How to Play Puerto Rico Board Game: Rules & Review

You may have been to Puerto Rico before, but have you ever played a tabletop game called Puerto Rico? This board game allows you to play as their citizens to work on your own Island board. You will gain victory points by constructing buildings and shipping goods, as well as earn income by selling goods and more. Play this game today and let your own Puerto Rico Island rise!

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Category - Strategy

Difficulties - ★★★★★

Players - 2-5 Players

Playing Time - 90-150 Minutes

Recommended Ages - 12+


  • 5 Island boards, each with 12 Countryside spaces (top) and 12 City spaces (bottom)

  • 1 central game board

  • 1 Governor card, which indicates the starting player for the current round

  • 8 Citizen cards

  • 49 City tiles

  • 58 Countryside tiles

  • 5 Cargo Ships

  • 1 Hiring Hall

  • 1 Trading House

  • 100 Workers

  • 50 barrels of goods

  • 50 victory point (VP) chips

  • 51 doubloons

How to Win

The player who has earned the most VPs is the winner of the game.


  • Give the starting player the Governor citizen card.

  • Game setup varies depending on the player count. Set out all the game pieces for a specific number of player and set aside any remaining pieces to the box as they will not be used in the game.

  • Place all required basic game buildings on their respective spaces indicated on the game board and put it in the middle of the table.

  • Place the Trading House & Hiring Hall below the game board. Prepare the barrels of goods and workers and place them all next to the game board.

  • Each player will be given an Island Board. Give each player a number of Silver Doubloons and a specific Countryside Tile (either a corn field or an indigo field) as required for specific number of player.

  • All of the remaining silver and gold doubloons will form a bank and to be placed on the blank space on the main game board.