Puerto Rico is the biggest island of the lesser Antilles and it is located about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) southeast of Miami; 3 ¬æ hours by plane from Atlanta and New York, 4 hour from Boston, 2 ¬Ω hour from Miami, 4 ¬æ hour from Chicago, Houston and Dallas, and 8 hour from Los Angeles. At approximately 100 by 35 miles ( 160 by 56 Kilometers), it is roughly the size of Connecticut. It holds a population of 3.9 million.
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth under the US, which among other things, means that passports are not necessary for American citizens entering Puerto Rico. U.S. Postal Service rates and services are the same as in the U.S. mainland (all major courier/express delivery companies such as Federal Express serve Puerto Rico). The US dollar is the local currency. A valid continental U.S. driver's license can be legally used in Puerto Rico for up to three months. Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
Tropical. Annual temperatures average 82¬∫ F (28¬∫ C) with constant easterly mild trade winds. The U.S. Weather Bureau has recorded temperatures in Puerto Rico below 60¬∫F (mountains) and higher than 97¬∫ F (humidity effect).
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- You will need to dial the area code (787 or 939) when placing a call to any number within the island.
- Voltage is the same as in the U.S. mainland, 110-220 volts, 60Hz.
- All major credit cards are accepted in most establishments.
- In Puerto Rico, the legal drinking age is 18 years old.
- There is a 7% sales & service tax (IVU) in Puerto Rico.
- Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) all year round, which is one hour later than U.S. Eastern standard Time (EST) from October to April, and the same as Eastern Daylight Savings Time from April to October.
- A 15% to 20% tip is customary.
- The people of Puerto Rico are warm, friendly and hospitable. Puerto Ricans are passionate in their beliefs, consider music an essential part of any social gathering, and regard food as mandatory when having guests at their home. Vivacious and expressive, Puerto Ricans speak using animated hand and facial gestures. In all, you will find that Puerto Ricans share a unique passion for life and for welcoming visitors from around the world and making them feel right at home in their island paradise.