Healthcare in Puerto Rico | Medical Care Living in Puerto Rico

Helpful health tips and information for both visitors and new residents living in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is a US Territory, and it seems more like a foreign country when it comes to healthcare. Here is everything about medical care, prescriptions, and laboratory tests that I wish I had known when we moved to Puerto Rico. Here are some helpful health tips and information for both visitors and new residents living in Puerto Rico.

Healthcare for Visitors

The first time that my parents visited Puerto Rico, my Father ran out of his prescription insulin. His prescription and corresponding refill was through Walmart and we assumed that not only would Walmart US and Walmart Puerto Rico be the same, that also the US Medicare healthcare program would be the same. We never did get consistent information, but long story short, the insurance would not cover his prescribed insulin but did offer a lower dose insulin (without prescription) for less than the regular co-pay. The crisis was diverted and now my Father always verifies his insulin and all medication before coming to visit Puerto Rico.

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9 Easy and Actionable Last Minute Hurricane Preparation Tips to Keep Your Family and Home Safe

What last minute preparation can you do as the storm is charging at you? Here are 9 easy and actionable ways to prepare for the impending hurricane so that you survive and thrive in the hurricane (or other natural disaster).

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Kayaking Laguna Grande Bio Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Kayaking Laguna Grande Bio Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

What is a Bio Bay?

Bio bay refers to the Bioluminescence (bio = life, luminescence = light) single cell marine plankton known as dinoflagellates that literally glow when agitated. These tiny creatures emit a greenish blue sparkle in the water when agitated (or moved) by anything it comes into contact with.

Where are the Bioluminescence Bays?

There are five bioluminescent bays in the world: Halong Bay in Vietnam and Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica plus the remaining three Bahía Bioluminiscente are located in Puerto Rico. Mosquito Bay in Vieques (separate island to the East that is part of the territory of Puerto Rico), La Parguera in Lajas on the Southwest corner of the island, and finally the closest bio bay to San Juan (and easiest to get to) is Laguna Grande located in Fajardo on the Northeast corner of the island. Continue reading “Kayaking Laguna Grande Bio Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico”

Weekend Festival along the Pork Highway in Guavate, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has some pretty epic annual festivals like San Sebastian in Old San Juan every January, and there are plenty of other activities year round including the unofficial pork festival every weekend at Guavate!

View of Highway 184 in Guavate, Puerto Rico
 View of Highway 184 in Guavate, Puerto Rico

Every Saturday and Sunday the main road through Guavate transforms from sleepy little town to party central. Guavate is the home of Lechonera, these are food stalls and restaurants that feature roasted pork, so much so this area of Puerto Rico is known as the Pork Highway. Located in the mountains of Puerto Rico, the best way to visit the pork highway is from the town of Caguas, then head East on highway 184.

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Visit Puerto Rico; What You Need to Know and Why You Should Come after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico September 2017, and while the full recovery is expected to take years, many island attractions are open now with more improvements every day. Continue reading “Visit Puerto Rico; What You Need to Know and Why You Should Come after Hurricane Maria”