The ins and outs of living in Puerto Rico

New or Moving to Puerto Rico?

So, let’s see… You are either new or moving to Puerto Rico and realized that you have NO CLUE what to do next?! Are you considering a move to Puerto Rico? Are you new to Puerto Rico? Well you’ve come to the right place! Whether you are new or moving to Puerto Rico, we have created this site to teach you all of the ins and outs of living in Puerto Rico. It is our goal to make sure you have all the information we wish we would have had when we moved to this beautiful and complex island.

Whatever is bringing you here- military (yes Puerto Rico is a US Territory so there are US military bases throughout the island), work, retirement, need for a tropical vacation home, schooling, or just a need for a new start and new scenery, we will do our best to equip you with all the things you need to know to make sure your transition is easy and relatively painless!

Need to learn more about the weather in Puerto Rico? Can’t quite figure out where to go to get your new Puerto Rico driver’s license? Wondering what the heck the Department of Hacienda is and why they seem to already be sending you bills?! LOL! Well, all of this information and so much more can be found throughout this site! We will give you all of the information possible so that you know WHAT TO EXPECT in Puerto Rico and how things are done. That way you can spend less time looking around for answers, worrying, and getting frustreated at the differences between Puerto Rico and where you come from, and more time getting things done and enjoying everything Puerto Rico has to offer!

So, take some time and look around. Search for the particular concern or interest that you have. Whether you are new to Puerto Rico, are considering to move to Puerto Rico, or have been living in Puerto Rico for a while, there is a lot of information here regarding the ins and outs of Puerto Rico.



Jay and Angela

P.S. Feel free to e-mail us if you have any questions or comments that may not have been covered in our web site- we LOVE getting feedback on how to make our site better and ways we can serve our newcomers better!


  1. I’ve called the main dispatch # and no one picks up. My dad is 86 from Rio Grande and haven’t heard from him. Would like the local police dept. number in Rio Grande to request a well being check on him and his two elderly sisters as well.

  2. Hello Jay,

    Hope this message finds you and your family well. I hope that everyone is safe after Hurricane Maria. God Bless you and your family and thank you so much again for the helpful blog.

  3. Hello, I have found this page really helpful. I was wondering if you know anything about the VA hospital there. I am looking to transfer from the one here in Chicago to San Juan. Do you think I would have a chance being that I am not bilingual? Are there employees there that only speak English? I am planning to learn a bit before moving but pretty sure I won’t be fluent.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      You shouldn’t have any problems at the VA, I have a co-worker that doesn’t know Spanish and he goes to the VA hospital in San Juan all the time without issues. My father worked at the VA and he always told me that for the employees, knowing English was a requirement while Spanish was strongly preferred but not a requirement.

    • Yes, they have people there who do speak English.

    • Hi, Britney. The San Juan VA Hospital’s staff is bilingual. You shouldn’t have problems communicating in English. They may also prove useful in helping you learn/improve your Spanish. Hope you enjoy Puerto Rico!

  4. Just adding my two cents as a local and a Real Estate Agent!

    Yes, we have the highest unemployment rate in the nation and beacuse of that theres 1,000’s of Forclosed properties in Puerto Rico and people are moving out but In REALITY, is not as bad as they post in the news.

    First of all, mostly everyone has a new car and in a household you see over 2 cars in the lot and when i say new car at least 10 yrs old or newer and are surviving. I hear them going on vacation and eating out.

    We’re not a third world country as many think. Mostly everyone or someone next to you understand English and We have similar chain restaurants as in the states.

    As a Real Estate agent, I meet alot of people and they all have different reasons why they moved to this enchanted island. Some for the relaxing low pace environment, minutes away from the most beautiful beaches in the world, year around perfect weather or some are taking advantage of the investors act “Act 20&22”.

    If you’re retired, relocating for Act 2022, have a business or a online job then I could say there’s no need to over think about moving to PR. Other than that, I don’t recommend you moving thinking you’ll find a job. Trust me, I have friends with bachelors and can’t find one.

