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Why Do I Love Puerto Rico? Let Me Tell You!

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Mary spent time in Puerto Rico and likes to share her adventures in this beautiful spot in the world!

This is Marchiquita Beach

This is Marchiquita Beach

My Hostess

My Second Visit To Puerto Rico

This is my second visit to Puerto Rico. I love this place! I have been living in a Bed And Breakfast owned by a lovely young lady named Josmary. I did a lot of research on the Internet to find a place to rent here. I intended to stay in Puerto Rico for three months. I wanted a place that was comfortable and within walking distance to stores. Her place has been perfect for me. There is a movie theater about a block away which I have enjoyed.

The Countryside Of Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Countryside

Puerto Rico Countryside

The Neighborhood Movie Theater

Some Of The Reasons I Love Puerto Rico


The weather: average year round is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Very few homes have airconditioning, including where I am staying. There is always a nice breeze coming through the windows. At this time of year it doesn't rain too often. Sometimes we get a litte shower in the early morning, but by the time we load up our rental car to go off to a big adventure for the day the sun will come out, and it will be a beautiful day after all.

The Time: Atlantic Standard. Never have to set your clocks back and forth! I like that. I don't know why the United States can't do that. I get so tired of setting my clocks and appliances forward and back.

They use U. S. Currency. That’s a BIG plus for me. When I went to Costa Rica that was a big minus for me. I never did learn their monetary system. I felt lilke I was paying $25.00 for a hamburger there because of the money exchange.

The language: Spanish and English. I don’t speak Spanish, , but that has not been a big problem because most of the people speak both languages. It was a little bit of a challenge when we rented a car. We couldn't read the road signs. We just had to guess at it. Their main highways are like our interstates They are in very good condition. They do have a lot of toll roads: maybe that's why the main roads are in such good repair.

The streets in San Juan are in very good condition. There are no potholes. When you walk on their sidewalks, you don't have to watch out for cracks or holes. I couldn't help but notice the late model white vans that are taxis parked all along the street waiting for a fare. I asked a driver about that, and he told me that they have to renew their licenses every two years and upgrade their cabs. No beat up yellow cabs here.

The people are very polite. Cashiers in the stores always greet you with a smile, then they say "thank you" or "gracias" when they finish ringing up your purchase.

The women are quite beautiful. When they go shopping (even for groceries) they dress in nice fitting Jeans, with high heeled shoes. I saw two mothers pushing their babies in strollers in the Mall one day. They wore tight jeans and four inch heels!

Clean Streets Of San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

I don't think the women leave home without their makeup. I think they would still be beautiful even without makeup.

I've seen the children coming home from school. They wear school uniforms. You can tell they are well fed and cared for.

Unlike some countries I’ve visited, the children don’t beg.

Men are clean shaven. The men’s hair doesn’t touch their collar. No hippies here!

Drivers are very polite. There can be bumper to bumper traffic, but drivers will let you in front of them if you need to change lanes. You just signal, and they let you in. At home if you tried that, the driver in back would loudly blow their horn at you. Drivers stop for you to walk across the street, too.

I have been so impressed by the fact that the people are very polite. No one would ever get in line in front of you. Wish I could say that for the people at home.


They seem to have a lot of pride in their homes. Some are painted pretty pastel colors. They have wrought iron fences. The front yard is like a courtyard and seems to be reserved for grass and flowers.

The houses are built of concrete (maybe it's stucco). I haven't seen any wooden houses. Josmary told me they are hurricane proof. She has been through hurricanes unafraid. I think that might be because of their strict building code.

I have seen very little litter in the streets.

A Beautiful House In Puerto Rico

The Street Vendors

The Street Vendor comes around almost every day. His truck is loaded down with fresh fruits and vegetables. He sings a song over a loudspeaker to let everyone know he is coming.

The Street Vendor Selling His Fruits and Vegetables

Papa Yuca Batata Song of the Street Vendor

Pretty Flowers Everywhere In Puerto Rico

Beautiful Flowers In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Has Many Beautiful Beaches

When you look at Puerto Rico on a map, you realize that is an island, which means there are beaches all around the island. Some of the beaches have white fine sand, and some have brown course sand. We went to one beach called Marchiquita that had these unusual big dark grey rocks. The ocean would rush in between these rocks. It was a beautiful sight. I am told that this rock is called Aeolianite (cemented sand dune). I am also told that the cross is erected because someone was killed in that spot, and the family is asking for prayers for that person. I think that is SO touching.

