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Chikungunya Epidemic On 17 July 2014, the Puerto Rico Health Department delared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. You can protect yourself from chikungunya (and dengue) by using insect repellent containing DEET. Read our article on chikungunya for more info.

Vieques Biobay CLOSED Monday - Thursday Mosquito Bay on Vieques will only be accessible Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until (at least) 02 August 2014. Additionally, tour operators are being forced to cut the sizes of their groups by 50% … so spots on those tours will be severely limited. Go to Laguna Grande in Fajardo instead.

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Volunteer to Help Save Puerto Rico’s History

Jul 20th, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, History, Porta Antillas (East)

Archaeologists have found evidence of pre-Taino people living in what is now Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve in Fajardo. They have uncovered human skeletons, bones, shells, tools, and clay pots that date back to 300-600AD. But now, this historical site is at risk of being lost due to actions of the waves and wind, and the rise in sea level. It is a race against time to save the remains – and they need your help!



Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

Jul 6th, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, Hiking, Nature, Vieques

Vieques is known for it’s beautiful, white-sand beaches with calm, sparkling blue water that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. There are other beaches on the island that have rugged beauty and seem to go on for miles. Playa Grande is that kind of beach. It’s perfect for long walks, sunbathing, and countless photo ops.



Vieques: More Than Just Beaches – North Side

Jun 23rd, 2014 • By • Category: History, Vieques

What do you do when you’ve had too much sun or are simply tired of lounging around on beautiful beaches? You take a road trip! Even though Vieques is known for it’s beautiful beaches, there are still some non-beachy things you can do to pass the time. Here is a list of things you can do on the north side of Vieques that don’t involve a beach blanket.



Try Some Puerto Rican Moonshine Rum

May 18th, 2014 • By • Category: Food & Lodging, Porta Cordillera (Central)

Moonshine, White Lightning, Hooch, Tennessee White Whiskey — call it what you will. Here in Puerto Rico, alcohol made in your backyard is called Pitorro or Cañita. Destilería Cruz produces a brand of legal Pitorro, called PitoRico, that is available plain or in various local fruit flavors. Their factory is in Jayuya, and the public is welcome to stop by to see them making it, have a taste of local moonshine, and pick up a few bottles to take back home.



My Favorite Beaches on Vieques

May 11th, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, Nature, Vieques

Vieques is a small island located in the Caribbean. And guess what? It is loaded with beaches! And not just any beaches – some really amazing beaches. They come in all shapes, sizes and sand colors. I bet everyone that visits Vieques has a few that stand out for them as favorites. With so many beaches to choose from, it is hard to choose which one is the best!



Visit Maria de la Cruz Cave in Loiza

May 4th, 2014 • By • Category: History, Porta Antillas (East)

Maria de la Cruz cave in Loiza is a historical monument that contained evidence of some of the earliest inhabitants of Puerto Rico. This small, historically significant cave is a short drive from Isla Verde, and is worth a quick visit if you happen to be in the area.



Canyoning in South El Yunque with Kalichi Adventures

Apr 20th, 2014 • By • Category: Hiking, Nature, Porta Antillas (East), Tour

Puerto Rico is full of natural beauty, from the beaches and coastline, to the mountains, rivers, and forests. These can really be appreciated when you are able to visit some of the most remote and unspoiled parts of the island, and immerse yourself in the wonders that abound. Kalichi Adventures offers an amazing canyoning tour that puts you right in the middle of what we think is the most beautiful part of the island.



Hacienda Santa Ana: Home of Ron del Barrilito

Apr 13th, 2014 • By • Category: History

I love old, historic buildings and rum, so of course I had to make a point to visit Hacienda Santa Ana – the home of Ron del Barrilito, one of the local Puerto Rican rum producers. Their rum is made and aged here, on the family’s property, which used to be an old sugar hacienda. Though they don’t offer a factory tour, nor offer rum samples, it’s a quick stop where you can get some good photos of a historic site.



Experience Local Hospitality at Café Gran Batey

Apr 6th, 2014 • By • Category: Food & Lodging, Nature, Porta Cordillera (Central), Shopping, Tour

We recently went on a tasting tour at Café Gran Batey in Utuado, and we fell in love. We got to see coffee growing in their fields, and how they process the coffee at every step … all the way up to bagging the freshly-roasted, warm beans for sale. This is not to be missed if you are in the area and have a couple hours to spare.



Experience Mosquito Bay in a Kayak

Mar 30th, 2014 • By • Category: Nature, Tour, Vieques, Water Sports

There are only a few bioluminescent bays left in the world, and Puerto Rico is fortunate enough to have three of them. The biobays in Puerto Rico are Laguana Grande in Fajardo, Mosquito Bay in Vieques, and La Parguera in Lajas — with Mosquito Bay being the brightest of the three. We visited Mosquito Bay recently with Black Beard Sports, and had a great time!



Visit Playa Caracas on Vieques, With a Car or Not

Mar 24th, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, Nature, Snorkeling, Vieques

Vieques to known for it’s remote and secluded beaches. Now, thanks to some relatively recent road improvements on Vieques, Playa Caracas (aka Red Beach) is a beautiful white-sand beach in the US Fish & Wildlife reserve that is accessible by the local public transportation. No Jeep required!



Take a Cheese-making Workshop in Old San Juan

Mar 17th, 2014 • By • Category: Food & Lodging, Old San Juan, Rainy Day Ideas, Recipes, Tour

Beaches and rain forests are usually at the top of most people’s to-do list when they plan a trip to Puerto Rico. For something a little different, you can try a cheese-making workshop offered by Casa Lila in Old San Juan. You’ll make your own artisan cheese, and you’ll learn how you can try making your own cheese at home.



Check Out the Museum of Transportation

Mar 2nd, 2014 • By • Category: Museum, Rainy Day Ideas

If you are a classic car buff, or if you are just interested in the history of transportation in Puerto Rico, you might want to check out the Museum of Transportation in Guaynabo. From horses, to trains, planes, and automobiles, this museum has a little bit of info on a lot of things related to moving people and things around Puerto Rico.



Discover Some of the Best of Culebra

Feb 23rd, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, Culebra, Nature, Snorkeling

Culebra Island Adventures offers some tours that allow you see some great beaches, do some kayaking, and come face-to-face with sea turtles while snorkeling. They can coordinate all of your transportation and act as your tour guide, which makes for a carefree way to see some of the best stuff that Culebra has to offer.



Casa Cortés ChocoBar: Indulge Your Senses

Feb 9th, 2014 • By • Category: Art, Food & Lodging, Museum, Old San Juan, Rainy Day Ideas

Fine chocolate and fine art … what is not to love? Casa Cortés ChocoBar is a restaurant & art gallery in Old San Juan operated by the Cortés family. This chocolate-producing family has opened this venue to allow the rest of us in on some of their greatest family treasures — meals that incorporate their amazing chocolate, and pieces from their amazing art collection.



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