    I’m from Jersey and been living here for the past 10 yrs. My recommendation is to first visit, Do your research and rent for at leat a year.

    Aftet that you’ll know if PR is for you. Whatever is the reason you plan to move to PR i bet is a good one and if you do “Welcome to Home”.

    Alexander Castro

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Funny thing you comment here, I was just talking to a Real Estate agent back in May and he told me that while people are leaving from PR there are many coming in from the US. In fact he told me that so far this year (From January to May) he had sold 17 houses to people from the US!!! That’s quite a lot! And the story is consistent with other agents I have met. I have also met people that came here on Acts 20 and 22. Thank you for your comment.

    • lol can’t be no worse than Michigan .. jobs are horrible and I too have friends with degrees that out if work here.. I have a two year plan to move ..

  5. Hello Jay and Angela!! Thank you so much for your website. I found it by googling “living vegan in puerto rico”I am a 28 year old woman from New York, looking to move to to PR. I am looking for a nice, safe, integrated community other than San Juan, with vegan options, that is accessible to public transit. Somewhere quiet with a slower pace. Somewhere inexpensive and also beautiful. I went to puerto rico last year for three days, and when I stayed in Rincon I thought it was beautiful, however in terms of somewhere to live, I would prefer to be somewhere that is a bit more integrated, and not inhabited by so many people from the states. All that being said, if I have to live in rincon for two months while I scope out other areas in PR, that is okay with me as well, because I realize that what I am looking for is a “unicorn” of sorts. . I only know a handful of spanish, and would love to become fluent. I do not have a license, and do not know how to drive a car, so I would need to live next to some form of public transportation system. While I am in PR, I would like to take some drivers ed classes (do you know where they do that in PR?) and get a license. I am vegan and eat gluten free. Am i right in understanding your family eats vegan and gluten free as well? It would be necessary for me to live somewhere that has accessibility to fresh/ organic fruits and vegetables. I believe rincon has some of this which is good for starters. I have googled about vegan communities in PR, and it does not seem there is any such things over there. I have a friend who told me about a town called Yabucoa which is supposed to be nice to live in, but it doesn’t seem as if there are any english speaking people there. Also it would be nice to live close to the beach. I would really appreciate any advice you have! Or maybe you’ve heard something about real estate in rincon? Thank you so so much. I would like to e-mail you but I did not see any “contact us” section in the blog. Have a great day!

    p.s- I am posting again because I do not see my original post here.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Daniella!

      I am so sorry for the delay in response!

      So here’s the deal. Rincón is a great place but like you said there are a lot of people from the states there, and if you don’t prefer that then you should look at Condado in San Juan. Condado is close to the beach, is very walkable and there is the occasional “Urban Market”. There is also a grocery store named “Freshmart” which is the closest thing we have to a whole foods or similar but it really doesn’t come close to what you would see in the US. Yes we are vegan and gluten free, vegan by choice but gluten free because of Celiac Disease, we used to be non-gluten free vegans before the Celiac diagnosis. It is very difficult to be vegan AND gluten free here but getting to know others with a similar lifestyle is very encouraging and maybe a little community could start to shape up. There is no Vegan community but about once a year we have a “Vegan Fest” in Fajardo, PR which is nice and it gets a lot of people together and you get to know what services and stores and groups are around. Gluten free though is even harder because the awareness of Celiac disease is literally zero.

      So back to where to live, Yabucoa is nice but I wouldn’t recommend it, there’s just not a lot to do there and it rains a ton, I really think that a young woman like yourself would be ok in Condado, there is a nice mix of English and Spanish, there’s a hospital right there and there’s a beach and a lagoon where people kayak and paddle board plus at Paseo Caribe very near Condado they have nice live music every Friday night in an outside area with restaurants and places to have nice drinks/coffee etc.

      However, if you REALLY want something slow pace and quiet, you might want to look at Cabo Rojo, Lajas or Guanica which is in the southwest part of the island.

