Puerto Rico: Travel Tips

There’s so much to do here: sightseeing in Old San Juan, golf, tennis, dining, shopping, gambling—or you could just laze in the sunshine on a stretch of the total 272 miles of coastline. This U.S. commonwealth is easily reached with direct flights, and passports are not required for U.S. citizens. Caribbean weather is generally good year round. The Caribbean high season spans Christmas and spring break and offers the driest weather of the year. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).

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Getting To Puerto Rico

If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.

Flight times

  • 2.5 hours from Miami
  • 3.5 hours from New York City
  • 4.5 hours from Chicago

Staying In Puerto Rico

Play golf or want to learn? Puerto Rico has 18 courses. Need some TLC? Posh spas in several of the island’s top resorts will pamper you. Dive into waterfalls at El Yunque rainforest, or chill out at Camuy Caves. Scuba, snorkel, sail, or windsurf in clear waters. Hear history echo in the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. And when the sun goes down, dine, disco, and try your luck at any of Puerto Rico’s dazzling casinos.

Must-see Sights

  • Explore Parque de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, one of the world’s three largest cave systems.
  • Take a tour of the National Historic Zone of Old San Juan, with its 16th-century Spanish houses, elegant plazas, and cobblestone courtyards.
  • Discover El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Parks system, which spans 28,000 acres.

Things to Do

To get away from it all, visit one of Puerto Rico’s three outer islands :

  • Vieques has 40 beaches on a 60-mile coastline, including three phosphorescent bays that glow in the dark.
  • Sleepy Culebra is also a great beach escape
  • Mona is an uninhabited, 25-square-mile nature reserve encircled by pristine coral—perfect for diving.
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Traveling In Puerto Rico

Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.

While traveling in Puerto Rico we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • Passports are not required for U.S. citizens.

Currency

  • U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
  • Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.

Time Difference

  • The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
  • Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.

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