Roadway Guidance in Puerto Rico

Driving in Puerto Rico is a unique experience - no matter where you're from

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Learn more about the requirements for driving in Puerto Rico and find out about a few unexpected road rules that will keep drivers on their toes.

A North American driver's license is valid in Puerto Rico, and driving rules are the same as they are in the United States. Roads in more populated areas are kept in good condition, and gas is reasonably priced. Roads outside of populated areas can be rough and winding, especially through the mountain regions, but rarely will you find roads hazardous or impassable.

While most driving procedures and road signs will be familiar, the exception is the stop sign. The red six-sided figure will look familiar but will contain the Spanish word "pare" rather than stop. Road markers are posted in kilometers, but speed limits are still in miles per hour. Traffic is extremely crowded and hectic in and around San Juan and a few of the other largest cities, so it's important to stay alert. Car theft is a problem in these more heavily populated areas as well, so keep an eye out, and use any security devices provided with your rental car when driving in Puerto Rico.

Getting around Puerto Rico is not limited to driving on your own.  If you'd rather not take on the stress of driving in a foreign country, consider using the public bus system.  American tourists will find the bus system in Puerto Rico to be close to what they are used to back home, and note that this is the cheapest option available on the island.  If you don't want to wait around for buses to come by, taxis are an option as well. 

Driving in Puerto Rico is easy for most visitors because they will find conditions to be close to what they are used to back home.  Still, take the time to familiarize yourself with local laws and routes before getting behind the wheel and you'll be in for a smooth ride.


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