Travel Planning
Puerto Rico
Travel Planning
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico at a Glance

Prickly cactus, gorgeous beaches and a rich cultural history set Puerto Rico apart. 

Puerto Rico is paradise for beach-goers, surfers and snorkelers. Enjoy a hot day in the sun on a sandy beach. Listen to the roll and swell of the waves as you pick the perfect break to ride in to shore. Snorkel through brightly colored reefs and swarms of tropical fish. Smell roasting pork carried over on the hot air.

For a day away from the beach, try San Juan. The city's historic forts, ancient stone buildings and many museums speak to the island's colonial history. If modern San Juan is what you are after, enjoy an afternoon of gallery hopping in the city's newly renovated Santurce neighborhood.

For hiking and exploration, head to the interior of the island where you'll find dry forests and deserts. Along the wetter coastline, misty mountains, limestone caves and lush tropical rain forests will awe you with their majesty. 


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Popular Places
  • San Juan San Juan
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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Travel during this time runs the risk of being complicated by the weather. 

Safety Concerns Murder rates are high in Puerto Rico, but travelers should be most concerned with safeguarding their belongings and not leaving valuables unattended. 

Health Concerns Avoid swimming or bathing in fresh water sources to avoid picking up the dangerous parasitic infection schistosomiasis. Mosquito borne illnesses can be an occasional problem. Contact your health care provider with any questions. Puerto Rico's drinking water is safe to drink.

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