When to visit Puerto Rico
National holidays and celebrations
Puerto Rico celebrates all US National Holidays and most businesses will be shut during these, with Public Offices having to close. They also celebrate National Holidays across Easter, Christmas and New Year.
January 6th - Epiphany - Celebrating the visit of the Three Kings to the baby Jesus.
January 11th - Birthday of Eugenio Maria de Hostos - Celebrating the birth of a Puerto Rican who fought for the nation's independence and to end slavery.
Third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Jr Day - A US holiday, recognising the work done by the civil rights activist.
February 18th - Birthday of Luis Munoz Marin - Celebrating the life of the first democratically elected governor of Puerto Rico.
Third Monday in February - Presidents' Day - A US holiday, recognising each of the 44 presidents.
March 22nd - Emancipation Day - Celebrating the end of slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873.
April 16th - Birthday of Jose de Diego - Celebrating the life of the famed poet and political leader.
Last Monday of May - Memorial Day - Remembering the lives of all service men and women who have fought in the US army.
July 4th - Independence Day - A US holiday, celebrating its independence in 1776.
Third Monday in July - Birthday of Don Luis Munoz Rivera - Celebrating the life of the journalist and poet who fought for independence from Spain and the US.
July 25th - Puerto Rico Constitution Day - Celebrating the creation of the constitution of Puerto Rico.
July 27th - Birthday of Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa - Celebrating the life of the doctor and an early supporter of the statehood for Puerto Rico.
First Monday in September - Labour Day - A US holiday, celebrating the contribution of workers.
Second Monday in October - Columbus Day - A US holiday, marking the discovery of North America by Christopher Columbus.
November 11th - Veterans' Day - A US holiday, honouring military veterans.
Fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving - A US holiday, originally aimed at celebrating the harvest.
With a rich mix of cultural influences, the cuisine you can sample in Puerto Rico is unsurprisingly varied and diverse. From Caribbean soul food to European fine dining and even chain restaurants, there is something to suit all palates and tastes.
Heading to the island in peak-tourist season may mean you struggle to find inexpensive meals in restaurants. However, if you are on a budget and looking to travel in the busiest periods, try eating from one of the many street food stalls on offer in San Juan and many similar places across the island.
Puerto Rico benefits from year-round sunshine, boasting a hot and tropical climate and an average temperature across the year of 26-27°C. Rain is possible throughout the seasons and hurricanes can happen between June and November, though major ones are exceptionally rare.
The busiest periods for travelling to Puerto Rico are between December and April and throughout July and August. During these times, the cities and attractions will be the busiest and prices for hotels and flights will be highest. If you are looking to spend a major holiday, such as Easter, New Year and Christmas here, you will need to book well ahead. Over recent years, it has also become a popular Spring Break resort, so expect the island to be inundated with college students between February and March.
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One of Puerto Rico's grandest resorts is getting ready for its reopening following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year. The luxurious Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will officially re-open in October, following extensive repairs and renovations. The upscale resort has 110 guest rooms and suites, which have been redesigned and feature new colours and furnishings.
Carla Campos, the executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., has revealed that travel agencies are reporting strong growth for the Caribbean nation. Agencies are maintaining strong sales in travellers visiting Puerto Rico, via both air traffic and cruise lines. The island suffered significant damage following a series of hurricanes in 2017, and the island's residents and businesses are still recovering.
The St Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has announced it will reopen to guests in October 2018, following an extensive refurbishment programme. The luxury hotel has renovated all of its guest rooms and suites, as well as its signature restaurant, bar and oceanfront pool. The hotel is also planning to spend $30 million expanding its accommodation with the addition of 60 new oceanfront rooms on a secluded stretch of beach.