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FOOD FOR THE SOUL
The story I’m about to tell has a sad beginning but, spoiler alert: THE MOST DELICIOUS END. Last summer I broke up with someone I deeply loved. One night as I was talking to my best friend over the phone, going over all the details of my recent break up for the 100th time, she
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SMALL SHOPS, BIG BARGAINS!
Traveling is my passion, but shopping while traveling is my guilty pleasure. Actually, it’s more pleasure than guilt for two reasons: 1. I work very hard to earn my money and I deserve to spend it however I want. 2. All the things bought are treasures that always bring me back to my favorite places
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Contemporary Art in San Juan, a night to remember
My Trip to Puerto Rico: Contemporary Art in San Juan, a night to remember!
After traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico for an accounting convention, I can definitely say that Earth without art is just “eh”. Of course my “artsy” experience during my trip to Puerto Rico had nothing to do with the accounting part of the story. After continuous hours of hearing about numbers and economics, I met
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Cave and River Adventure: There’s so much more than beach resorts in Puerto Rico!
Raising a teenage daughter by myself has been hard as hell. My husband used to be the one who always took her out on adventures, so when he passed away, we kind of lost that sense of wonder for nature.
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Calle Loiza, The Emerging Gem of Santurce & My Stay at La Concha
Loíza Street has converted into an emerging cot of new culinary, art, music and entertainment proposals. Its high architectural value, the richness in color and its people make up the “barrio” atmosphere of this popular San Juan spot, also nicknamed by locals as “la Loíza”.  This is why I decided to take my best friends for a
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Loiza Street and Doubletree by Hilton, perfect for women traveling solo
When I was trying to decide where to go for my vacations, a friend recommended I’d book a trip to the Caribbean. She suggested to find an “all inclusive vacations to Puerto Rico” but I wasn’t convinced. I didn’t want to go to Puerto Rico and just stay in one place so the “Puerto Rico
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Lounge Experience at La Concha
After having dinner, we began walking down the Ashford strip to check out the clubs in Puerto Rico before returning to La Concha, our hotel. We first stopped at Di Zucchero, drawn in by the ambience, and went straight up to the terrace on the second floor. The indoor spacious bar with a dance floor space called
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Intense Beach Bumming and Tanning in Puerto Rico
City life sucks the life out of me. Period. I love my job but when said job is combined with insane snowstorms, the polar vortex and shorter hours of sunlight, it’s time for me to pack my bags! My sister and I wanted nightlife too and decided to take a trip to Puerto Rico, specifically
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Traveling to Puerto Rico: A rundown of great things to do during your stay.
Now that you’ve decided to travel to Puerto Rico, let me welcome you officially with a true Puerto Rican salute: “¡WEPA!” I hope you’ll love it here as much as I do, and for that, here’s a rundown of great things to do when traveling to Puerto Rico.
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The Salsa king and queen during our trip to Puerto Rico
When my wife and I got married, we did a choreographed wedding dance (yes, I’m one of those guys who likes dancing). We found out we’re great together. It’s one of those things we really enjoy doing as a couple. When my wife’s friend from Puerto Rico invited us to her wedding, we knew dancing
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A MUSEUM TO SING
Back in high school I had a group of 4 inseparable friends, who more than friends, they were like sisters to me. In spite of our big efforts of being always together, life happened: college, relationships, work, children, divorces… among other wonders. To celebrate our 20th graduate anniversary we left our loved ones back at
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Puerto Rican food: from traditional to creative and gourmet
Just got back from a week in Puerto Rico and have to say it was fantastic. We are an older couple (mid 60’s) and were a bit worried. But it was great! Everyone was very hospitable and nothing was ever trouble. My husband and I are retired now. We used to own a restaurant down
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AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU FACE YOUR FEARS
While most people choose Puerto Rico as a sun-tanning destination, my reasons are completely different. I chose it as my dream diving destination. A couple years ago I decided to get my Open Water Diver license, as a way to challenge one of my biggest fears: the sea. As crazy as it sounds, scuba diving
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We stayed at El Convento (The nunnery) during the Caribbean Mardi Gras
Where do I start? Ok, when it comes to LGBT traveling, there are places a gay man should avoid at all costs. When my friends suggested Puerto Rico, I wasn’t quite sure. I pictured all these macho-men spreading their testosterone everywhere. But I was wrong. It was fabulous!
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A MAGICAL SUNSET AT CABO ROJO LIGHTHOUSE
I must confess as cheesy as it sounds, I’m a fan of sunsets. I’m one of those annoying people you may find on your social media timeline who post a sunset whenever they see one. That’s why right after checking into our room at La Concha Hotel the first question I asked at the desk
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Trip to Puerto Rico and the best beachfront food EVER!
I live in Chicago and try to escape its winter every year. Even though I love everything about my city, I was really looking forward to getting a tan and enjoying the beach every day, so I invited my BFF to come to this trip to Puerto Rico with me. The Courtyard by Marriot in Isla Verde
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Drinks with the boss at La Concha, then party with the locals!
