Find your island paradise in Puerto Rico, which is filled with innovative restaurants, divine beaches and a good dose of Caribbean history. Be sure to eat local Puerto Rican foods, bask in the warm salty breeze and explore the stunning outer islands, like Vieques and Culebra.
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WHEN TO GO
Dec. – April: Peak season brings crowds (mostly from the U.S. mainland) and higher rates.
April – May: These months mark the shoulder season, and while crowds diminish, prices tend to remain steady.
June – Nov.: Low season coincides with hurricane season. You’ll find fewer crowds and lower prices. In July, local families tend to vacation and beach towns get busy.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Find specific information on Puerto Rico’s Covid-19 travel rules at DiscoverPuertoRico.com. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.
Getting Here: Puerto Rico is primarily served by Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU); cruise ships dock at Old San Juan and Ponce Piers.
Getting Around: If you’re staying primarily in San Juan, taxis and ride shares are easily accessible. Should you explore further afield, a car rental is recommended — though be aware some road conditions are poor, and traffic can be heavy. Planes and ferries are used to reach the outer islands of Vieques and Culebra.
Local Lingo: Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto Rico, though Spanish is dominant. English is understood at hotels and attractions but expect to speak Spanish outside major tourist hubs.
Must-Have Apps: Google Translate; Uber; GPSMYCITY; Citywiz Puerto Rico
Insider Tips: Less than a two-hour drive northwest of San Juan, you’ll find the caves and trails of Guajataca Forest Reserve, nearby Guajataca Lake, and a path through a famed former railroad tunnel, which emerges onto the mesmerizing Guajataca Beach.