Etiquette

Puerto Rico is pretty laid back, but your welcome will be even warmer if you grasp a few principles of local etiquette.

  • Eating Meals, even a pause for a coffee, are meant to be unhurried affairs.
  • Greetings When entering a restaurant or cafe, offer a general greeting to those around you: 'Buen provecho' (enjoy your meal), coupled with a salutation appropriate to the time of day.
  • Politics Understand that Puerto Rico is part of the United States (residents pay taxes and serve in the military), but that it is not a state with voting rights in Congress, and know that questions about the Commonwealth's future political status are cause for intense local debate.