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Puerto Rico Tourism Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Paradores Program; Family-Owned Country Inns Offer Charming Settings and Good Value

By Arnold Abrams. STAFF WRITER

September 29, 2003
Copyright © 2003 PR Newswire Association LLC. All rights reserved. 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Puerto Rico offers diverse activities to fulfill the interests of a wide variety of travelers. The island offers world-class golf, stylish restaurants, deluxe spas, and one-of-a-kind natural wonders by land and sea such as El Yunque and the black coral wall off the coast of La Parguera. Visitors also enjoy the authentic Latin culture and rich history when visiting Old San Juan's various historic sites and Ponce's colonial architecture, but one of the island's best-kept historic secrets is a network of small country inns called Paradores. In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Paradores of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is offering guests the option of booking a third night at a Parador for $30, through May 2004.

"Each Parador has something different to offer -- its own style, its own history. However, they all share the same mission of family ownership and pride in the service they provide. We are offering guests this special deal, as an open invitation to experience our Paradores, and extend their stay and extra night," said Jose Suarez, Executive Director of PRTC.

Puerto Rico's collection of 25 Paradores are scattered throughout the island's mountains and coasts -- either in small towns or tranquil, beautiful locations. These wonderful country inns offer the perfect opportunity to experience the island's inner beauty. Their affordable rates, as low as $65-110 per night, are only the beginning of their charms. For example of the earliest Paradores, Hacienda Gripinas, is a former coffee plantation hidden away on the island's mountainous interior, near the town of Jayuya. Over 200 years old, the Hacienda was converted to a lovely inn in 1975 and now offers guests a true Old World experience in a lush setting. Most of the properties offer this formula of unique location and historic significance.

For more information about the Paradores of Puerto Rico, call 800-866-7827, or visit the Puerto Rico Tourism Company website at

CONTACT: Victoria Martinez of Edelman, +1-212-704-8154,, for Puerto Rico Tourism Company

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