Introducing Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has much of the idyllic loveliness you’d expect from a Caribbean island: palms swaying on crescent-shaped beaches, warm azure waters becalmed by coral reefs, exclusive spa retreats and orchid-rich rainforests dotted with waterfalls. But this island beats to a lively Latin rhythm, and sizzles with sophisticated culture and cuisine. Like Old San Juan with its luxury boutiques set on cobblestone streets, hillside forts and distractions from fine art to fine dining. 

Practical Information

Capital city
San Juan

US dollar or peso (in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes)

Plenty of Spanish, American, African and Caribbean influences.A national favourite is asopao – a rice stew served with chicken or seafood

Tipping etiquette
A tip of 15-20% is expected

Saying hello
Most Puerto Ricans speak Spanish, so use “hola”.   

When To Go

Puerto Rico is a year-round destination, with temperatures ranging between 24° and 29°C, and cooling trade winds always ensuring comfortable days and nights. Resorts are most popular from December to April, while city breaks and spas are all the rage in August when it’s wettest and hottest. Rest assured, year-round you’ll be sipping cocktails at the pool and toasting delicious sunsets.

Top Tip from SLH

Puerto Ricans love a festival and you might want to book your travel to catch one that strikes the right chord.