Practical information of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Overview

Size: 8959.0

Population: 3887652

Distance to Puerto Rico:
Between 13 and 16 hours it takes to get to San Juan (4205 Km) from Europe

Information of Puerto Rico Airport

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and is located 10 miles east of San Juan. If this in time T1 can take buses, or A7 M7 passengers left them in Isla Verde, Condado, San Juan and other destinations in Puerto Rico. You can also rent a car from one of the many companies directly from the airport. Taxis will take you to Isla Verde and Punta Las Marías (USD 8), Condado, Ocean Park and Miramar (USD 12) and Old San Juan and Puerta de Tierra (USD 16) for a fixed fee. We recommend paying for the trip before leaving with one of the airport employees to monitor that is a fair rate.

Safety in Puerto Rico
Attacks and crime: Puerto Rico is no more dangerous than any other destination. For safety, do not leave valuables in your hotel room and if possible, let them in the safe.

Tips for travel to Puerto Rico
If you are looking for peace and quiet, avoid the period between mid-December and mid April. During the rest of the year,will enjoy much more affordable price and a much more authentic.

Drive carefully, especially in primary and secondary roads, because Puerto Ricans drive too fast. Do not get ahead of a school bus is stopped even when it is considered a felony. In Puerto Rico, there is no priority for the right lights and traffic is set to the left side of the road.
In Puerto Rico, the word “beach” can be the source of a misunderstanding, since, for Puerto Ricans, may refer to a landfill near the sea or district. It may be very surprised if, after asking directions, you believe that target a beach paradise.

TELEPHONE in Puerto Rico
To call Puerto Rico from the UK: dial 00 + 1 + 787 + number you are trying to achieve.
To call the United Kingdom of Puerto Rico: 011 + 44 + number you are trying to achieve without the leading zero Emergencies: 911 (or 0 for an operator).

Practical Information for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico LANGUAGE
Spanish and English.

Religions in Puerto Rico
85% Roman Catholic, Protestant 8% and 7% other.

CURRENCY in Puerto Rico
The currency is the U.S. dollar, also known as the ‘weight’ and is divided into 100 cents. USD 1 = about £ 0.50. Credit cards are accepted at banks and ATMs (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diner’s Club, Discovery Interbank, and Barclaycard). Traveler’s checks are widely accepted, but it is better to have them in U.S. dollars, so you can use directly in the hotels, shops and restaurants. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, and some are open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

MOVE around in Puerto Rico
Buses. With the exception of San Juan, there is no regular bus or coach network to travel to the island. The “public car” or “buses”, but will take you to many places on the island. Usually leave the main square of the city. They are very cheap, but certainly requires patience, since hardly ever leave before they filled the bus with many passengers, which may take 10 minutes to several hours depending on the day and destination.
Flights: American Eagle, Vieques Air Link, Isla Nena, Flamingo Airlines, Air Caribbean Air Saint Thomas, ensure domestic flights to Mayaguez and Ponce (from the international airport: U.S. $ 100 140 for a plane ticket round trip) to Vieques (leaving from the main island and Fajardo: USD 100 for a roundtrip ticket) to Culebra (leaving from San Juan and Fajardo: USD 70 for a roundtrip ticket) and Thomas and several Caribbean islands.
Taxis. Easily find taxis in the cities (the average rate is $ 10), but not so easily find taxis in small towns.
Rent a car in Puerto Rico: It’s pretty easy to rent a car on the island with agencies like Thrifty (367 2277), Avis (321 3652), Budget (472 3325) or Hertz (263 0678). However, advance reservations are recommended. A national driving license is accepted, but must be at least 25 years of age and have a credit card. The road network in Puerto Rico is dense and in fairly good condition. Driving is on the right and road rules are similar to those of the United States and Canada.

Puerto Rico Health
No particular vaccine is necessary. However, make sure you’re protected against polio, diphtheria and tetanus. Medical care is excellent but very expensive. We recommend subscribing to a good medical evacuation insurance before departure. Although the water is said to be drinking bottled mineral water is better than drinking tap water. Avoid swimming in stagnant water due to the risks of contracting schistosomiasis.

ELECTRICITY in Puerto Rico
Voltage of 110 V. plug wiring diagram. Bring an adapter is necessary.

TAXES AND TIPS in Puerto Rico
Prices include taxes usually marked, except in certain cases: for hotel rooms and jewelry (an extra 9 to 11%). Unlike the service in Europe, tips are not included in rates. Therefore, you must calculate and do not forget to include the payment in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and taxis.

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