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Puerto Rico, the birthplace of salsa music, offers a vibrant culture, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you visit for its white sands, crystal clear waters, festivals, concerts, or fusion cuisine, Puerto Rico delivers.
Check out this Puerto Rico travel guide for everything you need to know about this Caribbean island in North America.
Getting Around Puerto Rico
Rental Car. Car hire is the most convenient transport option in Puerto Rico. Many major car rental companies have a location in the capital and throughout the island. Culebra or Vieques have their own local companies.
Public Transportation. Puerto Rico's public bus system, called the "AMA," serves most major cities and towns. The buses are inexpensive but we find them to be quite unreliable. "Publicos" operate on set routes, but you cannot rely on a schedule. The driver might decide to wait until the bus is full or make unscheduled stops to let passengers off. Bus routes are limited, so we think that car hire is a better option if you plan to travel around the island extensively.
Taxis and Ubers. These are readily available in Puerto Rico, particularly in the metropolitan areas. The government regulates taxis, so fares are set based on the distance traveled.
Bike Rentals. Some areas of Puerto Rico offer bike rentals, which can be a fun, eco-friendly way to get around. However, remember that Puerto Rico's terrain can be hilly in some areas, so this may not be suitable for all travelers.
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The currency of Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar.
DISTRITO T-Mobile in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (photo via Discover Puerto Rico) (Photo Credit: (photo via Discover Puerto Rico))
Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico. English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
Puerto Rico's tropical climate is characterized by warm temperatures and high humidity year-round. There is a slight variation in temperature from season to season. The island's temperature can vary from region to region depending on proximity to the ocean.
Puerto Rico experiences two main seasons. There is a wet season from April to November and a dry season from December to March.
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When you visit Puerto Rico depends on your personal preferences and interests. We like to go during the shoulder season, which runs from mid-April to June. With peak season over, there are fewer crowds, and the hurricane season has yet to start. This is the transition period from the dry to the rainy season. The weather is warm, and the occasional rain showers make the vegetation lush and green.
Puerto Rico's cultural festivals are from mid-December to mid-January. The island comes alive with celebrations, music, and dance and the San Sebastian Street Festival in January draws vast crowds.
The best beach weather is from December to March, which is the peak tourist season. While the weather is fabulous, hotel rates and airfares are more expensive, and there will be more crowds.
Tropical storms and hurricanes can occur between June and November, with the riskiest month being September. But this is the cheapest time to go if you are looking for budget deals.
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