      Driver’s ed is done by independent teachers here, you should Google “Driving School in San Juan Puerto Rico” (or whichever city you prefer) to get results of teachers in the area.

      To get a hold of me, really the best way is through our Facebook page. If you don’t have FB let me know and I can give you another email address.

      I can expand more on Cabo Rojo, Guanica or Lajas if you prefer, send me a message and I will do what I can for you.

      Take Care!

      • Hello Jay,

        I’m currently not on Facebook, and would like your email address.

        I’m looking to move to PR with my 5 year old daughter in 2018 at the earliest, and 2019 the latest.

        I’m looking to either rent out an affordable room, or an affordable apartment.

        Any affordable/crime free areas for a person like myself who has a child?


  6. Moving to the Island this fall. Wondering if your noticing any huge changes in everyday life due to the Financial issues going on.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Not at all. In fact, I’m actually confused because supposedly things are so bad, yet nothing has really been any different in everyday life except that more and more I see people from the US moving here.

  7. Hello,

    My husband, daughter and mother want to move to PR next July but, with all the economic issues going on my husband is thinking it may not be a good idea to go right away. I would have to get a job (I have a BD in management and HR) and my daughter would have to find a job. Really how is the economy finding a job ect. and is it a good idea to move there so soon?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well this is a very difficult question to answer for many reasons. 1) The economic situation is not going to change any time soon, yet things seem worse than they actually are. 2)Finding a job can be very difficult for those who don’t speak Spanish but not impossible depending on the industry. Also, there may be jobs available but they don’t pay as much as they do in the US so many people don’t accept it.
      Things are generally much easier for those who are self employed and who take advantage of Acts 20 and 22.
      My honest recommendation would be that if you know Spanish and you don’t mind a smaller income than your US counterparts and/or will be self employed and will use Acts 20 and 22 to your advantage then go ahead and come over. If you however do not know Spanish and you are not in the IT/Web/Coding industry (or some others) or if you are in any industry that requires official paperwork or talking to people then either expect a very difficult time finding a job or in all honesty this may not be the best place for you regarding employment.

      Hope this helps.

  8. ¡Hola!

    First off, I want to do thank you for having this website and ground, it’s awesome!!

    I am a 17 year old girl in WI, USA and it is my DREAM to live in PR. I absolutely hate how self-centered most people in the US are and how nobody cares about face-to-face interaction anymore. I really just want to be apart of the PR culture so I was hoping you could give me some advice on the best way to do so. I do know some boricuas, but they all live in and have lived in the US for a long time. I speak some Spanish, and I am definitely not fluent. I am ending my junior year in HS so I still have a little time to decide on plans for after HS. I was wondering if I should try to go to college in PR or maybe just major in something that could provide me a decent career in PR later, but I don’t know if I can last here in the mainland anymore.

    Thanks for your help!!

    • I forgot to mention that I want to be fluent in Spanish and use it as my main language ASAP

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Abi! Thank you so much for the nice words! I am very glad it has been helpful to you!

      As far as how to be a part of the local culture, all you have to do is show up, you’d be surprised how accepting people are here to people who are interested in the local culture. So you just come here, join local clubs, go out with friends and make sure at least some of those friends are from here. Resist the temptation to join a support group full of people from the US or other countries, as helpful as they are and they all have great intentions, they tend to shelter you from the local culture, so I would advise against them for you since you want to be a part of the local culture.

