This is the article I wish I’d found before my husband, baby, and I traveled to Puerto Rico last month. In the weeks before our trip, I agonized: “Will El Yunque be safe for our cute little son?” The park is famous for being the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Forest System, but… is it dangerous? I pictured [...Read More!]
All my life I’ve been a public transportation lover, but as I researched our Puerto Rico trip in the weeks before we went, a theme kept recurring: “Get a rental car!” everyone “in the know” advised.
But why? Why is having a car so essential in Puerto Rico when we’ve traveled just fine to other locations without our [...Read More!]
“Of course, you’ve GOT to see the forts in Old San Juan,” anyone will tell you when you ask what to do during travel through Puerto Rico. But why, exactly, are these forts so famous and popular?
The background you must understand is that Puerto Rico was incredibly important, geopolitically. The island was a vital strategic base from the 16th through 18th century as [...Read More!]
I’ve always gazed up-up-upwards at the high-rise hotels dotting fashionable oceanfronts of the world, wondering, “What is it like to look down at this beach from such heights?” Happily, I just got the chance to see for myself during travel through San Juan, Puerto Rico.
When the receptionist at the San Juan Marriott (click for availability and [...Read More!]
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is a delight. Wander the centuries-old blue cobblestone streets, gaping at the brilliantly colored historic buildings. Did you know, however, that this treasure was nearly DESTROYED?
Old San Juan was settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s, and the conquistador, Ponce de Leon and his subsequent offspring lived in the city for centuries. [...Read More!]
Hello from San Juan, Puerto Rico! This is our first big voyage as a family of THREE, and Puerto Rico is just as I hoped: Easy to travel to and through with a 7-month-old, but different enough from Boston to quench my ongoing ache for Latin America for a time.
Before diving into the sights of San Juan, however, [...Read More!]