Marchiquita Beach

Some Other Reasons I Love Puerto Rico

Gambling is legal (not that I care), but Casinos are in all the major hotels. You don't see slot machines in stores, though.

Seniors like myself: ride the city buses free! Senior citizens enjoy discounts for movies. Regular price for general admission is only $4.00. I paid $3.00 to see the movie.

Seniors over 75 years old get in National Parks and Attractions FREE! I really lliked that.

They don't seem to have ANY INSECTS (Or at least not many) after four weeks, I have not seen even a common house fly. I have not seen ANY mosquitoes. I’m told they only come out in June, the rainy season. I saw one little lizard on the patio one day.

The grass they use for lawns doesn’t grow up, it stays pretty flat. It does not have to be cut often. I wish I could grow this kind of grass. I'll have to investigate that some more.

We went to the local WalMart. It was huge. It had a two story parking garage. I checked out the price of groceries, and they compared to what I pay at home. Gasoline is about the same price as we pay in Florida. They sell gasoline by the liter (don't ask me why). I asked a worker at a Texaco how much that would cost in gallons, and he told me.

Puerto Ricans love to sing and dance.

They have Festivals year round. They don’t have to have a reason.

Puerto Ricans Love Horses

At the entrance of Old San Juan, we saw many horses. We knew something was going on, but just didn't know what. Someone told us they were having a horse festival that day. Sure enough about 200 horses lined up and began to parade. They were Paso Fino horses. We were not expecting to see a horse festival, so that was a fun surprise.

The Locals Having A Great Time In Guavate

Lechon (Pig On A Spit) Ready To Eat In Guavate

Almost ready to eat this great food!

Almost ready to eat this great food!

A Favorite Place Of The Locals, Guavate

Everyone walks around with their cell phone attached to their ears (just like at home). My Puerto Rican friend talks on 3 phones at once. (Honestly)

I haven't seen anyone smoking in public.

They drive late model cars, especially Toyotas.

Excellent TV reception. You have a choice of English or Spanish speaking channels.

Excellent cell phone reception. (Better than I have at home in the U.S.)

They love to eat, but you see very few overweight people. Maybe that’s because they eat chicken, beef, and lots of fruits and veggies.

Rice and Red beans are a staple, but it doesn’t seem to put weight on them We went to a little town called Guavate. The locals go there on Friday nights to play their music, dance and eat pig roasted on a spit. It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten.


Lovely Puerto Rican Lady Shopping At Walmart

Many Familiar Stores




I felt right at home when I saw the fast food places like Burger King, MacDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. This is a large Home Depot near our house.

JosMary invited me to go along with her to do her shopping at Walmart. It was a huge store with a 2 story parking garage. I was amazed at all the women shopping in their high heeled shoes and dress clothes. Here at home people go to Walmart dressed in their shorts and halter tops!

A Familiar Sight in Puerto Rico

Cruceta del Vigia

This beautiful concrete structure stands 100 feet tall. It has a Tourist Center at the base. We rode up the 10 story glass elevator. What a sight that was. The view from up there was incredible! If you go to Ponce, don't miss this.

Cruceta del Vigia, Puerto Rico

Located in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Located in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Have I Convinced You Puerto Rico Is A Wonderful Place?

I should be a "good will" ambassador for Puerto Rico. I am seriously considering becoming a permanent resident here. I think I could be happy living here. I'd sure like to give it a try. South Florida isn't that far away, it's only a two hour flight. I could always go home if I wanted to, right?

Puerto Rico Is Indeed An Enchanted Island

Puerto Rico is one of those places you visit once and you just have to go back. You realize there are places you haven't been, and sights you haven't seen. It is an island that has so many diverse natural wonders: from mountains to the rain forests.

Two of my daughters and I spent a six day vacation in Puerto Rico. Threre was not enough time to visit all the wonders of Puerto Rico, but we had a wonderful time. I invite you to come along with us on our vacation day by day by following the links I have provided.


It is called the Enchanted Island for good reason.

