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About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. It is an unincorporated territory of the United States, with a population of more than 3 million people. Puerto Rico is in an archipelago with diverse natural scenery, rich history and traditional cuisine. Popular attractions include Old San Juan in San Juan, Flamenco Beach and Tropical Casino in Bayamon.

Get ready to jet off to this incredible Caribbean destination because cheap flights to Puerto Rico are now available for a limited period of time. The capital city, San Juan, is home to Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre. SJU serves a multitude of airlines, including Delta Air Line and Avianca. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to San Juan is approximately 21 hours, 50 minutes.

Why visit Puerto Rico

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Music

Hearing the aural pleasures of Puerto Rico is sure to get your hips moving. Music is one of Puerto Rico’s greatest exports. Listen to the powerful influences of the Africans and Spanish in the sounds of Puerto Rico’s music.

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Beaches

This island destination boasts the most exquisite beaches to choose from. Tourists are offered an array of beaches based on their requirements, whether it is an uncrowded beach you long for or the best one for snorkelling, Puerto Rico has them all!

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Cuisine

Puerto Rico’s food is somewhat similar to Spanish, Cuban and Mexican cuisine with a unique blend of African, Taíno and American influences. Tourists should try bacalaitos (crunchy cod fritters) and asopao (gumby with chicken or shellfish).

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency United States Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Luis Muñoz Marín Airport
Airline COPA Airlines
Time Zone GMT -4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Puerto Rico

The island has a hot and sunny tropical climate and experiences average yearly temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius. Hurricanes can occur anytime between June and November. Tourists should visit during the months of mid-April and June, this is immediately after the busy winter season and before the rainy summer season. Winter (December to April) is the peak season in Puerto Rico, as crowds of tourists make their way to the island to enjoy the pleasant weather and attractions. For cheap flights to Puerto Rico, visit the island in autumn as hotel rates are dropped. It has also become a popular Spring Break destination for US college students during the months of February and March, if you wish to have a tranquil island holiday, these months are best avoided.

Weather & Climate in Puerto Rico

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 22°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 24°C 23°C 22°C
High °C 27°C 27°C 28°C 29°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 8°C 29°C 28°C
Rainfall (mm) 89 69 76 94 149 149 129 152 139 152 157 144

Puerto Rico is a beautiful archipelago eliciting the most enticing summery weather. It is the ideal destination to escape the mundane wintery seasons. This Caribbean island provides the most amazing setting for life-long memories to be made. The intoxicating salsa beats pulsating through the streets are sure to get you in the mood for sightseeing and interacting with the locals.

San Juan is an enigmatic city filled with entertainment for the whole family. All walks of life will be thoroughly thrilled by the abundance of activities such as walking the streets of Old San Juan, enjoying the beaches of San Juan or gambling at the fun casinos.

Aguadilla boasts impeccable sights to take in with its top-class surf scene, it is most certainly the place to wander for a Caribbean vacation. Aguadilla offers a fun time for travellers who wish to scuba dive, surf or simply do some whale watching. Popular attractions include Crashboat Beach, Aguadilla Ice Skating Ring and Las Cascadas Water Park.

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South African citizens require a visa to travel to Puerto Rico. Ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months beyond date of departure, and you should have at least two blank pages for stamps. See this useful guide on how to apply for your USA visa.

The closest South African Embassy to Puerto Rico can be located in Washington D.C.

3051 Massachusetts Ave.

NW

Washington D.C

20008

Phone: +1 202 232 4400

Travellers must be up-to-date with all routine vaccinations before departing for Puerto Rico. Routine vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio and your yearly flu shot.

Tourists are advised to practice caution throughout their vacation in Puerto Rico, especially in the major cities. There is a strong police and soldier presence in cities such as San Juan, Ponce, Bayamon and Carolina. Travellers are encouraged to avoid La Perla in Old San Juan, as there is a high rate of drug trafficking in the area. Do not visit the parks at night. Smaller towns are much safer to explore without the worry of crime. Tourists should make use of the hotel safe, do not tour the city with your valuables. Learning some basic Spanish will work in your favour.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg San Juan
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R166
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R28
Cappuccino (regular) R23 R23 R28
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R29
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R39 R39 R29
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