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FAQs

FAQs

What currency is used?
Puerto Rico is a US Commonwealth and the currency utilized is the US Dollar.

Do I need a passport?
For US citizens, a passport is not required to travel to Puerto Rico, however it may be required if you are taking a cruise to other Caribbean Islands prior to or after your stay. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, a passport is required. For more information please visit the U.S Department of State Travel Website.

What languages are spoken in Puerto Rico?
Both Spanish and English are recognized languages and English is commonly spoken in tourist areas.

Will my cell phone work in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico uses the same area code system as North America and the Caribbean. Cell phone signals include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and local providers. If you use another service you may need to place your cellular on roam to access the signal. Please verify with your cellular service provider for coverage areas.

What airlines fly into San Juan Airport?
Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) is a major hub for the Caribbean with flights from most major airlines, including Air Europa, American Airlines, Avianca, Condor, Copa Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and WestJet. You can make your airline and hotel reservations at the same time and save at Hilton Escapes!

What time zone is Puerto Rico in?
Puerto Rico is in the Atlantic Time Zone, which is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST), and identical to Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Puerto Rico does not practice Daylight Saving Time, so when the U.S. East Coast is on daylight time, EDT, there is no time difference.

What are the major public holidays?
January 1 (New Year's Day), the third Monday in January (Martin Luther King, Jr., Day), the third Monday in February (Presidents' Day), the last Monday in May (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), the first Monday in September (Labor Day), the second Monday in October (Columbus Day), November 11 (Veterans' Day/Armistice Day), the fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day), and December 25 (Christmas). The Tuesday after the first Monday in November is Election Day, a federal government holiday in presidential-election years. In addition, the island also celebrates several important local holidays, such as July 25, the anniversary of the Puerto Rico constitution.

What is the drinking age?
The legal age for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages is 18. Proof of age is required and needed at restaurants, bars and nightclubs where alcohol is served. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed in cars or public areas not zoned for alcohol consumption.

What voltage electricity does Puerto Rico use?
Puerto Rico uses 110 – 120 volts (60 cycles), the same as the United States.