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Welcome to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Capital: San Juan

Official Languages: Spanish and English

Population: 3,474,182 (2015 estimate)

Currency: United States Dollars

Driving side: Right

Calling code: +1-787, +1-939

This beautiful Caribbean island is a favourite for tourists who love pristine beaches, soft sand, warm turquoise waters and epic landscapes. Formerly under Spanish rule, you can feel the history of the country with well preserved colonial buildings and vibrant culture.

Puerto rico hosts many visitors each year who come to bask on its soft sands. Puerto rico boasts of three rare bays that glow in the dark- this is a spectacular and wonderful experience for kayaking and boatshows. El Yunque National Forest is a lush and large rainforest which boasts of waterfalls and petroglyphs.

The different cultures that are integrated in Puerto Rico makes it an interesting destination for great music, food and festivals.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Mata la Gata

This small island is part of the La Parguera Natural Reserve. The gorgeous coral cay is a wonderful place for swimming and snorkelling. You can get to this island through a water taxi and make sure you bring your food and drinks.

San Juan

Visit the old city of San Juan, explore its walls which was built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Walk around the wall to have a lovely view of the city and the
Atlantic ocean.

Bioluminescent bays

Explore the rare water bodies of Puerto Rico. There are three of them in the country- Fajardo, the town of La Parguera, and at Mosquito Bay on Vieques. These bays glow in the dark and its a superb experience for night boat shows.

Business

Tourism is Puerto Rico's main source of income and it has undergone great development. The Manufacturing sector is also another main source of income due to massive industrialization.

With a GDP of around $127 million, the country grows agricultural products for export. Products like fresh fruits and vegetables are largely grown in Puerto Rico as well as dairy and livestock produce.

Pharmaceuticals, electrical and electronic equipment, processed food, textiles, clothing, rum, petrochemicals and refined oil are Puerto Rico's main products. In the city of Mayagüez, there's a foreign free-trade zone.

A liitle knowledge of Spanish is ideal if you want to do business on this island although English is widely spoken.

 

 

 

Climate

Puerto Rico's climate is very friendly. Due to the tropical climate of the island, the required clothing is just your lightweight cloth and light rainwear.

The rainy season is from April to November.

 

Communications

The best way to make international calls in Puerto Rico is by buying an international calling card which can be purchased at drug or gift stores. You can use the cards on the hotel phones or pay phones.

Internet service is available in all cities and towns.

Customs

The normal and customary form of greeting is through handshakes. You are expected to dress formal in hotel dining rooms or casinos- do not put on shorts around here.

Casual dressing is acceptable.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported by visitors over 21 years of age into Puerto Rico without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigars.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages.

Narcotics and dangerous drugs, absinthe, biological materials, some seeds, fruits and plants, unlicensed firearms and ammunition, meat and poultry products and all banned from being imported into Puerto Rico

 

Electricity

120 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins are standard.

Getting Around

There are domestic airlines operating and they provide domestic flights within Puerto Rico.

The country has a good road network, so getting around by road is a good option. Cars are available for hire from registered agencies.

Taxis are available in the airports, tourist sites or you can hail them on the streets

There's a train that runs within San Juan but there are no rail service between cities.

Language

Spanish and English are widely spoken in Puerto Rico

Money

The United States Dollar is the currency for transaction here while credit cards are accepted.

ATMs are available and note that they are called ATHs (A Toda Hora- meaning, ‘at all hours’).

Passport Visa

The requirements for entering USA are the same for Puerto Rico.

Time

GMT -4:00

Tipping

Tipping is the same as in USA, tip anyone who helps with your luggage $1 to $2, while you tip 10% to 20% to those that serve you drinks.

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