Day One Of Our Six Day Vacation In Puerto Rico

Day Two Of Our Six Day Vacation In Puerto Rico

Day Four Of Our Six Day Vacation In Puerto Rico

Day Five Of Our Six Day Vacation In Puerto Rico

Day Six Of Our Six Day Vacation In Puerto Rico

Travel Guides To Puerto Rico From Amazon

© 2012 Mary Hyatt

Comments

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 14, 2015:

Hi, Wendy Kochis I'm happy you found my article about Puerto Rico. I can never say enough about this beautiful country. It is something for everyone there. If you go back to this article, you will find links to our wonderful two week vacation my family and I had there. You sound like the kind of folks that would just love Puerto Rico. I seriously thought about moving there, but I don't want to leave my family here. Thanks again. Mary

Wendy Kochis on July 13, 2015:

I just read your notes on Puerto Rico.. My son is there now on vacation and my sister in law and I are wanting to go there to backpack across the countryside, or rent a room for a month and just explore. We don't have a lot of money, so it will be done in Hostels at the very least, we want to stay a few months if possible. We are 65 years old, and love to walk and do things. I do a lot of photography, and I would definitely take my camera. We are looking at backpacks right now,, and any information you could send us would be very appreciated,, thanks so much, Wendy Flippo-Kochis

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 06, 2014:

Hi, cecileportilla Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about Puerto Rico. Yes, I just love this country, and would love to go back. My best, Mary

Cecile Portilla from West Orange, New Jersey on February 04, 2014:

Mary615

Very beautiful and warm pictures. You really did a good job promoting Puerto Rico!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 03, 2014:

I am happy you found my Hub about Puerto Rico. I live in S. Florida now, but would love to go back to Puerto Rico to live! I can understand why you would miss your beautiful country. My best, Mary

joa on February 03, 2014:

I just ran across this hub randomly but it fills me with such great joy to read how you describe my precious island. Thank you so much. I'm a Puerto Rican who's been living in south Florida for a bit more than a year, and i sure miss home, but in return to you I'll let you know that Florida has given me a second home and family.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 30, 2013:

Hi, Gypsy Rose Lee So nice to see you! Thanks so much for reading,and for the nice compliment on my photos.

Thanks too for sharing, I appreciate that, Mary

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 29, 2013:

Fantastic hub. Loved the pics. Passing this on.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 17, 2013:

Hi, rcorcutt Oh, yes, Puerto Rico is a beautiful place to vacation. Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

rcorcutt on October 24, 2013:

Bah. Now I have to add another place to my vacation list. Nice article.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 28, 2013:

Hi Wanda Torres-Texas.Thanks so much for adding your insightful comment on my Hub about Puerto Rico. You would know far better than I about some of the drawbacks in living there. I fell in love with PR, but I have never lived there and you would know better than I about these things.

Regards, Mary

Wanda Torres-Texas on April 27, 2013:

Hey, I was born in Puerto Rico left when I was 10 years old, I would Love to move there but there has been a lot of crime and drug actions and also lots of killing among drug dealers. That was not like that back in 1980 , but also the economy there is very , very expensive. Reality is a gallon of milk will cost me there almost 6 dollars, while in texas 3.00. You see ,the big difference? Plus everyone who was born and is a native puerto rican wants to move due to the high cost of things. Another issue there is medical insurance and medical care. It sucks. Trust me we went through that already. More to add is the jobs, I'm a Certify Medical Assistant and my pay is like $12-18 an hour. In Puerto Rico the pay sucks, they pay you for that field like $8 dollars an hour. That is not a great living. Making 8 an hour would never maintain any thing , like bills, mortgage etc. It is beautiful and wonderful to go for a visit, vacation but not to live. That is my ,and my whole family experience ever since we left Puerto Rico.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:

Hi, shai77. Well, thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub about Puerto Rico. It truly is a beautiful place. I'm sure you would love to go there. I didn't want to come back home!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Chen on March 18, 2013:

what a great hub. You make me want to hop on a travel agency site and plan a vacation. Beautiful photos. Puerto Rico is really a beautiful island.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 18, 2013:

Good morning, Rusti Mccollum. I know I'd like to live in Puerto Rico, and I still am thinking seriously about doing just that!

Thank you for your nice compliment on my Hub and the photos.

