Why travel to Puerto Rico? Why not? This island destination is filled with incredible nature, rich history, and fantastic food—not to mention great beaches, bars, and barrios. Here are 14 reasons why you should travel to Puerto Rico in 2020.
For everything from safety tips to restaurant recommendations, work with a local to plan your trip. They'll introduce you to a side of the island the most tourists miss. Learn more.
One of our locals in Puerto Rico described the island as "paradise." We're into it. Just look at the pictures for yourself! Dreamy beaches, palm trees, old Spanish forts, jungles, waterfalls, tropical drinks, delicious seafood—Puerto Rico has it all. The island is even home to the USA's only rainforest. It’s no wonder they call it The Island of Enchantment.
People often ask: "Do I need a passport to go to Puerto Rico?" If you're an American, the answer is no—after all, Puerto Rico is part of the United States. That's one less thing to worry about for your travel checklist.
Because Puerto Rico is a US territory, they also use the US dollar. That means you don't have to exchange your money, and you don’t have to pay foreign transaction fees when using your credit or debit cards. Essentially, traveling to Puerto Rico couldn't be easier—some cellular carriers don’t even charge roaming.
One of the worst disasters in US history, Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of over 3,000 American citizens in 2017. And despite well-publicized issues with federal relief efforts, Puerto Rico has since largely recovered from the tragedy (aside from some very remote areas of the island).
You may have read about recent Puerto Rico earthquakes. These largely impacted the south of the island. Well-traveled areas like San Juan are perfectly safe to visit. And if you have concerns—or if you want an insider's perspective—you can always message one of our locals before booking your trip.
Which brings us to an important point:
How can you help Puerto Rico recover from natural disasters? By putting money directly into the island's economy.
Tourism dollars make a huge difference—especially when they stay in local communities. That's why we're proud that, on average, 70% of travel dollars spent on ViaHero remain in the destination.
Although Spanish is the most popular language on the island, English is an official second language and many people speak it perfectly. If you're worried about the language barrier, you can ask your local for important phrases to know.
Puerto Rico's cuisine is a dynamic mix of Spanish, Caribbean, African, and Asian influences. The fresh seafood is excellent (our locals say you have to try the aguacate relleno—avocado stuffed with creamy garlic shrimp), and the island grows some of the best coffee, vegetables, and tropical fruit in the entire world.
Oh, and did we mention that Puerto Rico is the world’s second-largest producer of rum?
When it comes to safety in Puerto Rico, benefit from insider knowledge—our locals can explain how they navigate the island safely.
As Puerto Rico heavily relies on tourism, the police are responsive and the island is safe on the whole—just take the same precautions you would in any other city.
Despite its small size, Puerto Rico has over two dozen airports with cheap, daily flights from all over the US and beyond. All the major US airlines fly there (United, American, Delta, JetBlue, Virgin, Southwest, and even Spirit).
Puerto Ricans often pride themselves on their warm, vibrant culture. They did invent salsa dancing, after all. Which brings us to our next point…
Like its food, Puerto Rico's music and dance stems from a mix of cultural influences. The Bomba and the Danza, two popular Puerto Rican dances, were invented on the island hundreds of years ago. And if you think
Of course, you don't want to go all the way to Puerto Rico to spend your trip in tourist traps. Get insider tips from the locals—they can share the bars and clubs that the locals love.
You'll find tons of great stuff to do in Puerto Rico with kids. From splashing in the shore to hiking through nature to checking out the island's incredible forts, the island offers a wealth of great activities for the entire family.
Puerto Rico is a great place for solo travelers. The island is safe and easy to navigate—and the hostels in Puerto Rico are really great.
If you're traveling to Puerto Rico alone, get some local insider advice. Our locals will have your back 24/7 with phone support, and they'll suggest great solo activities in their hometown.