Puerto Rico is the easternmost and smallest of the Greater Antilles, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Basin to the south.
Neither a state nor independent, the island has been a US territory since 1898.
Everyone born on the island is an American citizen and holds a US passport but cannot vote in US presidential elections.
Puerto Rican culture is a blend of Amerindian Taino, Spanish and African influences with Spanish being the island’s first language.
Tourism is an important money-earner and the island attracts millions of visitors each year. But crippling public debt, poverty and high unemployment have seen many of the islanders leave for the US mainland.
The Beautiful Puerto Rico You Have to Visit to Appreciate
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Capital: San Juan
- Status Self-governing overseas territory of the United States
- Population 3.7 million
- Area 8,959 sq km (3,459 sq miles)
- Main languages Spanish, English
- Main religion Christianity
- Currency US dollar