About Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. It is a vibrant, modern, bilingual, multicultural society, one that has been molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences. Residents of Puerto Rico have much in common with their fellow Americans in the continental United States, yet they retain a decidedly Hispanic heritage.

Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, making it the smallest island of the Greater Antilles.

Puerto Rico (Spanish for “rich port”) consists of an archipelago that includes the main island of Puerto Rico and several islands: Vieques, Culebra, Mona and numerous islets.

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and the most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, with a population of two million. The city was founded in 1508, by Juan Ponce de León. It is also Puerto Rico’s main port of entry and has one of the best harbors in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rican culture is somewhat complex, – others will call it colorful. Culture is a series of visual manifestations and interactions with the environment that make a region and/or a group of people different from the rest of the world. Puerto Rico, without a doubt has several unique characteristics that distinguish its culture from any other.

Both Spanish and English are the official languages, the local currency is the U.S. dollar, and no visas or passport are required to enter Puerto Rico from the United States. To check if you need a visa to visit from your country click here.

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