May 30, 2015

About Puerto Rico...

Good things can come from unexpected places...

If you associate Puerto Rico's capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan, then you know 
only part of the picture. San Juan is a major metropolis, radiating out from the bay on 
the Atlantic Ocean that was discovered by Juan Ponce de León. More than a third 
of the island's nearly 4 million citizens proudly call themselves sanjuaneros. 

The city may be rooted in the past, but it has its eye on the future. Locals go about their 
business surrounded by colonial architecture and towering modern structures.

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of 
  1. green mountains, waterfalls and the tropical rainforest of El Yunque National Forest. 
  2. It's known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs, popular for snorkeling,
  3.  diving, surfing and sailing. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla 
  4. Verde area is known for its beach bars, nightclubs and casinos.

Determining Puerto Rico's charm is a no-brainer. Less than a three-hour flight from
 Miami, this island is a U.S. territory (in case you didn't recall from high school history class). 
So when you're shopping in San Juan, you can pay for your souvenirs with American bills. 

When other Caribbean isles put a premium on wintertime at the beach, Puerto Rico offers 
year-round affordable packages so travelers can relax along its blanched sands. And 
while other regional spots like to advertise exciting nightlife, the capital city 
of San Juan actually delivers. Follow a pulsating beat to the dance
 clubs in the Santurce neighborhood, catch some live music in a
 Ponce lounge or grab a casual drink at a San Sebastián bar.

Since Puerto Rico is part of the United States, the island's currency is the U.S. dollar and 
credit cards are widely accepted. Tipping etiquette is the same here as in other parts of 
the United States; 15 to 20 percent is considered the standard, but more is
 appreciated for exceptional service.

For me Puerto Rico is home.  It's where we met some of the kindest people in his world.
It's where friends live and it's home to my sister, my niece and my nephew. It's where 
one is always welcome no matter where you go.  In PR you're family.

The thing I realize is not what you take, but what you leave.

Life takes you to unexpected places.
Love brings you home...