Travel to puerto rico: Travel advice and advisories for Puerto Rico

Travel advice and advisories for Puerto Rico


COVID-19: travel health notice for all travellers









Latest updates: Removal of information on hurricane Fiona.

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  • Risk level
  • Safety and security
  • Entry and exit requirements
  • Health
  • Laws and culture
  • Natural disasters and climate

  • Need help?

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Safety and security

COVID-19 — Preventative measures and restrictions

COVID-19 preventative measures and restrictions are still in effect in some destinations.

These could include:

  • curfews, movement restrictions, or lockdowns
  • mandatory mask use
  • required proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test result to access public and private services and spaces

Before travelling, verify if specific restrictions or requirements are still in effect.

Foreign Representatives in Canada

Crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are prevalent. Violent crime also occurs.

Ensure that your belongings, including your passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations occur from time to time. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone may be subject to some forms of harassment and verbal abuse.

Safe-travel guide for women

Power and telecommunications outages

Puerto Rico experiences frequent disruptions to power and telecommunications services after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the power grid in 2017.

Water activities

Swimming

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides are common.

  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities
Diving

If you participate in water sports, such as diving:

  • choose a well-established and reputable company that has insurance
  • ensure that your travel insurance covers the recreational activities you choose

If in doubt concerning the safety of the facilities or equipment, don’t use them.

Water safety abroad

Adventure tourism

If you engage in adventure tourism:

  • never do so alone
  • always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped
  • ensure that you’re well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary obtain detailed information on each activity before setting out

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety vary greatly throughout the island.

Drivers may be aggressive, and few use their signals. There is heavy traffic in larger centres, particularly San Juan.

Roads in mountain areas can be narrow, winding, and poorly paved.

Public transportation

Bus and light rail services

Bus and light rail (Tren Urbano) services are available in the metropolitan San Juan area.

Ferries

Ferries travel to and from the islands of Culebra and Vieques, as well as the Dominican Republic.

Taxis

Taxis are widely available. Fares are metred, except for major tourist destinations in San Juan, where they are fixed. Tourist taxis are white and have a “Taxi Turístico” label on the door.

Air travel

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

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Entry and exit requirements

COVID-19 — Entry, exit and transit restrictions and requirements

Most governments have implemented special entry and exit restrictions and requirements for their territory due to COVID-19. These measures can be imposed suddenly and may include:

  • entry or exit bans
  • quarantine
  • mandatory proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing
  • suspensions or reductions of international transportation options

Foreign authorities might not recognize or accept proof of vaccination issued by Canadian provinces and territories. You may need to obtain a translation, a notarization, an authentication, or the legalization of the document.

Before travelling:

  • verify if the local authorities of both your current location and destinations have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation
  • consider even your transit points, as there are transit rules in place in many destinations
  • monitor the media for the latest information
  • reconfirm the requirements with your airline or tour operator

The situation could disrupt your travel plans. You should not depend on the Government of Canada for assistance to change your travel plans.

Useful links
  • Travel restrictions and health requirements — United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Foreign Representatives in Canada

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada can’t intervene on your behalf if you don’t meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. We have obtained the information on this page from the American authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Confirm entry, exit and visa requirements prior to travelling:

  • Entry and exit requirements for the United States
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • U.S. Embassy and Consulates

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links
  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports
Other entry requirements

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay.

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Children and travel

Learn about travel with children.

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Health

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice — 8 September, 2022
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers — 28 June, 2022
  • COVID-19 and International Travel — 1 October, 2022
  • Monkeypox : Advice for travellers — 6 October, 2022

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines are right for you.  

Yellow Fever — Country Entry Requirements

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

Risk

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air..

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

For destination entry and exit requirements, including for COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please check the Entry/exit requirements section.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers’ diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria, West Nile virus and Zika virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Chikungunya

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Dengue

  • In this country, dengue is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus

Zika virus is a risk in this country.

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should visit a health care professional before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.

