North America

Puerto Rico Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: San Juan

Official language: Spanish

Continent: North America

That of Arecibo’s ear

Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean that is administered by the United States.

Location Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico is a free state with US protection. Due to its location in the Caribbean, the island has slightly tropical weather, which can lead to violent storms, especially in the summer months. Caution is advised for travelers between June and November. West of Puerto Rico is the Dominican Republic, east of it is thetwo Virgin Islands.

Travel to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a popular travel destination because it has something to offer for those interested in culture and nature lovers alike. On the one hand there are the rugged mountains of the island, riddled with caves, on the other hand the small sub-islands of the country, which offer a wide variety of nature. Spanish colonial heritage can be fascinating, as some of the 15th century forts are still well preserved.

Destinations Puerto Rico

The capital San Juan is located on a peninsula in front of a spectacular cliff. Behind this exciting natural panorama you can visit the Catedral de San Juan (Cathedral of John the Baptist), as well as the two castles El Morro Fort and La Fortaleza.
Going camping in Puerto Rico ? No problem, because on the largest beach in the country, at Balneario La Monserrate, camping is allowed without restrictions. You can practice other water activities on the Costa Azul, where Playa Azul is very popular for snorkeling.
The island is mountainous and covered with dense tropical rainforests – for many the dream of oneCaribbean paradise. In addition to these natural beauties, there are some cultural highlights on the Caribbean island. Puerto Ricans are known in the region for their festivals and around the world for their music. Did you know that Ricky Martin himself and Jennifer Lopez’s parents are from this island?

Even a certain English film spy was there on duty. The Arecibo Observatory, the second largest radio telescope in the world, is located in a valley south of La Esperanza. Similar to CERN in Switzerland, it is open to all scientists in the world who work in this field. It was briefly used as a film set for the film Golden Eye.

Important facts

Capital: San Juan

Official language: Spanish

Geography

Continent: North America

Geo coordinates: N 18 ° 13 ’15 ” W -66 ° -35′ -24.5″

Highest mountain: Cerro de Punta (1,338 m)

Total area: 9,104 km²

Mainland: 8,959 km²

Coastline: 501 km

Politics

Dependency: United States of America since 1898

Economy

Puerto Rico GDP - gross domestic product

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 76.3 billion

Electricity consumption: 23,270 million KWh

Gas consumption: 810 million m³

Oil consumption: 224,600 million m³

Cultivation area: 9.35%

Bovine: 408,000 pieces

Pigs: 116,000 pieces

Demographic data

Residents: 3,927,200

Residents in cities: 2,968,400

Average age: 34.7 years

0-14 years: 21.3%

15-64 years: 65.8%

> 65 years: 12.9%

Population growth: 0.4%

Birth rate: 12.77 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 7.65 / 1,000 residents

Migration: -1.14 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 0.92

Fertility: 1.75 children / woman

Infant mortality: 9.14 ‰

Life expectancy men: 74.46 years

Life expectancy women: 82.54 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: PR

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: PRI

ISO 3166 numeric: 630

Top Level Domain: pr

IOC country code: PURE

UN / LOCODE: PR

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Communication

Telephone connections: 1,430,000

Cell Phones: 1,490,000

Radios: 3,060,000

TV: 1,390,000

Computer: 830,000

Internet users: 1,060,000

Transportation

Railway lines: 96 km

Paved roads: 27,008 km

of which expressways: 442 km

Cars: 1,186,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 2

Health

Number of doctors: 7,090

Daily food intake: 2,330 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 9,600

Education

Illiteracy: 5%

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Crime

Prison inmates: 15,100

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

Regular flights connect Puerto Rico with other cities and islands in the Caribbean. Airlines that fly to Puerto Rico are: Lufthansa (LH), United Airlines (UA), American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), Air Canada (AC), Iberia (IB), KLM (KL) and LIAT (LI) (Internet: www.liatairline.com) .

Lufthansa (LH) flies, among other things, directly from Frankfurt to New York (USA). In the code share with JetBlue (B6) Lufthansa will then offer onward flight options from New York and Boston to San Juan.

Flight times

Frankfurt – Puerto Rico: 9 hours 45 minutes; London – Puerto Rico: 8 hours; Miami – Puerto Rico: 2 hours 35 minutes

Arrival by ship

San Juan is Puerto Rico’s largest passenger port.
The following shipping lines regularly call at San Juan as part of cruises: Carnival (Internet: www.carnival.com), Celebrity (Internet: www.celebrity.com), Costa (Internet: www.costakreuzfahrten.de), Cunard (Internet: www .cunard.com), Norwegian Cruise Lines (Internet: www.ncl.de), Princess Cruises (Internet: www.princess.com), Royal Caribbean International (Internet:www.royalcaribbean.com) and Seabourn (Internet: www.seabourn.com).

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

The airlines American Eagle (MQ) and Vieques Air Link (Internet: www.vieques-island.com/val) offer flight services within Puerto Rico from Ribas Dominicci Airport on Isla Grande or Aguadilla Airport.

On the way by car / bus

Rental cars from AAA, Afro, Atlantic, Avis, Budget, Discount and Hertz are available at the airport and in San Juan and in all major cities. Documentation: National driver’s license.

Traveling in the city

Bus: The local buses are called guaguas. There are stops in Bayamón, Catano, Country Club, Rio Piedras and in the capital. Many bus companies organize excursions and tours. Taxi: There are taxi ranks at the airport, in front of hotels and at the main attractions. Publicos (shared taxis / minibuses) have the sign P or PD on the license plate. The privately operated Publicos connect the island cities. The prices for taxis are fixed, advertised and affordable in the tourist areas. The linea-Service (between San Juan and most other cities) also has mandatory pricing and drops passengers off at will. Taxis outside the tourist areas have a meter and can be rented by the hour. Prices for excursions outside the urban taxi areas should be agreed in advance. Taxis can either be hailed in the street or ordered by phone.

On the way by ship

There are ferry connections from Fajardo or Old San Juan to the islands of Culebra and Vieques.