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The wildlife of Puerto Rico
The best places to see wildlife in Puerto Rico
Tips for seeing wildlife in Puerto Rico
Conclusion

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The wildlife of Puerto Rico

There is a seemingly endless amount of wildlife to see when you are in Puerto Rico, from exotic birds and bugs to monkeys and manatees. Some are native to Puerto Rico, while others were introduced by humans. However, they are all a rich part of the Puerto Rican landscape today.

Bats are the only native land-based mammals in Puerto Rico, and there are thirteen different species you can encounter while you are in Puerto Rico.

Non-native mammals, mammals that were introduced by people, include donkeys, pigs, horses and monkeys. The monkeys are primarily secluded to a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico called Cayo Santiago. The rest of these mammals are scattered throughout Puerto Rico.

Some of the most sought-after mammals in terms of sight-seeing are of the marine variety. The native marine mammals of Puerto Rico include manatees, dolphins and whales. The whales which are humpback whales and dolphins can be seen via several different sight-seeing tours which you can check out here.

The birds of Puerto Rico are probably the easiest to see of all the wildlife. There are so many types and they are all over the place. The types of birds you can see in Puerto Rico include: hummingbirds, bullfinches, owls, todys, mangos and more.

There are also a bunch of insects and reptiles in Puerto Rico. The insects of Puerto Rico include butterflies, spiders, scorpions, ants and mosquitos. The reptiles are limited to snakes, frogs and iguanas. These can generally be found in the more remote and natural environments such as the rainforest. However, it is possible to see one or two of these make their way to more populated areas. Be careful around these creatures, as some could be poisonous.
 

The best places to see wildlife in Puerto Rico

If you are interested in seeing any of the wildlife, you will likely need to venture out to different parts of Puerto Rico to do so.
These are the best places to see the wildlife in Puerto Rico:

  • Cayo Santiago – This is known as the island of monkeys in Puerto Rico. This is where most of the monkeys you can see are. The water around the island is shallow, so one of the better viewing experiences is to kayak around the island. Unfortunately, recent hurricanes have taken their toll on the island so the ability to actually get there for viewing might be impacted depending on when you go.

    As this is an island, you cannot get there by car. However, you can take an easy half hour-long kayak trip over to the island. You will be able to see some of the monkeys from your kayak.

  • El Yunque National Rainforest – Easily the best place in Puerto Rico to see the exotic birds and insects, the El Yunque National Rainforest is even a sight of its own. There are a ton of walking tours that you can take to see whatever you would like. Just be sure to research which walking tour will show you what you are particularly looking to see. Different tours go to different areas in the rainforest.

    Most people recommend driving to the rainforest yourself. You can get directions to do so here.

  • Guanica State Forest – You can see a variety of Puerto Rican wildlife in the Guanica State Forest. The environment is dry, so it is different from the rainforest for example. This is a great place to see various birds.

    You can drive to the rainforest and you can get directions here.

  • Rio Camuy Cave Park – Rio Camuy Cave Park is where you will be able to see the various different bats that dwell in Puerto Rico. The types of bats you can see include fruit bats, bulldog bats, brown bats and more.

    The cave park is located on the main island of Puerto Rico so you can drive there. You can find directions here.

  • Cueva Ventana – Another great place to see the various bats of Puerto Rico, Cueva Ventana is also home to several species of snakes and insects. True wildlife enthusiasts won’t want to miss this experience.

    The best way to get there is also by car. Its located just north of the Guanica State Forest, so you might want to consider catching both in the same day. You can get directions here.

 

Tips for seeing wildlife in Puerto Rico

  • Do not get too close – Some of the insects, such as spiders, might be poisonous. So be sure that you do not get so close that you could end up getting bitten.
  • Be quiet! – You won’t want to scare any of the wildlife off. Be sure that you remain as quiet as possible at all times so that you can avoid doing so.
  • Do not bring your dog – Dogs will scare other animals off, leave your pets at home when you go out to see wildlife.
  • Bring binoculars – With binoculars, you will be able to see animals from a distance without scaring or otherwise disturbing them.
  • Go out with a guide – Unless you are experienced at viewing wildlife in the specific area that you plan on visiting, you should get a guide of some sort who knows exactly where they are going and what they are doing.

 

Conclusion

Puerto Rico is a fantastic place to see some incredible wildlife. There are a bunch of great spots to check out the animals, birds and marine life.

