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    Considered the “Gateway to the Caribbean,” Puerto Rico’s 3 bioluminescent bays, year-round tropical climate and 270+ miles of coastline keep visitors coming back for more. Rich in Spanish colonial history and friendly people, it is one of the most sought out Caribbean islands.

    With its distinct regions and modern infrastructure, Puerto Rico is a place that can be explored in its entirety. The most popular region is the Metro area of San Juan, where travelers delight in Old San Juan, a colonial city full of Spanish-influenced history, culture and architecture that is built on cobblestone and color. Visitors can also check out the nearby Condado for luxury shopping in world-famous boutiques and fine dining, or head over to Isla Verde for a beautiful beach setting.

    Visit the North to experience manmade and natural wonders, like the Arecibo Radio Observatory, the world’s largest radio telescope, or the Rio Camuy Cave Park. For the adventurer, go East and explore El Yunque, the only subtropical rainforest in the US Forest System that is comprised of 28,000 acres of zig zagging hiking trails. From the eastern coast, set sail to secluded, pristine island towns of Vieques and Culebra. Culebra is home to the infamous Flamenco Beach, which is consistently ranked as 1 of the top 5 beaches in the world. Vieques is known for Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world.

    The South is home to Ponce, the 2nd largest city in Puerto Rico, where travelers can find colonial Spanish culture, hot springs and the Parque de Bombas attraction. For those seeking on-land adventures, head to Central Puerto Rico, where the natural mountain landscape provides endless outdoor activities, and Toro Verde features one of the largest zip lines in the world. The West is the preferred coast for sea lovers, as Rincón’s waters offer some of the best surfing in the Caribbean, and whale watching tours are popular in the winter.

    While the diverse landscape of the island provides a variety of experiences, culture and tradition are universal. Cuisine made of Taíno, Spanish and African influences can be found across the island, and dishes like mofongo, asopao, and lechón are must-haves. Over 70% of the rum sold in the US is made locally in Puerto Rico, and the recognizable distilleries make this island even more of a foodie heaven. 

     

    Fast Facts

    Capital: San Juan

    Language: Spanish, English

    Currency: US Dollar

    High Season: Mid-December - Mid-April

    Low Season: June - November

    Climate: Average daily temperature of 75° - 85°F (24° - 29°C)

    Electricity: 110 - 120 AC voltage

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    By Air: Puerto Rico is easily accessible via 3 major airports. The island's largest airport, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), is located in the Isla Verde section of San Juan. Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla serves western Puerto Rico. Ponce Mercedita Airport (PSE) serves southern Puerto Rico.

    Direct Flights From US:

    • Airlines with Direct Flights: Airtran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways.
    • Cities with Direct Flights: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Hartford, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Newark, New York (JFK), Boston, Chicago (ORD), Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis.

     

    Entry Requirements: US citizens do not need a passport for entry. Visitors from all other countries are required to present a valid passport. For guests staying longer than 90 days, a specialized visa will be needed.

    Cruise Ports: San Juan is the second largest port in the Western Hemisphere. Cruise lines serving Puerto Rico include Carnival, Celebrity, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Princess, and Royal Caribbean International, among others.

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