      I highly recommend for you to go to college here against the US. The one biggest mistake I did was to not go to college here and pay 10x the price of tuition in the states. I am now paying outrageous student loan payments that is keeping me from owning my own home. All of my coworkers that went to college here have no student loan debt or very very little, as in less than $10k total debt in the absolute worst case. So I would highly recommend you go to college here if you can. Also, as good (and affordable) as the University of PR is, they are currently going through a whole bunch of issues and is currently closed because the students are on strike, and they usually have some reason to strike, so personally I would go to one of the local private universities which are more expensive than UPR but still much cheaper than the US. A local private college undergraduate would run at about $175-$250 per credit hour plus the usual lab fees and such. So depending on which field of study you choose, there is a college for you, look into Universidad Politécnica, Universidad del Turabo and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. There are many more but those are the most popular private schools, there are others more specialized colleges like Carlos Albizu if you want to study Psychology. Of course if that is still too expensive then try to get into UPR, but be aware that you have a higher chance of running into issues with the students and faculty that could get annoying as they protest over every tuition hike attempt and other things, and when they protest they close the gates and do not allow anyone in, they don’t mess around.

      Want to learn Spanish? Well, practicing and immersing yourself is the best way, but from Wisconsin I would recommend using the Pimsleur method over some of the more popular methods out there. I did see a program in Amazon called “Living Language Spanish”, I don’t know how good it is but it got good reviews. The other more popular programs are “OK”, for a free one use Duolingo, but honestly I’ve had best luck with the Pimsleur program, it’s pretty old school and mostly conversational and not written, but trust me, it’s better that way, you can learn to write after you can speak it.

      Let me know if you need anything, feel free to email us via our Facebook page or to the Webmaster email account if you need more specialized help.

      Good Luck!

      • Thank you so much for your response! I will definitely be doing some research about those colleges and hopefully applying in a few months! I have just set the language on my phone to Spanish and began using Duolingo again (I’ve used it before in Spanish class) and I will definitely check out pimsleur!

        ¡Muchas gracias!

  9. Good morning! Do you have any information on shipping services for moving to PR? My partner and I are moving this fall/late fall from Portland, Maine. Crowley apparently doesn’t do residential moves any longer. This is one of the pieces of our puzzle I can’t seem to figure out yet. We do have 1 pickup truck to ship also, and have found good info on that, but would love to ship the truck in a shipping container. Also, we are moving to Vieques…not sure how to make this happen!! Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Diane,

      Rosa Del Monte movers are very popular and they are the ones I used myself. My experience was good. I’ve also heard good things of “Allied”. Either company should be able to tell you which company to use for the shipping of the truck. There are some car transport companies, but I personally have never used one so I can’t say which one is good. My sister used Puerto Rico Car Transport and she said it was good.

  10. I’m planning to live in the island soon. I will like to know the procedure to put my girls in home schooling.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Margarita:

      Have you seen our post on Homeschooling in Puerto Rico? That’s a good place to start. But basically all you do is not enroll them in a school and home school them yourself or whichever way you want. It’s very simple here, we have some of the best laws for home-schoolers. As parents we have total control of the way we want to teach.

      Take Care!

  11. I am an American and lived in Aguadilla for ~40 years but moved to Florida when Symmetricom closed their manufacturing plant in 2010. I just was not ready to retire yet. Now, however, I am planning to retire at the end of this year and plan to return to the island. I still own my home there and have been renting it out at a nominal rent so there would be someone there to care for it while I was gone.

    I am concerned about whether the tax exemption we had on our principle residence will still be available when we return. When we moved to Florida, we started paying the property tax since it was no longer our principle residence. I just want to make sure there will not be any issue when return to getting the exemption again. Have they change any of those laws while we were gone?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      There is still a tax exemption on primary residences. If you currently pay CRIM on the house, you may have to pay it for one year after you move in but thereafter have the exemption, if it is still tax free, it should continue to be tax free after you move in.

  12. Hello,

    My family made plans to move to PR .this year. with all of the changes going on just want your thoughts on whether we should wait or move forward. We do have a family house to stay in and my husband grew up on the Island. However we have four small children.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      That is a very difficult question to answer because it really depends on your specific needs/wants. I know many families that have small children and what is going on is not enough to make them move out and I have many friends who moved to the US who now wish they were back here even with everything that is going on. Now, if you will put your kids in private schools you should still be ok, if they will be in public schools then they might be affected because some schools are closing and some teachers are getting less pay, which then makes the teachers be less motivated and maybe the school budgets will be slashed, so that’s something to consider. We homeschool here since the laws here are very “Pro-Homeschoolers”.

