Puerto Rico Travel Info

Caribbean Golf and Travel Destination

Puerto Rico offers an amazing variety of experiences. There are attractions to suit many tastes, from beautiful beaches to natural rain forests. But there is also a richness of history and culture to be found nowhere else.

Legendary golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez has been an ambassador for golf in his native Puerto Rico for nearly 50 years. But along with Chi Chi’s help there exists a plethora of natural characteristics that make Puerto Rico a perfect warm weather golf destination. The future looks brighter than ever as Puerto Rico golf continues to advance and improve.

Travel Information

The passport and visa requirements for entering Puerto Rico are the same as for entering the USA. USA citizens do not need a passport. Puerto Rico is an American territory and the US. Dollar is the primary currency. Flights to Luis Munoz International Airport in San Juan are widely available from major cities across the United States and many airlines offer direct flights.

Puerto Rico’s entertainment is world famous! From countless restaurants and bars, nightclubs, and art galleries there is never a lack of entertainment available for people of all inclinations. Old San Juan is filled with funky bars and restaurants begging to be explored.

Location

Puerto Rico, an island situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, lies just east of the Dominican Republic. Our top recommended golf resorts in Puerto Rico are located near Farjado, east along the coast from the capital of San Juan. The El Yunque rain forest sits just inland from Fajardo.

Weather

An agreeable climate is one of Puerto Rico’s most attractive characteristics. Puerto Rico has a tropical marine climate, with an average annual temperature of 82 °F (28 °C). Puerto Rico enjoys year round summer temperatures. The dry season is December to April.

Puerto Rico Tours & Transportation

All out Puerto Rico golf packages include roundtrip airport transfers from San Juan. Car hire is available in Puerto Rico but at higher prices than most US destinations. As an island expect to pay more for gasoline for car rentals and cab fares in general.

Guided or prearranged tours with transfers included are the safest and most efficient means by which to explore this island. The most popular tours and daytrips are those including Old San Juan, the Bacardi rum distillery, and visits to the El Yunque National Forest. El Yunque is the only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System, spanning 28,000 acres and reaching an elevation of 3,624 feet.

History and Culture

Few Caribbean cites are as steeped in Spanish tradition as Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan. In 1508, Juan Ponce de León founded the original settlement. Then a new settlement was unearthed in 1509 which was called at the time “Puerto Rico” (meaning “rich port” or “good port”). The city’s most famous landmark is the fortress called Castillo San Felipe del Morro or as it’s know, El Morro. Construction began in 1539 under King Charles V of Spain to defend the port of San Juan. Over the years since Old San Juan has passed through high and low periods. Today it’s a popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings with wrought iron balconies beautifully restored and dating back to the 16th century. Old San Juan is packed with great restaurants, bars, shopping, casinos, plus museums and art galleries.

The people of Puerto Rico represent a cultural and racial mix. Today’s population consists of a mixture of the descendants of the original indigent Taino Indians, Spanish explorers, African slaves, and imported Chinese immigrants, and more recently American expatriates, Cuban refugees, and Europeans in general. Spanish and English are the official languages, but Spanish is without a doubt the dominant language, although English is widely spoken.

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