. State of the Union and that Congress passed legislation providing for the admission of Puerto Rico as the 51st. state.
No, Puerto Rico is not a State, not yet anyway.  This is a joke going around for April fools day!  I hope you were not fooled!

Puerto Ricans will vote on a plebiscite in November, that will decide whether Puerto Ricans would like Puerto Rico to become a State.  This is true, not an April fools joke.  In November we will find out what the future has in store for Puerto Rico.   



Ecotourism In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is quickly becoming a big destination for ecotourism.  With lush vegetation and wildlife, great beaches, and many outdoor activities, ecotourism has become one of the main attractions in Puerto Rico. There is so much to see and do for the ecotourist visiting Puerto Rico.

The following are some of the major ecotourist attractions in Puerto Rico:

El Yunque

El Yunque National Forest, is the only tropical rain forest in the United States, and is well-known for its incredible biodiversity.  The 28,000 acres includes four forest types and has 240 species of trees, more than 50 kinds of orchids, 150 different ferns, and hundreds of small animal and bird species call it home.   El Yunque is home to the endangered Puerto Rican parrot.  El Yunque has many hiking trails, and picnic facilities.  El Yunque National Forest is located 45 minutes east of San Juan.

Guánica State Forest

The Guánica State Forest is a subtropical dry forest located in southwest Puerto Rico, between Mayaguez and Ponce, and one of the best examples of a tropical dry coastal forest in the world.  An official UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve, the Guánica State Forest spreads over a large coastal area and has a number of mangrove cays.  The forest contains 1000 insect species,700 plant species and 40 bird species.  The Guánica forest is the best location for bird-watching in Puerto Rico, and has twelve major trails that range from easy to rugged.

Rio Camuy Cave Park

The Camuy River Cave Park is one of the most popular natural attractions in Puerto Rico.  The Camuy Caves is one of the largest cave systems in the world.  The caverns are part of a group of limestone caves and underground waterways shaped by The Camuy River, the third-largest underground river in the world.  The 268-acre park built around the cave system features tours of some of the caves and sinkholes.  The Camuy Caves, are located between the towns of Camuy, Hatillo and Lares, in northwestern Puerto Rico. 

Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park

Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park was built by Taino Indians 800 years ago for recreation, worship, and astronomical observations, and is one of the most important archeological sites in the West Indies.  The Caguana park is located in the town of Utuado, Puerto Rico.  There are 30 ball courts (Bateyes) that have been restored, and Monoliths and rock engravings carved by the Taínos can be seen among the rocks and stones.  The park also includes a small museum containing Taíno artifacts, archaeological exhibits and a botanical garden.

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is located on the northeast corner of Puerto Rico, and the reserve shelters seven different ecological systems, including beaches, lagoons, dry forest, coral reefs and mangroves.  Endangered species of birds and turtles live in this 316 acres reserve.  You can also find Las Cabezas de San Juan Light House, one of the oldest lighthouses in Puerto Rico. 

Bioluminescent Bay

Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is home to one of the few Bioluminescent Bays in the world.  A one of a kind attraction, a bio bay is a body of water, that contains millions of micro-organisms, called "dinoflagellates", that glow in the dark when agitated.  It is a rare, natural wonder, that you can easily experience while visiting Puerto Rico.  It is best seen on a dark night, or moonless night.  But even on a less than ideal night, the bioluminescence will be visible.  The best way to see it, is to take a kayak tour of the bay with a local company.   The island of Vieques, off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, has another Bioluminescent Bay, Mosquito Bay or The Bio Bay, and is considered the world's largest and brightest.

Toro Verde Adventure Park

Toro Verde is the largest aerial park in the western hemisphere and owns the longest cable in the Americas.  Children and adults can enjoy extreme sports and beautiful landscapes at Toro Verde Park.  If you like adventure, this is the place for you.  The park has 15 zip lines, including The Beast, a 4,745ft long zip line which is about 900 ft. above the forest floor, monkey bridges, and you can go mountain-biking on routes with various difficulty levels.

There are many attractions to see and to explore as an eco-traveler in Puerto Rico.  Take time to visit beyond San Juan.  Take a look at this video from El Yunque National Forest: