Puerto Rico Travel Books and Maps

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At first glance this is a page that would seem to go against the grain of our entire site.  Why?  Because the purpose of this site is to tell you about all the great places that Puerto Rico has to offer, show pictures, audios and videos and then guide you straight to each one with our GPS maps.

And if you have your own GPS unit or rent one with your rental car then you could always copy the GPS coordinates from our maps, punch them into your own GPS unit and let it guide you straight to each place.

So why paper books and maps?  Simple, because some people prefer them.  They like to bookmark them, scribble along the margins and carry a non-digital piece of information at all times. And our ultimate goal is to give each traveler exactly what he/she wants.  So, as an Amzon.com affiliate, I thought I’d do the homework for you and present what I consider to be the best collection of Puerto Rico Travel books and maps.

Puerto Rico For Beach Bums

puerto-rico-for-beach-bums-cover-for-wordpress“Puerto Rico For Beach Bums”, is the ultimate guide to Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches.

Most people think of Puerto Rico as an Island. But actually it’s not. It’s an archipelago. That means that it’s comprised of the main Island and several smaller islands to the east, south and west. In spite of this confusion there’s one thing that’s crystal clear. We’re surrounded by water! And that means beaches… lots of great beaches.

Many of Puerto Rico’s beaches consistently rank among the best in the world in publications like Condé Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor and The Travel Channel. But most importantly many of these beaches are only a few miles away from the Island’s popular tourist spots. And guess what? They’re all free!

That’s right! In Puerto Rico every single beach belongs to the people. It’s even in the Island’s constitution. So in many cases the only thing you’ll be paying for is parking.

“Puerto Rico For Beach Bums” presents a collection of 21 of Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches photographed and described in great detail for beach lovers like you. We also mention the beaches located in the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra to our east and “Caja de Muerto” island to our south.

Here’s a list of all the beaches covered in Puerto Rico For Beach Bums:

  1. Balneario El Escambrón
  2. La Playita Del Condado
  3. Condado Beach
  4. Balneario de Carolina
  5. Balneario La Monserrate
  6. Seven Seas
  7. Playa del Tamarindo
  8. Playa Sucia
  9. Combate Beach
  10. Boquerón Beach
  11. Buyé Beach
  12. Domes Beach
  13. Balneario Pico de Piedra
  14. Crash Boat
  15. Playa Jobos
  16. Mar Chiquita
  17. Los Tubos
  18. Puerto Nuevo
  19. Cerro Gordo
  20. Sardinera Beach
  21. Punta Salinas

Plus, every description includes GPS coordinates that you can punch into your smartphone’s GPS app or into your dedicated GPS unit to arrive on a dime.

So, if you are a beach lover eager to experience the best beaches in the world, order your copy of “Puerto Rico For Beach Bums” right now and start enjoying the Island’s most beautiful beaches even before you get here!

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the-old-san-juan-walking-tourIf you’re coming to Old San Juan and you’re the kind of person that likes to explore places on your own, then you have to read “The Old San Juan Walking Tour”. “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” takes you by the hand and guides you through every attraction in the world’s most beautiful city (I’m biased).

My name is Orlando Mergal. I’m a landscape photographer, a professional writer and an all-around communications expert. And I’ve been doing this for a very long time.

But you know what I’ve been doing even longer? Living in Puerto Rico. My parents moved back to the Island in 1963 when I was only 9 years old. So I’ve lived most of my life in Puerto Rico. More importantly, Old San Juan has literally been my playground since I was a teenager, and that was also a long time ago.

I just love the place. I visit the city several times a month and I’ve studied it, photographed it and wrote about every inch of it. I guess you could say that I know the place inside out.

Several years ago I created the first iteration of “The Old San Juan Walking Tour”. It was an audio tour that you could put in your iPod (remember those?) and it would be like a personal guide that would show you every point of interest in the City.

Now I’ve created the Kindle version and it’s totally updated for 2014. Now you can explore the city in advance, look at every picture and decide which attractions interest you the most.

Time is important when visiting Old San Juan. Guess why? Because visitors arriving on cruise ships spend less than 8 hours in the Old City. So if youre one of those you’ll maximize your time if you come with a plan.

If you arrive by plane you’ll have as much time as your stay allows. But even so, you’ll spend that time more wisely if you know exactly what to do and where to go.

“The Old San Juan Walking Tour” covers every important point of interest in the Old City (this book is also available in Spanish here). And to tell you the truth, it can’t be done in a day. Old San Juan simply has too many interesting things to see and do to cover it in a single day.

But that’s where “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” comes in. You can take your first tour at home, with your Kindle, and decide which attractions interest you the most. That way you’ll be able to draw your own route.

Order “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” today and enjoy Puerto Rico’s capital city to the fullest.