I would certainly encourage you to visit PR, I'm sure you would love it.

Thanks for commenting and reading, Mary

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on March 17, 2013:

your article made me want to live there! it was well written, the pictures are gorgeous. This article should be in a travel brochure! Following you now! loved what I've read. I LOVE to TRAVEL, you've just given me another spot to travel too!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 08, 2013:

Hi, byshea. I do hope I have renewed your desire to go to Puerto Rico. For more info on the different areas in PR, I invite you to read my other Hubs on PR. I can never say enough about this beautiful place and the people who live there!

Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 08, 2013:

Hi, andyglean. Puerto Rico is a favorite place for "destination weddings", too bad you missed your friend's wedding there. I invite you to follow my other links to different areas of Puerto Rico. It truly is an awesome place.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Shea on March 07, 2013:

This is a great hub with lots of information. I've always thought about going to Puerto Rico and now I want to for sure!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 02, 2013:

Hi, Iammattdoran. I never read the Rum Diary. Will have to look into that. I know here is a big rum factory in Puerto Rico. That was an interesting place.

The island is beautiful, and you really should go to visit. Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 02, 2013:

Hi Seek-n-Find. Oh, I do hope you will take your friend up on staying with her in Puerto Rico. I wish I had a friend like that! I would love to be able to move to PR permantly.

Good luck, and thanks for reading and commmenting, Mary

Matt Doran from Manchester, UK on March 02, 2013:

That pig looks well tasty! I've wanted to to Puerto Rico ever since reading The Rum Diary years ago. Thompson made it seem really sultry and exotic

Jenna Ditsch from Illinois on March 02, 2013:

Ahhhh! Now I want to go even more. My good friend moved there not too long ago--I've been looking for a beautiful place to go work on my novel for a week. She offered her room at her place and I thought, "Wow--sounds perfect!" You've just inspired me all the more. :-)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 28, 2013:

Hi, Mike Robbers. Puerto Rico is truly a wonderful place. I hope you can visit PR one day.....I'm sure you would love it for the same reasons I love it. When we begin to get cooler weather here in Florida, I think of Puerto Rico and their perfect weather year round.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mike Robbers from London on February 28, 2013:

What a wonderful place! So lively! Voted up & awesome!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 01, 2013:

Hi, Kalmiya. So nice to "meet you" here on HubPages. Puerto Rico is a wonderful place. I had even thought of moving there permanently, but I have too many family here. I do hope you can go to PR one day. I know you would just love it.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Kalmiya from North America on February 01, 2013:

Hi Mary; You make Puerto Rico sound like a great place to visit! I love the Caribbean - now I hope to visit PR one day too.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 01, 2013:

Hi, Dreamhowl. Nice to "meet you" here today! I took a crash course in Spanish prior to going to Puerto Rico. I found most people there speak English if they realize you don't speak Spanish.

I cannot brag enough about Puerto Rico. I love it there.

Thanks for the vote. I appreciate that, Mary

Jessica Peri from United States on February 01, 2013:

You do make it sound very relaxed and friendly. I'm sure I'd use my Spanish a lot more than I do here! You're quite convincing. Voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 30, 2013:

Hi, Li Galo. I'm happy you read my Hub on Puerto Rico and so glad you enjoyed it. I fell in love with Puerto Rico: the place, the people, everything about it!

Hope to see you again soon, Mary

Li Galo from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad on January 30, 2013:

Mary, what a great hub you wrote. After writing my hub on Puerto Rico and seeing your message on mine, I just had to read yours. You brought up some new points I hadn't considered. Thanks for a great read about this majestic island location!

- Li Galo

http://hub.me/aeQgV

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 30, 2013:

Hi, Neinahpets. Thanks for reading, commenting and for the nice compliment on my Puerto Rico Hub. Yes, I am passionate about PR, and I'd like to live there.

Good to "see you" , Mary

Stephanie from Canada on January 29, 2013:

Great article! Hope to visit there someday myself. Thanks for sharing your passion with the rest of us.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 15, 2013:

Hi, dan. If you are considering living in Puerto Rico, I would suggest you go and spend some time there to get "a feel" for the island. I truly loved it. My family and I spent a two week vacation and the links I have included on this article will take you to those places. I went back by myself for two weeks and had a wonderful time.