Travel recommendations:

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • If you are pregnant, always use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact with anyone who has travelled to this country for the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Women: Wait 2 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy. If your male partner travelled with you, wait 3 months after travel or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer).
  • Men: Wait 3 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy.

For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

Medical services and facilities

COVID-19 — Testing

Contact local health authorities, or the nearest Government of Canada office abroad to find out where you can get a COVID-19 test.

Good health care is available but conditions may vary throughout the island.

Ensure you have sufficient medication for your stay and extra in case of emergency. It can be difficult to get prescriptions refilled.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind.

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The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

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Laws and culture

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.

Drugs

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

  • Alcohol, drugs and travel
  • Cannabis and international travel

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in the United States.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of the United States, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you’re there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.

Useful links
  • General information for travellers with dual citizenship
  • Dual Nationality — U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and the United States.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Puerto Rico, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Puerto Rican court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Puerto Rico to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

Useful links
  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention — Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

Driving

You can drive in Puerto Rico with a valid Canadian driver’s licence for up to 90 days. If you plan to stay longer, you must obtain a Puerto Rican licence.

Money

The currency of Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.

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Natural disasters and climate

Hurricane season

Hurricanes usually occur from mid-May to the end of November. During this period, even small tropical storms can quickly develop into major hurricanes.

These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to a coastal area during the hurricane season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
Useful links
  • Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad
  • Active storm tracking and hurricane watches and warnings — United States’ National Hurricane Center

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Need help?

Local services

Emergency services

Dial 911 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our consular services could be limited. Contact us by email or telephone before visiting our offices.

San Juan — Consulate of Canada

Street AddressHato Rey Center, 268 Ponce de Leon, Suite 1111, San Juan (Hato Rey), Puerto Rico, U.S.A., [email protected]rnethttps://www.Canada.ca/Canada-And-Puerto-RicoServicesPassport Services AvailableFacebookConsulate General of Canada in [email protected]

Miami — Consulate General of Canada

Street Address200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1600, Miami, Florida, U.S.A., 33131Telephone1-844-880-6519Fax(305) [email protected]://www.Canada.ca/Canada-In-MiamiServicesPassport Services AvailableFacebookConsulate General of Canada in [email protected] district

Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

For emergency consular assistance, call the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

Useful links

Register as a Canadian abroad
Download the Travel Smart app
View travel insurance information
Read our Traveller’s Checklist


Disclaimer

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an «as is» basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services.




  Take normal security precautions

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT:The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.


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Can I travel to Puerto Rico? Travel Restrictions & Entry Requirements for Puerto Rico

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Puerto Rico.

Entry

Open for vaccinated visitors

COVID-19 testing

Not required

Quarantine

Not required for vaccinated visitors

Restaurants

Open

Bars

Open

Masks

Recommended in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

Effective June 12, 2022 — International travelers no longer need to present a negative covid-19 test result or recovery certificate when entering Puerto Rico. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States and its territories, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC Order.

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FAQ

★ 11 Reasons to visit Puerto Rico this year ★

  • 11 reasons to visit Puerto Rico right now
  • # 1 Puerto Rico is open for business
  • # 2 No crowds
  • # 3 You don’t need a passport or visa 9004
  • # 4 Hotels are open and open
  • # 5 You can do something good when you travel
    • Watch our Local Guest video
  • # 6 Rich culture
  • # 7 There are things to do in Puerto Rico
  • # 8 Visit a UNESCO heritage site
  • # 9 He has his own Galapagos
  • # 10 Visit one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth
  • # 11 Visit the Roma capital of the world
    • Read more9:

We are all watched the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Maria last October, and nowhere was more in the headlines than Puerto Rico. You might think that travel is banned in 2018, but there are plenty of reasons to visit Puerto Rico. It is open for business and the island is ready to welcome tourists to Char Island.

11 reasons to visit Puerto Rico this year

The island was devastated by the hurricane, but the Puerto Ricans survived and recovered no matter what.

11 reasons to visit Puerto Rico right now

While we could get into politics for all of this, we’d rather you know how you can help. And we want to give you a firsthand account of what we saw in Puerto Rico when we visited in January.

