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Do I need a passport or visa to travel to Puerto Rico?
No, not if you are a US citizen. Puerto Rico is officially part of the United States so traveling there is considered domestic travel. Traveling with your driver’s license or a photo ID card issued by the DMV with do.
What is the weather like in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico has one of the most unvarying climates in the world. Temperatures year-round range from 75° to 85°F (24°-29°C). It is tropical and quite humid. One of the best times to visit Puerto Rico is from mid-April to June, right after the busy winter season and just before the rainy summer. Showers in the Caribbean are usually rather short in duration. It rains every day somewhere on the island – that’s why it’s so green! But those rain clouds often move out just as quickly as they came in and they’re very localized. It might be raining where you are but not 15 minutes away.
What if I don’t speak Spanish?
Not a problem. English and Spanish are official languages of Puerto Rico. We will be staying in San Juan, the capital, where English is widely spoken, especially in the tourist industries. Puerto Ricans aim to please by speaking English to English-speaking tourists whenever possible. If you want to practice your Spanish, politely say that you are learning Spanish and would really appreciate the practice. They generally love to hear that you are learning their language and will happily converse with you.
What time is check-in?
Please plan to arrive at our bed & breakfast Sunday, May 27 for regular check in: between 2:00pm-10:00pm
Early Check-In: If your flight is arriving early, you can hang out as early as 8 am, enjoy the communal areas, have breakfast or take a dip in the ocean while they get your room ready.
Late Check-In: If you are arriving after 10:00pm please let Nitaña know at least 5 days before arrival so she can schedule it with the bed & breakfast. All Check-Ins after 10:00pm are subject to a $25 late-check-in fee.
What time is check-out?
Regular Check-Out will be Monday, June 4 by 12:00pm Noon.
Late Check-Out: Late check-out may be scheduled until 4:00pm. Please request late check out at the front desk on day of departure. A $50 fee applies paid directly to the bed & breakfast.
Do you provide transportation to and from the airport?
Yes, at designated times. We will have two airport pick-ups at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) on May 27, 2018 at 7pm and 9pm. If you are arriving after the last pick up, we can advise you on how to get a taxi to the bed & breakfast (at your cost). Please note that if you check in after 10pm there will be a late check in charge of $25 (at your cost). We will also have two airport drop-offs on our final day, June 4; tentative times are 10:00am and 12:00pm Noon.
What does a flight to Puerto Rico cost?
Depends on where you’re coming from. From Los Angeles, California to San Juan, Puerto Rico, somewhere between $428-$848, although you can sometimes find special deals. Please plan to arrive into San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) on May 27, 2018 and depart June 4, 2018.
Will I need to exchange money?
Nope. Puerto Rico uses the US dollar. How convenient is that?!
How much cash vs. credit cards should I bring?
You will want to have cash (US dollar) on hand for vendors, gratuity, uber/taxis (as needed) and the juice & snack bar at our bed & breakfast. Most major credit cards are accepted around San Juan, however, ATMs can be inconveniently located and charge fees when it is not your bank. Since meals are not included (aside from the Welcome Dinner, Farewell Dinner, Flamenco Dinner and Rainforest Picnic Lunch), if you budget $75/day for meals, that would be $600.00. Please note there is also a communal kitchen at our bed & breakfast if you want to prepare some meals there.
Will I have access to a kitchen to prepare my own meals?
Yes! There is a communal kitchen at our bed and breakfast, with designated spaces for each room in the fridge and on the shelves. Fish is OK but please do not prepare meat in the kitchen as this is a vegetarian bed and breakfast.
What should I pack?
We will provide you with a suggested packing list upon registration.
How many will be in our group?
This trip is designed for 8-10 awesome people.
How do I find a roommate?
We can help pair you with someone awesome! Just enter your rooming preferences on the registration page.
Can I customize my trip?
You can absolutely customize your trip by adding any of our a la carte services and activities, however, they are first come first serve so let your travel leader, Nitaña, know as soon as possible for the best availability. Activities booked with partner companies may fill up. If you are interested in an activity or service is not on our list, please ask Nitaña. To see our list of add-on activities, click here.
Is this trip designed for beginners or experienced dancers?
This trip is designed for all levels! There may be some in our group for whom this is their first dance class and some who dance every week; however, the majority of our group will likely beginners in the dance styles we will be learning on this trip; bomba, flamenco, and salsa. We welcome all levels and believe dance is fun and fun is for EVERYONE!
How much time will be spent in dance classes?
Our tentative itinerary includes:
- 2 dance lessons/workshops with top-notch local instructors (plus the option to add a third)
- 2 live dance performances
- Option to add a dancing night out experience
- There may be additional dance opportunities (classes or social dancing) during free time. Please let Nitaña know if you’re interested in more dance experiences. Will there be free time to relax or do our own thing?
Absolutely! We have included beach days and free time so you can relax and explore as you see fit.
Can I opt out of activities?
Yes you can. We try to plan the itinerary to include engaging activities and and just the right amount free time and relaxation but you can absolutely pass on any group activity. Please note refunds will not be issued for activities missed.
Is Puerto Rico safe?
Yes! Your biggest danger is likely getting a sunburn but we always recommend you use the same common sense you would when traveling to any other destination:
- Leave your valuables at home (leave your bling behind!)
- Don’t flaunt cash or valuables, or sport expensive jewelry
- Don’t leave valuables in the car
- Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from questionable areas (trust your instincts)
- Keep to populated streets (especially at night)
- Explore areas with a friend vs. by yourself
What about vaccinations and over the counter medicines?
There aren’t any required vaccinations to travel to Puerto Rico, however, the Center for Disease Control recommends all travelers be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Bring any medications (including over-the-counter medicines) you might need during the trip to avoid having to buy them there, however, if you do need medicine during your stay, there is a pharmacy nearby.
What about Zika virus?
Zika virus has been reported in Puerto Rico (as well as in the United States). It is carried by mosquitos so it is best to try to prevent mosquito bites. Wear insect repellant. Mosquito nets are available at our bed and breakfast upon request. Zika is also transmitted sexually (vaginal, anal or oral) so be smart and use condoms. The Center for Desease Control recommends that pregnant women, women who are planning to become pregnant or women who are breastfeeding should avoid travel to Puerto Rico at this time.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is not required, however, it can protect your trip investment. Depending upon the plan you purchase, it can cover you for trip cancellation, travel and medical emergency, and the loss or theft of your personal gear. There are many travel insurance sites; World Nomads and Travel Guard are just two. We recommend that you check out their sites, or any of the numerous travel insurance sites online, to purchase insurance and for more information.
I still have questions…
No problem – please contact Nitaña with your questions!
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