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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.

Chill Out on Secluded Playa Larga

Feb 2nd, 2014 • By • Category: Beach, Culebra

Culebra is loaded with amazingly pretty seaside spots. Some are very popular and crowded, while some are little, hidden gems. For us, one gem is Playa Larga on the north-east tip of the island. Playa Larga is not easy to get to, and it is not a spot to go to for swimming, but it is our favorite quiet spot to just sit and enjoy the view.

Find a Little bit of Everything in the Aguada Museum

Jan 26th, 2014 • By • Category: History, Museum, Porta del Sol (West), Rainy Day Ideas

The Museo Agricola de Aguada contains a varied collection of items and antiques, including carved wooden Santos, a restored locomotive, pre-Columbian artifacts, musical instruments, household items, … and a huge collection of clothes irons. It’s an eclectic collection of “stuff” that will give you glimpse into the history of Puerto Rico.

San Sebastián Street Festival: The Party of the Year

Jan 13th, 2014 • By • Category: Dance, Food & Lodging, History, Music, Old San Juan, San Juan Metro, Shopping

It is no secret that people in Puerto Rico know how to party, especially around the Christmas holidays. Announce that there will be a parade, music, dancing, libations, food – then add in local artisan crafts for sale – and it all adds up to one crazy celebration! That describes the San Sebastian Street Festival, or Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian, which will be held in 2015 in January. I am guessing Jan 15-18th, 2015. Check back for official dates!

More Exploration in Guánica Dry Forest

Jan 5th, 2014 • By • Category: Hiking, Nature, Porta Caribe (South)

The Guánica Dry Forest has loads of hiking and biking trails, and it offers a number of different sights and opportunities for viewing nature. Our most recent hike on the Ballena Trail was no exception. Besides the amazing cactus and easy bird viewing, we found small cave, ruins, and a 700-year old tree.

Spend Some Time Exploring Culebrita

Dec 29th, 2013 • By • Category: Beach, Culebra, Hiking, Nature, Porta Antillas (East), Snorkeling

Culebrita is a tiny cay located off the north-east corner of Culebra. It is uninhabited, visited only by a few people every day, and holds many wonderful “secrets” waiting to be explored. You can only get there by boat, but it is totally worth the effort in order to experience this unspoiled island.

Tembleque – A Typical Christmas Dessert

Dec 22nd, 2013 • By • Category: Food & Lodging, Recipes

Tembleque is a coconut dessert that is like a cross between Jello and pudding (tembleque translates to trembling or jiggly). It is fast and easy to make, and it is a sweet (but not too sweet) and delicious way to end a meal.

Take a Relaxing Trip on the Río Espíritu Santo

Dec 15th, 2013 • By • Category: Nature, Porta Antillas (East), Tour

The town of Río Grande has branded itself as the “Cuidad del Yunque” – the “City of El Yunque”. While El Yunque National Forest is certainly the highlight, there are a few other things of interest to do here. One of those activities is a trip on the Río Espíritu Santo on La Paseadora pontoon boat.


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