Here's a guide to planning the perfect stay!
Book the flight and pack
You can make the most of your time in Puerto Rico by catching an early flight, especially if your travel itinerary requires a connecting flight to SJU.
No, you don't need a passport -if you're a U.S. citizen- to enter Puerto Rico. All you need is a valid ID with a photo, as you would if you travel anywhere else in the country.
Since Puerto Rico uses U.S. dollars as a currency, you don't need to worry about exchange rates, but you should call your bank and let them know you are traveling so they don't freeze your account while you're enjoying yourself in the heart and soul of the Caribbean.
When packing, be sure to include summer-like attires for day and night, as the weather in Puerto Rico is warm, ranging from 70 to 80 degrees throughout the year with the occasional rain shower. So, shorts, tank tops, flowy dresses, comfortable shoes, and sunglasses are recommended– there's a lot of walking while touring! If you forget something – whether it is clothing, toiletries, medicine, or else, there are convenience stores and pharmacies (both chain and local) to keep you covered.
Facts about Puerto Rico
Renting a car and getting around
The most convenient way to get across (and back) the Island is by renting a car, and by doing so, you can plan multiple road trips that include some beach time, landmarks, forests, and more. Most companies require you to be at least 25 years old and have a valid driver's license to rent a car in Puerto Rico. And, as all the major car rental companies have a presence on the Island, you can avoid all the paperwork and hassle by processing your rental before your arrival. All you have to do is go to the company's booth at the airport, take their shuttle to pick up the car, and head out towards adventure. On average, the car rental costs $14 per day plus insurance. There are also local companies outside the metropolitan region (including Vieques and Culebra).
Once your rental is set, you can navigate the Island with ease, following road signs and GPS such as Google Maps, Maps, and Waze, which work fine in Puerto Rico. Parking may be scarce, depending on the location you are headed. Before you depart your lodging accommodation be sure to double-check if there are public parking spaces nearby or if you will need to street park your rental.
Crossing from one town to another may require some pay tolls along the way, but most rentals already include the AutoExpreso tag (just like an EZ-Pass) since most tolls have gone cashless. Recharging stations are available at almost every pay toll.
Note: Keep in mind the Island's rush hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., especially if you choose to drive around the metropolitan region.
Pro tip: Make a list of all the places you wish to visit before booking your hotel or vacation rental and see which town should become your "departure hub" during your stay.
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