Puerto Rico is an indulgent location for a traveler. The plethora of options available is just amazing.

Whether you want to feel the beach sand between your toes or hike the mountains, there’s something for you here. This Caribbean island is an American territory, located east of Dominican Republic.

When you first step onto the threshold of the island, you will find it strikingly different from the other fifty US states.

The Spanish have left their influence on Puerto Rico. Its capital is San Juan. There is a story behind it as well. When Christopher Columbus first found the island in the fifteenth century he named it San Juan ( after St John). Hence, the capital retains it. Around Puerto

The Spanish have left their influence on Puerto Rico. Its capital is San Juan. When Christopher Columbus first found the island in the 15th century he named it San Juan (after St. John). Many years later, the capital’s name remains the same. 

Around Puerto Rico, there are smaller islands. For instance, Vieques and Culebra. Vieques is a popular destination with beautiful beaches. The busy cities are San Juan (the capital), Ponce, Carolina, and Caguas.

The sprawling mountains give in to the gorgeous coastline. The geography enhances the scope of exciting outdoor activities. You can go snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, horseback riding, or hiking.

There are many swanky golf courses in this region to entertain you as well. Trekking in the El Yunque mountain range will take you through the lush rainforests of Puerto Rico. Lajas and Fajardo are bioluminescent bays where you can enjoy a dip after sunset. Caving in Camuy will be an exciting adventure. You will never run out of activities in Puerto Rico.

As a tourist, you can get around in a rental car or Público (shared taxi). Public transport like buses and trains are unreliable; they are best to be avoided. Taxis are readily available in San Juan; you can hire them at the airport, hotels and major tourist sites, or hail them on the street. Be sure to ask whether the driver is charging a set rate (and what the rate is) or using a meter. In other cities, you usually need to call a taxi. Taxi safety varies considerably; not all vehicles are new, nor do all taxis have seatbelts. Taxi drivers expect a 15% tip.

You can also hire a car for getting around at the airport and city agencies. Most companies require a minimum age of 25, although some go with 21. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. Roads are in a reasonable condition. 

The currency in use is US Dollar. You can exchange other foreign currencies at banks and at major hotels, though it is best to arrive with US Dollars and avoid exchange altogether. All major international credit cards are acceptable and ATMs are available widely across the island. 

As for electricity, Puerto Rico uses type AB sockets. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 120V. 

Super- luxurious hotels like Ritz- Carlton, Westin are available here. Boutique hotels are in full flow. If you want to be on a budget, there are no hostel options. But you can rent an apartment for a temporary period. The sunny ambiance of Caribbean beaches coupled with delicious Thai food is a winning formula. You will walk away with some treasured memories at this place.

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