35 Things Puerto Ricans Know To Be True

Take a trip to Puerto Rico. From salsa and bomba y plena to the coqui, mofongo, bioluminescent bays, Old San Juan, and everything else that makes you proud to be Boricua.

1. This is the most beautiful flag in the world.

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2. Marc Anthony can do no wrong.

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The best-selling salsa singer of all time wears his love for Puerto Rico on his sleeve.

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3. Watching him sing “Preciosa,” about his love for the island, in Puerto Rico, with the crowd singing every word, gives you chills.

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4. The coqui is a magical little frog that rarely survives if taken out of Puerto Rico, and you love him because he’s named after the mating call he makes: coqui, coqui.

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5. Mofongo — what happens when platanos and meat are combined — is certifiably delicious.

The dish was brought by slaves to the Caribbean, who kept their culture alive. Now Puerto Ricans have it on the island and off.

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6. Mom or abuela are holding it down in the kitchen when the pilón is out.

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7. But this is still the best use for one.

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8. Puerto Rico’s beaches are paradise.

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9. Tourists can’t get enough of the 400-year-old “El Morro,” but if you’re honest, you love the fortress too.

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10. The same goes for Casa Bacardi.

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I mean, it’s an actual rum factory.

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11. The three bioluminescent bays — Lagunda Grande, Mosquito Bay, and La Parguera — are proof that you can feel childlike wonderment again.

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12. El Yunque looks like the magical island on LOST.

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13. This song, “No hay cama pa tanta gente,” by El Gran Combo, translates to “There isn’t a bed for all these people,” and it’s funnier in Spanish.

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14. El Gran Combo, Hector Lavoe, and Willie Colon had a starring role in your parent’s courtship, possibly your conception.

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15. Las Cuevas de Camuy is basically the original Batcave, and the sounds of bats were recorded for Batman and Pirates of the Caribbean shot there too.

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16. Sofrito to Puerto Ricans is like oxygen to most humans.

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17. Got some free time? Play dominos.

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18. You heard the Piña Colada was invented in Puerto Rico and thought, “Yeah, that makes perfect sense.”

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19. No matter how hot it is, a piragua always makes everything better.

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20. You go to Guavate for all of the pork. All of the tasty, delicious, juicy, tender, oh-my-god-want-it-right-now pork.

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21. Bomba y plena are defining musical sounds of Puerto Rico and the Afro-Puerto Rican population.

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22. Puerto Rican women are breathtaking.

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Miss Puerto Rico 2013, Monic Perez, Jennifer Lopez and model Joan Smalls Rodriguez.

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23. OK, the guys aren’t so bad themselves.

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Salsa singer Victor Manuelle, Ricky Martin and actor Amaury Nolasco.

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24. Roberto Clemente was and always will be a hero.

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25. You want to roll your eyes but you still smile every time Victor Cruz does this.

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26. Las Navidades in Puerto Rico are a really big deal.

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27. There are parrandas.

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28. Pasteles.

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29. Arroz con gandules.

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30. And sweet, delicious, dangerous coquito.

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31. After all that, you thank Puerto Rican’s ancestors, the Taino Indians, whose language gave us the words “barbecue” and, most importantly, “hammock.”

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32. You love Old San Juan’s timeworn, classic beauty.

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33. So when you see something like this, you feel pride well up in your heart.

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34. And you’ll listen to this thinking just one thing…

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35. I can’t wait to go to Puerto Rico again.

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