Spanish, African and American influences collide to create an irresistible tropical island paradise.

This beautiful archipelago of Caribbean islands boasts a year-round tropical climate and more than 270 miles of coastline with a host of enticing white-sand beaches. A U.S. commonwealth using the U.S. dollar, Puerto Rico also contains 21 world-class golf courses, while sailing, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, biking and other land- and watersports are well catered for. There’s a delicious and distinct local cuisine to sample, whether you want gourmet fine dining or a simple roadside kiosk snack.

Things to know before you go

  • Whilst the official languages are Spanish and English, only about a fifth of Puerto Ricans speak fluent English. However, people working in tourism-related businesses are usually fluent in English. Traffic signs and suchlike are written exclusively in Spanish, except in San Juan and Guaynabo.
  • Many shops, restaurants etc. only take cash; those accepting credit cards often only take Visa and MasterCard.
  • Not only is tap water very safe to drink but considered one of the best tap water qualities in the world.

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Ben West

London, UK

Ben West has written several guidebooks and many articles for numerous publications including The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and the Financial Times.