The official languages are Spanish and English. Most of the younger generation is bilingual in English/Spanish while the older people will speak only Spanish. It is about 1000 miles (1,600 Kilometers) away from Miami, Florida. It is approximately the same size as the state of Connecticut. Its islands are beautiful and Spanish history is revealed through the architecture, arts, and the forts. Hiking in the rain forest and strolling in old San Juan was way beyond my expectations.Like living in the states, without a car, life is limited in Puerto Rico. We decided to rent a car for a week and enjoyed visiting many places. Driving was not stressful. Highways are well built and maintained. Some country side roads are 1.5 lanes for two directions though.
Places Visit in Puerto Rico
- El Yunque National Forest: Drive to the ‘Palo Colorado Information Center’ and hike to the peak (Easy 2.5 Hours Hiking Round Trip)
- Old San Juan City: Visit Forts and Museums: Day Trip
- Arecibo Observatory and Camuy Cave Park: Day Trip
- Toro Negro Forest: Drive zigzag road and hike: Day Trip
- Culebra Island: Ferry runs from Fajardo (Rent a golf cart in Culebra): Day+ Trip
- Walmart, K-Mart, Sears, Home Depot, Office Max, and Many Other Groceries: We took an advantage of the U.S. grocery price. (The best I have known so far!!!)