About Puerto Rico    (Facts about Puerto Rico)

Few places on earth can offer its visitors the variety of landscapes, sceneries and activities that Puerto Rico has to offer.

The Atlantic Ocean on the northern shore and the Caribbean Sea on the south, lay at our guests feet, hundreds of miles with different and exciting beaches. Exotic tropical forests cover the mountains, from which you can capture in a single glance, the legendary Caribbean and the powerful Atlantic.

The cities and towns around the island cover the full spectrum of architecture. From Spanish Colonial to modern designs, Puerto Rico reaches a perfect balance between our heritage and traditions and our aspirations for the XXI century.

On our island you will find unspoiled natural beauty in perfect coexistence with the most advance technology and development.

TERRITORY
Puerto Rico is a rectangular island, 100 miles long by 35 miles wide. It has 78 towns or municipalities including Vieques and Culebra, small islands off the east coast.

CLIMATE
The island has a summer like climate all year round with an average temperature of 80ļF (25ļC). The climate in the mountains is cooler and tropical showers are common. The southern coast is drier and warmer.

LANGUAGE
Spanish is the official language of all Puerto Ricans. Yet, most of them can communicate in english, which is taught from grade school to high school.

HIGH AND LOW SEASONS
High season for tourism on the island is from December 15 thru April 15. Price reductions occur during the low season, which includes part of spring, summer and fall in the northern hemisphere. Small hotels (Paradores) and other tourist centers in the islandís interior, have higher occupancy in the summer due to local tourism. On weekends and holidays prices are slightly higher in accommodations outside of the San Juan area.

CURRENCY
Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States, as such, it has a common currency. All economic and commercial transactions are held in american dollars. All mayor american banks have offices on the island as well as ATMís. Major credit cards are widely accepted.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS
The laws that govern customs and immigration are those of the United States. Puerto Rico is a US territory and thus subject to the same laws and restrictions as any of the 50 states. Visitors coming from any mainland port, do not have to go thru customs or immigration. Foreign visitors must contact the US Embassy in their country to inquire about visas or any other restrictions.

CULTURE
Puerto Rican culture is the result of 500 years of interaction and blending. Taino Indians, Spaniards and Africans brought together the best of each of their heritage and thus, a new rich and diverse cultures was born. In Puerto Rico you will find yourself enjoying Spanish cuisine in a town with an Indian name, while the African rhythm of ďsalsaĒ fills the air.

TIPS
A 15% tipping policy is considered adequate in restaurants and related services.

WORKING HOURS
Office hours in Puerto Rico are from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Stores open at 9:00am to 6:00 pm, from Monday to Saturdays, large shopping centers open till 9:00pm. On Sunday's stores opens from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Banking hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm, yet you will find that some banks opens extended hours.

HIGHWAYS AND ROADS
The island is completely interconnected by modern and ample roads of easy access and high standard of safety. Expressways and highways connects from San Juan to all mayor cities on the center, south, east and west coast. In little more than a couple of hours , you could drive from San Juan to any point on the island. With an early morning start, you could be back  to your hotel in the evening, after circling the islandís shores.

All mayor rental companies have offices in Puerto Rico. A valid driverís license and a mayor credit card is all that is required.

Our experienced drivers, accompanied by one of our government certified tour guide, will safely drive you to all the available tours that we offer. Our staff of professional tour guides are all much to eager to explain to you, and in detail all the questions that you might have regarding Puerto Rico, its people, its history, its culture and any other thing that you might be interested in.

There are many exciting spots on the island just waiting to be discovered by someone with a taste of adventure.
 

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