Puerto Rico (Facts
about Puerto Rico)
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
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.
The island has a summer like climate all year round with an average
temperature of 80ļF
The climate in the mountains is cooler and tropical showers are common. The
southern coast is drier and warmer.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
A 15% tipping policy is considered adequate in restaurants and
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.
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.