We met people who were inspiring and courageous, and we met people who were optimistic and hopeful. They took matters into their own hands and were grateful for the help they received from the many outside agencies that came to their rescue.

Help in La Perla Puerto Rico

We are honored to be invited by The Points Guy and Puerto Rico to see how things are going on the island and to be able to share the news with you.

While most people avoid Puerto Rico at the moment, believing it to be in dire straits, we have seen a Caribbean destination that is prepared and ready for tourists. Locals and businesses want you to come and here are 10 reasons to visit Puerto Rico right now!

Reasons to visit Puerto Rico.

We have always believed in the power of travel because it not only pumps dollars into communities, it breaks down barriers, helps people see the truth and gives people an open mind. Travel is the best education and the best way to make new friends and open your hearts.

When we asked what people could do to help Puerto Rico, the answer came and visited Puerto Rico.

People are a great reason to visit Puerto Rico

Many people mistakenly believe that by visiting Puerto Rico they are disturbing the locals and taking away resources. In fact, the opposite is true. Puerto Rico needs visitors now more than ever. When you stay at their resorts, eat at their restaurants, and shop at local markets, you will rebuild the economy and help people faster.

# 1 Puerto Rico is open for business

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard that Puerto Rico has no electricity or water, but that’s only in remote villages.

Sunset in San Juan, Puerto Rico

City of San Juan and many other popular tourist destinations are open for business and ready to welcome you.

While some resorts are still being rebuilt, many hotels are open and operating at full capacity. There are many open restaurants and the nightlife is in full swing.

If you visit Puerto Rico right now, you will have all the amenities you are accustomed to while on vacation.

# 2 No crowd

Visiting the Caribbean during high season can be overwhelming. Beaches are crowded, tours are sold out, and restaurants are filled with people from screaming kids to parties. Now is the time to go to Puerto Rico because there are no crowds here. This is the best kept secret in the Caribbean right now.

If you visit Puerto Rico, the beaches are deserted.

We stayed at San Juan’s main tourist beach and had it all to ourselves. We walked in the mornings and afternoons and barely saw a soul on the beach. Sunbathers had no problem protecting their umbrella, and surfers and boogie-woogie boarders had their own waves to catch them. If you want to go to a place that feels off the beaten path (but not longer), Puerto Rico is the place to be!

# 3 You don’t need a passport or visa

For our American friends, Puerto Rico is the perfect place. It’s as easy as flying to California or Florida. All you need to bring with you is your driver’s license or government ID. and you can be in Puerto Rico in a few hours.

Since this is US territory, it is like traveling anywhere in the US. The dollar is the same, the TV channels are the same, the language is the same, with a mix of English and Spanish, and many of the restaurants are the same.

Traveling to Puerto Rico is like traveling to Florida for Canadians. While you need your passport, it’s fairly easy to get around.

# 4 hotels open and open

Now is a great time to visit Puerto Rico. We stayed at the beautiful La Concha Resort on San Juan’s main beach and it’s fully open for business.

Restaurants around the resort are open, bars and nightclubs are open and the beach is almost deserted.

Escaping the winter cold, we often find ourselves in crowded beach areas, fighting for a place under an umbrella.

Well, because the world thinks Puerto Rico is in ruins, its normally busy beaches are a dream with few tourists. If you are looking for a place off the beaten path, this is the place for you.

Just because he’s quiet doesn’t mean he’s not ready!

Locals and businesses are open to tourists, and Puerto Rico is slowly beginning to feel «normal on the island.» (as one of our hosts told us)

While at the local hotspot Lote 23, people enjoyed the fresh evening air and each other’s company.

And when we had dinner at Cocina Abierta, there were many people eating on the open terrace. We occupied a private dining room where we sampled traditional Puerto Rican cuisine using ingredients such as bananas, pork and local seafood.

# 5 You can do something good when you travel

Many people want their travels to be meaningful, and there’s no better way to mix a little volunteerism with a holiday in Puerto Rico.

Helping rebuild after Mary

Love on the Move was started by a group of Puerto Rican companies that run Local Guest, a travel agency offering local experiences off the beaten path. They take tourists to places they need to help rebuild communities and get to know the locals.

