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Do you have any moving to Puerto Rico questions? We’ve got answers including the best place to retire in Puerto Rico and more!
There’s something that everyone who visits Puerto Rico has in common: they instantly fall in love with it! So it’s no wonder that many of these people decide to move here permanently.
If you’re one of these people, you most likely have some moving to Puerto Rico questions. Read through our FAQs so you can have a better understanding of what it will be like to move to and live in Puerto Rico. We’ve got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
+ Q: What is the Cost of Living in Puerto Rico? - Q: What is the Cost of Living in Puerto Rico?
A: If you currently live in the United States, you’ll be happy to learn that Puerto Rico offers a more affordable lifestyle, while still providing top-notch healthcare, international cuisine, high-speed internet and great shopping opportunities like you have never seen before.
The average cost of living in Puerto Rico is between 7% to 20% lower than the cost of living on the mainland. Groceries tend to be about 14% cheaper, dining out will cost about 18% less, housing 47% less, schooling and childcare costs about 60% less, and entertainment roughly 12% less. With housing prices and property taxes being quite a bit lower, real estate in Puerto Rico is an attractive option.
+ Q: I’m Moving to Puerto Rico, is Health Insurance Good? - Q: I’m Moving to Puerto Rico, is Health Insurance Good?
A: Puerto Rico health insurance costs, in many cases, are about half as much as insurance in the US. For example, a single medical plan that includes medical, dental and vision can be purchased for less than $200 a month. Of course, if you have Medicaid from the US, that will transfer with you. Also, you do not have to pay a certain large amount of expenses before your insurance kicks in. Generally, a small co-pay will be required at each doctor’s appointment.
Four of the main health insurance companies in Puerto Rico are:
+ Q: Is it Easy to Shipping a Car to Puerto Rico? - Q: Is it Easy to Shipping a Car to Puerto Rico?
A: Even when you are moving to the island, you sometimes have to deal with red tape and expenses. Generally speaking, your car will take 7 to 14 days to arrive in Puerto Rico. In addition to the shipping costs (which are based on weight, square footage or palette size), you can expect to pay an excise tax once your car arrives in Puerto Rico. Check with a local shipping company for shipping schedule and prices. Some of the local companies are:
- 1) Crowley (www.Crowley.com)
- 2) Trailer Bridge, Inc (www.TrailerBridge.com)
- 3) Sea Star
- 4) Car Freight, Inc (www.Carfreight.net)
- 5) Puerto Rico Car Transport.
To determine this tax, you may use this website (www.hacienda.gobierno.pr), it is in Spanish. Once there, go to (Vehicles Excise Taxes), that line is in English, to find out the amount for your particular vehicle. The average excise tax is roughly $2,000 in addition to shipping. You may find that selling your car and buying one when you arrive makes the most sense. Also, you can get Uber services mainly in the Metro area and as of October 2019 you are now able to take Uber pick up services at the Luis Muñoz Marín international airport.
+ Q: Where is the Best Place to Retire in Puerto Rico? - Q: Where is the Best Place to Retire in Puerto Rico?
A: Well, that really depends on your personality and the kind of lifestyle you want to maintain. Here are some of the top destinations and what they offer retirees:
- Old San Juan – If you love old colonial buildings, winding cobblestone streets, and charming shops and cafes, you’ll love Old San Juan. Be aware that this part of the city can be busy and attract a lot of tourists.
- San Juan – The largest city in Puerto Rico and the capital, residents enjoy access to culture and myriad entertainment amenities. Like Old San Juan, it can get a little crowded and noisy, depending on which part of the city you live in.
- Dorado– On the Northern coast of Puerto Rico, Dorado is made of upscale neighborhoods and boasts great resorts and golf clubs. Real estate is expensive but totally worth it to live in this safe and affluent area.
- Southern Coast – Ponce, the second biggest city in Puerto Rico, also known as the “Ciudad Señorial” (Majestic or Nobel City), because of its many neoclassical buildings and facades. Ponce was found in 1692. Cost of living is cheaper than the metro area and is only an hour and twenty minutes away from San Juan.
Moving to Puerto Rico?
If you’ve been thinking of moving to Puerto Rico, we can help you find the home of your dreams. Spend a little time looking through our listings, then get in touch with us. We’d love to meet with you on your next visit and answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to helping you move to this beautiful island in a way that is stress and hassle-free.
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