The gate to Old San Juan
credit San Juan CVB
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
FACTS & TRAVEL TIPS
Official Language: English
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time
Est. Population: 3.9 million
Cruise Port City: San Juan
The island’s tropical climate averages 75-82 degrees. As a result, the “dress code” is always “island casual.” Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here, however in the Spring and Fall it is not as humid. It is important to note that a rainier season starts in August and ends in October, but because it is a tropical climate, brief showers can come at any time.
Phone service/phone cards availability is the same as in the states. There is NO sales tax in Puerto Rico. Passports are not required for U.S. citizens.
Banks are open from 10am to 5pm and ATMs are plentiful. Electricity is the same as the U.S.
The Puerto Rican people are very proud of their island, and it shows in the almost complete lack of graffiti, litter, and the like, particularly in Old San Juan. Furthermore, the crime rate here is probably no different that in any major metropolitan city but of course both visitors and residents should use common sense when out and about. Public transportation—taxis, buses, trolleys—is very safe, and women can feel secure walking around town alone late at night.
The major holidays in Puerto Rico are New Year's Day, Three Kings Day, Eugenio Maria de Hostas Birthday, President's Day, Emancipation Day, Good Friday, Jose de Diego Birthday, Memorial D ay, Independence Day, Don Luis Munoz Rivera Birthday, Commonwealth Constitution Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Discovery of Puerto Rico, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve.