Puerto Rico has it all. You can literally pick your pleasure when visiting this island. From pristine beaches to cultural experiences, Puerto Rico can satisfy any interest the world traveler has in mind. You can see the rainforest or go snorkeling off the beach. Swim under La Mina waterfall or shop at the kiosks at Luquillo. Get a luxurious massage or go island hopping. The possibilities are endless.
Old San Juan is a gem from the Spanish Empire. This walled city is still home to an impressive fortress and the brightly colored houses for which San Juan is known. If museums, lively music, trendy restaurants, and nightlife are your think, Old San Juan is where you will spend a great deal of your time.
Puerto Rico is also home to El Yunque National Rain Forest in Northeast Puerto Rico. Its lush tropical paradise is a site to behold.
If you like beaches, Puerto Rico definitely does not disappoint. There are 270 miles of coastline to explore. Enjoy the clear waters at Luquillo Beach or the scenic beauty of Boquerón Beach. Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the island. If you want to go island hopping try the vastly different satellite islands off the mainland. Culebra offers a look into what the Caribbean used to be like. Its rustic charm appeals to those whoa re looking for a respite form the glitz of the mainland and want to relish in the serenity and slow pace of traditional island living. Lax is the order of the day. Stores are open at sporadic times hens wander around in the streets, and the pace of the people is taken down several notches from what you might be used to. And the people like it that way. No flashy nightclubs, no packed restaurants; just natural living at its finest.
Vieques is one of Puerto Rico’s best kept secrets. A small island off the mainland of Puerto Rico, Vieques is quickly becoming a sought after travel destination for visitors from all over the world. This little island is the home of the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. After sun down you can visit Puerto Mosquito and watch the water light up bright blue around your boat, oars, and anything else that dips into or shakes up the water due to the levels of Pyrodinium bahamense dinoflagellates concentrated there. It is one of the most unique excursions around.
Travelers in search of everything from water sports to luxurious accommodations will find what they are looking for in Puerto Rico. The island’s exquisite food, pleasant people, and picturesque landscape will forever bet etched in your heart.
Size: 3,515 square miles
Population: 4 million
Demonym: Puerto Rican
Government: Commonwealth; an unincorporated territory of the United States
Currency: United States dollar (US$)
Main City: San Juan
Main Airports: Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (Carolina), Mercedita Airport (Ponce) and the Rafael Hernández Airport (Aguadilla).
Telephone Country Code: 787 / 939
Local Beer: Medalla
National Dish: Mofongo (mashed plantains with seafood, meat or vegetables).
Entry Visa: United States citizens do not need a passport to travel to Puerto Rico. They just need to show identification though birth certificate and a valid driver’s licenses. All other visitors to Puerto Rico must have a valid passport and an onward or return ticket. No visas are required for citizens of the United States, European Union and Australia.
When To Go: The weather in Puerto Rico is tropical all year round. The temperature ranges averages 80°F year round. The island benefits from the trade winds that bring a breeze that keeps the island temperature comfortable. April through November is the island’s rainy season.
Marriage Requirements: All couples looking to get married in Puerto Rico who are not residents will need to file a request at the Demographic Registry.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report
• medical certification stating that you have complied with all the tests required for marriage in your place of residence
• affidavit which states you are: not a resident of Puerto Rico, the purpose of your visit is for marriage, and if a foreign citizen you will not stay in Puerto Rico for more than the time established in the permit to enter the United States territory granted by the appropriate federal agency
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Residency Requirement: None but would recommend at least 2 days before the ceremony.
Fees: The special marriage license fee is free but further copies cost US$2. Also the Ministers fee is US$100 to $US125.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.