Travel Information

Photo: A cruise ship sails by Old San Juan’s iconic El Morro Fort.

Key Travel Facts
  1. 1 Spanish and English are the official languages. Most Puerto Ricans speak English.
  2. 2 The United States dollar is the official currency.
  3. 3 United States Citizens don’t need a passport to enter the island.

No Passport Required for US Citizens

If you’ll be visiting from another country other than the United States, a visa is required to enter the island. These requirements are standard and are the same as for entering the United States. The purpose and extent of your visit will determine which visa to apply for. If you are just coming in as a tourist, the standard 90-day non-immigrant visa will be your key to paradise. If you are lucky enough to be coming here as a student or as a temporary worker, specialized visas apply.

International Travelers

If you’ll be visiting from another country other than the United States, a visa is required to enter the island. These requirements are standard and are the same as for entering the United States (http://travel.state.gov/). The purpose and extent of your visit will determine which visa to apply for. If you are just coming in as a tourist, the standard 90-day non-immigrant visa will be your key to paradise. If you are lucky enough to be coming here as a student or as a temporary worker, specialized visas apply.

Travelers with Special Needs

Having a disability should neither prevent nor limit anyone from enjoying his or her stay in Puerto Rico. As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, hotels, airports and public transportation systems must be equipped with disabled-friendly equipment. As a quick tip, always remember to call the hotel, restaurants and places to visit to make sure they are disabled-friendly. So leave your worries back home and get ready to relax and enjoy your time off.

Medical Equipment Services

  1. Care Vacations

    Email (787) 761-8870


Translator/Interpreter Services

  1. Sign Language Interpreters, Inc.

    Website (787) 751-1797

Puerto Rico International and Regional Airports

  1. Rafael Hernández International Airport

    Porta del Sol has its largest airport in the town of Aguadilla, which direct flights to many cities in the United States. If you’d like to travel directly to the west coast, look for the BQN airport code.

    Aguadilla

    Website (787) 891-2226
  2. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

    Named after Puerto Rico’s first democratically elected governor, San Juan’s main airport is one of the main hubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Home to more than a dozen airlines, many flights are available to the United States, South America, and the Caribbean.

    Carolina

    Website (787) 253-2329
  3. José Aponte de la Torre Airport

    Ceiba

  4. Benjamín Rivera Noriega Airport

    Culebra

  5. Mercedita International Airport

    Ponce

  6. Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport

    Isla Grande

  7. Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport

    Vieques

Nonstop Flights by Region

United States
  • Puerto Rico has daily nonstop flights to main cities in the United States. Airlines currently operate over 588 flights to the continental United States on a weekly basis.
  • There are nonstop flights available to: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Hartford, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Newark, New York (JFK), Boston, Chicago (ORD), Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis.
  • Airlines that fly to and from Puerto Rico to USA are: Airtran, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways.
Caribbean
  • San Juan is the leading gateway to the Eastern Caribbean. Several airlines operate over 100 daily flights to over 20 destinations in the Caribbean.
  • Airlines that fly to and from San Juan to the Caribbean are: Cape Air, JetBlue, Seaborne, LIAT, Viques Airlink, Tradewind Aviation, and Air Flamenco.
Latin America
  • There are 28 flights to Latin America: 18 flights to Panama City, 3 flights to Bogotá, and 7 flights to Caracas.
Canada
  • There are 4 weekly flights provided by Air Canada and WestJet.
Europe
  • There is one weekly flight to Frankfurt, Germany operated by Condor Airlines.

Every corner of Puerto Rico and its surrounding islands are accessible, no matter how hidden or far away they may seem to be. Where you are going is the key factor in determining which mode of transportation will better suit your needs. In typical tourist areas such as Old San Juan, Condado, Miramar and Isla Verde walking, taxis, and the public transportation system are more than enough to get you around. But if your plans take you outside the Metro Area limits, renting a car or a chartering a bus might be your best option.

Car Rentals

Renting a car is fairly easy and the most convenient way to explore Puerto Rico's unlimited beauty. Most of the well-known car rental companies can be found at the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport and in and around the larger cities. Local companies offer competitive prices and great service. Contact our Information Centers for details about available car rental companies.

  1. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

    (787) 791-1014
  2. Rafael Hernández International Airport

    (787) 890-3090
  3. Porta Caribe Regional Office

    (787) 290-2911
  4. Culebra Regional Office

    Culebra

    (787) 742-1033
  5. Vieques Regional Office

    Vieques

    (787) 741-0800


Taxis

Taxis are a good and fairly inexpensive way of getting around Puerto Rico. You can either wave one down on the street or call one by phone and they’ll take you anywhere in Puerto Rico. Some taxis have fixed rates and some are metered, it all depends where you're going.

View rates for the different zones.

