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In cinco surprises in Puerto Rico

In cinco surprises in Puerto Rico

With glamorous resorts, ramped-up cuisine and high adventure, this no-passport-needed Caribbean isle has new allure for U.S. tourists.

Not since the Cuban exodus precipitated by the rise of Fidel Castro has Puerto Rico been so flush. In the late 1950s and early '60s, hotels and casinos fled Havana for San Juan, setting up gleaming resorts on capitalist-friendly shores.

Over time, islands from the Bahamas to Aruba turned travelers' heads with newer resorts and more exotic settings. But Puerto Rico always had a few trump cards in its hand — namely, the convenience of flying to the Caribbean's largest airport, the no-passport-required policy (Puerto Rico is a U.S. commonwealth)...