It was truly an amazing experience to get out into the less visited areas of the island and meet the locals while doing our part to help. We’ve volunteered on other trips in the past and have always said it’s a great way to add meaning to your vacation, creating memories for a lifetime.

Puerto Rico still needs a lot of help

If you’ve ever thought about making your next vacation voluntary, this is the place to do it.

Watch our video with Local Guest

Notes: you don’t have to do the whole volunteer trip, you can just do a day or two while you’re in Puerto Rico, every little thing counts!

# 6 Rich culture

Puerto Rico may be part of the Americas, but it feels like you’re traveling to an exotic destination.

Visit Puerto Rico for Culture

Puerto Rico is made up of Spanish, African and Taino (one of the largest indigenous people in the Caribbean). Home to festivals, street markets, lively nightlife and unique cuisine, Puerto Rico has a definite Caribbean flare when visiting.

Puerto Rico Three Kings Festival

Every day we felt like we were learning something new and getting to know the Puerto Rican tradition.

# 7 Things to do in Puerto Rico

There are many things to do in Puerto Rico to make your vacation perfect. You can just hang out on San Juan Beach and relax in the hotel’s pool and spa, but you really should get out and see the island.

We learned from our local guest that there is incredible diving off the coast and they offer kayak tours to the mangroves and nearby islands.

Surfing is popular in Puerto Rico and one of our fellow travelers commented on how amazing the waves were. He was from California and was an avid surfer, so we took his word for it.

La Perla Beaches, Puerto Rico

La Perla is an up-and-coming destination and a place where we helped clean up a hurricane-damaged home. The music video… was filmed in this colorful section of Old San Juan and it’s a great place to spend an afternoon exploring the fort, strolling the streets and sipping ice coffee at the coffee shop.

# 8 Visit UNESCO Heritage Site

If you love history, you must visit the San Juan National Historic Site. It is an impressive fortress that consists of three different forts; San Cristobal, San Felipe del Morro, San Juan de la Cruz (El Canuelo). Plus the city walls are still in tact. The building dates back to the 1500s and can be viewed in about 4 hours during your visit.

Fortress required in San Juan, Puerto Rico

He’s huge and must see.

#9 He has his own Galapagos

One of the most interesting destinations Dave and I have ever visited is the Galapagos Islands and we learned that there is an island in Puerto Rico known as the Galapagos Islands of the Caribbean seas.

# 10 Visiting one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth

Every Uber driver we spoke to had to go to Culebra Island. Its beach is often listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world!

Culebra Island

We didn’t make it on our trip, but next time we go to Puerto Rico we are going to book a few nights on Culebra Island. There are scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and other nature excursions. I like the fact that it is not built up for tourists and the residents have kept the local atmosphere on the island.

If the locals on the main island like it, I’m sure we will too!

# 11 Visit the Roma Capital of the World

Did you know that Puerto Rico is the Roma Capital of the World? Neither did we until we visited. Puerto Rico is the world’s largest exporter of rum and rum was actually invented here. It quickly became known that the sugar cane shoot created the rum. It was in the 1500s that the first production of rum began, and since then Puerto Rico has been a leader in the production of rum.

Puerto Rico has a lot of rum drinks

Bars and restaurants will be happy to make a signature cocktail from the islands of local rums Bacardi and Don Q. (Just to name a couple)

Winter is still in full swing and there has never been a better time to visit Puerto Rico. The island is getting better every day and you can beat the crowds by going now! The weather is sunny and warm and the beaches are open for business. If you are looking for a vacation in the Caribbean, you will be welcomed in Puerto Rico. I know we were!

The proposed hotel is La Concha Resort. The luxurious Hotel La Concha is located on Condado Beach. It features a full-service spa, infinity pools, bars and restaurants. Condado is one of the most popular tourist beaches in San Juan and is now almost deserted. Right now, you can feel like having a 5-star private beach holiday without having to pay celebrity prices.

Suggested Tour Operator — Local Guest — Let local Puerto Ricans take you off the beaten track for an authentic and unique experience.

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