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Get to know some basic facts about Puerto Rico.

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, locals are American citizens, and American travelers can enter the Island without carrying a passport. Nor do U.S. travelers require international calling plans for their phones. The currency used in Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar. 

Languages

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States where the official languages are Spanish and English. You may come across people who speak a mixture of both, or “Spanglish,” given the influence of the U.S. on the Island.

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Location

Puerto Rico is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean, located east of the Dominican Republic.

Currency

The currency used in Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar.

No passport needed for U.S. travelers

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, American citizens do not require a passport to enter the Island. However, they must always travel with a valid ID.

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Transportation

You can get to Puerto Rico by air or by sea. Airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, United, Southwest, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines have direct flights to the Island. To give you an idea, the Island receives over 1,300 weekly non-stop flights and almost 1,000 direct flights. Most of these flights come from cities like New York, Boston, Orlando, Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas, Houston, Baltimore, Washington, and Chicago.

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Weather

The climate in Puerto Rico is warm and tropical (i.e., expect an afternoon shower during the summer months). The temperature varies between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. It can go down to about 60 degrees in the central mountainous area during December and January.

Miami-like, Condado is the center of entertainment in the metro area.

Phone plans

American travelers do not need to opt for international plans to make calls since their phones will work perfectly on the Island. In Puerto Rico, there is a 4GLTE network; 5G is available at some locations. In remote areas of the Island, cellular service and data coverage can be spotty, so always plan if you’re going into the mountains, for example. 

Population

There are around 3.2 million people in Puerto Rico, and close to 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the U.S.

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Other facts

  • The legal age to consume alcoholic beverages in Puerto Rico is 18 years.
  • The Island has almost 300 miles of coastline and nearly the same number of beaches.
  • Puerto Rico has the largest shopping center in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Américas, and the most extensive rum factory globally, Casa Bacardí.
  • El Yunque is the only rainforest in the U.S. Forest System and is in Puerto Rico. The forest receives over 120 inches of rain every year.\
  • Although Puerto Rico is an American territory, it competes as an individual country in Miss Universe’s contests and the Olympics.
  • Flamenco beach, in Culebra, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world on multiple occasions.
  • The piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico.
  • The remains of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León are in a tomb inside the San Juan Cathedral

Puerto Rico is full of beautiful hidden gems, culinary experiences and a culture as warm and welcoming as our tropical weather.

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Planning a Trip to Puerto Rico: The Step-by-step Guide

Putting together a Puerto Rico itinerary from start to finish can be super overwhelming—so use this step-by-step guide to plan your trip to Puerto Rico with minimal hassle. And if you have any questions, feel free to send us a message.

To take the stress out of travel planning, connect with a Puerto Rican local. Not only will they design a custom itinerary based on your interests, but they’ll let you in on a few of the island’s secrets. It’s basically like having a best friend in Puerto Rico. Learn more. 

Step 1: Choose the best time to go


Palomino Island, Puerto Rico | Cliff N/Flickr

The best time to visit Puerto Rico really depends on your personal preferences. Puerto Rico’s tourist season runs from December to May because (a) these months tend to be a bit less rainy and (b) people want to escape wintery weather at home. On the flip side, peak season comes with more crowds, and there are just as many amazing things to do in Puerto Rico in the offseason. Plus, the weather is almost identical no matter when you go.

Pro tip: For the best prices, buy your plane tickets at least 2 months in advance of your trip, and don’t forget to look for special flight discounts (think senior citizens, students, groups etc. )

Step 2: Sketch out your itinerary

Make a list, check it twice—it’s time to find out which places to stay are the most…nice…

Sorry. We tried. Anyway, one of the best parts about traveling to Puerto Rico is the island’s size. Since Puerto Rico is only about as big as the state of Connecticut, it’s easy to hit all the tourist attractions—with tons of hidden gems in between—in a relatively short period of time. For this juggling act, we’d recommend getting some input from a local travel planner who knows the island inside and out. They’ll streamline your itinerary with all the sightseeing spots, hidden-gem places to go, and activities you could ever want.

Step 3: Factor in travel time


Factor in travel time | Ashim D’Silva/Unsplash

The amount of time you spend on the airplane is an important detail that often gets lost in the mix. To get the max out of your PR adventure, consider taking an early flight to one of Puerto Rico’s 4 major airports. That way, no matter how long your flight is, you’ll arrive with plenty of energy for tackling some Puerto Rico must-dos. Keep in mind that many attractions are located within a two-hour driving radius of major airports like San Juan.

Pro tip: Most flights to Puerto Rico go through the island’s biggest airport, Luis Munoz Marin International in San Juan. Other airports are located in Aguadilla, Culebra, Mayaguez, Ponce, and Vieques—smaller cities with fewer airline options.

Step 4: Assemble your travel documents

If you’re a US citizen, you don’t need a passport to go to Puerto Rico—just the same ID you’d need to fly anywhere else in the country (one of the many reasons why traveling to Puerto Rico is so easy). For peace of mind, make a photocopy of your ID before you leave, so if it’s misplaced you’re not in too much trouble (and feel free to check out this Puerto Rico travel guide for more helpful tips).

