Living in Puerto Rico can be a great change of pace to your life. There are many great things about living in Puerto Rico: The culture, weather, beautiful beaches, friendly and family oriented people, but if you are moving to Puerto Rico, these are the top five things you need to know:
- Cost Of Living: Living on the island can be expensive. Things like food, electricity, the cost of cars and real estate(depending on the area), can be more expensive, than some areas of the mainland. Freight charges is the main reason for the higher cost.
- Crime: There is crime on the island just like everywhere else. Most of the crime is concentrated in San Juan, the capital. The majority of the crime is drug related. Other crimes are theft(car and personal property).
- Economy: The economy of Puerto Rico is one of the most diverse in the Caribbean. The main industries are: Pharmaceuticals, electronics, and tourism. Puerto Rico is an island and job opportunities can be hard to find. Also, salaries tend to be lower than some parts of the United States. Currently, the economy is slow just like in the mainland.
- The Culture: Although, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, living in Puerto Rico is not like living in another state. Learn the culture, try to learn the language, Spanish, and get familiar with the local customs. Knowing these can help you make a better transition for your move to Puerto Rico.
- Living On The Island: The pace of life on the island is slower than in the states. As an example, it can take longer to get your electricity and phone connected. What usually takes just a few days, can take up to a week or longer. The electricity and the water go out with a lot more frequency than the mainland. In Puerto Rico life is about living, not all about work. It is about enjoying your time with family and friends.
Many residents of the United States and other countries have moved to Puerto Rico, and enjoy living here. For some, it has been harder to adjust than others, and for a few, the island was not for them and have left. It really depends on the person and how well they were prepared for the move. The best thing to do, if you are contemplating a move to Puerto Rico, is to visit the island, explore what area of the island you would like to live in, and if having a job is a must, try to find that job before you move.
Puerto Rico has a lot to offer for an island in the Caribbean, but be prepared and informed before you decide to make the move.
If you have already made the decision to move, enjoy life here.....and welcome to Puerto Rico!