Hi. We’re Ray & Gwenn, and we’re the people behind PuertoRicoDayTrips.com.
We moved from New Jersey to Puerto Rico in September 2003 to escape the cold New Jersey winters. We purchased our current property in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico in August 2005, and spent a year renovating the house.
During our construction, we reconfigured the east wing of the house to create our Vacation Rental — Coqui’s Hideaway Rainforest Villa at the edge of El Yunque National Forest. We started welcoming guests to Coqui’s Hideaway in November 2006.
What makes this site different
In 2007, we saw the need for accurate, non-biased information for visitors to Puerto Rico. That was our reason for starting PuertoDayTrips.com. We wanted to provide a resource that visitors could use to read about the kinds of things there are to do in Puerto Rico.
One thing that is really important to us (and we believe to our readers as well) is that we have personally done 99% of the things we write about on this site. Unlike other travel sites, we don’t just regurgitate stuff we’ve read in travel magazines or elsewhere on the internet.
We walk through the streets of Old San Juan. We slug through waterfalls in the rain forest. We go on tours/excursions and attend shows so that we can share our experiences and others can decide if they’re worth your time and money. We eat at the restaurants we list on our site. We go to public restrooms so we can tell you if they’re clean or not.
Most of the time it’s a lot of fun. Sometimes … not so much. But we do it!
The rest of our family
We have 4 dogs and 2 cats that are all adopted strays.
Our oldest dog moved from New Jersey to Puerto Rico with us. The other 3 were "street dogs", or "satos", that we adopted here in Puerto Rico.
One of them followed us home on a walk one day. The second one showed up, sat in our driveway, and basically said "I live here now". The third one had been dumped with her puppies in a cardboard box on our street. We found homes for the puppies and kept the mother dog.
Our cats are also adopted strays. One came from Save A Gato in Old San Juan. The other was dumped with her kittens at our vet’s office.
We had visited Puerto Rico prior to living here, so we have experienced the island from a "tourist" perspective. We hope that our experiences might give you ideas for things to see and places to visit during your time in Puerto Rico. That’s what this site is all about.
Drop us a line and let us know if there’s something that you’d like us to check out prior to your visit. Who knows? We just may take your suggestion and write about it!
We thank you for reading our site and we hope that you enjoy your visit to Puerto Rico!