I’m a single 28 years old guy who travels a lot for business. I consider myself a pretty social guy and hands-on executive, but I was a little nervous when my brother suggested I go bar hopping with two of his friends that currently live in Puerto Rico.
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Puerto Rico Tips: Its Culinary Scene and Must-Try Dishes
Puerto Rican Cuisine, known today as ‘Cocina Criolla’ is a fusion of mostly Taíno Indian, African, Spanish and Latin American cultures, and a great part of my heritage. The Taíno Indians (our local indigenous people) cultivated root vegetables like yuca (cassava). The Spanish (who arrived in 1493) introduced foods such as olives and olive oil,
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Amazing honeymoon start in Condado and the best hotel in San Juan
If you’ve never gone paddleboarding or kayaking, make sure to put it on your bucket list and if possible, do it in Condado! My husband and I were completely spoiled during our honeymoon stay in the best luxury hotel in Puerto Rico, Condado Vanderbilt, and got to experience Puerto Rico in its entire water sports splendor.
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Party “Old San juan Style”: Nightclubs and El Convento in Puerto Rico
I don’t know why I didn’t write a review before, but here it goes. My three girlfriends and I wanted to travel for a long weekend. We were looking for a new party scene. So, we started Googling about Miami and Puerto Rico (we wanted some place warm with a tropical feeling – and no
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Covering the rising culinary scene from the centric Condado Palm
My first reaction was: “Whoa!” That’s how my trip started when my friend picked me up at the airport and took me to Gallo Negro after I checked in at Condado Palm in Puerto Rico. It’s a hole in a wall hip restaurant, and the food is amazing. We started with a grilled local papaya, prosciutto, queso fresco and
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An exquisite splurge in my trip to Puerto Rico
I flew to St. Croix on a business trip and decided to stop in Puerto Rico for a day to do my preferred travel pastime: lavish shopping. My friends insisted I visit The Mall of San Juan and the Ashford Avenue in Condado. My assistant booked the Condado Vanderbilt Penthouse Suite, located atop one of their towers.
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Lo-Ca-Vore, Chef Juan Jose Cuevas at Vanderbilt & Puerto Rico’s Locavore Movement
I believe most of us really do want to be healthy and we certainly want our food to taste delicious. By buying local produce, I consume foods low in preservatives, support my local economy and reduce my carbon footprint. This makes me a locavore and an advocate of the movement, which is rapidly growing in
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Things Puerto Rico Is Known For: San Juan, Urban Canvas For Street Art.
I love everything about Puerto Rico, especially San Juan, its capital. It’s a fun, dense metropolis with an overexposure of street art everywhere. On a daily basis, when I’m wandering around the city on wheels or by feet, I get an amusing visual experience with all the diverse urban art pieces in old or new
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Puerto Rico Travel Tips: Fun things to do most people don’t know about.
You’ve read about adventure, romantic getaways, beach bumming and Salsa dancing in Puerto Rico, but what else can you do when traveling to the island? Here’s our top three Puerto Rico Travel Tips, for super fun things to do most people don’t know about.
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THE MOST FAMOUS CORNER IN SANTURCE
If you’re one of those tourists who’s always looking for non-touristic places everywhere you go, then we’re very much alike. I love luxurious vacation plans as much as I love discovering the places where only locals go, even though sometimes that makes me feel like an alien. But I like that feeling. Actually, that’s how
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What to pack for Puerto Rico: The essential items you’ll need for the island.
If you’re planning a weekend getaway (2-3 nights) in Puerto Rico, make sure you take the basics to have a great time. Rain, sun, active or passive lifestyle, these are the essential items you’ll need for Puerto Rico
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Show me the money, Puerto Rico! Gambling at La Concha and Courtyard by Marriott
Get this, my best friend got married last month and it was almost like “The Hangover” movie, except we didn’t miss our flight or ended up with a strange baby. My little brother had just turned 21 so we wanted to drink a lot of booze, meet hot chicks and give my friend a weekend
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Adventures around the island: Rivers and Condado Palm in Puerto Rico
I’m probably the least beach person you’ll ever meet. So, when my friends from work started talking about going on a trip to Puerto Rico and spending time at the local rivers, I was already convinced. From beginning to end, it was an amazing experience
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Skip the cruise, stay at the Vanderbilt!
My girlfriend and I (mid-thirties) checked into the Condado Vanderbilt for 4 days before leaving on a cruise out of Puerto Rico, and we could have completely skipped the cruise and stayed at this luxury hotel in Puerto Rico for our entire vacation.
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Old San Juan: A special city for souvenirs and history lovers
My wife and I are both History college professors and we’re delighted with Puerto Rico’s rich Hispanic culture. We’ve been to the island many times before, but never in a cruise ship, so we wanted the full tourist experience of wondering around the streets of Old San Juan.
