October 28, 1999
Story and photos by Sherry Rauh
Web posted at: 5:01 p.m. EDT (2101 GMT)
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) -- Many visitors to the island of Puerto Rico arrive by cruise ship to spend a few hours in San Juan. Then they move on to the next port of call. Others settle into a beach resort for their entire stay.
Those options may sound tempting. But if you really want to see Puerto Rico, be prepared to do some driving.
The Caribbean island, 100 miles long (160 kilometers) is dotted with intriguing attractions, from El Yunque's rainforest -- to the world's largest radio telescope. And there's the phosphorescent bay at La Parguera, where bioluminescence makes the water sparkle subtly as if filled with glitter.
Just getting to some of the most unusual sites can be as interesting as the spots themselves. Once off the main highways, you'll find the winding mountain roads offer a sense for life in the smaller villages.
Spanish is the main language in this U.S. commonwealth, although many Puerto Ricans -- particularly those in the tourism industry -- also speak English.
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