Puerto Rico Introduction
Puerto Rico, on the south coast of Gran Canaria, was once a small fishing village in a valley surrounded by hills. It has grown, in the only way it could, along the valley and up the hillside. It is a fairly relaxed resort with two beaches, a good shopping centre and lively evening entertainment.
Why go to Puerto Rico
A Puerto Rico holiday offers warm year round sunshine in tranquil surroundings with two beaches and a variety of leisure activities on land and water. There are many attractions in the vicinity appealing to both adults and children. Hotels, bars, discos and restaurants provide the evening entertainment.
Who Is Puerto Rico Popular With
Puerto Rico appeals to families with young children and couples of all ages. Those with mobility problems need to be aware of the gradients in the resort and choose their accommodation carefully. There are many stepped walkways from the hotels and apartments on the hills.
When To Go To Puerto Rico
A Puerto Rico holiday can be taken at any time of year with its pleasantly hot summers and warm winters.
Puerto Rico - The Place
Puerto Rico on the south coast of Gran Canaria boasts that it has the longest hours of sunshine on the island. Originally having a small fishing harbour, Puerto Rico now has a small manmade beach with sand imported from the North African deserts. A second beach, Amadores, is a pleasant twenty minute walk along the coastal path. There are many water sports including wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving.
Behind the beach there is a beautiful tropical garden with a huge variety of trees and flowers. In addition there are two public swimming lidos ideal for cooling off on a hot day.
Those with mobility problems must remember that the resort is not flat and has some fairly steep gradients.
The ocean around Gran Canaria has ideal conditions for whale and dolphin spotting and for big game fishing where it is possible to catch blue marlins weighing hundreds of pounds.
Golfers will find an eighteen hole golf course close to the sand dunes in a nature reserve in nearby Maspalomas.
Many of the islands attractions are found near Puerto Rico including the very popular Aqualand. With over thirty slides including the Anaconda and the Tornado it appeals to both children and adults alike. Here you can actually swim with the sea lions.
Puerto Rico Nightlife
Although there are some lively bars and discos at the main shopping centre, Puerto Rico is essentially a family resort and this is reflected in its nightlife. Evening entertainment is often provided by hotels with shows and live acts. There are a good number of cosy restaurants where couples can enjoy an intimate meal.
One of the attractions of shopping in Gran Canaria is that goods are virtually tax free and the Centro Civico in Puerto Rico has a wide variety of shops and boutiques. There are two other shopping centres, Agua la Perra and Europa, which have good supermarkets well stocked with essentials and a number of souvenir and gift shops.
Puerto Rico Eating
Puerto Rico has many bars, cafes and restaurants serving a wide variety of food catering for most tastes. The many tapas bars provide welcome sustenance in the long hours between lunch and dinner, generally served much later than in Britain. Traditional fish restaurants, with their fresh produce simply prepared are not to be missed.