Puerto Rico. The mere mention of this island in the Caribbean Sea creates a cascade of exotic and engaging images. Its bewitching salsa, its tropical flora and its national parks with mountains filled with lush vegetation and waterfalls. Its idyllic landscapes, too, made of heavenly beaches bathed in turquoise water, invite you to idleness under a bright blue sky occupied by a shining sun all year round. Its Creole cuisine, at the crossroads of African and European influences... Yes, all the ingredients are there for a dream stay. However, Cyclone Maria, which hit the island hard in the summer of 2017, nuanced this picture somewhat, devastating entire parts of the cities, particularly in the south-east. The inhabitants have since been on the road to reconstruction, something that visitors will soon notice. Nevertheless, the Puerto Rican tourist guide will focus on revealing the beauty of the island, from the Old San Juan, the capital, whose Spanish colonial architectural heritage is a true summary of history, to Cabo Rojo, where the red waters of the salt pans mingle with the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea. You will discover the natural swimming pools of this unique destination in the world, stretching at the foot of century-old trees, as in Torro Negro, before being rushed by the Puerto Rican night, vibrating to the sound of salsa and reggaeton. Human warmth, permanent sunshine, dream beaches, healthy and tasty cuisine... What is the people asking for?

What to visit Puerto Rico?

When to go to Puerto Rico?

When to leave for Puerto Rico? The high season corresponds to the period during which the climate is most pleasant, i.e. from December to April, and tourist numbers are even more intense from January to March. The middle of the year from May to July, like November, is perhaps the best time to go to Puerto Rico when you want to avoid the tourist rush while enjoying a good time. August, September and October are not the most recommended months due to the heat peaks, the hurricane season and the annual holidays of a large proportion of traders and tourism stakeholders. When to go to Puerto Rico, all year round with a preference for spring.

How to go to Puerto Rico? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Puerto Rico is generally absent from the catalogues of French tour operators and tour operators. The destination will only be proposed as a cruise stopover in the heart of the Caribbean. For an all-inclusive (all-inclusive) stay in Puerto Rico, tourism professionals can still tailor your trip to suit you (luxury trip, wedding, family, etc.). To get an idea, you will need to plan a minimum budget of €1,500 for a flight + hotel package, for a week's holiday.

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The average price of direct return flights to San Juan from France during the high season is about €1,200 and €800 in the low season. But by searching carefully, by using the flight comparison sites, you can find flights for less than 600 €. Provided that your dates are flexible. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure if possible. Most flights include at least one stopover and often two. If you want a direct flight, you will have to reach Madrid. For stopovers, try to favour Miami, as those in New York are more easily modified in winter due to snow.

From a tourist point of view, public transport is the biggest problem in Puerto Rico. Renting a car is one of the solutions that can be found outside the capital, San Juan. But also pay attention to various points. First of all, the budget calculation (rental including taxes and insurance, city parking, etc.).

The other alternative: the so-called públicos (collective taxis) can allow non-motorized people to reach some of the island's major destinations such as Ponce, Rincon, Fajardo.

Prepare for your trip Puerto Rico

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to leave for Puerto Rico? The high season corresponds to the period during which the climate is mos...
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Weather forecast

Puerto Rico's weather, thanks to its warm and humid tropical climate, is pleasant all year round. The country has two...
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Budget

Puerto Rico's official currency is the US dollar (abréviation  US$). Unless you live " à the local", the prices...
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Formalities

Puerto Rico has a special status but it is a North American territory. It is therefore the rules of access to the Uni...
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Health

Health risks are overwhelmingly mild in Puerto Rico, although many cases of dengue fever have been reported since 200...
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How to travel by yourself?

The average price of direct return flights to San Juan from France during the high season is about €1,200 and €80...
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How to get organized?

Puerto Rico is generally absent from the catalogues of French tour operators and tour operators. The destination will...
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Getting around

From a tourist point of view, public transport is the biggest problem in Puerto Rico. Renting a car is one of the sol...
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