  13. Hi Jay and Angela,

    Is there an email I can reach you at? Story is long… lol but brief version, single mom of an amazing 9 year old girl. We have been back and forth many times to test for schools- she doesn’t speak spanish and we were trying for a scholarship to a private school. Getting someone to answer you in regards to renting is impossible and I see things listed from $300- all the way to $5000 a month.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Yes, you can either write to us in our Facebook account or email us at webmaster (at) newtopuertorico dot com.

      Hopefully we can help!

  14. Hello

    Thinking hard about moving to Puerto Rico. I now live in New York and have a great job but I’m desperately unhappy. Its only me and I not very flashy I just want to relax and enjoy my life. I’m only worried about work. I have friends down there as well. Hopefully I can work remote for my company. If so….I’m coming… 🙂

    • Jay-Webmaster


      Like you, we were generally unhappy in the US as well, so we moved here, we are much happier here, but this is not for everyone, a “Type-A” person would not do well here at all. If you can tele-work that would be ideal, you would keep your salary but live in the tropics, heck you can “go to work” from one of our amazing beaches! Just buy a few batteries for your laptop or a solar charger! LOL

      Work is hard to find here, especially if the job you’re looking for is highly specialized and it requires you to be bilingual. If you know Spanish it’ll be a bit easier to find a job, if not then it will be hard, though not impossible, I just met a girl from north Carolina who has been living here for 10 months and working full time and she has very basic Spanish. I hope you can get to work remotely good luck!

  15. Hello, so pleased to stumble across your site! Thank you!

    I am moving from New England to Vieques in the fall and need to buy an SUV or truck that has a decent towing capacity. I am a little nervous because all of the forums I have seen so far make it seem like buying isn’t as simple as going to a dealership. Do you have any advice or suggestions?

    We are non-spanish speaking and were planning to buy in San Juan before heading down to Vieques. And then of course will be the license and registration process…

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well that’s weird. I didn’t know there was that big of a difference in the process of buying a car. I haven’t bought a car in over 10 years but the main difference I think is that the car insurance is included in the monthly payment of the loan, that’s if you don’t pay the car outright, and I think that’s even optional. I only need liability insurance so I only pay $200 per year. You may have to go get the licence plates or something at the DMV but I can’t imagine it’s that big of a difference.

      I’ll check up on this and get back to you if I hear anything significant.

    • There is a lot of houses for sale. I always recommen to explore the area an buy later (even if you go to PR or to any other place)! The economic is bad but still if you have a job or at least some money you will be fine. Any place has good and bad things, but really if you like the tropical style you will love PR. Is a magical place to explore. We are going back to PR soon and we are in TX (I live there for 29 years).

  16. I just came across your site and hope you can help provide more information. My boyfriend is an electrician in Oklahoma and has been offered a job in PR. It is a year long project and so we have decided to move to PR. He also has his own small business we want to run while there also. The long-term goal is to have residency. I’ve seen several sites that provide tax incentives for our move, but I’m also worried about my job, as I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. In my research there are only about 20 RDH on the whole island.
    What information or links can you provide to help?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Caroline:

      You must be talking about the Acts 20 and 22. Yes those are some good tax incentives for those coming from the US to PR. Your husband should do just fine as an electrician here, but why are you concerned about your job? Dental Hygienists are needed in many places. There are tons of dental offices here. I suppose the lack of Spanish (if there is one) may play a factor. Otherwise you should be able to get a job somewhere, especially in the San Juan Metro. Having said that, you won’t be making as much money as you would be in the US.

      Your best bet would be your businesses. PR offers many tax incentives for people coming from the US and build businesses via the Acts 20 and 22.

      Search for those laws and incentives online, there is lots of info regarding these 2 Acts.

