US dollars ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $120

  • Public transportation/taxis: $25
  • Double room in a budget guesthouse: $60–90
  • Museum entry: Free–$10

Midrange: $120–250

  • Rental car: $25–50
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: $80–175
  • Lechonera meal and drinks: $25

Top end: More than $250

  • Double room in a boutique hotel or resort: from $200
  • Dinner and drinks for two at a top restaurant: from $80
  • Guided tours of bioluminescent bays or snorkeling excursions: from $50


Except for larger items like paintings in souvenir stalls, you'll find few places where it's appropriate to bargain. Prices in stores and most markets are firm and attempts at negotiation will not be welcome.


ATMs dispensing US currency are easily found. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Watch for mandatory fees at upscale hotels and resorts.

Exchange Rates

New ZealandNZ$1$0.72

For current exchange rates see

International Visitors

  • Major bank offices in San Juan and Ponce will exchange foreign currencies. There are also exchange desks at San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and major resorts (which offer terrible rates).
  • ATMs are easily found in all but the smallest towns.
  • Tipping in restaurants averages 15% to 20% but is not as expected as it is in mainland US.


Generally, you tip in Puerto Rico as you would on the US mainland.

  • Bars $1 per drink.
  • Luggage attendants $1 to $2 per bag for anyone who helps with your luggage.
  • Restaurants 15% of the bill.
  • Taxis 15% of the fare.
  • Check for service charges included in your bill at touristy restaurants, even for groups smaller than six.
  • If possible, tip servers with cash even when paying by credit card; this precludes management taking a cut.