Private guides and guided tours in Puerto Rico
Currency: US dollar (USD)
CAPITAL CITY OF Puerto Rico: San Juan
LANGUAGE OF Puerto Rico: English
CURRENCY OF Puerto Rico: US dollar (USD)
COMMENTS ABOUT Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island that is a self governing commonwealth of the United States of America.
Cities : San Juan (capital), Aguadilla, Arecibo, Caguas, Camuy, Carolina, Fajardo, Guayama, Luquillo, Rainforest, Mayaguez, Moca, Ponce, Rincon, Salinas, Cabo Rojo
Electricity : 120V/60Hz (North American plug)
Calling Code : +1 787 and +1 939
Time Zone : UTC -4
CLIMATE OF Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico has a tropical marine climate, which is mild and has little seasonal temperature variation. Temperatures range from 70˚F to 90˚F (21˚C to 32˚C), and tend to be lower at night and up in the mountains.
RELIGION OF Puerto Rico: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant and other 15%
POPULATION OF Puerto Rico: 3,916,632 (July 2005 est.)>>
HISTORY OF Puerto Rico: Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Columbus' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose to retain commonwealth status.
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico has one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean region. A diverse industrial sector has far surpassed agriculture as the primary locus of economic activity and income. Encouraged by duty-free access to the US and by tax incentives, US firms have invested heavily in Puerto Rico since the 1950s. US minimum wage laws apply. Sugar production has lost out to dairy production and other livestock products as the main source of income in the agricultural sector. Tourism has traditionally been an important source of income, with estimated arrivals of nearly 5 million tourists in 1999. Growth fell off in 2001-03, largely due to the slowdown in the US economy, and has recovered in 2004.