Step 5: Decide what to pack


Decide what to pack | Anete Lusina/Unsplash

Bring on the shorts, tank tops, and sundresses—you’re headed to the tropics, baby! Pack your comfiest walking shoes (preferably already broken in)—Puerto Rico’s best places to visit are all walkable. If you forget to bring a few toiletries don’t worry; it’s easy to find convenience stores like Walgreens. Many of Puerto Rico’s best vacation spots are also close to convenience stores or have vendors close by.

Step 6: Let your credit/debit card provider know you’re traveling

Since Puerto Rico uses the US dollar, you don’t need to worry about exchange rates (woo!). However, it doesn’t hurt to call your bank to tell them you’re going to Puerto Rico. That way, they’ll know you’re the one using the card and won’t freeze your account for suspicious activity. And don’t forget to call your cell phone provider too!

Step 7: Outline your budget


El Yunque | Doreeno/Flickr

Even if you’re trying to take a cheap trip to Puerto Rico (which is actually really easy), you might still be tempted to splurge. One of the best ways to save on Puerto Rico travel is by trying off-the-beaten-path options, like Airbnbs, street food vendors, and free attractions. No matter where you stay in Puerto Rico, you can find good deals.  

Pro tip: If you’re trying to figure out what to do in Puerto Rico that’s both fun and inexpensive, consider one of these alternative ways to travel to Puerto Rico in 2022.

Step 8: Weigh your lodging options


Lodging in Puerto Rico | MariamS/Pixabay

While PR has the usual hotel chains found anywhere else in the States, some of the best places to stay in Puerto Rico are anything but usual (think one-of-a-kind lodgings like a treehouse in El Yunque or a seaside villa near Rincon). Don’t stress about finding the ideal place on your own—your trip planner will recommend the best lodging options to fit your budget and preferences.

Step 9: Know how to get around

Since Puerto Rico doesn’t have much by way of public transit, decide in advance how you want to get around the island. Uber is an efficient, cheap way to see some major sites—especially if you’re traveling around San Juan. That said, rental cars average just $25/day and are generally the best way to see Puerto Rico at your own pace.

Pro tip: Many highways were damaged in Hurricane Maria, but have since been repaired. It’s entirely safe to travel through Puerto Rico by car—for more information, check out this Puerto Rico tourism update.

Step 10: Prioritize the highlights you want to see


The Raices Fountain in San Juan | Ricardo’s Photography/Flickr

We all love our guidebooks and TripAdvisor tips. But odds are, your trip will be more fulfilling if you check off the Puerto Rican wonders that you most want to see. Granted, it doesn’t hurt to head over to vacation spots like El Yunque, San Juan, or any of Puerto Rico’s incredible beaches—but the island’s real wonders are gems only locals can show you.

With this guide, you’re almost ready to start planning your trip. But to really take the stress out of travel planning, connect with a Puerto Rico local. They’ll design a custom itinerary based on your interests, budget, and travel style—so you’ll see the real Puerto Rico, your way. Why see Puerto Rico like a tourist when you could see it like a local? Questions? Send us a message! 

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YOU CAN WIN A TRIP TO PUERTO RICO JUST MARKING A WEEK ON YOUR CALENDAR

While you may not be able to board a plane today, Discover Puerto Rico wants you to at least start imagining your trips in the future.

This week, Discover Puerto Rico announced its new partnership with JetBlue and San Juan Marriott, who have teamed up to inspire travelers to plan their next trip and gift a vacation to one lucky person who actually takes part in the exercise.

‘Puerto Rico is a great option for travelers looking for warm temperatures, rich history, an abundance of natural attractions, delicious cuisine and international flavors,’ said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico in a statement. «The island is the ideal place to visit when responsible travelers are ready, given the priority given to health and safety measures, as well as current entry requirements to ensure a safe holiday.»


Here’s how it works: Three companies are asking travelers to pick any week of 2021 and lock their digital calendars for a “Puerto Rico vacation.” Participants are required to indicate the theme of the calendar event «Fly JetBlue to Puerto Rico». Then simply enter [email protected] as a participant in the calendar invitation to qualify for the draw and click Submit.

High angle view of palm trees on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico Credit: Marisa Ibirina / EyeEm / Getty Images

Three winners will win two round trip JetBlue certificates in Puerto Rico plus six days/five nights at the San Juan Marriott beach resort. In addition, 100 participants will receive a gift bag containing travel gifts to inspire them on their upcoming trips.

“As Puerto Rico’s largest airline, we’re thrilled to partner with Discover Puerto Rico to encourage travelers to choose their next vacation on the island,” said Elizabeth Windrum, vice president of marketing for JetBlue. “With so much pent-up travel demand, we look forward to welcoming customers when they are ready to fly JetBlue to Puerto Rico, knowing they can count on us to provide a safe journey and award-winning service.”

Even if you don’t win the trip, you still come out on top. That’s because, as Discover Puerto points out, research shows the simple first step of blocking time will increase your chances of fulfilling your plans, as well as your happiness levels. So take 30 seconds today to make a calendar invitation. Because right now you deserve some happiness.

To learn more about the draw, visit Discover PuertoRico.com.

Stacey Liaska is a journalist, photographer and media professor. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.

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