Basic Facts about
The area code is 787 and you have to dial
it even for local calls. A calling card is recommended
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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
The water is safe, but many prefer
Is the same as US mainland (110
volt, 60 cycles ac).
Many major hotels have gambling.
You have to be 21 or older to be admitted. The closest is in Mayaguez.
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
Legal drinking age is 18
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 facilities are are among the best
in the Caribbean. There are hospitals in all the major towns and cities.
Is delivered by the US post office and
the rates are the same as the US main land.
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.
3.9 million people, of which, over 1/2
live in the San Juan area.
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
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?
Puerto Rico is about 100 by 35 miles. It
will take you about 2 hours to get from San Juan to Rincon.
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.
Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard time,
which is 1 hour ahead of Eastern time and the same as eastern daylight time.