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Fodor’s Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)

fodors-full-color-guideExpanded Coverage: New restaurants and hotels in and around San Juan, delicious food kiosks in Luquillo by top chefs, and exclusive mountain paradores are just a few of the dining and lodging highlights we’ve added in this edition. Also look for an updated, full-color pull out map.

Illustrated Features: Full-color spotlights provide in-depth information on the wondrous Bioluminescent Bay in Vieques, tips for the best places to Salsa dance, and the best beaches for both novice and expert surfers. Discover the best of El Yunque National Forest and learn about the traditional art of mask-making.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: We offer itineraries that will have you strolling the highlights of Old San Juan, beach-hopping from coast to coast, and driving straight through the island’s beautiful remote interior.Quickly find the sights you want to see with practical advice on getting around and our lists of top attractions and experiences.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Puerto Rico offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

TripAdvisor Reviews: Our experts’ hotel selections are reinforced by the latest customer feedback from TripAdvisor. Travelers can book their Puerto Rico stay with confidence, as only the best properties make the cut.

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Puerto Rico (Insight Guides)

insight-guides-puerto-ricoInsight Guide Puerto Rico is an inspiring visual guide to this vivid and vibrant island, brought to life with hundreds of evocative photographs and lively features on history and culture. Our inspirational Best of Puerto Rico section highlights the country’s unmissable sights and experiences – such as exploring the dramatic Rio Camuy Caves and taking a boat to the glowing waters of Phosphorescent Bay. The comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip, and our selective listings bring you the author’s recommendations for the best and most authentic hotels, bars, and restaurants.

Lavish magazine-style features offer a unique insight into life in Puerto Rico, from folk art and festivals to wildlife and its national drink, rum. A detailed Places section, with full-color maps cross-referenced to the lively narrative, guides you around the entire island, with detailed descriptions of what to see, from El Morro, Old San Juan’s historic fortress, to remote villages and rainforest-cloaked mountains.

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Frommer’s Puerto Rico

frommers-puerto-ricoWritten by a travel writer and city news reporter based in San Juan, Frommer’s Puerto Rico gives you an insider’s view of the island, with updates on the newest developments and best local experiences.

  • We’ll point you to a gorgeous white-sand beach that only locals know about, give you the scoop on both upscale dining and roadside nosh pits, and we list the best places for snorkeling, hiking, golf, sailing, and deep-sea fishing.
  • You’ll also get a complete shopper’s guide, and up-to-date coverage of the newest nightlife in the region, from casinos to salsa clubs to low-key beach bars.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations–they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity–no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

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Lonely Planet Puerto Rico

lonely-planet-puerto-ricoLonely Planet Puerto Rico is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Lose yourself in the historical stories of Old San Juan, feel the rub of sand between your toes at Playa Flamenco, or catch some beisbol; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Puerto Rico and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Puerto Rico Travel Guide:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips – including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience – including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, politics, landscapes, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Free, convenient pull-out San Juan map (included in print version), plus over 32 local maps
  • Useful features – including Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar), Puerto Rico Outdoors, and Travel with Children
  • Coverage of San Juan, Ponce, Rincon, Culebra, Vieques, Fajardo, Isabela, Luquillo, Catano, Cabo Rojo, Aguadilla, Dorado, El Yunque, Central Mountains, and more

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Puerto Rico National Geographic Adventure Map

national-geographic-map-puerto-ricoNational Geographic’s Puerto Rico AdventureMap is designed to meet the unique needs of adventure travelers with its durability and accurate information. This folded map provides global travelers with the perfect combination of detail and perspective, highlighting hundreds of points of interest and the diverse and unique destinations within the country.

The map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, plus a clearly marked road network complete with distances and designations for major highways, main roads, and tracks and trails for those seeking to explore more remote regions.

The front side includes the western half of the commonwealth including San Antonio, Arecibo, Vega Baja, Mayagüez, Ponce, and more. The reverse covers the eastern half of the archipelago including San Juan, Fajardo, Caguas, Humacao, Cayey, Guayama, and more. Inset maps provide greater detail of the San Juan Area, Old San Juan, Isla Mona.

Every AdventureMap is printed on durable synthetic paper, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of international travel. Each is two-sided and can be folded to a packable size of (4.25″ x 9.25″); unfolded size is (26″ x 38″).

Key Features:

  • Waterproof and tear-resistant
  • Accurate topography/terrain with a clearly labeled road network
  • Hundreds of points of interest, including the locations parks and nature reserves, protected lands, historical and cultural attractions
  • Thousands of place names including towns and natural features; detailed place names index
  • Important travel networks including airports, lighthouses, ferry routes and rail lines
  • Updated regularly to ensure accuracy

Proceeds from the sale of National Geographic maps go to support the National Geographic Society’s vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

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