I'd sure like to hear back from you after you spend some time there.

Dan on January 15, 2013:

Thanks for the very informative blog post. My wife and I (plus kids) are considering trying PR as a place to live. I can't wait to go visit there and check it out.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 18, 2012:

Hi, JM. I'm happy you found my Hub on Puerto Rico. Your comment is very interesting since you lived there. I guess as a tourist one would see things differently; however, from what I saw I really loved the place.

I'm glad you enjoy living in Calif.

Thanks for reading.

JM on December 18, 2012:

I come from PR and I really don't remember any of this, People Polite???? ha, Drivers Polite? Strict building codes?

I guess that is a view from someone visiting, not Living. Anyway, Welcome to PR :) BTW I moved to California, love it here.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 20, 2012:

Hi, kingboricua7. Thanks for reading my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico. When I got up this AM it was 55 degrees (S. Fl), the first thing I said was : I want to go back to PR!

I have never been to Cuba, either. I remember when I was younger, my friends would go there for their honeymoon, and come home raving about the place. Yes, it is different now. Maybe someday....

When you have some time, I invite you to read my other Hubs on PR.

Yes, I love that place!

kingboricua7@hotmail.com on November 20, 2012:

One of the best articles on puerto rico that i have read,keep up the great wonders that you do,also Puerto Rico and Cuba are known as sister islands,that's why their flags are simular,i wish one day i can visit Cuba times have changes but people with good intentions will never change,im hoping to move to sothern florida and then go to Philippines which also reminds me of the old Puerto Rico,maybe someday ill make a blog like yours,thanks so much for your welled manner comments and explanations,you really kept it very simple.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 23, 2012:

Hi, Jessica. Thank you so much for your honest and insightful comment on my Hub about why I love Puerto Rico. Maybe it takes more time to live in a place than just to visit to see the real truth, but I can honestly tell you I loved Puerto Rico, and I look forward to going there again. I'm glad the good things you enjoy about PR outweigh the negatives.

I just think your island is beautiful, and I enjoyed my visit there very much.

I do thank you for reading and commenting, Mary

Jessica on October 23, 2012:

Hi, I liked your article and thought it highlighted many of the good things in PR. I live here on the east side of the island. I just thought it would be good to give a balanced view though on a couple of things:

the roads aren't great, lots of potholes even on main roads and highways outside the major metro areas

there are TONS of insects including mosquitoes. We currently have an epidemic of Dengue virus due to high mosquito populations. I myself have over 20 bites on my body right now.

The island is not very clean. There is trash thrown everywhere in most places. People don't seem to think littering is a big deal. I have seen themt hrow trash out their windows on the highway many times.

The drivers here are actually not as nice as drivers in the states in my experience. it seems like a turn signal here means that the person in the other lane just speeds up. Serioously, there are some horrible drivers here.

That being said, I do love PR. I choose to live here because there are many beautiful and wonderful things that make up for the negative.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 16, 2012:

Hi, JR Sounds like you are one of the lucky ones who live in Puerto Rico! As you can tell, I really like that place. I'm looking forward to returning this next winter.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my article. Mary

JR on October 16, 2012:

glad you had a great time. I enjoy PR every day. Hope you keep enjoying the island

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 28, 2012:

Hi, Doc. Thanks so much for reading my Hub about Puerto Rico. I am looking forward to returning this next winter. I'm surprised you have never been to PR....do make an effort to go. You would love it.

Thanks for reading, commenting, voting and the share. I appreciate that, Mary

Mohan Kumar from UK on September 28, 2012:

What a great advert for Puerto Rico holiday, Mary, you make me want to book a flight now. The level of detail and passion you've put in here is obvious. There is so much useful info here.. this is a perfect travelogue. thank you- voted up and sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 12, 2012:

Hi, molometer, good to see you! I know how it is. I read Hubs and sometimes forget to leave a comment: no problem!

Thanks for reading again, Mary

Micheal from United Kingdom on August 12, 2012:

Hi Mary615,

I read this hub many months back and must have forgot to leave a comment.

