Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Casa Blanca Museum a Window to the Past

Casa Blanca Museum Old San Juan

Stepping into Casa Blanca is like stepping back in time. Built in 1521, Casa Blanca was the original first fortification in Old San Juan, overlooking San Juan Bay. It was built as the residence for Juan Ponce de León and his family, although Juan Ponce de León died before ever having the chance to live [...]

A Meal with a View: Asador Isla Bonita

Asador Isla Bonita Restaurant

Wow what a view…. Those were my thoughts when we arrived at Asador Isla Bonita restaurant near Aibonito. The restaurant offers expansive panoramic views of the mountain regions of Cayey, Cidra, Guayama and the Caribbean Ocean to the south from a vantage point 2700ft above sea level and very close to La Tetas de Cayey. [...]

Photos: Caguas Botanical Garden

Caguas Botanical Gardens

The Caguas Botanical Garden also known as the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin is just a short 30 minute drive south of San Juan. Inside the gardens you will find the ruins of a Sugar Plantation, recreation of a slave house, Taino archeological artifacts, a small boating lake and well groomed grounds where [...]

Homemade Tostones

How to make Tostones

I cannot believe it has taken me so long to make tostones at home, but I finally got around to it. Tostones are twice fried plantain slices that are extremely popular side dish here in Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean Countries. To make tostones you will need: Several green (unripe) plantains Oil (vegetable, corn [...]

USA Gov Shutdown Closes Some Puerto Rico Attractions

El Morro Closed

October 17, 2013: Open For Business: The USA Gov Shutdoen is over, so federal controlled attractions that were closed ARE NOW (or s0on will be) OPEN I feel your pain, if you are heading to Puerto Rico during the current US Government Shutdown because some of your plans have probably been dashed… Due to the [...]

Fondeando: Eating Local in Puerto Rico

fondeando: eating local in Puerto Rico

Fondeando: eating Local in Puerto Rico, is an extremely well written book with beautiful photography by by Tere Davila and Paola Nogueras. The book explores some of Puerto Rico’s best known restaurants along with hidden gems that you would miss without some local insider knowledge. Focusing on typical Puerto Rican Fondas, Restaurante Tipicos and Chinchorros [...]

6 Awesome Coffee Shops in Old San Juan

Coffee Shops in Old San Juan

Do you have a passion for coffee? If yes, then the selection of Specialty Coffee Shops in Old San Juan will not leave you caffeine deprived. Puerto Ricans have a passion for coffee and some of the best coffee in the world is grown here; in fact coffee has been grown in Puerto Rico since [...]

Tours with Para La Naturaleza – The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico

Para La Naturaleza Tours

Para La Naturaleza is the new website for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, which is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect lands of high ecological value, with the goal that by 2033; 33% of Puerto Rico’s natural ecosystems will be protected. My family and I recently did the Las Cabezas de [...]

Route 66 Puerto Rico; Express Lane to El Yunque and the East Coast

Route 66 Puerto Rico

Yes, there is a Route 66 in Puerto Rico, and for anyone visiting El Yunque Rainforest or any of the following attractions in the eastern region; St Regis Bahia Resort Gran Melia Resort Wyndham Rio Mar Resort El Conquistador Resort or Las Casitas Village Canovanas Route 66 Outlet Mall (only pass 1 toll booth) Rio [...]

Photos: Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve Tour

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is owned by the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico and they currently offer a 2 hour tour covering 3 Eco Systems; a dry forest, a mangrove swamp and rocky coastline. The tour ends at the Fajardo Lighthouse built in 1880. I recently took the Historia y naturaleza de [...]