Puerto Rico is situated in the northeastern Caribbean, west of the United States Virgin Islands and east of the Dominican Republic. Its full authority name is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a unincorporated United States domain. The authority dialects in Puerto Rico are Spanish and English. Before European colonization, Puerto Rico had been possessed for quite a long time by native individuals known as Taino. On Christopher Columbus' second journey he guaranteed the island for Spain, The Taino public were constrained into subjugation and numerous passed on from severity and irresistible sickness brought by the settlers. Spain held the island for over 400 years yet surrendered the island to the United States when it was vanquished in the Spanish-American War. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were allowed American citizenship.
Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, locals are American citizens, and American travelers can enter the Island without carrying a passport.
The capital city and largest city of Puerto Rico is San Juan, with approximately 2,478,905 residents.
The currency used in Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar.
Puerto Rico covers 8,959 square km of land and 145 square km of water in its boundaries.
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States where the official languages are Spanish and English.
There are 501km of coastline on the island of Puerto Rico, much of which is sandy beaches.
Puerto Rico is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean, located east of the Dominican Republic.
The population of Puerto Rico in 2011 was 3,998,905.
You can get to Puerto Rico by air or by sea. Airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, United, Southwest, Jet Blue, and Spirit Airlines have direct flights to the Island.
Agriculture in Puerto Rico includes sugarcane, coffee, pineapples, plantains, bananas, and livestock such as chickens.
The island receives over 1,300 weekly non-stop flights and almost 1,000 direct flights.
Industry in Puerto Rico includes tourism, food products, apparel, electronics, and pharmaceuticals.
The climate in Puerto Rico is warm and tropical.
Puerto Rico's constitution was ratified on March 3rd, 1952, approved by the US Congress on July 3rd, 1952, and became effective on July 25th, 1952.
The temperature in Puerto Rico varies between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year.
Governors have been elected by vote in Puerto Rico since 1948. They are elected for four-year terms and there are no limits to the number of terms.
Temperature can go down to about 60 degrees in the central mountainous area during December and January.
The climate in Puerto Rico is a tropical marine climate, being mild with little variation in temperature from season to season.
American travelers do not need to opt for international plans to make calls since their phones will work perfectly on the Island.
The natural hazards that occur in Puerto Rico include hurricanes and droughts.
In Puerto Rico, there is a 4GLTE network; 5G is available at some locations.
Residents of Puerto Rico are referred to as Puerto Ricans.
There are around 3.6 million people in Puerto Rico, and close to 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the U.S.
The literacy rate in Puerto Rico (those who can read and write at age 15 and older) is 94.1%.
The legal age to consume alcoholic beverages in Puerto Rico is 18 years.
Although Puerto Rican resident are citizens of the United States they do not vote in United States Presidential elections.
The island has almost 300 miles of coastline and nearly the same number of beaches.
Puerto Ricans are also subject to military service and most of the federal laws in the United States.
Puerto Rico has the largest shopping center in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Américas, and the most extensive rum factory globally, Casa Bacardí.
In 1950, Puerto Rican extremists who wanted Puerto Rico to be an independent nation attempted to assassinate President Truman.
El Yunque is the only rainforest in the U.S. Forest System and is in Puerto Rico. The forest receives over 120 inches of rain every year.
The Puerto Rican flag is red, white and blue. There are five horizontal red and white alternating stripes (three red and two white). A blue triangle (isosceles triangle) on the left pointing to the right, with a white, 5-point star in its center.
Although Puerto Rico is an American territory, it competes as an individual country in Miss Universe's contests and the Olympics.
Approximately 90% of Puerto Rican residents speak Spanish, and although most can speak English, only 10% can speak it fluently.
Flamenco beach, in Culebra, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world on multiple occasions.
Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe contest five times.
The piña colada was invented in Puerto Rico.
The world's largest telescope is located in Puerto Rico. It is 305 meters in diameter.
When you pass by locals walking through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, they will greet you with a buenos días (good morning), even if they do not know you.
On the island of Puerto Rico there are 16 bird species, 39 types of reptiles and 239 plant varieties that are found only in Puerto Rico.