Resources

  • See Puerto Rico (www.seepuertorico.com) Official tourist site.
  • Eye Tour Puerto Rico (http://places.eyetour.com) Excellent short videos.
  • Welcome to Puerto Rico (http://welcome.topuertorico.org) Part encyclopedia, part travel guide.
  • Puerto Rico Day Trips (www.puertoricodaytrips.com) Fun days out from cities across the Commonwealth.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/puerto-rico) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.
  • El Nuevo Dia (www.elnuevodia.com/english) The latest news online from Puerto Rico's main news publication.

Top Tips

  • Relax. Puerto Rico is easy, particularly for US travelers. US citizens don't need passports and the currency is the US dollar. If you forget something you can easily buy it at familiar stores like Walgreens.
  • Save time to just chill and save plenty of time for the beaches. While there are countless reasons to go exploring, you'll find that road conditions can make endless days in a car stressful. Also, as you do move around, hit the pause button in places like Vieques, which are much more rewarding over several days as opposed to a super-quick day trip from San Juan.
  • Eat like a local. You can get great international fare or even find familiar fast-food outlets, but why bother? Stands, food trucks and humble open-air cafes dish up the Commonwealth's delicious cuisine, which boasts an enticing medley of Caribbean and Spanish flavors.

What to Take

  • Bathing suit
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flash duds for salsa dancing
  • US cell phone: most plans include Puerto Rico
  • Refillable water bottle: tap water is drinkable
  • Books: you'll be relaxing lots
  • A wad of US dollars: avoid international bank charges
  • A driver's license: public transport here sucks

What to Wear

Puerto Rico is mostly quite casual. Shorts and a T-shirt will suffice anytime you're near a beach, whether it's for a daytime frolic or a sunset cocktail at an open-air bar. Long pants, shirts that tuck in and skirts will suffice for nicer restaurants in San Juan, although there's no limit to how snazzy you can be if you're hitting the cutting-edge clubs.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Reserve as far in advance as possible for flights and hotels in high season.
  • Don't worry about a passport if you're a US citizen; a valid state ID or driver's license will do.
  • Brush up on your high-school Spanish; a few simple phrases will be greatly appreciated.
  • Stream some salsa to get a sense of local beats.