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Puerto Rico is a convenient destination for U.S. travelers. Being a U.S. territory, you don’t require a visa or a passport to get there, and most people on the island speak English. Despite annexation by the U.S., the culture of Puerto Rico has maintained its own independence. That pride goes with us everywhere, as the popular saying goes “yo sería borincano aunque naciera en la luna” (I am Puerto Rican even if I was born on the moon) as the popular song from Fiel a la Vega says.
I’m from Puerto Rico myself, born and raised in the barrio Quebrada Honda in the town of San Lorenzo, which is sort of south-east-center of the island. Most of my ancestors were sugarcane and coffee field workers. I am what you call a jíbara, a term that is used to refer to the country people (previously peasants). Being a jíbarx has become a term of endearment, gaining a positive connotation in the last century. It’s associated with cultural ideology, but occasionally it’s used to refer to someone who is considered ignorant. For me, this term describes the hard-working, simple, independent-minded culture of our people.
That said, you will believe I have some street cred when it comes to advising people where to go when they visit Puerto Rico. I have been asked the same question many times: “I am going to Puerto Rico, what do you recommend I do?”. This inspired me to start this blog, Los Ambulantes, and write this comprehensive list of what to do in each town on the island. The list is constantly being edited, which means that I will add as I go visit these places on my home island. I will include photos, how to get there, where to eat, what to avoid, etc.
I decided to divide the list by region and then by town. Each town should have a hyperlink (some are still work in progress) that will take you on a virtual visit. If you need help planning a trip to the island, just send us a message and we will be happy to help.
North + Metropolitan Area
Old San Juan
The West/Porta Del Sol
The Center of the Island/Zona Montañosa
The Puerto Rico Islands
Isla de Mona
Caja de Muerto
How to get around
I always tell my friends that renting a car is your best option. You can try to get around with public transportation, but I feel like it’s just not reliable unless you are visiting the towns within the metropolitan area.
When to go
Puerto Rico has no seasons and it never gets terribly cold. The average temperature is 80°F (26°C). People usually like to visit in the winter to escape the winter in the U.S. Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, which can coincide with heavy rains. Plan accordingly.