Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to go:
Year-round, although hurricane season lasts from June through November, with the worst storms usually hitting in August and September.
When to Get the Best Deals:
October and November and during spring.
What to Pack:
3/2 mm wetsuit, hiking shoes that can get wet if you’re exploring the rainforest, sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and DAN Card.
Seasonal averages: 23°C/75°F in winter and 29°C/85°F in summer.
Seasonal averages: 23C/75°F in winter and 31°C/88°F in summer.
US dollars and credit cards are widely accepted.
A valid passport for non-US citizens and check with your local immigration office for visa requirements.
A departure tax of $US14 is part of your airfare.
No immunizations necessary.
What to Eat:
The island is rife with great places to eat from local fare to expensive restaurants. With Caribbean and Spanish influences, local food is distinctive with the addition of aromatic and savory sauces, such as sofrito. You may start a meal with alcapurrias – fritters filled with things like fish, lobster, crab, conch, beef, yams and other vegetables. Then maybe try the classic asopao – a hearty gumbo made with chicken or shellfish. Look for mofongo on the menu (each restaurant is likely have its own version) made of mashed plantains in combination with seafood, meat, or vegetables.
What to Drink:
Puerto Rico is the rum capital of the world and the birthplace of the piña colada. Beyond rum, the island has thousands of coffee plantations, so you can get a good cup of local coffee to start your day. Medella Light is the best-known local beer and you can now find a few brew pubs in San Juan.
Some of the world’s top surf occurs off Rincon; hike El Yunque Rainforest, take a sea kayak out to experience some of the world’s most biolumenscent water off Vieques Island.
Customs and Culture:
Puerto Rico has a rich cultural heritage that reaches back more than 400 years.
Puerto Ricans know how to party and celebrate and there are dozens of festivals, celebrations and religious events throughout the year. Check before you go.
Electricity and Internet:
120 Volts and 60 Hz. Internet is widespread.
Drink the water?
The water is general ok to drink.
English is the official language, but the universal spoken language is Spanish.