It does help to have a car in Puerto Rico to get to most of these places. You can rent a car but that will limit you on where you can go and it could get costly pretty quickly. If you have a car in the United States, you can always ship your car to Puerto Rico with the help of the experts here at Puerto Rico car transport.

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Basics about the show
Rules and ticket information
Conclusion

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Basics about the show

Tuner Evolution is a car show specifically dedicated to custom made models and builds. The show features cars, entertainment, vendors, music, models and much more. Tuner Evolution will make stops in Portland, Chicago, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Miami, Anaheim, and, most importantly, San Juan.

This year will be the very first time that Tuner Evolution has come to Puerto Rico. After a few of the Tuner staff members visited and saw the overall culture in Puerto Rico surrounding custom car builds, they knew it was the perfect place to hold one of the shows.

The show will take place on June 30th, 2019 at the Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico which is located at 100 Bulevar Saint John in San Juan. The show will run from 1 PM to 8 PM.

You can get more information by visiting the official Tuner Evolution – Puerto Rico website or by e-mailing them at info@tuner-evolution.com.
 

Rules and ticket information

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through their website. The tickets you can get for the event are priced as follows:

  • General Admission – $20 – This is for anyone thirteen years of age or older, children twelve and under are free. This will admit you to the event without a vehicle as a spectator.
  • Ruckus/Scooter Registration – $35 – This ticket will allow you to enter the event and enter your scooter or ruckus for display at the show. Registration rules will apply which are listed below.
  • Vehicle Registration – $50 – This ticket will allow you to enter the event as well as enter your car for display at the show. Registration rules will apply which are listed below.

As mentioned above, if you are planning on displaying a vehicle or scooter at the show, several rules will apply.

The following are the rules for showing a vehicle at Tuner Revolution:

  • All vehicles will be pre-screened prior to registration being completed. If your vehicle is deemed unfit for the event, you will not be charged.
  • In addition to the admission price, you will be charged a two-dollar registration fee. These fees are not refundable so make sure that you are certain that you can make the event before you register to avoid losing this fee.
  • You can park with your auto club, team or friends but you must enter the show together. Spot-saving is not allowed.
  • Cars in the show will get a pass for the driver only. You can buy four more passes at the rate of $20.
  • When your car is at the show it can only have a maximum of a quarter tank of gas. You also must have the battery disconnected. During the event you may not move or start your vehicle for any reason.
  • No burnouts are allowed on the property. If you are caught doing so, you will not be allowed into the show.
  • No alcohol will be allowed at the event. All bags and coolers will be searched.
  • Pets will not be permitted into the event.

 

Conclusion

Tuner Evolution – San Juan is shaping up to be an incredible event that you won’t want to miss! Make sure you register as soon as possible because the pre-approval process during registration can take several weeks.

The auto transport professionals at Puerto Rico Car Transport can get your vehicle down to San Juan in time for the show with ease. If you need your car shipped to Puerto Rico for Tuner Evolution call us today at (904) 322-7644!

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Basic information about driving in Puerto Rico
The best scenic drives in Puerto Rico
Tips for scenic driving in Puerto Rico
Conclusion

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Basic information about driving in Puerto Rico

Driving in Puerto Rico is definitely a different experience than driving anywhere else in the world. The most noticeable difference is probably the aggressive driving habits many Puerto Rican drivers seem to have. Many people will do things like rolling through stop-signs, stopping abruptly as well as turning left from the right lane and vice versa. Just stay aware and pay close attention and you should be fine.

You should also be aware of the fact that some tolls in Puerto Rico are now completely cash-less. So, if you do not have their version of EZ-Pass known as AutoExpreso, you will not be able to pass through these tolls without getting a hefty ticket. You can visit the AutoExpreso website if you want to get your own tag so that you will have no issues with tolls while you drive in Puerto Rico.

Road signs are in Spanish in Puerto Rico even though many people in the country speak English as their first language. Road signs with distance on them measure distance in kilometers. You can find common translations for some of the road signs in Puerto Rico here.
 

