San Juan Overview
Climate in San Juan and Puerto Rico in general is tropical, so its average temperature is around 25°C (77°F). Still, since it's an elongated island, there are some climatic differences on the ends: it rains more in the north compared to the south. Regarding rainfall, it rains regularly throughout the year in Puerto Rico, especially between May and October. The rainiest month is August and the driest months are between December and April.
US Dollar (USD). If your currency is not the US dollar, it's advisable that you exchange some money before travelling so you get cash and meet the first expenses in Puerto Rico. However, if for whatever reason you can't do it, it's easy to make the exchange on the island. There are several banks scattered around the country, currency exchange offices and the airport can also make exchange money without any problem. In large establishments you can pay by credit card but in isolated areas or small towns you will probably have to do it in cash.
When to go
During the driest months. It is the best time to enjoy the sun, the beach and to avoid getting caught by surprise by the tropical rain. Rain is accompanied by clouds so it's most likely that you won't be able to enjoy the sunshine so much if you visit the island between May and October. Still, don't worry, San Juan, and Puerto Rico in general is a pleasant destination to visit throughout the year.
1 day and a half in the city and a week in the country: that's more than enough time to calmly enjoy San Juan but without making any pauses. What we suggest is that you spend time in the city and then go to explore the rest of the island. Puerto Rico has some spectacular scenery and beaches are out of a fantasy. Explore the city and venture into the nature of the Caribbean.
The shops in the downtown area of San Juan are generally open from Monday to Saturday. On weekdays, most shops open around 09.00am and close at 8.00 p.m. A curious fact is that shops can't open until 11.00 am on Saturdays. Shopping malls, on weekdays, open from 09.00 am to 9.00p.m. They shorten their hours on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
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