      Here’s a site that might get you started.

    • I am from PR and moving soon again. My husband is military and soon he is going to study electrician. Your comment is actually interés for us. Will be nice to know the company for future jobs! Jobs are hard to find but really love the Island. Is not easy to find online jobs or webpages jobs for PR but try to contact some dentist or RDH to get come more info that is always a good way to get at least some info.

      • Jay-Webmaster


        Most Electricians here actually work independently, but if he’s going to school here to become one, the school should be able to help him find a job with a company if that is what he wants.

        As far a a Dentist office, you can either search at the classifieds in the local newspaper or just go to the nearby offices and drop off your resume. There are jobs out there for dental hygienists.

  17. Hi thanks for all the info , want to know how is PR now with the economy , what do you think for the future ? i’m planning to move there but need more info thanks ,

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Aaron,

      Well, unfortunately there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to the future here. There is now a “Control Board” appointed by the US Government which are basically composed of bankers who don’t even live here. And those guys have just about all of the control regarding the finances here for the next several years at least, not even the elected governor can go over what this control board says.

      The details of how things will run under them are not all known but the main topic has been that they are proposing crazy austerity measures, cutting 300 million from the local university budgets immediately and hundreds of million more over the course of a couple of years, increasing the income taxes even more, and of course reducing services, they even mentioned a 4-day week at schools so they didn’t have to pay the teachers a full salary. So unfortunately I don’t know at this time how the control board will affect us.

      I will be posting on Facebook the latest info on what the control board says.

      Having said this, I personally don’t think things will be bad enough to make me move from here.

      Keep in touch on social media, I will post the most independent and factual online articles I can find online.

  18. Thanks for all the information you share. Interestingly I have been on hold for 30 minutes+ with Puerto Rico power company and I can get no live person to talk to me. Is there are another way that you advise to reach a live person? I tried the website and I get acct information, but it doesn’t allow for payment, service call. etc.
    Thank you!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Diana, you should be able to pay your bill online. You also should also be able to pay your bill with the automated service in the phone. Also, I recommend you call early in the morning if you want to talk to an agent with minimal wait.

      I do all of my transactions with them online, even to report an outage, I post on their Twitter account, so far it seems to work.

  19. Is Ceiba a good place to move to? And is housing reasonable

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Sue, it really depends on what you like, but generally speaking Ceiba is nice, I know someone through this website who moved there and loves it. Housing is reasonable there in my opinion.

  20. I would like to say thanks for what you are doing. It is great to communicate with somebody that will tell it like it is. My husband and I are considering retiring in PR in the next 5 years. I know that seems like a long time away but it is Winter in Wisconsin and I can’t stop thinking about it. If I could move today I would. We are wanting to move to a small condo (1 or 2 Bedroom) in an affordable location on a beach with balcony views of the ocean. I say small because the view is more important to us. We will have visitors, but not often enough to warrant getting a large condo. With the reading I have been doing, I am liking the sounds of Condado, Luquillo, Isla Verde, Fejardo, and Humacao, or Palmas del Mar. My husband enjoys fishing and I just want to be on calmer waters with the beautiful turquoise colors. He wants to stay in the US to be near Veteran clinics and hospitals. We enjoy eating out, but do not go to clubs often. We do not speak Spanish. I notice you talk positively about the N and NW coast and Rincon. We have been to other Islands, but never PR. I am planning a trip out there for us to explore the entire Island and actually see the different municipalities and beaches. Do you have any advice on some good places to retire near VA facilities with beachfront condos? Can you tell me anything about Palmas del Mar and other areas you may suggest? My husband also loves to view the cruise ships and harbors. P.S. I am grateful for any advice you can give me.

    • It’s late here, I guess I can’t spell my name. It’s Kathy! LOL

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Kathy!