The best scenic drives in Puerto Rico

The following are some of the very best scenic drives that you can take in Puerto Rico:

  • Rio Grande to Fajardo to Guavate to Ponce – Driving from Rio Grande to Farjardo, Guavate and Ponce is a wonderful excursion to take when you are in Puerto Rico. This route includes stops at Luquillo Beach, the Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve, a bioluminescent bay and much more.
  • San Juan to Loiza to Rio Grande – Cruising from San Juan to Loiza, then to Rio Grande is a nice little trip where you will be able to enjoy some amazing experiences while taking the trip at whichever pace you want to. The drive will include spectacular views of colonial forts, quaint churches, a few smaller beaches, and the mesmerizing El Yunque National Rainforest.
  • Ponce to Guanica to Sabana Grande to Cabo Rojo – Taking a trip from Ponce through Guanica and Sabana Grande to Cabo Rojo is another fantastic way to spend part of your time in Puerto Rico. During this drive you will get chances to experience trolley tours, forests, religious sanctuaries and much more.
  • Ponce to Corozal to San Juan – Going from Ponce to Corozal and then San Juan by car is a trip we highly recommend. Along this trip you will have the opportunity to experience mountains, caves, and even an observatory.
  • Cabo Rojo to Rincon – Driving from Cabo Rojo to Rincon is a great route to drive if you want to skip the sightseeing for the most part and get to the beach and enjoy the surf and the sun.

 

Tips for scenic driving in Puerto Rico

If you do decide to take one of these driving trips, you should keep the following tips in mind while you do:

  • Pay attention – As we mentioned earlier, driving in Puerto Rico can get a little complicated because other drivers tend to not obey the rules of the road so well and end up driving pretty aggressively. If you want to avoid getting into any accidents as a result of this, you just need to pay close attention to the road and you will be fine.
  • You might need to drive off-road, make sure your car can handle it – We do not recommend you taking these scenic routes with just any old car. We suggest that you make sure your car is ready for some mild off-road driving. However, you can take these routes without going off-road. You just might be tempted to as it increases the amount of enjoyable sightseeing you can do.
  • Take care of your car – Your car will be doing a lot of driving if you choose to take one of these trips. Make sure that your car is ready to have some miles put on it. We recommend getting an inspection right before you take one of these trips.
  • Bring extra supplies – Make sure that you have extra supplies for any of your Puerto Rican excursions. This includes food and water as well as things like extra sunscreen, umbrellas, insect repellant and whatever else you might think you need. Some of the areas on the list can be pretty remote, so finding extra supplies at the store might not be an option.
  • Check the weather – It is important to check the weather forecast before you venture out on any sort of long drive in Puerto Rico because the weather can get very bad occasionally. Of course, this depends on the time of year that you choose to take one of these trips in Puerto Rico. The tail-end of the summer has the rainiest weather.

 

Conclusion

Taking any of these scenic routes is a great experience and you would be well-advised to do so yourself. Just take your time, take in the sights and drive with caution and your trip will be a memorable success. Be sure to check the weather before you leave too. You do not want to get stuck out on the road in a remote area during a bad storm. Try and take a GPS or an old-fashioned road-map with you too because there won’t always be cell service where you are so a GPS app on your phone might not work.

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Car care doesn’t end with weatherproofing!
Get ready for sunny, warm and wet weather
Defend your car from salt-air
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Car care doesn’t end with weatherproofing!

You should always take care of your car. Weatherproofing is just the start. You should regularly get your car washed. Take your car in a few times a year for service such as oil changes and general maintenance.

Being proactive and keeping up with these things could end up saving you a bunch of money in the long-run on repairs you won’t need. As always, its better to be proactive rather than reactive especially when it comes to your car.
 

Get ready for sunny, warm and wet weather

When you have your car in Puerto Rico, you will need to make sure your car is ready for warm and sunny weather as well as a considerable amount of rain. There are a few ways that you can go about doing this.
The humidity and dew from this sort of weather can damage internal parts of your car. That is why it is important to get your car serviced and checked out regularly.

You can also make sure you keep your car covered so that the sun and humid weather will cause a minimum amount of damage.
 

Defend your car from salt-air

One of the most potentially damaging parts of weather for your car is salt air in areas near the ocean. Puerto Rico is no exception to this. Salt air is when the combination of the hot suns makes a cars finish more porous (makes the microscopic holes in the paint increase in size) and this allows salt, which has made its way into the air from the ocean, to absorb into the cars finish which causes a much higher level of corrosion than normal.

In order to prevent this, you can always keep your vehicle covered. You can do this by getting a cover for your car or by parking in a garage. You should also wash and wax the car on a regular basis, at least once a month if not more frequently. Also, try avoiding driving too close to the ocean and beach as much as you can.

Finally, if you have parts on your car that have already rusted or corroded you should replace them with new parts as soon as possible. If you leave rusted or corroded parts on your vehicle you could end up with even more damage as a result. It’s not worth it to chance it, just get those parts replaced and take proper care going forward.
 