It is a great example of going it alone and off the usual tourist spots.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 08, 2012:

Hi MarieAlice, Yes, Puerto Rico is a beautiful place! Wow! Your aunt and her hubby have moved back to Puerto Rico. I'd sure like to live there permanently. I'm so glad they are happy there.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Maria Alicia Cardenas from Spain on August 08, 2012:

what a beautiful place... my aunt is married to a puertorican man, and even when they lived in New York for more than 40 years, now than they are retired they decided to move to Puerto Rico, and they are having a lovely time!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 08, 2012:

Hi there, rcrumple. Hope my Hub on Puerto Rico brought back good memories for you when you were in San Juan. I didn't make that walk across the bridge at night, but I'll bet it was beautiful. I just love PR, and I want to go back to live year round.

Mary

Rich from Kentucky on August 08, 2012:

Spent much time in San Juan many years ago. Crossing the bridge from old to new at night is a beautiful experience.

Great Hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 08, 2012:

Hi, Janine. Thanks for reading about Puerto Rico. It truly is a remarkable and beautiful place. The people are just amazing. I am still thinking of living there. I have a 17yr. old son who doesn't want to leave Florida, that's my biggest drawback.

I wish the people here would drive like Puerto Ricans, instead of maniacs!

Thanks for the vote and the share, I appreciate that, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 08, 2012:

Good Morning, Sunshine625. Thanks for reading about Puerto Rico, and for the nice compliment on my Hub. You really should think about going there; it isn't that far away from Orlando, and I know you would just love it.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 08, 2012:

Mary, I have a cousin who moved himself, wife (who was of Puerto Rican descent) and their new baby to Puerto Rico, because of much of what you actually described here. His marriage actually went south though recently, but when asked if he would come home, he said quite simply "no!" He loves it down in Puerto Rico and would totally agree with your hub article. Have voted and shared too.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on August 08, 2012:

This hub is a travel brochure for PR! Well done Mary! I haven't been there, but I did enjoy my virtual vacation!:)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 06, 2012:

Hi inernpete, Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub and photos of Puerto Rico. It truly is a beautiful place! I hope you can go there someday, too.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on August 06, 2012:

Wow, what great pictures! Sounds like a great place to visit, which I hope I can do one day very soon!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 05, 2012:

Hi debbiepinkston. Thanks for reading about why I love Puerto Rico! Oh, please go home with your friend to Puerto Rico. You will love it, too. I'm still considering going to live there permanently. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub.

After you go to PR, you can write a Hub about your experience there!

Mary

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 05, 2012:

Mary, thanks for all the great information about Puerto Rico! I have a good friend who is Puerto Rican and lives in Venezuela. She has invited me to go "home" with her several times but I haven't taken her up on it yet. Your Hub has encouraged me to seriously reconsider! It's always nice to see a new location through another person's eyes. Great job!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 31, 2012:

Hi, Liz. I'm glad you have been to Puerto Rico and liked it. I want to go back this winter if possible. The last time I went I went solo! Ihad the best time. My kids were worried to death, but they should not have.

I'm so glad you enjoyed my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico! Mary

Liz Walmoth on July 31, 2012:

We traveled to Puerto Rico last year and enjoyed it so much. I enjoyed reading your hub and reading about your trip.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 26, 2012:

Hi, Robert. I'm sure Puerto Rico has areas of extreme poverty, just like where I live in S. Florida. We have homeless people and slum areas, too. Where I live is not so bad, but Miami and the larger cities have homeless people and a lot of crime too.

I'm sorry you have a bad government. Ours is not the greatest either.

Yes, the part of Puerto Rico I saw was paradise, and I loved it.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

Robert on July 25, 2012:

Please, I live in Puerto rico for the last 25 years and I would love to live where you went to. I laughed so hard when you said there no potholes. Where were you driving?, on the sidewalks.When a person comes to P.R. for the first time, they find a paradise, but the truth is that the quality of life is really poor. The crime rate is one of the highest in the world. That is the truth. That's just one of many reasons many Puertorricans have left the island. Maybe when we change the terrible government we have, things will get better. Good luck.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi anaceleste. Oh, I can't imagine why you would have ever left Puerto Rico! I'm so happy you enjoyed my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico. I thought it was a beautiful place. I have written several Hubs on PR which you might enjoy. My two girls and I spent 6 wonderful days there, and I wrote a Hub on each day. I have linked those Hubs above. I would like to move there some day. I liked everything about that place!

