Puerto Rico is an independent nation located in the Greater Antilles. Although it elects its own representatives and U.S. federal laws are enforced on the island, it is not a U.S. state. Its citizens are considered U.S. citizens but since it is officially considered an unincorporated territory, residents on the island cannot vote in federal elections. However, if citizens move to the mainland they are permitted to vote in these elections. The island is also known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The main island of Puerto Rico has less landmass than other Greater Antilles’ nations and only one other island has fewer residents. Smaller Puerto Rican islands surrounding the main one include Mona, Culebra, and Vieques.
Because of its political affiliation with the United States, U.S. citizens do not need passports to travel to Puerto Rico. Also, postal rates are the same in Puerto Rico as the United States, and Puerto Ricans use American dollars to complete business transactions.
Puerto Rican culture is an amalgamation of Latin and American culture since it is located near Hispaniola and politically linked to the United States.
It rarely, if ever gets cold in Puerto Rico since 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average year round temperature. It does cool down a little near the shores and in the mountainous areas. Since Americans can travel to the island without passports, most tourists usually travel to Puerto Rico during colder months in the United States, usually December through April. Hurricanes are more prone to hit the island during the rest of the year, so tourists should take this into mind before planning a trip to the island.
Puerto Rico is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the region, and like other Caribbean islands, has a unique landscape filled with dry and tropical regions. After hiking through the forests or deserts, tourists can walk through ancient caves located on the island. However, anyone spending time in Puerto Rico will discover its best feature is the friendly and lively people making their home on the island. This is especially apparent during Christmas since residents have many unique traditions.
People from different income levels will find somewhere to stay on the island. Austere hotels and world class resorts can be found on Puerto Rico.