Basic Facts about Puerto Rico

  • Area Code

The area code is 787 and you have to dial it even for local calls.  A calling card is recommended

  • Banks/Currency

Currency is the US dollar.  Normally hours are Monday through Friday. They also have ATM machines (ATH in Puerto Rico). Major credit cards are accepted in most establishments.

  • Climate

Warm and sunny! Puerto Rico enjoys a tropical climate. Temperatures average 82 degrees year round, and normally there is a nice ocean breeze.  For the Current Weather in Rincon, Puerto Rico

  • Customs/Inspections

Puerto Rico is part of the US, so no passport is required for US citizens. There are no custom duties for items taken in or out.  Check with the department of Agriculture (787-253-4505), some fruits and live plants are prohibited by law from entering the US main land.

  • Crime/Safety

For the most part, common sense is all you need.  This is true especially for San Juan, like any major city, you may want to use a little more caution of where you go, particularly at night. The other parts of the island can be very different - more tranquil and friendly.  Rincon, enjoys very few violent crimes.  Most crimes that do occur, are crimes of opportunity: like leaving expensive items in an unlocked car for a extended period of time.

  • Dress

It's the tropics! Dress is very causal. In some nicer restaurants, or if you go to larger cities shopping, you may want to wear a nice casual sporty attire, but in Rincon, dress to be comfortable!

  • Driving

Be Careful! Puerto Rico tends to have aggressive (sometimes crazy) drivers. A US driver's license is valid and there are many car rental agencies to choose from. Driving is on the right and most US road rules apply

  • Drinking Water

The water is safe, but many prefer bottled water.

  • Electricity

 Is the same as US mainland (110 volt, 60 cycles ac).

  • Gambling

Many major hotels have gambling.  You have to be 21 or older to be admitted. The closest is in Mayaguez.

  • Languages

Puerto Rico's official languages are BOTH Spanish and English. While Spanish tends to be the island's primary language, English is widely spoken and you should not have any problems, particularly in major areas.

  • Liquor laws

Legal drinking age is 18

  • Location

Puerto Rico is located 1000 miles southeast of Miami.  Rincon, is on the west coast at the western most point, where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet.  Map of Where We Are Located

  • Medical

Medical facilities are are among the best in the Caribbean. There are hospitals in all the major towns and cities.

  • Mail

Is delivered by the US post office and the rates are the same as the US main land.

  • Pets

A rabies vaccination certificate, not more than 30 days old and a health certificate not more than 10 days old are required to bring dogs or cats to the island.

  • Population

3.9 million people, of which, over 1/2 live in the San Juan area.

  • Religion

Most denominations have English services in the larger towns. For a listings of churches refer to the yellow pages under Iglesias in Spanish, or Churches in English

  • Roads

The roads are generally good.  The main roads are like typical American freeways - that at certain times of the day, in major cities, you get traffic jams.  The roads into the center, more rural area tend to be narrow and twisty.  All major roads are paved. The road signs are in Spanish and the distances are given in kilometers, but the speed in MPH. Fuel is sold by the liter. Confused yet?

  • Size

Puerto Rico is about 100 by 35 miles. It will take you about 2 hours to get from San Juan to Rincon.

  • Taxes

Puerto Rico just started charging sales tax. The amount depends on what city/town you are in.  The hotels charge a 9% government room tax, 11% if they have a casino. 

  • Time Zone

Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard time, which is 1 hour ahead of Eastern time and the same as eastern daylight time.