Thanks for reading and commenting, for the votes and for the share.

Bye for now, Mary

Anan Celeste from California on July 23, 2012:

Hi Mary!

I am static that you went and enjoyed my Puerto Rico! It's been 6 years since I last walked my old San Juan. It brought tears to my eyes. I showed your hub to my kids and husband, they were speechless. I miss the beaches and country spots. The pictures have made me sad , yearning my roots and wishing I was there.

I am tearing up. Thank you for taking me back. Voted way up and sharing.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi, dwachira, yes Puerto Rico is a very enjoyable place to vacation. I'd love to visit your country someday, too. That is one part of the world I've never seen but I've read a lot about it.

Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 23, 2012:

This sound like a very enjoyable place to have a vacation. Thanks for the information. Voted up, interesting and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi, Emer420. I'm glad my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico makes you want to jump on a plane and go there. You wouldn't regret it, cause PR is just a wonderful place to go.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi Kristene. I'm so glad Puerto Rico is your next vacation spot! You will love it; there is something for everyone on this Enchanted Island. I invite you to read my other Hubs if you want to know more about Puerto Rico.

After your vacation, you'll have to write a Hub and tell us all about your experiences there.

Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi, Thundermama. Good to see you. I'm glad you read my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico, and that I have made you want to visit there. It is a fabulous place. You would love it!

Thanks for the nice compliment on my photos., Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 23, 2012:

Hi Peggy W As much as you like to travel, you really should plan to go to Puerto Rico. You could cruise from your nearest port to PR then hop off the ship and tour the island for a few days, then just cruise right on home to Texas! You would love it there.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

Emer420 on July 23, 2012:

Oh man. I want to hop on a plane and head there right now. This was a great photo tour. :)

Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on July 23, 2012:

I so enjoyed this Hub because Puerto Rico is my next vacation spot. Your pictures are wonderful - can't wait to visit.

Catherine Taylor from Canada on July 23, 2012:

Fabulous hub. You make me want to visit there. It sounds so appealing. great pictures too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2012:

Oh my gosh, Mary! Puerto Rico sounds like a little bit of heaven from all your descriptions. All votes across except funny and sharing. It is definitely on my wish list. Thanks!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 21, 2012:

Hi, YadireE, how nice to meet another Puerto Rican! I really loved your Enchanted Island. I have written several Hubs on Puerto Rico, including a six day vacation my two daughters and I took. You might enjoy reading those, too.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

YadiraE from Puerto Rico on July 21, 2012:

I have lived in Puerto Rico my whole life. And you definitely did a job capturing the spirit of us Puerto Ricans. Everything you said so is true. The food, the cabbies, the fruit and vegetable vendor, even the women shopping in their high heels!! (btw I'm not one of them. I prefer a good pair of flats!) I'm glad you enjoy our little island!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 13, 2012:

Hi, umeraziz, Yes, you should plan a trip to Puerto Rico. If you have never been, you would love it. It has something for everyone!

Thanks for the compliment on my pictures, too

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 13, 2012:

Hi, Millionaire Tips, thanks so much for reading about Puerto Rico and why I love that place! You really should go if you can; you wouldn't regret it. It is truly a beautiful country.

I'm looking forward to going back this next winter.

Goodnight, Mary

umeraziz on July 13, 2012:

nice place to visit.. ishould plan tour soon..

all pictures are awesome.. !

Shasta Matova from USA on July 13, 2012:

I hadn't thought of Puerto Rico as a place I wanted to visit, but I definitely do after reading your hub. It sounds magnificent. I can't imagine traveling for three months at a time though. That sounds divine!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on July 06, 2012:

Hi Lady_E, Yes Puerto Rico is called The Enchanted Island, and it truly is a beautiful place. I liked everything about it. I am looking forward to going back, maybe this next winter.

I am working on a Hub now about the six day vacation my two daughters and I took a couple of years ago. Watch for that one!

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

Goodnight.