Conclusion

Weatherproofing your car is another task to add to your already busy list of things to do to prepare for your journey to Puerto Rico, but it is well worth it. Properly weatherproofing your car could end up saving you a considerable amount of money in repairs down the line. It will also keep your car looking like new. Take the necessary steps to weatherproof your vehicle today!

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Decide when you want to go to Puerto Rico
Figure out where you want to go and what you want to do in Puerto Rico
Figure out what you need to bring
Decide where you will want to stay
Take the necessary steps to prepare
Conclusion

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Decide when you want to go to Puerto Rico

The first step in planning for a trip to Puerto Rico is figuring out when you want to go. Many people feel April through the first couple of weeks of June is the best time to visit Puerto Rico because the weather is nice and usually around seventy or eighty degrees. This time frame is also before the rainy summer where there is the ever-present threat of a hurricane.
 

Figure out where you want to go and what you want to do in Puerto Rico

Next, you will want to figure out where you will want to visit. This is no easy task as there are tons of incredible sights to see in Puerto Rico.

For starters, these are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Puerto Rico:

  • El Yunque National Rainforest – A world-famous rainforest, the beauty of El Yunque National Rainforest will take your breath away. The rainforest routinely has guided walking tours which can focus on either geography, wildlife or both. This is a must see if you are visiting Puerto Rico.
  • Old San Juan – The city of Old San Juan is over five centuries old and is one of the more memorable sights in all of Puerto Rico. Old colonial style architecture and sights like hundreds of year old forts make it an experience that you won’t soon forget.
  • Vieques – An island a few miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, Vieques is one of the most talked about attractions in Puerto Rico due to its Bioluminescent Bay in which the water glows bright blue at night due to the glowing phosphorescent organisms that live in the bay in a large concentration. In general, it is also an amazing beach experience. You can get there from the mainland via Ferry.
  • Culebra – Culebra is another island off the shore of mainland Puerto Rico. It is much smaller in size and is known because of its gorgeous and tranquil waters with barely any waves. If you visit Culebra, be sure to visit its world-famous wildlife refuge as well.

 

Figure out what you need to bring

You should be prepared to bring all the usual vacations supplies like a bathing suit, sunscreen and towels but you should also consider bringing some other things as well:

  • A roadmap of Puerto Rico – If you have your car shipped to Puerto Rico, you will need to know how to get around to the places you want to visit. Unfortunately, cell service can be unreliable in certain areas, so you will need a roadmap as a backup just in case.
  • Mosquito Repellant – Like any other tropical place, bugs and mosquitos are rampant. You should get some spray on repellant as well as a repellant wrist band, so you are covered on two fronts.
  • A Virtual Private Network – A virtual private network, or VPN for short, is a must have in places like Puerto Rico. Many of the free Wi-Fi networks are not secure and could result in some of your personal information being stolen such as your credit card number. Don’t risk this happening, it’s very cheap to get a VPN, only a few bucks a month. We recommend Nord VPN.
  • A portable phone charger – You might want to spend an entire day out at the beach or wherever you are headed to and there aren’t always readily available places to charge your phone. Take a portable charger with you so that you can charge your phone on the go!

 

Decide where you will want to stay

You also must decide where exactly you will want to stay during your Puerto Rican excursion. This is another difficult choice because there are so many great places in Puerto Rico for you to choose from.

Here are some of the best spots to stay while you visit Puerto Rico:

  • San Juan – San Juan is easily the most popular tourist destination in Puerto Rico and is the capital of Puerto Rico. It has an awesome old colonial feel in much of the city and is near some of the other great sights and attractions in Puerto Rico as well.
  • Ricon – A gorgeous beach town in the western part of Puerto Rico, Rincon is an amazing place to stay while you are in Puerto Rico. It is one of the best places to surf in the country and is a popular place for weddings and honeymoons due its perceived tranquility and beauty.
  • Rio Grande – Rio Grande is Puerto Rico’s number one tourist resort area. The reason for this is that it is a gorgeous beachfront community and it also has the El Yunque National Rainforest. You can spend one day at the beach here and the next taking a rainforest tour.
  • Isabela – Isabela is considered a “hidden beauty” because there won’t be too many other tourists there. It is a tucked away beach community with just as much beauty as any other beach in Puerto Rico if not more.

 

Take the necessary steps to prepare

You will want to make sure you have thought about everything above before you start making your travel arrangements. This way, the amount of time you spend actually making the arrangements will be kept to a minimum.

