Museo Castillo Serrallés | Ponce, Puerto Rico

Castillo Serrallés History

Castillo Serrallés is the family home of the best selling rum brand in Puerto Rico, Don Q. This incredible castle and much of the entire city of Ponce, was build as part of the vast Serrallés family fortune.

Built in 1930, this four story concrete castle sits on top of a hill overlooking downtown Ponce, Puerto Rico. The former family mansion turned museum is Spanish Revival or Spanish Moroccan architecture designed in the 1920’s. Surrounded by magnificently manicured gardens, there is a strong breeze from the Caribbean Sea to naturally cool the property.

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Best of Loiza Puerto Rico | Beaches, Bee Sanctuary, Local Street Food, Bomba Dancing and African Roots History

The Best of Loiza, Puerto Rico including my favorite beaches, one of the largest Bee Sanctuaries in the Caribbean, Bomba Dancing and history of the African Roots of Puerto Rico.

Playa Piñones, Piñones Kioskos, and the Parque Historico of Cueva Maria de la Cruz in Loiza, Puerto Rico

Playa Piñones

One of my favorite beaches along the north coast (30 minutes East of San Juan, an hour from Humacao), is Playa Piñones located on PR-187 in Loiza. This golden sand beach feels like brown sugar under your toes.

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Finding the Manati Natural Pools | Travel Puerto Rico

Explore the natural pools of Manati, Puerto Rico. Travel guide and directions to find these spectacular natural pools and beautiful golden sand beaches of Puerto Rico.

Manati is the perfect area to enjoy spectacular natural pools and beautiful golden sand beaches of Puerto Rico. The natural rock forms a protective barrier against the rough Atlantic Ocean while creating these natural pools.

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Reservation System and Travel Guide El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico | Hiking Juan Diego Creek

Many trails in El Yunque rainforest national park suffered damage from Hurricane Maria in 2017, and the park was closed for several months of 2020 due to COVID-19.
As of July 2020, the park is reopen and we are going to hike Juan Diego creek trail!
Travel details of what is open, what is closed, and the new reservation system for entry.

Hiking in El Yunque rainforest is one of my favorite activities in Puerto Rico!

El Yunque rainforest is the only tropical rainforest in the US national Park system. The rainforest boasts a unique biodiversity, as well as spectacular views from the observation towers, and lush hiking trails with natural pools and waterfalls.

El Yunque rainforest map of roads and hiking trails, updated 2020

Juan Diego Creek

Juan Diego creek is a short, easy hike, less than 10 minutes walk from the trail head to the natural pool and waterfalls at the end of the trail.

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Puerto Rico Lockdown | Weekly Journal of Shelter in Place on the Island

What is it really like on Puerto Rico during the island wide lockdown? I share my experiences, lockdown information, and tips for shelter in place during the Puerto Rico lockdown in response to COVID-19 Corona virus.

In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 (Corona virus), Puerto Rico Government ordered a full island-wide lockdown of all non-essential business activity starting Monday, March 16, 2020.

What is it really like on Puerto Rico during the island wide lockdown? I started a video series to document lockdown life in Puerto Rico each week. I will continue to add videos to the playlist and corresponding written updates as we go.

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