New York Times Travel columnist Amy Howe explains how to plan to get around the island of 3.3 million people.
For many, the only way to get anywhere is by driving.
There are no public transport options and no public roads or highways.
In some areas, such as Puerto Rico’s Caribbean island of St. Thomas, the road system is very limited and cars are prohibited.
You can’t get out of the island by car or taxi.
Even if you can get on public transport, you’ll have to pay an extra toll for every kilometre.
Howe says you can still get around in a car, even if you have to leave your house in a different part of the country.
To get around, you need to buy tickets, pay a toll and then get a ticket on the way.
The island’s roads and roadscapes are so bad that even drivers are having a hard time finding a parking spot.
“People are actually using cars to get from place to place,” she says.
“And you’ll still need a permit to drive on the island.”
Howell says you’ll be spending a lot of time driving in the Caribbean, especially during the rainy season, when roads can be muddy and dangerous.
This is the most common excuse given by drivers, she says, and there’s also the possibility of a car wreck.
Drivers often cite the “dangerous roads” issue, with one in six accidents resulting in fatalities.
Some drivers also say that it’s dangerous to travel alone.
A car accident can result in serious injuries, as well as life-threatening illnesses.
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