Puerto Rico is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society, that has been molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences.
CLIMATE: The climate is as close to perfect as it can get, averaging 83°F (22.7°C) in the winter and 85°F (29.4°C) in the summer. A rainier season starts in August and ends in October, but due to our tropical climate you can expect brief rain showers at any time.
ZONE: Atlantic Standard (AST), which is one hour later (+1) than Eastern Standard Time (EST) and four hours earlier (-4) than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Savings Time.
AVERAGE: 6:54 am to 6:21 pm
SIZE AND POPULATION - Puerto Rico is approximately 100 by 35 miles (160 by 56 km), which is roughly the size of Connecticut. The Island's population is 3.9 million.
CURRENCY: United States dollar (US$). Major U.S., Canadian, and European banks have branches on the Island.
DOCUMENTS: Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth with U.S. citizenship. Therefore, passports are not necessary for U.S. citizens.
LANGUAGE: Spanish and English are the official languages, but Spanish is without a doubt the dominant language.
TECHNOLOGY: Puerto Rico is considered the most technologically advanced island in the Caribbean. Most cell phone carriers from the United States work here.