San Juan, the island's capital city, is a fascinating mix of old and new. You can't possibly see it all in a day, so don't try - you'll end up exhausted. Instead, confine your tour to Old San Juan. More than US$100 million has been spent in the past few years to restore the area's graceful colonial buildings and its lovely plazas (some are 500 years old). Select a few places that interest you most; then walk or catch a trolley to as many sights as you can visit without rushing. Allow time to rest in one of the shady parks or plazas and enjoy a pineapple 'piragua' (snow cone).
From the port, walk west along Paseo de la Princesa, a 19th-century esplanade restored to its former beauty after a two-year, US$2.8 million face-lift. (The street runs from the port west and then north along the city wall toward El Morro Fortress.) Stop first at 'La Casita', a perfectly pink building that houses a tour office (a good source of information). Continue on Princesa to 'La Princesa' once a prison, now a gallery of modern art (open Mon-Sat 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm).
Well I would say for the guys, if you have a mustache or a beard, and you decide to go to PR, swallow your pride and shave your face! Cause it's not a 'popular' thing for a guy to have facial hair, and most PRicans would be offended if you do have facial hair. And for the ladies, if you have a lot of earrings, take them out and don't wear so much jewelry. And for everybody, eat what's been put on your plate and eat it with a big smile on your face, cause they would get offended if you don't eat what they have made for you.
The people of P.R. are Vivacious and expresive,Puerto Rican's speak using animated hand and facial gestures.
In all,you will find that Puerto Ricans share a unique passion for life and for welcoming visitors from around the world making them feel right at home in their island paradise.
Our people are warm and friendly, specially outside of San Juan. There are 78 municipalities in the island and there is always some festival going on in at least a few of them. For example, Aibonito has a flower festival and Lajas has a kyte festival. Catano has the Bacardi factory and you can tour it an sample the rums. Ponce and Loiza have vejigante festivals. Pick up a 'Que Pasa' guide at the airport so you can plan your fun.
Puerto Rico is a commenwealth of the United States but the main language spoken is Spanish. The majority of the Puerto Ricans also speak English and are very friendly. The only time you will actually need to know a little Spanish is if you travel outside the metropolitan area.
You can find all my Old San Juan pictures at original size on: http://www.pbase.com/puerto_rico/old_san_juan
Old San Juan is like a fortified spur into the sea, surrounded by ancient walls and with a fortress in the point. Fuerte San Felipe del Morro has a military museum with dispalys and videos (open 9 to 5pm, US$2). Casa Blanca is the ancient residence of Juan Ponce de Leòn (1521) the conqueor that, after winning battles against the Arabs of Spain and after partecipating to the second trip of Cristoforo Colombo, went to Caribe searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth.
Everyone in Puerto Rico plays dominos. You will usually come across people setting tables around town. Its fun and a great way to spend a few hours.
The Art Museum of Ponce is quite interesting. Ponce is the second largest city of Puerto Rico, and it is a very nice, and relaxing town.