Once you do start making your arrangements be sure to shop around for the best deals on things like hotels and flights. If you spend the time looking, you should be able to get these arrangements at significant discounts. Consider using sites like Trivago, Hotels.com, Travelocity and more for the best possible comparison rate shopping on travel arrangements.

You could also consider shipping your car to Puerto Rico if it is an extended trip where you will be driving to various places and attractions. The public transportation can be very unreliable, Uber is essentially non-existent, and cabs can price-gouge. The only issue with shipping your car is the cost of shipping does not factor in the Puerto Rican excise tax. So, you will need to calculate that yourself.
 

Conclusion

There is a lot to consider if you are going to be visiting Puerto Rico. You will need to plan the details of your trip very carefully so that you ensure that you have the very best experience possible.

You need to keep your eye out for the best deals and savings on your travel arrangements as you wouldn’t want to end up paying more than you had to.

You will need to bring whatever you can think of that is necessary for your trip like bathing suits, phone chargers etc.

Most of all, be sure you choose the amenities and details of the trip that you most want. You wouldn’t want to see something just because it is cheapest or has the best proximity to your hotel.

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Basics about Puerto Rican ferries
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Don’t take that rental car on the ferry
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Basics about Puerto Rican ferries

The ferry in Puerto Rico is a cargo ferry which is not really intended for passenger use. If you are traveling with a vehicle on-board you should have no issue getting on. The problem is the boat doesn’t offer much cover from adverse weather like sun or extreme heat. So, prepare accordingly.

You MUST make a reservation ahead of time to get a spot on one of these ferries as well. It is nearly impossible to do so online or in person. So, unfortunately, you will need to drive to the Ferry location before you plan on leaving and make a reservation in-person. We recommend you do this at least a week in advance.

The only issue with these reservations is that they are not ironclad. This basically means if a cargo truck needs to take your spot on the ferry, you will get bumped, possibly to the next day. In the end, its just the luck of the draw.

This is the only way for you to get your car to these islands unless you can find an auto transport company that can ship your car to these places. So far, we have not heard of such a company. Also, then you would need to take a flight yourself to the island.

Also, the ferries don’t always stay on schedule. They depart when they are filled. This includes if they fill early. So, be sure you get there earlier than you might expect to need to.
 

The two places that people in Puerto Rico travel to with their cars via ferry are Culebra and Vieques. These are both wonderful places to visit as they are both incredibly beautiful.

However, be careful about what types of vehicles you travel there with. Some of the roads are unpaved, bumpy and dirty. A Jeep would be fine driving on these roads whereas a really nice luxury car might not be.
Here are the ferries you can take in Puerto Rico:

  • Ceiba to Culebra (the main island to Culebra)
  • Culebra to Ceiba (Culebra to the main island)
  • Ceiba to Vieques (the main island to Vieques)
  • Vieques to Ceiba (Vieques to the main island)

These ferries leave several times a day, seven days a week. The issue is that the schedule changes quite frequently. If the ferry is gets filled, even if you have a reservation it will leave. So, be sure you get there early.

These ferries all depart several times a day any where from 4 AM to 9:30 PM. The best idea is to arrive early in the morning and expect to wait up to a couple of hours. It is unfortunate, but that is they way it is right now.

The schedule for departures is: (Remember, these times are VERY subject to change – arrive as early as possible)

  • Ceiba to Vieques
    • 4:00 AM
    • 9:00 AM
    • 1:00PM
    • 4:45PM
    • 8:15PM
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    • 6:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM
    • 6:30 PM
  • Ceiba to Culebra
    • 4:00 AM
    • 9:00 AM
    • 1:00PM
    • 4:45PM
    • 8:15PM
  • Culebra to Ceiba

    • 6:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM
    • 6:30 PM

Also, please take note of the fact that Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba is where the ferries depart from now. They used to depart from Fajardo but that is no longer the case.
 

Don’t take that rental car on the ferry

Unfortunately, most rental companies will not permit you to take a rental car onto the Ferry. If you do anyway and damage occurs to the rental car while it is on the ship or the island you traveled to, you will void the rental agreement and be responsible for paying for a hundred percent of the damage yourself.

It can’t hurt to ask your rental company if they allow people to travel on the ferry with their cars, but the answer is likely no. That is another reason to ship your car to Puerto Rico with Puerto Rico Car Transport.
 

Conclusion

You can ferry your way to the best and most attractive islands in Puerto Rico. However, it will be a complicated experience to say the least. Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary delays and problems.

Regardless, if you are on your way to Puerto Rico and need your car shipped there, the car shipping professionals at Puerto Rico Car Transport can help.

