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The best tips come from locals or people who have already visited. Here is a list of our top ten tips that can help you maximize your stay in Puerto Rico and minimize your worries.
- Plan your trip as much as possible before leaving home.
- Establish a daily budget so you don’t run out of money before your vacation ends.
- Bring your credit cards. All major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere and can be very helpful in case of emergencies.
- Dress comfortably.
- Bring enough of your prescription medications to last your entire trip. Even though the big U.S. chain pharmacies are located here and many open 24 hours, you never know if your medication will be available if you run out unexpectedly.
- Book any tours, concerts and shows in advance to avoid being left out.
- Keep all your travel documents in the same place.
- Familiarize yourself with basic words in Spanish. A simple “gracias”, or “thank you”, can go a long way.
- Make sure your cell phone plan includes long distance and/or roaming to avoid unnecessary charges. Even though Puerto Rico is U.S. Territory, cell phone calls to the mainland are considered to be long distance—though most U.S. cell carriers now include Puerto Rico in their unlimited plans.
- Be open to new experiences. This will most certainly guarantee you’ll have a good time.
What to Pack
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.
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).
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 mean happy feet. And happy feet equals great vacation.
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.
Bring an umbrella or poncho to keep yourself dry. Tropical climate is very unpredictable and it can start raining out of the blue.
Protect your most precious body part from the sun's rays. It also keeps you cooler.
Even though the overall dress code is casual 24/7, some nightclubs, bars, restaurants and shows require more formal attire.
They protect your feet from the hot sand and wash off easily when it's time to go.
Useful contacts/phone numbers to have in Puerto Rico
- 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