Tren Urbano

Our Tren Urbano, or “urban train,” is an efficient way to move around certain parts of the Metro area or to just tour some of the urban areas. The Tren Urbano operates from 5:30am to 11:30pm daily and is 75¢ for a one-way ticket. It’s part of a public transportation system that works together with the public bus system and covers most of the Metro area.

AMA

The Metropolitan Bus Authority, or AMA, is Puerto Rico’s public bus transportation system. If you’re not in a hurry, the AMA is a cheap way to get around the Metro Area. Each ride goes for 75¢ and drivers don’t provide change. Bus routes are identified with a letter followed by a number and most service routes stop at 10:00pm.

Ferries

There are two ferry stations in Puerto Rico, the Acuaexpreso in Old San Juan and the Fajardo Station. Acuaexpreso is located in Pier 2 and for 50¢ it takes you to Cataño, where a short taxicab ride will get you to the Bacardi Distillery Tour. The Fajardo Station is used for travel between the mainland and the islands of Culebra and Vieques. One-way tickets are $2 for Vieques and $2.25 for Culebra but capacity is limited and so are the departure times.

When entering Puerto Rico as a passenger aboard a cruise ship, the rules for U.S. citizens vary slightly. If your cruise begins and ends in the same U.S. port and traveled to destinations in Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Bahamas or Bermuda, re-entry into U.S. soil can be done with proof of citizenship other than a passport or passport card. Admissible proof of citizenship other than your passport includes your original birth certificate, or a certified copy and a government-issued photo identification card. On the other hand, if your cruise begins in one U.S. port and ends in another, you are required to have a valid passport. For non-U.S. citizens, a machine-readable passport is required for entry into the U.S. soil.

A word of advice to U.S. cruise travelers: whether you need your passport or not, it is recommended you bring it. An emergency, a missed departure from a port of call or any other unexpected trip-ending event would require the use of a passport. Just remember to keep it in a safe place while you enjoy your time at Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico Cruise Ports

Port of San Juan

The Port of San Juan is the busiest ocean terminal in the Caribbean, and the second largest cruise port in the Western Hemisphere. Close to 500 cruise ships on 14 cruise lines bring more than one million passengers to Puerto Rico each year through this modern port.

Port of the Americas (Ponce)

From its historic fire station to the renowned Museo de Arte de Ponce, the city of Ponce offers a unique taste of Puerto Rican culture that will be sure to enthrall cruise passengers spending some time on land.

Port of Mayagüez

Mayagüez Port has it all, with the largest selection of tours for any cruise vacation, with beautiful beaches for surfing, snorkeling, diving, or just relaxing and overlooking the calm blue waters surrounding the area.

Cruise Lines

Puerto Rico is the cruise capital of the Caribbean, with the Port of San Juan being the largest cruise port in the Western Hemisphere. Every year, 1.4 million passengers arrive at Puerto Rico’s shores for some exhilarating adventures and a night out on the town.

There are currently 14 cruise lines that visit the Port of San Juan:

  1. AIDA Cruises

  2. Azamara Cruises

  3. Carnival Cruise Lines

  4. Celebrity Cruise Lines

  5. ClubMed

  6. Holland America

  7. MSC Cruises

  8. Norwegian Cruise Line

  9. Oceania Cruise Line

  10. Princess Cruises

  11. Regent Seven Seas

  12. Royal Caribbean

  13. Seabourn Cruise Line

  14. Seadream Yacht Club

  15. Silver Seas Cruise Line

What to Pack

Sunscreen

Year-round sun and hot weather can really do a number on your skin, especially if you’re not used to the heat. Use it, even if you don’t plan to visit the beach.

Bathing suit

With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, you don’t want to miss out on the fun just because you forgot your suit (and none of our public beaches are clothing-optional).

Light clothes

After a day of sightseeing in Old San Juan or Ponce, you’ll be glad you decided to bring those white cotton shirts.

Comfortable shoes

Comfortable shoes mean happy feet. And happy feet equals great vacation.

Bug repellent

Protect yourself from unpleasant mosquito and no-see-um insect bites, especially if you plan on visiting the El Yunque rainforest or doing outdoor activities.

Rain gear

Bring an umbrella or poncho to keep you dry. Tropical climate is very unpredictable and it can start raining out of the blue.

Hat

Protect your most precious body part from the sun's rays. It also keeps you cooler.

Dress clothes

Even though the overall dress code is casual 24/7, some nightclubs, bars, restaurants and shows require more formal attire.

Flip-flops

They protect your feet from the hot sand and wash off easily when it's time to go.

Useful Numbers

  • Emergency Services 911
  • Police Department (787) 726-7020
  • Fire Department (787) 725-3444
  • Medical emergency line (787) 754-2550
  • Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital (787) 721-2160
  • Tourist information (787) 722-1709