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Puerto Rico Travel Information

According to transporthint, Puerto Rico (Porto Rico) is an island in the Caribbean Sea (North America). Puerto Rico is a free state of the United States and is also part of the Greater Antilles. In addition to the main island, Puerto Rico also has a few smaller islands, of which Vieques, Culebra and Mona are the largest and best known. The capital of Puerto Rico is San Juan. A number of major cities in Puerto Rico are: Bayamón, Carolina and Ponce.

Puerto Rico is known for its tropical character. The island has a number of beautiful sandy beaches. The clear blue water is ideal for many water sports and diving. On Puerto Rico you will also find El Yunque, this is a piece of tropical rainforest that falls under the management of the US Forest Service. In the capital and also the oldest city of the island of San Juan you can still find several castles. Furthermore, the island is known for its vibrant nightlife, many spas and golf courses. See themakeupexplorer for trade unions in Central America.

Where is Puerto Rico located?

Travel information of Puerto Rico

Official name: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Continent: North America
Area: 8,875 km²
Capital: San Juan
Country code: PR, PRI
Population: 3,189,068 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Free State (United States)
Highest point: 1,338 m (Cerro de Punta)
Distance (Amsterdam – San Juan): 7,163 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in Puerto Rico that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Puerto Rico, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Puerto Rico. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Puerto Rico?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Puerto Rico at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Puerto Rico has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 35 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Puerto Rico can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Puerto Rico can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February, March, April and May are the best months to travel to Puerto Rico. This avoids the rainy and hurricane season.

Spanish and English are both official languages ​​in Puerto Rico.
Do you want to translate from or to Spanish/English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid when you leave Puerto Rico.
A visa is not necessary if you travel with a transport company that works with the ‘visa waiver program’ and stays shorter than 90 days.
Since January 12, 2009, travelers traveling to the US under the Visa Waver Program must register at least 72 hours prior to arrival in Puerto Rico. This registration consists of completing a questionnaire via the internet: esta.cbp.dhs.gov. The fee of USD 14 per person must be paid by credit card.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the United States: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Puerto Rico: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
US Embassy and Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Puerto Rico, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Puerto Rico, payment is made with the US dollar (USD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Puerto Rico can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Puerto Rico are slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -8% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (25% cheaper), food (15% more expensive), imported beer in catering (9% cheaper), cigarettes (1% more expensive) and public transport (52% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Puerto Rico it is customary to tip. If no service costs have yet been calculated, approximately 15% is given.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier in Puerto Rico.
During our winter time it is 5 hours earlier in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Puerto Rico can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Puerto Rico you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Puerto Rico.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico you need a travel plug. In addition, in some cases you need an inverter.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Puerto Rico can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Puerto Rico can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Puerto Rico can be found at Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Puerto Rico end in.pr.
Official Puerto Rico websites: pr.gov and prhta.org.

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Puerto Rico is 001787 (+1787) or 001939 (+1939).
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Puerto Rico? Then use the Dutch country code 01131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of Puerto Rico.
Company details can be found in the Puerto Rico Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Puerto Rico.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Puerto Rico.

An overview of all public holidays in Puerto Rico can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Puerto Rico, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Puerto Rico?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Puerto Rico. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Puerto Rico can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Puerto Rico can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Puerto Rico? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that Puerto Rico may not be imported and/or exported.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Puerto Rico.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Puerto Rico has its own Olympic sports team?
…Basketball, boxing and volleyball are the main sports in Puerto Rico?
…Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe title five times?
…The widest part of Puerto Rico is only 65 km?
…The largest telescope in the world is on Puerto Rico?
…Puerto Rico has more than 200 caves?

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