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Location 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) southeast of Miami, Florida
Population 3.6 million total (census estimation for 2013); 2.73 million in San Juan metropolitan area (2009 Census). Another 2.7 Puerto Ricans reside among their fellow U.S. citizens on the mainland
Major Cities San Juan (Capital), Ponce, and Mayagüez
Languages Spanish and English are both official languages
Climate Average Temperature 82° F (28° C)
Time Atlantic Standard (Eastern Standard + 1 hour), during Daylight Savings. In summer, P.R. is on Eastern Standard Time
Currency U.S. dollar, with an extensive network of 24 hr automated teller machines (ATM) throughout the island
Electricity U.S. standards, 120 volts AC, and 220 volts available
Driving Distance markers in kilometers (1.6 km = 1 mile), Gas sold by the liter (3.5 lit = 1 gallon)
Telephones Area codes (787, 939); Information 411, Emergency 911, All major U.S. long distance carriers provide service
Mail U.S. Postal Service; major international courier services (i.e., FedEx, UPS and DHL)
Main Airport Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is among the largest in the world in terms of volume and quality of service, handling more
than 10 million passengers per year
Taxis Designated Tourist Taxis called “Taxi Turístico” charge flat fares between airport, cruise ships and tourist attractions. Metered taxis
also available
Tourism 4.2 million visitors in 2013
Taxes No taxes imposed on materials imported for conventions or promotional purposes
Medical Care Finest facilities in the Caribbean provide excellent coverage throughout the island. Stateside insurance policies are honored
Economy Based on manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, textiles and high technology equipment, tourism, government service, banking and agriculture