Country: Puerto Rico
Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
Why do people go here?: The United States, with a Caribbean twist. Puerto Rico is the most accessible island to the US and has the tourists to prove it. That said, there’s still plenty of goings-on, especially if you like to take it easy.
What are the main entry points?: Hop on over with a quick flight from the U.S.
Currency used: US dollar (USD)
Country Code: 1-787 or 1-939
Religion: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
Population: 4 million
Ethnic Breakdown: White (mostly Spanish origin) 80.5%, black 8%, Amerindian 0.4%, Asian 0.2%, mixed and other 10.9%
Languages: Spanish, English
Major Cities: San Juan
Attractions: Proximity to the U.S., Relaxation, San Juan
Tourism Office locations and links: Puerto Rico-Tourism Co. Old San Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico +1-809-721-2400, 722-1709, 791-1014, 791-2551 +1-809-721-2400, 722-1709, 791-1014, 791-2551
Health Issues: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Keep an eye on the weather (to avoid hurricanes) and head over during the fall for nice weather and less tourists.
Specific Events/Holidays: US Independence Day, 4 July (1776); Puerto Rico Constitution Day, 25 July (1952)
Getting Around: Renting a car will get you everywhere you want to go, but if you have the patience, so will minivan buses.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airports to fly into Puerto Rico are Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Mercedita Airport and Rafael Hernandez Airport. Choose the airport that is near your trip destination to obtain a cheaper flight.
Need more information?: Check out the Puerto Rico travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.