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Puerto Rico Tourism: Plan Your Trip to Puerto Rico

About Puerto Rico
You’ll go to Puerto Rico for beautiful beaches and Caribbean breezes, but once you’re there, it’s easy to see what makes this archipelago so singular—from historical architecture to its diverse natural geography. Tour San Juan for shopping and sightseeing alongside colorful buildings and cobblestone streets. Hike the massive El Yunque rainforest to explore waterfalls and wildlife. And as far as beaches go, it doesn’t get better than the sands of Isla de Vieques—particularly Mosquito Bay, where at night, the water glows blue-green thanks to bioluminescent organisms. The best part? Puerto Rico’s manageable size means you can see and do a lot in a single trip.

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Essential Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico Is Great For

Postcard-perfect beaches

Endless nightlife

Aquatic adventures

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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Puerto Rico

Look up the schedules for the festivals in Puerto Rico. There is always a festival going on somewhere on the island.
If this is your first time, I strongly recommend that you stay in San Juan, especially if you are looking for nightlife, which is pretty much non-existent anywhere else on the island.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

The weather is always warm with the sweetest sea breeze caressing your face.
There is a wide variety of things to do: historical sites, museums, outdoor adventures, white sand beaches, and that incredible blue, turquoise and green water.
Puerto Rico has a little bit of everything.
It is a good day to explore the historic district, you can also go gambling at the hotels during the evening as you said, the Sheraton Old San Juan has a casino too.

What is the best way to get there?


Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the main commercial airport serving San Juan. Shuttle buses run from the airport to hotels and car rental destinations.


Several cruise companies including Carnival Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and more dock in Puerto Rico as part of a regular itinerary.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re a U.S. citizen no, you do not need a visa. If you’re visiting Puerto Rico from overseas, use the State Department’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.


The city of San Juan has an active bus line, however, there is no island-wide bus system. There are buses that service different sections of the island available from the Río Piedras bus terminal.

Taxis and rideshare

Taxis, as well as Uber and Lyft ridesharing companies, are available in the city.


Driving around the island is possible, and recommended as much of the island lacks public transit. However, be warned, traffic can get very heavy near the city of San Juan and the island does maintain a large system of toll roads.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Atlantic Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
The U.S. Dollar
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
How much do I tip?
Tipping is not obligatory in Puerto Rico, however, a tip for exceptional service is always appreciated.
How much do I tip?
$1 a drink or $2 for a more labor-intensive cocktail
$1 to 3 per bag
$2-$3 per night
Shuttle driver
$1-$2 per person

Are there local customs I should know?

The legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.
Public transport
Allow others to disembark before boarding, don’t take up more than one seat, and stand to offer seating to pregnant women or someone with a disability.
Try to speak the language
Learn a few basic phrases as a sign of respect. Locals will often switch to English for your ease and comfort but they appreciate the effort.
Spitting is considered rude in any public setting.

Find more information about local customs and etiquette in the United States generally here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Puerto Rico