Located in the northeast of the Caribbean Sea, and known as the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. The archipelago is famous for its interesting history and diverse heritage, with colonial architecture, beautiful landscapes and warm locals that will take you out to dance.
Why Visit Puerto Rico
HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
Puerto Rico has a rich culture and history. The country is a mix of of Spanish, African and Taino (one of the largest indigenous people of the Caribbean). The colonial period influenced the country greatly, and it can be seen through the colonial architecture that can be found all over, with structures that day back to the 1500s, especially in San Juan.
Puerto Rico has unspoiled and diverse nature, with jungles, waterfalls, mountains, underground caves and one of the most impressive natural phenomenons: the bioluminescent bays. The country also boasts some of the best beaches in the world, with over 270 miles of coastline.
LOCALS & NIGHTLIFE
Puerto Ricans are warm, hospitable and friendly. They love to share their vibrant culture, and won’t hesitate to take you out to dance or to try their amazing rum. The Bomba and the Danza, two popular Puerto Rican dances, were invented on the island hundreds of years ago.
Puerto Rico is famous for its Rum, the world’s second-largest producer. 80% of the rum consumed in the United States hails from the island. Famous brands include: Bacardi, Don Q, Ron del Barrilito and Palo Viejo.
Puerto Rican cuisine is nothing but mouth watering. It offers a blend of flavors, a mix between Spanish, Caribbean, and African. Popular dishes include the famous “Mofongo” (meat or seafood-filled mound of plantains), the “Lechon“, and “arroz con gandules“.
What to expect
English and Spanish are both the official languages of Puerto Rico, however spanish is the dominant language. In tourist attractions or big cities almost everybody will speak English and you can survive without a word of Spanish. It is recommended to learn some basic phrases if you are visiting remote areas.
In Puerto Rico the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the american continent; If you are traveling from the EU you will need an adaptor.
Puerto Rico uses the american dollar as the official currency, s it is a commonwealth country of the United States. Other foreign currencies like euros are not accepted. Credit cards are widely accepted. It is encouraged to exchange it in a bank or withdraw it directly from the ATM if you are flying in with another currency than american dollars.
Puerto Rico has a Tropical Marine climate with an average temperature of 80 °F (26 °C). Temperatures can drop up to 70 °F (21 °C) in January. Puerto Rico enjoys warm, sunny and humid days most of the year.
Puerto Rico is relatively safe, although some neighborhoods can have a higher crime rate than others, especially at night. Pickpockets are common in touristy areas and on public transportation, so be aware and exercise your common sense.
Passport and visa requirements for entering Puerto Rico are the same as for entering the USA. Citizens of the EU, Chile, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan can enter the US with the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA), that allows them to stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, though it is recommended that travelers apply as soon as they begin preparing travel plans or prior to purchasing airline tickets. Citizens of every other country must first obtain a U.S. visa.
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