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Whether you are moving to Puerto Rico for your job, a change in lifestyle, or retirement, there will be a lot of exploration in store for you. But, unlike tourists with limited time, as a resident of Puerto Rico, you can dive deep and enjoy all the islands offer. Here are three great ways to start your life in Puerto Rico.
Before we jump in, remember that Puerto Rico comprises a larger island and many smaller islands. So, to see some of the best of PR, you’ll spend time traveling between islands—a pretty nice commute!
Beaches of Puerto Rico
We usually focus on sand and water when thinking about beaches. But residents of Puerto Rico know that each beach is unique. Remote beaches can provide tranquility and wildlife, while beaches in the cities provide recreational activities and nightlife. In addition, some beaches are focused on water activities, while others encompass nature exploration beyond the beach.
The simplest way to find beaches is to use Google. But, before you do, consider what you appreciate on a beach. For example, some people like visiting beaches with a lot of wave activity crashing on the shore. Those people might be disappointed when they visit a beach like Combate Beach, which is notoriously calm and almost lake-like. And just because a beach is not located near a city does not mean it is uncrowded and relaxed, a disappointment for someone looking for a romantic location. Don’t just look at star ratings; read the reviews to see why people like or don’t like a beach; what they don’t like may be just what you are looking for.
To get started, here are some of the many beautiful beaches to explore from USNews:
- Flamenco Beach
- Zoni Beach
- Domes Beach
- Maria’s Beach
- Playa Seven Seas
- Crash Boat Beach
History of Puerto Rico
When we think of the history of Puerto Rico, Spanish forts such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro often come to mind. Exploring these colonial sites provide a lot of context for PR as we know it today. But, pre-colonial culture thrived as well, and though the sites are much more humble, they are nonetheless moving and informative.
The wonderful thing about living in Puerto Rico is that you have the opportunity to explore the full range of historical and archeological sites. Discover Puerto Rico is a good starting point for you to research historical sites. The website provides a mix of Colonial and pre-colonial historical locations. While geared toward tourists with a 5-day plan, it is an excellent primer for diving deeper into understanding PR history.
Puerto Rican Culture
Living in Puerto Rico provides residents endless opportunities to immerse themselves in the island’s culture.
The people of Puerto Rico are friendly and expressive. Boricua is what Puerto Ricans call themselves. But, it is more than a name—it encompasses a state of mind, heritage, and zest for life. From visual art to music, you can’t help but be drawn into the culture. The island energy is high, so be ready to pace yourself.
Festivals, music, and dancing are part of everyday life. But there are excellent museums if you are looking for a slower pace that is just as engaging. From Ponce Museum of Art to Museo de Art de Puerto Rico and more, you can find classical to modern art to meet your preferences. You don’t have to go to the museums for art, though. Puerto Rico has phenomenal street art, as you’ll see at the Free-spirit Santurce.
The wonderful thing about living in Puerto Rico is that you can visit many places and still have the time to return to the places you most enjoyed. As a new resident, you may be overwhelmed by all you can do. Take your time, prioritize what interests you the most, and don’t hesitate to ask your new neighbors for advice. You’re moving to a beautiful place; dive in!
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