Q: Will my cell phone work here? Will I be charged roaming fees?
A: Your cellphone will work on most of the island though coverage will vary by carrier. We’ve yet to be charged roaming fees on Sprint or Verizon but check your provider if you’re unsure.
Q: Is the water/food safe to drink/eat?
A: Very. It’s just like Stateside.
Q: Do i need a passport to travel to PR?
A: Not to travel to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, but should you decide to visit the British Virgin Islands or any of the other islands, you will want to check first.
Q: What is the currency?
A: The US Dollar.
Q: Where can I find out more about traveling to the island?
A: This is a quick/concise website: http://wikitravel.org/en/Puerto_Rico
Q: What about renting a car?
A: You will NEED to rent a car. All of the major car rental companies (Hertz, Avis, Alamo etc.) have rental offices at the airport. It’s just like renting a car in the States, if a bit more expensive.
Puerto Rico does have toll roads and your rental car will be equipped with an electronic tag so you will use the tag lanes and not need to stop to pay tolls. Your toll bill will not appear when you turn your car in but will come as a separate charge to your credit card.
One hint; the rental car companies will ask you if you would like to pre-pay for a full tank. We’ve found that this is not necessary since staying at our condo you are less than 35 miles from the airport. We just top off the tank before leaving Fajardo and it still registers full by the time we get to the airport.
Be aware that gas is sold in liters and distance signs are in kilometers-although speed limit signs are in MPH. Puerto Rico has one of the highest concentrations of cars in the world so travel around any of the metropolitan areas-especially San Juan-during rush hours can be very slow.