The island of Puerto Rico, with its cool Atlantic northern waters and bath-like Caribbean beaches, its mountainous interior and myriad microclimates ranging from alpine to jungle, has always held allure for adventurers, be they conquistadors, pirates or corporate investors.

The conquistadores and pirates are long gone, but lately, investors have been pulling out too, taking jobs with them and leaving behind a local government that is increasingly challenged to raise enough tax revenue to pay its bills.

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