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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola’
(o-la)
Spanish
Plug combo ab
Electricity
120V/60hz
May-Nov
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$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

Visas

Visa formalities are exactly the same as for the mainland US.

Get the latest visa advice for Puerto Rico from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
PRI
Vieques
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
28228272
4.5
0.18
Jun – Aug
30258777
4.03
0.16
Sep – Nov
30248675
4.17
0.16
Dec – Feb
28228272
2.33
0.09
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ponce
Go Jun–Aug
Mar – May
30228670
Jun – Aug
32248976
Sep – Nov
32238974
Dec – Feb
30208568
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Culebra
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
29248574
2.6
0.1
Jun – Aug
31268879
3.23
0.13
Sep – Nov
31258778
5.43
0.22
Dec – Feb
28238373
2.17
0.08
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Dorado
Go May–Nov
Mar – May
30238674
4.27
0.17
Jun – Aug
32258978
5.83
0.23
Sep – Nov
31258776
5.67
0.22
Dec – Feb
28228372
3.6
0.14
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Rincón
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
30228770
Jun – Aug
32238974
Sep – Nov
31238873
Dec – Feb
30218569
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
San Juan & Around
Go Dec–May
Mar – May
30238674
4.27
0.17
Jun – Aug
32258978
5.83
0.23
Sep – Nov
31258776
5.67
0.22
Dec – Feb
28228373
3.6
0.14
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Puerto Rico

For a Caribbean castaway destination, Puerto Rico is well-connected, mainly thanks to an important airport and cruise-ship port in San Juan.

A spread of carriers make frequent connections between San Juan and New York City and major airline hubs of the US, including Philadelphia, Boston and Miami. London, Oslo and Frankfurt are among the destinations with direct flights from the UK and Europe. Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Puerto Rico

The best price found from United States to Puerto Rico is on October 31st, 2018, travelling with Spirit Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $84.00
SJU
San Juan Luis Munoz Marin

Getting around Puerto Rico

Most visitors drive themselves around Puerto Rico when they travel the island; this is far and away the advised means of getting about.

Bus Regular large urban buses run on routes convenient for visitors in San Juan.

Car Exploring Puerto Rico will be more rewarding with your own vehicle, although chaotic local driving habits and poor road conditions mean you won't want to plan any extended road trips. Note that a car is unnecessary while staying in San Juan: parking is scarce, traffic terrible.

Ferries & Planes Only used for trips to the major islands of Culebra and Vieques.

Taxi Within San Juan, taxis are reasonable. Travel between towns, though, and costs fly up.

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