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Should I move to Puerto Rico?

If you’re searching for a change of pace, perhaps a destination with white sand beaches, rain forests, beautiful mountains, year-round sunshine, and diverse culture, moving to Puerto Rico may be at the top of your list. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s called the “Island of Enchantment” for a reason. Today, you’ll learn why moving to this tropical paradise a great choice and how to move there.

Find out more about moving to Puerto Rico with U-Pack here.

Why you should consider moving to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Weather

The weather is amazing in Puerto Rico. Temps average around 83 F, making it the perfect time all the time for strolling along the beach, sitting outside, watching the native birds, or playing sports. The only time you might need a jacket is at night, when the temps can drop into the high 60s. Rainy season lasts from April to November, so be sure to pack a rain jacket or umbrella.

No passport needed

If you’re moving from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico (and you’re a U.S. Citizen), you don’t need a passport because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. However, some sort of government-issued ID is required for entry, like a driver’s license or birth certificate. Another benefit of moving to Puerto Rico is that customs fees do not apply. However, household goods are subject to an excise tax.

Click here for several things you should know before moving to Puerto Rico from the U.S.

Puerto Rican Culture and Cuisine

One of the biggest draws to the island (besides the tropical weather), is the culture. With influences from Spain, the Taino Indians, and Africa, the territory’s culture can be described as nothing short of vibrant. Natives are friendly and welcoming, and because the culture is so diverse, you’ll have plenty of local cuisine to try. The local cuisine is called cocina criolla, and it utilizes many herbs, beans, and distinctive flavors. One special local dish is called mofongo. Basically, it’s a mash of fried plantains or yucca with seasonings and pork cracklings. It’s usually served with meat and broth. A favorite local drink is called Aljonjoli, a sweetened, spiced drink made from coconut milk, sesame seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon. You’ll also have to try piragua, a frozen, shaved ice treat made with fruit flavored syrup. Hungry yet? You’ll have plenty to try after moving to Puerto Rico!

Sports in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is known for great athletes and a strong athletic spirit. Puerto Ricans love baseball, basketball, and football (soccer). There are many football leagues, from pewee to semi-pro. Baseball is also very popular – did you know that more than 100 MLB players are from Puerto Rico? There’s also a national basketball the league for both women and men. Professional boxing, wrestling, and volleyball are popular sports, too. If you love watching or playing sports, you’ll love Puerto Rico!

Education in Puerto Rico

There are plenty of private and public schools on the island to choose from for school-aged children. For higher education, the University of Puerto Rico offers 11 campuses across the territory. There are also private universities, such as Universidad del Turabo, Metropolitan University, and Universidad del Este.

Moving to Puerto Rico – How to Get There

You can’t exactly drive a rental truck there, so you’ll need to search for moving companies to Puerto Rico. Some companies can move you there, but you’ll have to pay expensive rates and wait a while for your items to be delivered. Is there a better option? Yes, there is, and it’s called U-Pack®.

Compared to other Puerto Rico moving companies, U-Pack is affordable, dependable, and fast. Here’s how it works: A moving trailer or moving container will be delivered to your home stateside. You load your belongings, and U-Pack moves it to Puerto Rico. Your shipment will travel by truck to the nearest service center that ships to Puerto Rico (Philadelphia, Jacksonville, or South Chicago). From there, your shipment gets put on a boat to San Juan/Guaynabo. After arrival, you’ll clear your items with customs and then they’ll be delivered to you. You can save even more by unloading your belongings at the service center in Puerto Rico instead of at your destination address.

U-Pack averages transit times of 7-11 business days for shipments to Puerto Rico – all depending on where you’re moving from stateside and moving to in Puerto Rico.

Get a free moving quote from U-Pack to compare to other movers to Puerto Rico. It’s likely that U-Pack prices will be lower than full-service companies and faster, too. You can get a quote online or by calling 877-453-7274.

Need more info about how to move to Puerto Rico?

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