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WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 28°C in summer.

Best time to visit: June and July for long, sunny days.

Puerto Rico is situated on the south coast of Gran Canaria, one of the largest Canary Islands. The island is known for its spring-like weather all year round, with temperatures rarely dipping below 18°C even in winter. Summers are long and dry, peaking in the high 20s around August.

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PUERTO RICO IS BEST FOR...

Families: Enjoy bucket and spade days on the beach and days trips out to the island’s best water parks, complete with slides and pools.

Beach lovers: Relax on Puerto Rico’s golden horseshoe bay, get drinks on the seafront or visit the water sports centre for some excitement.

Sailing fans: The resort’s lively marina is a fantastic place for a spot of boating, with a top sailing club and facilities.

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FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Puerto Rico is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used in Puerto Rico is the Euro (€).

Local time: Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Gran Canaria Airport. The transfer to Puerto Rico takes 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria is 4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Puerto Rico tourist information can be found at http://www.grancanaria.com/turismo/en/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Puerto Rico.

Holiday destinations related to Puerto Rico:

  • Playa del Ingles
  • Maspalomas
  • GETTING AROUND

    By bus: Gran Canaria has a cheap and well-organised bus service running between the major resorts, as well as between attractions in the resorts themselves. You’ll find bus stops in Puerto Rico’s commercial centre and beach.

    By car: If you’re interested in exploring the island, getting around by car is the quickest and easiest way. The airport has a choice of competitive car hire companies.

    By taxi: Taxis are readily available and run on a meter, and are the best option for short journeys like getting back to your hotel in the evening.

    EVENTS

    Easter mayhem: In February, the legendary Carnival comes to Gran Canaria for a week of mayhem before Lent. If you’re lucky enough to be on the island, expect a week of colourful parades, dancing and crazy costumes, plus the all-important election of Carnival Queen.

    In summer: The city of Las Palmas throws its summertime festival, Fiestas Fundacionales, in June. Well worth the trip for anyone visiting the island, the festivities include concerts, parades and bonfires.

    Firework fiesta: Never missing a chance for a fiesta, in August Gran Canaria celebrates the Fiesta de San Lorenzo, known for showcasing the biggest firework display in the Canary Islands.