Puerto Rico

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Overview

Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States located about 1000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917. The United States acquired Puerto Rico from Spain following the Spanish-American War in 1898. Roughly the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico is mostly mountainous, and has large coastal areas in the north and south. It's capital is San Juan, located on the northern coast.


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Statistics

Population:
Puerto Rico has a population around 3.1million, with about 2.4 million in the greater metropolitan area of the capital city of San Juan.

Per Capita GDP (Goods and Services Per Person):
Puerto Rico $39,400
United States $55,800
World Average $15,800

Percentage With Access To Improved Water Sources:
Puerto Rico 93%
United States 99%
World Average 91%

Percentage With Access To Improved Sanitation:
Puerto Rico 99%
United States 100%
World Average 86%

Percentage With Internet Access:
Puerto Rico 80%
United States 87%
World Average 39%


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Weather

Puerto Rico is warm and tropical, with temperatures typically between 70 and 80 degrees most of the year, and a little cooler in the mountains. The summer months usually have an afternoon shower.


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Food

Food in Puerto Rico has its roots in Spain, Africa, and the native Tainos. National Dishes Sweet sticky rice cooked in spices, ginger, milk, coconut milk, raisins, and rum. National Christmas dessert. Yellow rice and pigeon peas with roasted pork is the national dish. Coconut milk and rum eggnog. National Christmas drink. Dough made from stock, green banana, squash, plantains and starch roots, filled with meat and other ingredients. National Christmas dish. Made in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton's Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The national beverage of Puerto Rico since 1978. Coconut corn starch pudding is the national dessert.


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Religion

Puerto Rico is 85% Catholic and 8% Protestant.


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Do's & Don'ts

DO

  • Tip in Puerto Rico the same as you do in the mainland US
  • Try to speak some Spanish
  • Try the local food

DON'T

  • Expect everyone to speak English
  • Flash your valuables in public
  • Wander off by yourself

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Time Difference

Puerto Rico is one hour ahead of the United States during the winter, and at the same time as EST between March and November.


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Words & Phrases

Below are quick reference to some common words and phrases:

  • Hello - Hola
  • How are you? - Como esta usted?
  • Pleased to meet you.- Mucho gusto.
  • Very well, thank you - Muy bien, gracias
  • Goodbye - Adios
  • What is your name? - Cómo te llamas?
  • My name is ______. - Me llamo ______.
  • How old are you? - Cuantos anos tienes?
  • Yes - Sí
  • No - No
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thank you - Gracias
  • I do not speak Spanish. - No hablo espanol.
  • Do you speak English? - Usted habla inglés?
  • I don't understand. - No comprendo. You can do it! - Si, se puede!
  • I am praying for you. - Estoy orando por ti.
  • You are precious to God. - Eres precioso (a) para Dios.
  • God bless you. - Que Dios te bendiga!
  • I believe in you. - Creo en ti.
  • Tell me about your family. - Cuéntame de tu familia.
  • Good/Okay - Bueno
  • I need - Necesito
  • How much? - Cuanto?
  • Too expensive - Demasiado caro Cheaper - Mas barato
  • Here - Aquí
  • There - Allí
  • How? - Cuando?
  • Where? - Donde?
  • Where is the bathroom? - Donde esta el bano?
  • Where is the church? - Dónde está la iglesia?
  • Small - Pequeño
  • Large - Grande