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Skyline of Isla Verde
Isla Verde (Spanish for Green Isle or Green Island) is an area of Carolina located east of Santurce (southwestern front of Piñones) next to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport above the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge. The area lies just outside the eastern border of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico that links with the college town of Río Piedras and the residential counterpart surroundings of Hato Rey, which includes the neighborhoods of Baldrich and University Gardens revolving around Golden Mile's financial district.
Isla Verde is also the name of the small island some 400 meters north of Punta Medio, with a size of just 2,518 m² (0.6 acres). It is the island that gave name to the district. The island falls within the Cangrejo Arriba barrio of Carolina. The district of Isla Verde is in fact the coastal area of Cangrejo Arriba. Isla Verde is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by the San Juan area of Punta las Marias and Ocean Park (Santurce), to the east by Loíza and to the south by Carolina and Rio Piedras (San Juan). Isla Verde, along with Condado, is one of the main tourist areas in the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, hosting various restaurants, hotels, casinos and discos.
The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which many people mistakenly think is situated in San Juan, is actually located in the Isla Verde area, which, as aforementioned, belongs to the city of Carolina. For almost four years, the airport was given the unofficial title "Isla Verde International Airport", both by locals and visitors. Its residents tend to downplay the fact that the area is technically part of Carolina because Isla Verde shares the coastline with, and is akin to Ocean park and Condado which are both nearby and part of Santurce, one of the capital's historic districts.
Since the airport's creation and up until the September 11, 2001 attacks, aviation fans could enjoy a day at the beach, and at the same time, watch the aircraft land or take-off at a specially designed spot located near Piñones, Loíza. As a consequence of the attacks, the spot was closed to the general public because it might compromise airport security. Because of the airport's location in the Isla Verde area, some streets have had to be closed several times during visits by dignitaries and celebrities (most notably when a local has had overseas success in a competition). The area has a multitude of restaurants, hotels and high-priced homes. Many celebrities have lived in Isla Verde's affluent areas, including some former members of the boy band Menudo, including Ricky Martin. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, it was home to one of the world's more popular discos of the time: The Flying Saucer was owned by Charlie Garcia who had promoted the Muhammad Ali vs. Jean Pierre Coopman fight at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. The Flying Saucer had a capacity of 800 people and over 10,000 were left outside opening night as DJ Orlando Torres del Pino had to force himself into the club. Isla Verde is home to an Cuban exile community centered on Casa Cuba, which is Puerto Rico's main Cuban social club.
The Isla Verde bus terminal has routes to various other parts of San Juan:
There are two bus systems serving the Isla Verde bus terminal: AMA, the main public transportation systemand SITRAC which travels in the Isla Verde Hotel district. The public bus 5 and 53 which will take you from the Bus Terminal to Old San Juan (e.g. to El Morro) in roughly 1 hour. The SITRAC bus is free but only stays in Isla Verde. The public bus costs 75 cents to ride.
Available at all times, taxis charge about $20 for a ride to the Condado and Old San Juan areas.
Isla Verde has very wealthy areas but is not too far from the island's largest public housing project, Luis Llorens Torres Residential Complex, which is actually within San Juan. Despite its closeness to this area, Isla Verde is very safe thanks to the heavy police presence in the area; in fact, Carolina's autonomous police department has a police station in the area.
San Juan is the capital and most-populous municipality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it is the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States, with a population of 395,326. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's capital is the third oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, founded in 1496 and Panama City, in Panama, founded in 1519. Several historical buildings are located in San Juan; among the most notable are the city's former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Americas.
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Puerto Rico Highway 17 (PR-17) is a main highway located in Carolina, San Juan and Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. It begins at PR-20 near its terminus with PR-2, and ends in the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina. It is known as Jesus de Piñero Avenue along its entire length. It intersects several important highways and streets in the metro area, including PR-18, Juan Ponce de León Avenue (PR-25), Expreso Trujillo Alto (PR-181) and PR-8. After the intersection with PR-181, it becomes a very short freeway and part of it is a bridge called the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, which is tolled with $3.40. After the bridge, it makes a final intersection with Román Baldorioty de Castro Expressway (PR-26) before becoming the road to the airport.
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