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Puerto Rican tour basics

Puerto Rico is a truly wonderful place to explore and check out some incredible picturesque views. The issue tends to be that many people don’t know the best ways or places to get the full-on experience of Puerto Rico’s amazing beauty.

That is why taking one or several of the fantastic tours of Puerto Rico is easily the best way to experience Puerto Rico and all of its sights. With these tours you can sail at sunset, hike in the jungle, hang on deserted beaches and much more.

These tours are not that expensive either. Doing something like relaxing on a deserted beach sounds expensive but it is actually quite affordable. These tours all range between eighty and a hundred dollars per person.

They are all fairly reasonable in terms of duration as well. All the tours on this list range between an hour and a day. Most are actual just a few hours long. This way, you can take a bunch of different tours during your stay in Puerto Rico.

If you do decide to take one of these tours, as well you should, just be sure that you are ready and prepared for whichever individual tour that you choose. For example, you are required to have certain shoes, notify the tour guide of your weight, be able to participate in semi-strenuous activity, and must acknowledge that you will be getting wet on some of the tours.

Always make sure that you contact your tour provider and ask them what is required of you as well as what you need to do to prepare for your tour.
 

The best tours in Puerto Rico

The following are a variety of the highest rated day-tours you can take in Puerto Rico:

  • Deserted Island Catamaran Day Sail from Fajardo – This tour includes a luxury cruise, snorkeling, swimming and some great higher-end amenities. The cruise will include awesome views of El Yunque National Forest and Fajardo’s coastline. The snorkeling includes crystal blue water and amazing, up-close views of the marine life. The tour lasts about 6 hours and costs $87.
  • La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Tour from San Juan – An ultimate swimming and snorkeling experience, this tour will provide you the lifelong memory of swimming in a gorgeous Puerto Rican bay that’s incredibly lit up bright blue by microscopic organisms. The trip takes about eight hours and costs $199 per person. The trip includes dinner and a certified guide. In most cases this includes hotel pickup as well for those of you staying in San Juan.
  • El Yunque Off the Beaten Path Hiking Tour – This tour is probably the best way to take in the lush green expanse, beauty and wildlife of the El Yunque National Rainforest. With this tour, you can avoid the main trails which are often crowded with tourists. As a result of so many people on those trails, there is less wildlife to view. With this tour, you will take secluded trails that lead to great swimming areas as well as areas filled with exotic wildlife. The tour takes about eight hours and costs $99 per person. Hotel pickup might be offered depending on where you are staying.
  • Underwater Sea Trek in San Juan – Easily one of the unique experiences that you can have anywhere, the Underwater Sea Trek in San Juan is where you can literally walk around on the ocean floor for over half an hour. How is this even possible you ask? Well, you get what looks like an old-school scuba diving helmet with an air hose that connects to the surface. The best part is that there is no experience necessary and kids eight and over can go too. The tour lasts for an hour and a half and costs $88.
  • Old San Juan Sunset Sail – On this tour you will set sail on an old-fashion topsail schooner that will take you around to see the historic sites and monuments in Old San Juan such as fortresses and more. The tour takes just about two hours and costs $95.

 

Conclusion

Whether you choose bioluminescent bay swimming, snorkeling, zip lining, walking tours, something else or all of them, you are bound to have an amazing experience that you will remember for years to come. Remember to try and book all of the tours that you plan on taking in advanced.

Some tours will pick you up but many times that is at a more central agreed upon location. You still need to get to that spot, wherever it is, yourself. Cabs can be expensive and public transportation is extremely unreliable. You can put your mind at ease and avoid this hassle by shipping your car to Puerto Rico. Give us a call today if you need your car shipped to Puerto Rico at (904) 322-7644!

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The cost of shipping a car to Puerto Rico
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What kind of car are you shipping?

The cost of shipping your car anywhere will always vary depending on several different factors. One of which is the specific type of car that you are shipping.

Larger vehicles cost more to ship because they weigh more which puts more of a cost burden on the carrier due to the fact that the additional weight causes them to burn more fuel during the trip. Larger vehicles are also generally harder to maneuver and require more work to get on and off the carrier without any damage.
 

Where are you shipping your vehicle from?

If you choose the door-to-port option, which many people do, then the distance from your pick-up location to the port will also play a large role determining the price of your auto shipment.

Puerto Rico Car Transport ships vehicles to the San Juan port in Puerto Rico from two main ports in the United States: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Jacksonville, Florida. If you drop your car off at one of those ports yourself, you could save some money on the cost of ground shipping for your car. However, door-to-port shipping is much more convenient, so you will need to make a decision about which option is best for you.

