Pasa? in Puerto Rico
early summer I had gone to Guanica to admire
the beautiful mangroves and happened to
catch this beautiful Great White Egret (Casnerodius
Puerto Rico should be voted one of the
Seven Wonders of the World. It is one
of the most beautiful places on earth,
with the most glorious beaches. The heritage,
culture, and history alone are magnificent,
and when you add the agriculture it truly
takes your breath away.
moved to Puerto Rico a little over
a year ago with my family. The minute
the plane landed I fell in love.
From the crystal clear blue water,
palm trees, and perfect weather
it felt like heaven here on earth.
Immediately upon moving here my
adventures began. I wanted to learn
as much as I could about the island,
as well as finding all of the hidden
treasures and secrets contained
We decided to stay away from the
city coming from the hustle and
bustle and fast pace of New Jersey.
So the south western part of the
island was perfect. It was secluded
enough to enjoy the peace and quiet
yet still close enough to smaller
cities as well as some of the tourist
The fact that you can get to just
about any area of the island in
about two and a half hours was also
a good thing.
has some of the most beautiful
secluded places with the most
beautiful mangroves and crystal
One stipulation that I must correct
is that many people here on the island
speak English, so our fears of having
a difficult language barrier were
My amazing adventures soon began by
taking “off the grid”
day trips. I hopped in the car and
just started to drive, with a map
in hand of course. It didn’t
matter if I made a wrong turn or ended
up at the wrong location because at
every turn there was something fascinating
to look at. There is so much for the
eyes to see that in a way it’s
almost an overwhelming sense of beauty.
Puerto Rico is very rich in its agriculture.
There are beautiful fields of banana
trees, wild cotton blowing in the
wind that grows right at the water’s
edge of the beaches, miles and miles
of farmland containing just about
every fruit and vegetable you can
imagine: from oranges, papaya, pineapples,
and grapes to coconut trees, peppers,
tomatoes, and avocado trees that yield
some of the largest avocados my eyes
have ever seen.
feels as if your walking on air. If
you are in the area and decide to
take a day trip to Gilligan’s
island, the seafloor is made up of
beautiful coral surrounded by mangroves
that have Iguanas, birds, and other
tropical animals hidden within their
wandering in the woods near
San German I was lucky to snap
a beautiful shot of this male
coffee is the preferred Café
where I come from, and when
we arrived one of my new discoveries
was that Puerto Rico had some
of the most wonderful coffee
I had the pleasure to smell
and taste. It is grown and harvested
right here on the island, with
Puerto Rico’s soil containing
such rich minerals and nutrients
it gives the coffee the most
wonderful robust rich flavor,
and here in Puerto Rico they
take their coffee very serious
so the coffee bean famers take
a lot of pride in their work.
I haven’t yet had the
pleasure to visit all of the
beautiful beaches here but I
must say some of my favorites
are located here on the south,
south west area. No beach is
the same, not even the sand.
I have had the privilege to
see beaches with a rich carrot
color sand in San Juan, A burnt
coffee color in Mayaguez, a
soft eggshell color in Guanica,
as well as sand that if you
look closely it is made up of
thousands and thousands of tiny
seashells and the sand in Crashboat
is so soft it
thing that was quite comforting to me is that
here on the island things are pretty simple.
It’s a bit like taking a decade or so
back in time travel but in a good way. Over
in the states people are so worried about
the hustle and bustle of things that they
don’t get the chance to stop and take
a minute to enjoy their surroundings, here
everything moves at a much slower pace. So
you get the chance to stop and take a good
look all around you.
The atmosphere is about culture, where the
natives come from and where they are going,
taking time to actually stop and relax as
well as enjoying life and my most favorite
attribute is the strong family bonds here.
Every week people get together to play dominos,
cook the most amazing food, and laugh and
to enjoy each other’s company. Here
family means something and it’s important.
It’s about spending quality time with
those you love and care about in one of the
most beautiful places on earth.
Santa is a great place to go jet skiing
as well as taking fun banana boat rides
and the views are fantastic. Life
here on the island by far exceeded my expectations.
There are issues here just as there are in any
other place. You can’t help but be at peace
in this lovely quaint little stretch of Caribbean.
The people here are kind, charismatic, caring,
and best of all they are accepting and friendly.
I don’t think my family and I could have
picked a better place to live, I wish we had made
the decision to move here sooner. As for now,
we will continue our adventures discovering the
beauty of the island while learning to appreciate
our surroundings as well as each other.
markets here in Puerto Rico offer the most
fresh hand picked fruits in wide varieties.
pint sized Coqui frog is a National symbol
here in Puerto Rico, they live in the
trees and at night time you can hear them
is a photo of a small sharp-mouthed lizard.
(Anolis Polchellus) They are the most
common lizard found on the island, careful
not to touch their tails otherwise they
will fall off.