I have been to PR, when I was in the service. It was/is a nice place, very nice people, and even though its a territory of the US, its like a third world nation. Its a poor place, not as poor as other places in that area, but not doing as well as the US in general. Distance does make a difference. I loved it the short time I was there. I would live there if I could. Not now since its been slammed by the hurricane of course. Extra people they dont need, except folks to help. If my health was better I would be doing my darndest to try to get there to help. That is what they need. Supplies and people. Food, tents, water, building supplies.
I used to be a ham operator. When I was in the military, I ran a ham radio station on post and did phone patches all the time for guys overseas and their families here in the states. Had to be set up ahead of time but it was always well worth it. Also worked several emergency situations, one was a bad flood, the other was a hurricane. Lived in a tent for 3 weeks working one flood. My radio and genny took up most of the room and then my cot. No walking room. I had the genny in there because it had to be covered and of course, vented it outside. I wish I could do it again for folks over in PR. Dont have the gear anymore and dont have the health, wish I could.