Walking Guide of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona

Old Town Cottonwood, affectionately still known as Downtown or Main Street, is a little town with a lot to offer in the heart of Arizona.  Cottonwood is part of the Verde Valley, and close neighbor to the Ghost Town of Jerome and ever popular Sedona, each accessed from the 89A highway.

Old Town is a few shorts blocks along Main Street, perfect for a few hours and up to a few days!

Come hungry!  Cottonwood is building a reputation for fantastic local restaurants, with new ones opening every time I visit!  The “new” bakery smelled divine and received glowing recommendations from everyone I spoke to in town. Continue reading “Walking Guide of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona”

Puerto Rico Sales Tax Increase | July 2015

Reporting on the Puerto Rico economic “crisis” is increasing and the NY Times went so far as to report the “despair and anger”.  Everything I have read is grossly exaggerated from what I witnessed in person while on the island.

As of July 1, 2015 the Sales Tax in Puerto Rico increased to a massive 11.5%!

This is a considerable increase and will have a major impact on residents cost of living. Tourists may not be able to justify the increased cost and spend their tourism dollars on a less expensive island, like Dominican Republic.

We are considering a move to Puerto Rico, and this sales tax increase must be part of our expense planning. To get a better idea of the situation and what it might really look like, we spoke to locals and conducted some before and after shopping.

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