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Monday, March 19, 2012

Book "Puerto Rico" a Travel Guide by Lonely Planet - Nate Cavalieri and Beth Kohn

About the Book: “Welcome to Puerto Rico: endless sand, swashbuckling history lessons and wildly diverse tropical terrain. The sun-washed backyard of the United States is a place locals fittingly call the Island of Enchantment.” – Nate Cavalieri, Lonely Planet Writer
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Inside This Book…
2 expert authors. 84 days (and nights) of research. 110 stunning beaches explored. 53 legendary surf breaks Inspirational photos. Clear, easy-to-use maps. Pull-out city map. Puerto Rico Outdoors feature. Comprehensive planning tools. Easy-to-read layout.

About the Authors: Nate Cavalieri - Nate researched the previous edition of Puerto Rico entirely on bicycle, but didn't have the chutzpah to pedal over the Central Mountains this time around. The sting from this defeat was soothed by exploring the beguiling diversity of Puerto Rican pork dishes. His favorite experiences while researching this edition included scanning the waters for manatee from the lighthouse at Cabo Rojo, sharing a Medalla with an old-duty cop at a beach bonfire in Rincón and getting a high five from Sammy, the dancing bull mascot of the San Juan Senadores. Nate's authored a handful of titles for Lonely Planet on California, the western United States, Latin America and international volunteering. After a yearlong trip around the world in 2010, he gets a little taste of Puerto Rico every day while walking through his neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.
Beth Kohn - Beth has loved Puerto Rico since her first trip here, when she catapulted into a shimmering bioluminescent bay and stayed up for hours listening to the coqui frogs. Her favorite experience this time was tramping up the south road of El Yunque until the jungle swallowed the pavement and her shoes were inundated with water. Next time she'll take some rubber boots and keep going. An author of many Lonely Planet guides, including Mexico and South America on a Shoestring, you can see more of her written and photographic work at www.bethkohn.com.

My Review: This is a travel guide that should be able to fulfill all your needs for information on what to do, how to do, where to go, etc... when you are visiting Puerto Rico. The authors did a magnificent job putting together this excellent travel guide.

The book is structured in four blocks. First one is called "Plan Your Trip". Second one is "On the Road", followed by "Understand Puerto Rico" and finally "Survival Guide". On "Plan Your Trip" the authors list 20 top experiences, facts that you need to know, main facts on the island month-by-month, some suggestions for itineraries if you have seven days (Essential Puerto Rico), two weeks (The Grand Tour), five to ten days (An Escape to Culabra & Vieques), five days (Exploring the Mountains), and seven days (Puerto Rico's North Coast). They also talk about outdoors and travelling with children.
After this initial introduction, the authors start describing places to visit, starting with San Juan, El Yunque & East Coast, Culebra & Vieques, Ponce & South Coast, West Coast, North Coast and Central Mountains. For each segment there is an introduction with the history, a map, highlights, where to eat, what to visit, where to stay, costs for attractions, hours of operations, etc.
The "Understand Puerto Rico" block brings information on history, dance, life in Puerto Rico, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, sports and art. Finally, the "Survival Guide" gives you general guidelines on climate, pets, insurance, visas, transportation and language.

This is an outstanding result for a combined effort from two different authors and it was published by Lonely Planet in November 2011. I recommend this book for those who are serious about planing their trips and also for those who want to remember details on previous travels, while wishing they can return to Puerto Rico some day in the future.

Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this book for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not request to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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