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    Puerto Rico Overview

    Puerto Rico has all the sun, fun and sporting activity you’d expect on a beautiful Caribbean island. The 272-mile (437 km) coastline has world-class beaches for sun-bathing, swimming and snorkeling. Nightlife is among the liveliest in the Americas, and there’s a full range of accommodation, from rustic campsites to luxury hotels. 

    Eco-tourists could easily spend a year in Puerto Rico. Its rain-forested mountains have the full, exuberant range of Caribbean vegetation and wildlife. The 28,000 acre (11,300 sq km) El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Parks system. Taking the hiker’s trail through the park, you’ll see four distinct types of forest, which are home to 240 species of wildlife, flowers and trees. The Rio Abajo Forest Preserve can be explored easily on 70 walking trails.

    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Whether you're dreaming about spectacular surfing waves, a challenging golf course, or the perfect sunbathing beach, Puerto Rico offers the active traveler a tremendous array of opportunities. Surfing and golf compete with tennis, fishing, kayaking, SCUBA diving, and horseback riding, not to mention windsurfing and parasailing, for your active time. Our perpetual summer weather begs you to enjoy the sport of your choice!

    A rugged mountain range runs across the center from east to west, which often prevents rain clouds from passing to the south. The north side of the island is covered by dense vegetation, karst formations, and rushing streams, while, the south side is sun-toasted terrain, home to tropical dry forests and many species of exotic birds. Puerto Rico is only about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, so its most distant points are only a three-hour drive apart. It also means that just about every tropical landscape in existence is a short trip from wherever you happen to be! 

    San Juan is the Caribbean capital of nightlife and entertainment, where you can indulge in bar hopping, fine dining, gambling or just about anything in between. Throughout the San Juan area, bars, discos and popular restaurants are found on nearly every corner of the city, but be sure not to miss the vibrant nightlife out on the island, including the special charms of resorts in Dorado, Rio Grande, Ponce and Mayagüez. 

    Ground transportation in Puerto Rico can mean a taxi, a tour bus, a rental car, a ferry, a small plane, a charter boat, a Metrobus, or a público. In the near future, you will also be able to get around part of greater San Juan in a shiny new Urban Train.

    Both Spanish and English are the official languages, the local currency is the U.S. dollar, and no visas or passports are required to enter Puerto Rico from the United States. Mail is sent through the US Postal Service at the same rates as on the mainland.

    San Juan Puerto Rico
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Accommodations are plentiful and varied in Puerto Rico. At the top of the list are the grand resorts sprinkled throughout the island, with gorgeous golf courses, elegant casinos, fabulous restaurants, and exciting nightlife. They are all situated on beautiful beaches, wonderful places to luxuriate in the sun. There are also a great variety of moderately priced hotels, usually located a few blocks from the beach. Many travelers enjoy the personal touch and unique charm of the scores of small hotels and guesthouses that dot the island, and return year after year to their favorites. 

    The peak tourist season is between December and April, but this has more to do with the climate in U.S. mainland than anything else. The best time to avoid the crowds is the low season between May and November, which is also hurricane season (June-November).

    Puerto Rico Facts

    Customs and Documents Required:
    The passport and visa requirements for entering Puerto Rico are the same as for entering the USA. Non US and Canadian citizens must have a valid passport, but always its better to consult your travel agent before book your tickets. However, citizens of many Western European countries, Australia, New Zealand and Japan can take advantage of a US reciprocal visa waiver program if they intend to stay ... more

    Personal Safety:
    Robbery and theft does happen occasionally as any place else, but you need not be concerned. Just don't be too careless. Women can wear as much jewelry as they want anywhere (as the locals do) with no fear.

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    Puerto Rico Accommodations
    Paradisus Puerto Rico - Sol Melia - San Juan
    Coral Princess Inn - Condado Santurce
    Park Plaza Normandie San Juan
    Lazy Parrot - Rincon
    Miramar Hotel - San Juan
    Rincon Beach Resort
    At Wind Chimes Inn - San Juan
    Embassy Suites Hotel Dorado - Dorado
    The Water Club Hotel - Isla Verde
    Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club
    Wyndham Martineau Bay Resort and Spa
    Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino - San Juan
    Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino San Juan
    Hotel El Convento Hotel - Old San Juan
    San Juan Beach Hotel
    Copamarina Beach Resort - Guanica
    Caribe Hilton - San Juan
    Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino
    Wyndham El San Juan Hotel & Casino
    Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, a Wyndham Grand Resort - Rio Grande
    Casa Grande Mountain Retreat - Utuado
    Vacation Rentals in Puerto Rico -- ESJ Towers - Isla Verde
    Gran Melia Puerto Rico - Rio Grande
    Pipons Resort Rincon - Rincon
    Sunset Paradise Villas - Rincon
    Brisas del Mar
    Playa Almirante - Rincon
    Casa de Amistad - Vieques
    InterContinental San Juan Hotels - San Juan
    Tropical Treehouse - rincon'
    The Fajardo Inn - Puerto Real
    Harbour View Villas - Culebra Island
    Hotel La Playa
    Tu Casa Guest House - San Juan
    Roberto's Hidden Paradise - Añasco
    Puerto Rico Condos - San Juan
    Sandy Beach Inn
    Tamboo Beside The Pointe - Rincon
    Borinquen Beach Inn - San Juan
    Torres de la Parguera - Lajas
    Tres Palmas Inn
    The Ocean Villas - Rio Grande
    Inn on the Blue Horizon - Vieques
    Hotel Cielo Mar - Aguadilla
    Hotel Villa del Sol - Isla Verde
    The Gallery Inn
    Casa Sara
    Bahia Salinas Beach Hotel
    Casa de Playa - Rincon
    Isla Verde Beach Resort - San Juan

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