Sunday, September 30, 2012

Royal Isabela Resort In Puerto Rico

Royal Isabela a luxury, boutique golf resort, in Puerto Rico, has opened "Las Casitas" and "La Casa."  The resort has 20 beautifully designed one-bedroom Casitas, with expansive indoor and outdoor space, and close proximity to the golf course and other amenities.  Each Casita has an outdoor patio with an ocean view, and a private terrace with its own pool.  La Casa designed in Spanish colonial style, is the community's "home" where guests will find The Restaurant, the comfortable Library, and the Croquet Bar, which looks over the 18th hole.  

Royal Isabela is a $100 million golf community and private membership club located on the bluffs of Costa Isabela at the northwest edge of Puerto Rico.  Royal Isabela is 90 minutes from San Juan International Airport and just 20 minutes from Aguadilla International Airport.  Royal Isabela Resort has 426 oceanfront acres.  The main focus at the resort is golf, but there are facilities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and access to a two mile sandy beach.

The golf course at Royal Isabela opened last year.  Golf Odyssey has called it the "Pebble Beach of Puerto Rico" and GOLF Magazine named it among the "top new courses to watch for" in the 2013 edition of the World's Top 100 Golf Courses.  The Golf course was designed by Stanley and Charlie Pasarell and golf architect David W. Pfaff.

Take a look at this video of Royal Isabela:


Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Look: The Mall Of San Juan In Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico Is The Place previously reported, The Mall of San Juan will be the first upscale mall in Puerto Rico, and the first and only location on the island for both Nordstrom and Saks.  The project will also include a Crowne Plaza hotel and casino.  The Mall of San Juan will be a state-of-the-art,  two-level, enclosed mall, with customer-friendly amenities to enhance the comfort and convenience of visitors.

World-class retailers, dining and entertainment will be part of The Mall of San Juan.  The Mall will be located at the south end of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, next to the San José Lagoon, and five minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.  The Mall of San Juan has a contemporary design  that will reflect the rich culture and heritage of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Mall of San Juan is expected to open in late 2014.

Take a look at this video of The Mall of San Juan:


Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Fifth "Pirates Of The Caribbean" To Be Filmed In Puerto Rico

It has been reported that the fifth installment of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be filmed in Puerto Rico.  The Puerto Rico Film Commission reported that Disney Pictures had picked Puerto Rico over Hawaii.  The movie franchise is among the most successful.  The “Pirates of the Caribbean”  series has grossed more than $3.7 billion around the world.  “Pirates of the Caribbean” would be the biggest production to date to be filmed in Puerto Rico, thanks to aggressive incentives that have attracted filmmakers to the island.

Two years ago, some scenes of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” were shot in Puerto Rico.  Producers enjoyed the the local film crews and the locations in Puerto Rico.  Filming is expected to begin in November, starring Johnny Depp, reprising his role of Jack Sparrow.  Depp has filmed “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “The Rum Diary” in Puerto Rico. 

We will be hearing much more about this news in the near future.  Other productions recently filmed in Puerto Rico are Showtime’s “The Big C” and the movie “Runner, Runner” with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.




Sunday, September 9, 2012

Orocovis, Puerto Rico

Orocovis, Puerto Rico is located in the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range), and is the geographical center of the island.  Orocovis nickname is “The Heart of Puerto Rico.”  The highest peak of the town is Cerro Mogote.  Most of the high peaks are in the southern region of Orocovis.

Orocovis is known for the folk art tradition of wood-carved saints.  One of the notable artist of wood-carves saints, Celestino Avilés, founded the Museo de la Familia Avilés, where visitors can see his signature works.

Many Puerto Rican performers were either born or raised in Orocovis, and that is why Orocovis is sometimes called "The Musical Capital of Puerto Rico."  Some of these musicians are: Bobby Valentín, merengue singer Manny Manue, Emma and Edwin Colón-Zayas, and folk singer Andrés Jiménez.

These are the Orocovis festivals: Orocovis Fiestas Patronales are held in June. the Infant Theater Festival in April; the Festival del Camarón in July; the Arts Craft Fair in September; and the National Festival of the Puerto Rican Pastel in November.

A two hours drive from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will take you to Orocovis Tourist attractions.  These are the places to see: “El Chorro de Doña Juana” (Doña Juana Waterfalls),  Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park, Toro Negro Forest Reserve, and Mirador Orocovis-Villalba, where, from a lookout tower 2000 feet above sea level, you can enjoy a great view of the mountains and both the Atlantic Ocean on the North and the Caribbean Sea on the South.

Take a look at this video of Doña Juana Waterfalls in Orocovis:

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