Standing in Vieques today you may still see bombs exploding as the result of detonation, or hear that local lands remain in federal hands or notice that the ferries from Vieques to mainland Puerto Rico are full of Viequenses seeking health services, many for complicated and serious illnesses.
Every room is directly on the beach, and guests have access to infinity pools, three distinct golf courses, and the luscious five-acre Spa Botánico.
I'll admit it: I was a little late to the Puerto Rico game. Thankfully, due to Snowmageddon this year, I finally cottoned on to our cousin in the Caribbean. Now that I've drunk the Kool-Aid, I'm bound and determined to get everyone there.
Go now and school your friends and family. It's that good.
Puerto Rico, though it is not a state, has the privilege of issuing municipal bonds. Interest on those bonds is free from U.S. taxes. Typical municipal bonds pay 3 percent returns these days. But Puerto Rico's municipal bonds pay 8 percent or more.
As I've said before, Puerto Rico's legitimacy as a major destination for business is often tarnished by its unfortunate fiscal deficit. Business media outlets' fixation with the island's debt has completely overshadowed Puerto Rico's unprecedented drive for economic development.
The dog and model du jour are none other than Brendon Beck of "Beck and Call Catering" and @Rincon_da-bully Photographer Ysa Perez followed these two around for a day to learn the ins and outs of catering, cuteness, and mutual respect for each other.
Though I'm hardly a reggeaton convert, I have to give it up to HBO Latino and Yandel for putting together a concert special -- and subsequent pre-screening event -- that showcases how the ever-evolving genre has united people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and generations to build a diverse community of music lovers.
Some of you may wonder why I sent an email to one of the busiest CEOs on the planet. Well, aside from the fact that Mr. Cook occasionally replies to emails from users, there is also sense of urgency in showcasing Puerto Rico to the world.
Not only is Cuba's tourism infrastructure way behind the times, the country could not be in a more competitive tourism region; Caribbean nations, some of which rely almost entirely on tourism dollars, have long since written the book when it comes to satisfying every last whim.
Mary Lee Alvarez lives in Guánica, Puerto Rico. I refer to her in my HP Blog bio as one of my three fairy godmothers who helped me rescue a dog. But due to her stature and magical quality she is the main fairy godmother and I mean that in the best way possible despite the hokey Disney sparkly connotations that come along with it.
Oskar Rodriguez is tired, but smiling with excitement. He is currently filming season 3 of the web-series East Los High.
The impact of our generation's current efforts will remain short if the fiscal burden remains on us. We should not have to pay with our own future for the poor management and judgment of previous leaders and political administrations.
Puerto Rico labors under a debt load so burdensome it is little more than a patient on life support. The official public debt burden stands at $73.5 billion but there are an additional $38 billion of unfunded pension and public healthcare liabilities.
As a New-York-raised Puerto Rican I began to appreciate Puerto Rico's abundant land that gave so many fruits and food items that I only saw in supermarkets back in the Bronx when I first visited my home island at the age of 16.
Made up of 26 atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a beach destination that's totally set apart from other tropical getaways like the Caribbean and Mexico.