The further you are shipping your vehicle, the higher the cost to ship will end up being.
 

When are you shipping your car to Puerto Rico?

The time of year that you are shipping your car to Puerto Rico will affect the final price of your shipment. Generally, if you ship in the summer, the price will be higher. This is because fuel prices are higher and so is the demand for auto transport. Although, if you ship in the winter months, your shipment will likely be cheaper but it will also take longer because much of the country will have some hard-to-navigate snowy roads.

The price will also be affected by how soon after you book you need your car to be shipped. If it is extremely soon, not only will your price be higher, but you will likely be charged an expedited shipping fee too. Always try to plan as far in advanced as you can so you will be able to avoid any additional fees.
 

Other things to consider

The cost of shipping your car in quotes given to you by Puerto Rico Car Transport or any other car shipping company does include sales and state taxes. However, it does not include the applicable taxes that you will incur once you arrive at the port in Puerto Rico to pick up your car. This is because it is not possible for an auto transport company to pay this on your behalf.

You will need to pay something known as “excise tax.” You can read more about Puerto Rico’s excise tax here.
 

The cost of shipping a car to Puerto Rico

The following quotes were calculated in March 2019 for a shipment being picked up exactly a month later in April 2019. The car used for all the quotes was a 2019 Toyota Corolla. All of these rates are for door-to-port shipment.

**Please be aware, these prices are subject to change at any time and often do because there are multiple variables involved as previously mentioned.**

  • New York, NY to San Juan – $2,095
  • Los Angeles to San Juan – $2,425
  • Atlanta to San Juan – $1,625
  • Miami to San Juan – $1,475
  • Denver to San Juan – $2,275
  • Dallas to San Juan – $1,825
  • Chicago to San Juan – $1,995
  • Boston to San Juan – $2,045

 

Conclusion

For most cars from most areas in the United States, shipping your car to Puerto Rico will cost you between $1,500 and $3,000. However, that number fluctuates throughout the year as the seasons change, gas prices change, carrier availability changes etc.

However, you can always get a free quote from reputable car shipping companies like Puerto Rico Car Transport. This way, you can always be up to date on what your car shipment might end up costing you at a particular time of the year.

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Toll Roads
AutoExpreso
Toll Costs
Toll-free routes in Puerto Rico
Conclusion

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Toll Roads

There are several toll roads in Puerto Rico. Their cost is pretty reasonable at between thirty-five cents and five dollars, but the wait in line to pay the tolls could be long depending on when you are driving. If you are driving during rush hour expect to wait for a while.

The following roads have tolls in Puerto Rico:

  • PR-5 – Connects PR-22 with Baymón and has one toll.
  • PR-17 – Connects PR-26 with PR-20 and has one toll.
  • PR-20 – Connects PR-1 to PR-2 (north) and has one toll.
  • PR-22 – Connects San Juan to Hatillo and has six tolls.
  • PR-52 – Connects Río Piedras with Ponce and has seven tolls.
  • PR-53 – Connects Fajardo to Salinas and has five tolls.
  • PR-66 – Connects Carolina to Río Grande and has three tolls.

 

Toll Costs

In Puerto Rico you can pay MOST tolls with either cash or AutoExpreso. The currency in Puerto Rico is the US dollar, so there is no hassle there. AutoExpreso is essentially the Puerto Rican version of EZ-Pass. More on that below.

Some tolls in Puerto Rico are now completely cashless. Others only have one cash lane with an excruciatingly long line and wait. We highly recommend you get the AutoExpreso tag to save time. If you do not have one and end up going through a cashless toll, you will end up with a hefty toll.

If you want to know what tolls will cost you before you head out wherever your going, you can calculate tolls in Puerto Rico here.

A few examples of toll costs on popular routes in Puerto Rico are:

  • From San Juan to San German in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $2.25
  • From San German to San Juan in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $4.50
  • From Aguadilla to San Juan in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $4.20
  • From San Juan to Aguadilla in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $2.60
  • From Arecibo to Carolina in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $4.60
  • From Carolina to Arecibo in a regular car with one axel will cost approximately $4.85

You should note that the toll prices are charged per axel. So, if you are driving an RV which has two axels on the same trip in a car with one axel that cost $2.25 will now cost approximately $4.50.
 

AutoExpreso

AutoExpreso is the Puerto Rican version of EZ-Pass. It is an electronic transponder tag you place in your car so that sensors at the toll booths will pick up the signal when you drive past and charge you automatically.