Elena from London, UK on July 06, 2012:

Wow... it's paradise on Earth. Thanks for sharing your beautiful holiday. You are so observant too. I get the feeling you'll be going back there again to visit. :-)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 22, 2012:

Hi, starstream, Yes the Puerto Ricans are the most polite people I've ever seen. They even offer to let you go in front of them when you're waiting at the check out counter! I sure hope I can go back this winter. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on June 22, 2012:

Your hub about Puerto Rico is inspiring. I see the Puerto Rican's have manners when driving. The idea of a fruit and vegetable street vendor sounds fun and practical as well as healthy.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 14, 2012:

Hi, klarawieck, thank you so much for the wonderful and insightful comment you made on my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico. Back in the 50's people in the US went to Cuba for vacations, honeymoons, etc. I always wanted to go, but never did. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this Hub and thanks for the nice compliment on my photos. I'll go and read your Hub you mentioned.

Tell me the name of your Hub, I can't find it. thanks.

klarawieck on June 14, 2012:

Mary, I've been to Puerto Rico at least four times. I went up to the Cruceta in Ponce, and can attest to the women wearing their sexiest clothes to go down the street to buy bread. I still managed to stay true to my style and wore my flip flops the whole time I was there!

There are many similarities between Cuba and Puerto Rico - the carnivals, the music, the pig roasting get-togethers, the beaches, and the friendliness. In fact, there is a song in Spanish that says that Cuba and Puerto Rico are the two wings of one bird. We have similar heritage as well and physically you can't tell us apart.

It's a beautiful island and it offers a wide variety of activities for tourists. The mountains are absolutely stunning, too. If you, however, want those 80 degrees throughout most of the year, and want to keep the beauty of the Florida beaches you're familiar with, and the comfort of those tank-tops and flip-flops when going out, then you must become my neighbor and move to South Florida!

By the way, we have the street vendors competing with the ice cream trucks. We even have a scissor-sharpener, which was a tradition that was brought to Miami from Cuba - a man who rides his bicicle playing this really Asian-sounding song through a speaker, and advertising his business of sharpening knives and scissors on the spot. Maybe I'll write a hub about street vendors in South Florida. I already have one on characters that can be found while walking down South Beach. It might be a good follow-up.

I had fun reading this, and the photos are great! You did a good job capturing the Puerto Rican spirit.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 06, 2012:

Hi, Kalmiya, so glad you read my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico. Thanks for the nice comment. I do hope you will visit PR, you would love it as I did. I hope to go back soon.

Kalmiya from North America on June 06, 2012:

Thanks for all the local colour; I'd love to visit Puerto Rico. Love the Caribbean!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 05, 2012:

Hi Raul Colon, thanks for reading about my love of Puerto Rico. You are so lucky to live in that beautiful part of the world! Regards back to you in PR!

Raúl Colón on June 05, 2012:

Great to see your comments will be sharing your post. Glad you like our island!

best regards from the southern part of the Island!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 05, 2012:

Good Morning, davecurrtis . If you've never been to Puerto Rico, please go! You won't be sorry. It is truy a fantastic place. It's a beautiful place, and the people are just so warm and friendly. They are so eager to show off their Enchanted Island!

davecurrtis on June 04, 2012:

Going to Puerto Rico really sounds great, the people and the place sure are nice.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 04, 2012:

Hi there, tillsontitan. I do hope you have the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico. I think you would love it, too. I really can't say anything negative about PR. Thanks so much for the votes! Goodnight.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 04, 2012:

Hi,iamaudraleigh, thanks for reading my Hub on why I love Puerto Rico. I was so impressed with this place and the people. Everything about it! Thanks so much for the votes and the share! I want to go back this winter again....Goodnight.

Mary Craig from New York on June 04, 2012:

You definitely could be an ambassador for Puerto Rico. I had an aunt who traveled the world and her favorite place was Puerto Rico...must be something to say about it! You make it sound wonderful, and your pictures are really lovely. It's on my Bucket List.

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

iamaudraleigh on June 04, 2012:

I like your hub on PR! I have been to the Isle Of Enchantment 3 times...my fave! They are definitely nice people! The beaches are gorgeous and the food is outstanding! Voted up and shared!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 03, 2012:

Good Morning, snowdrops. I'll bet you would love it in Puerto Rico. I look forward to going back this next winter! Thanks for reading and commenting.

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on June 02, 2012:

a WOW! seems im gonna love puerto rico!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 10, 2012:

Oh, CassyLu1981, I do hope you will go to Puerto Rico. You won't be disappointed. Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub. I really love that place!.