National Geographic : 1962 Dec
Government decided on restoration-half a million dollars' worth for the building and its tropical gardens. More restoration is coming to the narrow, swarming streets of Old San Juan. "Three-quarters of the buildings here be long to the 18th and 19th centuries," said Dr. Ricardo Alegria, head of the Institute of Cul ture. "We're restoring 230 acres-as the Rockefellers did Williamsburg, Virginia. But we are not working for the tourists. Our pro gram is an answer to the critics of the United States ... it proves that she has not destroyed Puerto Rican culture." A few hilly blocks away from La Forta leza, another structure bridges the four cen turies of European settlement. The Casa Blanca, or White House, the oldest continu ously inhabited European home in the West ern Hemisphere, was begun in 1521. It sits Gentle Waters Off Icacos Island Reflect Silver From the Winter Sun Rocking to the rhythm of the Atlantic, pleasure boats moor by the beach of an idyl lic isle off Puerto Rico's northeast tip. Mist shrouds mountains on the mainland. Hawaii in the Caribbean: Thousands of graceful coconut palms fringe Luquillo Beach, thronged in summer but almost de serted in winter. Its parking lot can accom modate two thousand cars.