Located between Hispaniola and the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico offers a vast array of luxurious and modern resorts, activities and entertainment, with hundreds of beaches, water sports, golf courses, tennis courts, world-class casinos, and discos. A destination with sun, sea and a touch of the exotic, along with the comforts of North America.
See rugged mountains, mangroves, incredible caves, even a desert. Beach lovers will enjoy Luquillo Beach with its calm waters protected by an offshore coral reef, and the famous Condado Beach in San Juan. Nature lovers can observe emerald hummingbirds in the Guanica Reserve, hike through El Yunque tropical rainforest and see the world’s most spectacular phosphorescent bays.
San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, an urban sprawl of several municipalities that lie along the island’s north coast, and a major port for cruise ships. The countryside is dotted with centuries-old coffee plantations and sugar estates still in use.
Explore the architectural treasures of Old San Juan – the narrow streets teeming with traffic, the famous Paseo, flower-filled plazas, churches, forts, and mansions dating back to the 17th century. You’ll find great buys in the duty-free shops as well as colourful carnival masks, wood carved saints and aromatic coffee. At night enjoy the world-class casinos, bustling nightclubs, bars and many fine restaurants.
Travel Documents Needed
When travelling outside of your home country you should always have a valid passport.
A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.
Always check with your travel agent regarding current entry requirements.
There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, which mean that US citizens can travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. For additional information, contact your local U.S. embassy. or call the Puerto Rico State Department at (787) 722-2121.
Citizens of other countries have the same requirements as for entering the USA. Potential visitors must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The 90-day "visitor" visa is a non-immigrant visa to enter the United States temporarily . Those planning to travel to Puerto Rico for a different purpose, such as study or temporary work, must apply for specialized visas (either an M-1 or F-1 class).
At the airports in Puerto Rico, your luggage will be inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make sure you are not carrying prohibited fruits and plants to the mainland. Avocado, papaya, coconut and plantain can be taken to the U.S.; mango, sour sop, passion fruit and plants potted in soil cannot. Travelers carrying undeclared prohibited items will be fined on the spot. Articles from Vietnam, North Korea, Kampuchea or Cuba, illegal publications, lottery tickets, chocolate liqueurs or pre-Columbian artifacts may not be brought into the country.
Passing through customs should be routine and quick. If you are taking prescription drugs, make sure you have a copy of the prescription with you; otherwise you could be held up.
Because Puerto Rico is part of the United States, there is no U.S. embassy or consulate. The United States controls immigration and emigration.
Before taking a flight with your animal, have your veterinarian examine your pet to ensure that it is healthy enough to make the trip. Airlines and State health officials generally require health certificates for all animals transported by air. You will be required to:
1) Outfit your pet with a sturdy collar and two identification tags. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you can be reached while traveling. :
2) Rabies quarantine certificate from veterinary doctor stating that pet has had a rabies shot. For more information contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture Puerto Rico office, Veterinary Division at (787) 766-6050.
Puerto Rico Area
8,959 sq km (3,459 sq miles)
Puerto Rico Capital
Puerto Rico Currency
United States Dollar
Puerto Rico GNI per capita
$10,950 (World Bank, 2001)
Puerto Rico Language
Puerto Rico Main exports
Chemicals, foodstuffs, machinery
Puerto Rico Population
3.9 million (via UN, 2006)
Puerto Rico Status
Self-governing territory belonging to the USA
Puerto Rico Telephone codes
1-939 for Puerto Rico, 1-787 for San Juan