What are the different features in a Puerto Rican and a Mexican?

I’m half Mexican and can’t tell the difference, today a new kid came in our class from Puerto Rico, I assumed he was Mexican, but until he spoke to me in spanish was the only way I knew he wasn’t. Because they tend to speak fast, were I can’t understand them. Anyways he looked like your typical Mexican, he also was offended by me telling him this, and quickly told me they don’t. Well at least to me he did looked like one. What are some features Puerto Ricans have that Mexicans don’t or vice versa?


  1. simple, mexicans in general have the mestizo look (spaniard/indian) and puerto ricans have the mulatto features (black/white). but usually there are ppl who are mixed with indian in puerto rico so it can make them look similar to mexicans.

    i dont think there is a typical features for hispanics just in general, they can look like any race. except middle eastern of course. i only seen like 2 who look kinda middle eastern but not all the way.

  2. Mexicans are better at evading border patrol agents while Puerto Ricans are better at avoiding cops in general. Hope this helps.

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  3. They could look like anyone, just like mexicans can. I’ve met black and white puerto ricans and some that look like your "stereotypical" hispanic. I’ve seen some biracial ones too. So before you assume someone is Mexican why dont you just ask them where they’re from? =) Going by what you’re saying the fact that they talk with an accent that’s different from yours should’ve been a clue they werent mexican.

  4. I have a friend who is Puerto Rican and he never liked to be called Mexican, nor does any latino liked to be called something other then their own nationality. My friend looks just like this Mexican guy I know at the gym but much bigger, and sometimes a Puerto Rican can have African in them because of the slave trade. But basically when it comes down to it latino is Mestizo mixed with Spanish. Like John Leguizamo the actor is Puerto Rican, but if he told me he was Mexican then I would believe him.

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  5. puerto ricans are mixed with carribean and african ancestry as well as spanish . mexicans a generally mestizo , indian and white.

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    Puerto Ricans look White Spanish, Italian or French. They may also look Black from Yoruba or Igbo in West Africa. There are a few who are Asian and the native Taino indians. And even more are mixed with all of the above. If you look at the Igbo people of Nigeria in Africa, you can clearly see how they influenced Puerto Rican’s features.

    The people range from pale white to dark ebony. They usually have brown curly hair and dark eyes but there are some with blue eyes. Some have dark circles under their eyes. They are usually on the short side and the women have some booty.

    They are much less genetically diverse than Puerto Ricans and there really isn’t as much evidence of race in Mexico. It is just assumed (and rightly) that most are comprised of Amerindian and Spanish. Or one of those. There are select groups of Afro Mexicans but they are few and far between and have mixed with other Mexicans to the point where they are not always distuingishable and some Mexicans will have a small percentage of African ancestory, mostly in the Southern regions.
    It is hard to categorize the Mexican look. The are usually not pale white or dark ebony. Their skin color ranges from alabaster to dark honey. Their look is more Amerindian/Asian in appearance IMO. They have high cheekbones are a result. They usually have straight hair more than Puerto Rican, though it’s sometimes curly. It’s almost always dark hair and eyes.

    In the end, facially and physically you can usually tell the difference between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, I can’t explain it. There is a subtle difference between the two Latinos.

  7. Well one way to tell the difference is their spanish dialect.

    Mexicans use a lot of slang and swears, so much that they eventually dont even remember the correct term. they usually exagerate a lot using suffixes like -isimo -azo -azon -ote or -ito/ita. mexicans usually have like a very strong accent when they talk. they also tend to talk fast too.

    Puerto Ricans are similar but a little bit different. what they as a dialect is that they delete the s at the end of a syllable (similar to cubans) eg. ellos/ello’ los perros/lo’ perro’ they pronounce their r’s as l’s and the end of syllables e.g. comer/comel perder/peldel, they like to shorten para to pa’ (very common in mexico and venezuela as well) and they usually delete the d in some words e.g. acabado/acaba’o pegado/pega’o.

    and thats how i can tell the difference.

    Phil Martinez

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