However, unlike EZ-Pass, you will need to “pre-fill” your Auto-Expreso tag with credit. You can do so at Puma and Total gas stations in Puerto Rico. Make sure you always have at least ten dollars on the tag just in case you need to do a lot of driving one day. Certain toll plazas will actually have replenishment lanes where you can re-fill your tag as well. Just look for the green “R” on these lanes.

As we mentioned earlier, it is highly recommended to get AutoExpreso if you are going to be driving in Puerto Rico. Some tolls are now completely cashless and only accept AutoExpreso.

You can find out more about AutoExpreso on their website.
 

Toll-free routes in Puerto Rico

You might want to avoid the tolls in Puerto Rico altogether. If you do choose to do this, realize you will likely be increasing your travel time considerably.

The following are some popular toll-free routes in Puerto Rico:

  • San Juan to San German – If you choose this route, your travel time will increase from a little over two hours to almost three and a half hours.
  • San German to San Juan – If you choose this route, your travel time will increase from two hours and twenty minutes to three hours and forty minutes. Please note that there might be a restricted access road included in this route.
  • From Aguadilla to San Juan – If you choose this route, your travel time will increase from two hours to three hours. Please note that there might be a restricted access road included in this route.
  • From San Juan to Aguadilla – If you choose this route, your travel time will increase from two hours and twenty minutes to just over three hours.
  • From Arecibo to Carolina – If you choose this route, you will be increasing your travel time from one and a half hours to two and a half hours.
  • From Carolina to Arecibo – If you choose this route, you will be increasing your travel time from one a half hours to two and a half hours.

 

Conclusion

If you are going to be driving in Puerto Rico and do not want to add a bunch of unnecessary time and miles to your trips after you ship your car there, you will need to use toll roads. There are a bunch in all directions. Be sure to get an AutoExpreso tag too which will make your life a lot easier.

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Vehicle equipment
Miscellaneous driving laws
Conclusion

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Like many places in the United States, there are definitely some laws that seem very strange. Several of these laws actually pertain directly to driving. Take a few minutes to read through the list and be sure that none of the laws affect you, although we highly doubt it.

Vehicle equipment

  • Studded tires – Believe it or not, there is a law in Puerto Rico that states that you are not allowed to have studded tires. It might make you wonder how many people were driving around with distracting studded tires before it was decided that a law had to be put in effect.
  • Tire Chains – The use of tire chains is actually permitted in Puerto Rico. This is not odd at first glance.
    However, when you consider the record low temperature in Puerto Rico is thirty-nine degrees, it seems much stranger. This means it has never snowed in Puerto Rico. Thus, “snow tires” would not be necessary. It might be for off-roading or because of the poor conditions of the roads. These kinds of tires might also be contributing to the poor conditions of the roads.
  • Video screens – This law states that there can’t be a video screen in a vehicle so that the driver of the car can watch television. This is another law that is hard to imagine people violating, but it does happen from time to time.
  • Windshield stickers – Some drivers in Puerto Rico will drive around with non-transparent decorative material on their windshield. Often, it was an advertisement of some sort for the driver’s business or another business that had paid the driver. This is obviously incredibly unsafe. So, the law now states that these things can not be more than one square that is bigger than seven by seven inches in the lower right-hand side of the windshield, furthest away from the driver and their field of vision.
  • Radar detectors – Strangely enough, radar detectors are allowed for passenger cars but not commercial vehicles. We have not been able to come up with an explanation for this one yet.

 

Miscellaneous driving laws

  • Motorcycles – Motorcycles in Puerto Rico must be driven with boots and gloves on. There were apparently some people operating motorcycles in just sandals.
  • Mopeds – Mopeds in Puerto Rico can be driven by those only sixteen years of age, whereas for a car, without supervision, you must be eighteen years old or older. You also may not use your moped at night if it does not have a headlight that can shine its light at least three hundred feet.
  • School Buses – There is a law in Puerto Rico that says that school buses must have a sign that says, “School Bus”.
    The reason this needed to get pushed into law was that school buses could occasionally be regular buses or vans. Believe it or not, the opposite could be true as well. Some yellow school buses double as things like party buses at night in Puerto Rico.

 

Conclusion

There are a few very strange laws about driving in Puerto Rico. Some are harder than others to believe. All are true though. The most important thing to remember is that these laws won’t affect you unless you had planned on doing something along the lines of getting diamond studded tires during your time driving in Puerto Rico.

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