Planning Essentials

Vamos a Puerto Rico

 
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Transportation

There are various options for getting to and around Puerto Rico. Getting around the island depends mostly on where you’re staying and for how long.

Taxis

Taxis can be hailed around town on the street or you can call one to come pick you up. Trips around San Juan are metered fares. Within areas designated as “tourist zones”, the rates are fixed and posted. There is an additional fee for luggage, late night and airport drop-offs. The fares are paid — cash only — to the drivers. Tolls and tips are not included.

Upon arriving at the airport, taxis are waiting outside Terminal B and C exits, or outside Terminal A on the Arrivals Level. The airport has taxi dispatchers that advise passengers about the costs of their trips before you get into a cab.

Rideshare

Ridesharing is relatively new in Puerto Rico. The only major company that has made its way to the island is Uber, who debuted strictly in the San Juan region and nearby districts in late 2016. Even though it is an effective app with accessible rates, Uber is still defining its regulations on island and their drivers can drop off passengers at the airport but pick up – at the time –   is not permitted.

Women in Puerto Rico also have the option of choosing Pink Car, an all-women-driver company that focuses on transporting females and children safely.

Another ridesharing app available for tourists is Jaime te lleva (Jaime drives you). Like other rideshares, this local company adheres to the same regulations as Uber and Pink Car, also works through an app.

Jaime te lleva is available to drive you around San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Hato Rey, Carolina y Bayamón.

For a full list of transportation options view the Transportation Directory.

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Know Before You Go

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, locals are American citizens and American travelers can enter the island without having to carry a passport. Nor do U.S. travelers require international calling plans for their phones. The currency used in Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar. 

Languages

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States where the official languages are Spanish and English. You may come across people who speak a mixture of both, or “Spanglish,” given the influence of the U.S. on the island.

Location

Puerto Rico is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean, located east of the Dominican Republic.

Currency

The currency used in Puerto Rico is the U.S. dollar.

No passport needed for U.S. travelers

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, American citizens do not require a passport to enter the island, although it is necessary that they always travel with valid ID.

Weather

The climate in Puerto Rico is warm and tropical (i.e. expect an afternoon shower during the summer months). The temperature varies between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. In the central mountainous area, it can go down to about 60 degrees during the months of December and January.

Phone plans

American travelers do not need to opt for international plans to make calls since their phones will work perfectly on the island. In Puerto Rico there is 4GLTE network. In remote areas of the island, cellular service and data coverage can be spotty, so always plan ahead if you're going into the mountains, for example. 

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Resources and Attractions

Child care services while at the Summit

Delegates traveling with family during the Summit may be interested in child care services. Lynn Rivera, Executive Director of Nanny on Call PR, www.nannyoncallpr.com comes highly recommend by the Caribe Hilton for providing top notch, age appropriate nanny services for leisure and business travelers. Please contact Lynn directly at 1.787.728.9999 or lynn@nannygroupinternational.com to discuss your child care needs.

Exploring the Island

In Puerto Rico the possibilities are nearly endless: You might consider kayaking the bioluminescent bays, enjoying a local rum tasting, hiking to see waterfalls in a rainforest, or viewing contemporary art in a museum that is its own architectural masterpiece. After a full week at the NetHope Global Summit, if you have a little time for sightseeing, the hardest part will be to choose from so many options.

Walking tours of Old San Juan
Discover fortresses and cobblestones that date back over 500 years – it is the second oldest city in the Americas, after all.

Museums
You’ll find engaging exhibits, inspiring architecture, and insights that help you appreciate the island in new ways at institutions throughout the island.

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Museum of Art)

The Ponce Museum of Art

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Puerto Rico Contemporary Art Museum)

Outdoors
From picture-perfect beaches and one-of-a-kind hikes to the only tropical rainforest in the United States, Puerto Rico is filled with a wide variety of incredible places with countless reasons to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the island

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Visit Discover Puerto Rico for a full list of resources and attractions.