Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean but it's also a self-governing territory of the United States.
The mix of African, Taino (Amerindian), Spanish and North American cultures makes this a fascinating holiday destination. For such a small island, Puerto Rico has a rich cultural history. Epic battles were fought by those who tried to take Puerto Rico off Spanish hands and many travelled to the island to catch a glimpse of its beauty.
The archipelago is famous for its African-style music and dance – "bomba and plena" – featuring strong percussion elements.
Split into distinct ‘parts’, every area has its own characteristics. San Juan is the heart of Puerto Rico, packed with hip hotels and restaurants; the north region houses the world’s largest radio telescope; Porto del Sol is home to legendary surf and a laid back vibe; the east region boasts the El Yunque National Rainforest; a mountainous landscape dominates the interior and Culebra – a small island – is a beach and wildlife-lover’s paradise.
Puerto Rico Essential Information:
Capital: San Juan
Time Zone: GMT -4
Language: Spanish (primary) and English.
Currency: United States dollar (USD). For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc
International dialling code: +1