A commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico is a land of beauty, exotic beaches, and a relaxed Caribbean culture.
Sadly, almost half of the population lives below the poverty line, and unemployment remains high.
Many families have been torn apart by emigration, and most Puerto Ricans do not have access to services such as police protection and emergency medical care.
For many, it seems poverty, drugs, and crime will be a constant reality for the rest of their lives.
Will you share the promises of abundant life in Christ and hope for the future in Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico’s culture is a mix of Latin and Caribbean customs. Respect is incredibly important, as are family relationships. Puerto Ricans are typically very friendly, hospitable, and publicly expressive. The Latin beso is a common greeting, which is an air kiss on one or both cheeks.
Puerto Ricans are highly nationalistic. The issue of their country becoming a US state is very political and should not be talked about openly in public.
Language: Spanish and English
Roman Catholic 85%
Protestant and Other 15%
Spend a day exploring Old San Juan. It’s colonial-era streets are full of shops and cool architecture.
If you get a chance, check out La Parguera, the Bioluminescent Bay. Go on a boat tour at dusk and watch the water light up beneath you.
Explore the historic city of Ponce, or head west to Carro Rojo, where 200 foot cliffs tower over the Caribbean. There are public beaches nearby where you can spend a great off day!