Puerto Rico, isla del encanto (island of enchantment). One of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean and my personal favorite. Although, I may be biased seeming as that’s my home and where my roots are planted.
If you look at a map of the Caribbean, you’ll identify it as a little dot between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands. Oh, but there’s way more to it than that! From beautiful beaches, to the rainforest in Rio Grande, this island is full of things to do for any type of traveler.
Its people are warm and will gladly welcome you and point you to the best places to visit. That same spirit is the one behind our will to rebuild the island.
Puerto Rico is a US territory, which means that if you live in the US you won’t need a passport to come visit. It can also be referred to as Borinquen, referring to its Taino name Borikén. With a population of approximately 3.5 million, Puerto Ricans (or Boricuas) speak Spanish. English is also widely spoken especially near the tourist areas. Note: although English is one of the official languages, you’ll find many Puerto Ricans don’t speak the language or simply prefer not to due to possible self-consciousness.
There are 78 municipalities (or towns), which is a lot, considering its size. These municipalities are grouped in six zones: Zona Metropolitana (Metro Area), Región Este (East), Porta Caribe, Porta Del Sol, Porta Atlántico, and Porta Cordillera.
One item in my bucket list is to visit all 78 municipalities. I have made that my 2018 goal. We will be visiting all 78 municipalities in one year and documenting it all here. I have my baby carrier ready and we’re all set to go. So, stay tuned! I promise it’ll be fun!
Hurricane season is defined as a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It runs from June 1 through November 30.
Pro-tip: September is the most active month during hurricane season.
On September 20, 2017 my island was hit by Hurricane Maria, the worst hurricane to hit the island in recorded history. The island suffered badly but is on the path to recovery. No hurricane is bigger than the hearts and the will of my people.
I mean, of course life goes on! But without water, electricity, phone reception or internet connection, it felt like life just stopped…
…for a month.
Thankfully, we have received help from all over the world. I’ve seen friends and family working to help those who are worse than they are, because let’s face it, one way or another we have all suffered.
There are so many hotels in the San Juan/Carolina area, that it’s almost impossible to choose from. I do have my favorites, though. If you’d like a recommendation, please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment.
Puerto Rico is also a great departure port for a cruise vacation. The cruises that are currently sailing from San Juan are Royal Caribbean’s “Adventure of the Seas”, Celebrity Cruises’ “Summit”, Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Norwegian Dawn”, and Disney Cruise Line’s “Disney Wonder”. Carnival’s “Fascination” is scheduled to start sailing on February. Let’s see if I convince the husband to go on a cruise this year… *wink, wink*
You might be wondering about El Yunque Rainforest. The road to it was recently opened, but the visitor areas are currently closed for the general public. I’ll update this page once it’s open.
Puerto Rico is open for business and we’re eager to receive everybody and anybody who wants to come!
If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico and want a local’s advice, please feel free to send me an email or leave a comment at the comments section below. I’ll gladly help you with your planning. I love helping out fellow travelers looking to have a great time! Whatever I don’t know, I”ll be sure to find out.
Also, visit my Instagram! You’ll get a sneak peak at what this beautiful island has to offer and inspiration for your own trip.
Until next time!