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THE SWEETEST CORNER IN PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico is well known for its flavorful and exotic cuisine. Every Puerto Rican dish is seasoned to perfection by the use of local spices, herbs and some secrets inherited from their ancestors. But what about the sweet side of Puerto Rico? On my last trip to the island, as I was walking along the
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VOY SUBIENDO… TO THE SANSE STREET FESTIVAL
Some say Puerto Rican Christmas are the longest Christmas in the world. Whether that’s true or false, what I can say from my own experience is that Puerto Ricans know how to say farewell to Christmas better than anyone. On the third week of January my parents and I decided to escape the snowy Chicago
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Art as far as the eye can see: Our anniversary trip to Puerto Rico
Art as far as the eye can see: Our anniversary trip to Puerto Rico
My wife and I are interested in local and contemporary art. She also loves the beach. So, for our 3rd anniversary, I wanted to take her to a romantic place where we could have both experiences.
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Bacon, who? Eat Pernil from Guavate! and sleep it off in a comfy bed in a beach resort in San
Pigs everywhere! I had no expectations when my girlfriend told me about Guavate. She’s Puerto Rican so she’s always going on about how: “Babe, you have to try the Lechón from Guavate with a Medalla.” WTF is lechón? Well, “lechón” is the Spanish word for roasted, delicious, succulent pork.
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The New York Times Places to Go in 2019 List: Puerto Rico crowned as No.1 destination
A top destination deserves a top ranking, that’s why we’re ecstatic about The New York Times Places to Go in 2019 list. Alas, Puerto Rico’s unique experiences and relentless spirit made it rise to No.1 spot on the list, and we couldn’t be prouder!
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My Guide to Fine Dining in San Juan, stopping at La Concha
What comes to mind when I think of the culinary scene when going to Puerto Rico? Move past the rice and beans, fritters and mofongo, since that’s barely scratching the surface. Talented local chefs, many of whom have worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, are turning the island into a world-class dining destination.
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MONDAYS ARE MADE TO PARTY
Yes. You read that right. In Puerto Rico, you can find a place to party every day of the week, even on Mondays. That’s what I learned when my friends decided to take me there for my bachelor party. I’m not going to lie, if it wasn’t for the help of 3 Puerto Rican ladies
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Best winter golf destination
I stayed for a month between January and February in Puerto Rico for a business trip. I went to audit one of the affiliated firms under our holding company. It wasn’t my first trip to Puerto Rico, but this time I stayed the longest. I always book on Condado Palm. It’s neat, well-located and has a boardroom for business meetings.
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Our trip to Puerto Rico seeking an adrenaline rush
WOW!!!! All we can say is WOW. Puerto Rico exceeded ALL of our expectations when we planned a trip for three couples to explore the amazing Caribbean forests and seas. The six of us wanted to try different things, so we planned our trip with three different activities in mind: extreme fishing, rock climbing and
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Trailing on Guánica’s Dry Forest, Caprón Fort and Cave
My Trip To Puerto Rico: Trailing on Guánica’s Dry Forest, Caprón Fort and Cave
The first thing we felt when we got to Guánica’s Dry Forest was the heat, but we came prepared with plenty of water and UV protection. The unique biosphere let us enjoy a dry and different fauna and flora, Puerto Rico ecotourism at its finest. We got to see mountains, beaches and desert-like sceneries. The
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What to bring to Puerto Rico: Three items you should definitely bring to the Caribbean.
We’ve already covered all the obvious items you should pack to Puerto Rico from beach gear (bathing suits, sunblock and sandals), to light clothes (Shorts, shorts, shorts! Hats and sunglasses) to mosquito repellent. But what are three items you should definitely bring to Puerto Rico but may skip and regret?
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Superb Musical Spectacles, Night After Night in San Juan
Being a college Music Professor and my life revolves around discovering new musical experiences around the world. I had travelled to Puerto Rico many years ago for the Casals Festival and had promised myself I’d return.
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Winter in Puerto Rico + Doubletree in San Juan = Powerful Surfing Juice
Most of my East Coast surfer friends travel to Puerto Rico every year between November and February. Something happens when the weather changes that bomber swells make their way into Puerto Rican beaches and surfers around the world turn to “Hawaii of the Atlantic” to ride, mostly because it’s cheaper, but also because it’s an
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Traditional Bomba y Plena amidst a colonial city in Puerto Rico
I have traveled all over the world, and can say this is one of the best traveling experiences I have ever had. My husband and I stayed at the heart of a historical colonial section of San Juan, in a hotel named El Convento, built more than 300 years ago. The stay was worth it. Although there are no resorts in Old San Juan, this hotel was cozy, luxurious and rich in culture. One of our friends had stayed there before and said it was one of the best luxury hotels in Puerto Rico and he was right.
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JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MOUNTAINS
When I think about Puerto Rico, I honestly have a hard time figuring out how can there be so much beauty in such a small place. This place is all about diversity: You can find rainforests, dry forests, beaches, caves, salt lagoons, swamps among lots of virgin and unexplored places. All this in just 100×35
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