We might be a tropical island in the Caribbean, but we’re also a U.S. Commonwealth. That not only means you can travel overseas and not have to carry a passport if you’re a U.S. Citizen, it means your flight is considered domestic. Here are some other interesting and note-worthy facts:
Climate - It can be really boring for a meteorologist here. The average year-round temperature is a balmy 82º F (28º C), with mild easterly trade winds. Most days are sunny and stunning, although there tends to be a bit more rain between August and October.
Currency - Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth so the U.S. dollar it is. No need to exchange currency. ATMs are generally easy to find. Most businesses accept major credit cards, as well as traveler’s checks.
Customs & Documents - Passports aren’t needed for U.S. citizens who travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S. (Perk of being a U.S. Commonwealth.) Foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas as required. Travelers flying from Puerto Rico to the U.S. are subject to check-in baggage inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the airport, since taking certain fruits and plants into the U.S. mainland is prohibited. For more information, call 787-253-4505 or U.S. Customs at 787-253-4533.
Time Zone - Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is one hour later than U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) from October through March and the same as Eastern Daylight Saving Time from April through October. Language - Puerto Rico has two official languages: Spanish and English.