      Well, out of the places you mentioned, Palmas del Mar is by far my favorite, I LOVE Palmas del Mar! HOWEVER, it is NOT CHEAP! I only go there when I’m invited by a friend or family member, I would not be able to afford that place. For a more affordable place with nice views, I’d recommend Luquillo, Fajardo, Ceiba for the eastern side and Aguadilla or Rincón for the NW side of the island. Condado is very nice and it has many things and places to go nearby, but it is considerably more expensive than the other places I mentioned but not as expensive as Palmas del Mar.

      There’s a VA hospital in Mayagüez which is not far from Rincón or Aguadilla (30 min drive or so depending on a few factors). And there’s also a VA hospital in San Juan, where Condado and Isla Verde would be a 20-30 minute drive depending on traffic.

      I don’t recall a VA hospital in eastern PR but the San Juan VA would be about an hour drive.

      If you love cruises, thankfully we have some that leave from San Juan and return to San Juan so no airfare needed!

      Fishing? Lots of fishing here, whether in the open ocean or the local lakes, there is fishing wherever you go here.

  21. Hi I just moved to PR. I realized that my insurance sticker on my car has expired. how can I go about renewing it? thanks !

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Are you talking about the “Marbete”? If you are, you need the License of the car, which you have to go get at CESCO (DTOP) if you don’t have it, then get the car inspected and get the Marbete. Many gas stations have them you have to look for a sign that reads “Centro de inspeccion” or “Marbetes” somewhere in the gas station. The price depends on the year of the vehicle and it covers liability insurance. My car is 12 years old so I pay $200 total per year for it and that’s the only insurance I have for the car.

      Hope this helps.

  22. My son is volunteering in Puerto Rico for 6 months. I just found out the geoblue policy does not cover PR, though they initially aid they did. He has insurance that only covers emergencies and everything has to be paid at visit. We can’t get travel insurance because he is already there, he arrived yesterday. Is there something he can buy there?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well, if he can’t get temporary insurance through Triple-S or Humana, Maybe he can look into the insurance plan offered by the Auxilio Mutuo hospital? That hospital offers an insurance plan that would get you the services provided at the hospital and the hospital’s “tower”. Assuming that he is in the San Juan Metro, that is actually a very good hospital with competent doctors, a hospital I’ve visited several times.

      The information is in Spanish but maybe there’s someone that can talk to him in English if he calls.

      Click on the link for “Plan de Socios” and check it out.

      Good Luck!

  23. Jay and Angela,

    Thank you for all of your insight. My partner and I are planning to move to PR in 2017. We are focusing on Hatillo and Arecibo. We have not found any information on the LGBTQ community in the area.

    Can you tell us anything about the acceptance of LGBTQ people residing in the area? We understand that there are people everywhere that won’t be accepting but we hope to be able to live our lives without being afraid. Where we live now we have lots of straight and gay friends and we would like to make many new friends in our new home.

    Thank you again!


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Mark, interestingly I just helped someone who looking into those municipalities as well, something good must be going on over there!

      Well, those municipalities are fairly small in terms of population and I honestly do not know how accepted the LGBTQ community is over there compared to San Juan. What I do know is that people here in general are very accepting so I don’t particularly expect personal animosity against you or others in the LGBTQ community, however there has been strong religious opposition against “rights” such as marriage (even though it is legal now). So at a personal level I don’t expect problems but in masses such as protests etc you can see some people are against the lifestyle. One thing to note though, the local culture here is to make fun of EVERYONE regardless of origin, lifestyle, or other, I mean they make fun of religious figures even! So please do not take offense when you see the inevitable comedy bit or radio show making fun of the LGBTQ community. I recommend you read my post on Why people hate Puerto Rico and why you will too.

      I have several Gay friends and several co workers as well, they have never mentioned anything bad about anything and they have never needed to be afraid of anything at all. Honest. I really don’t think you should have any problems at all. If there’s anything specific you would like me to ask my friends or co workers in the LGBTQ community please let me know!

      Happy new year!


      • Jay,

        Thank you so much for your response. I had already read your post “Why people hate Puerto Rico and why you will too”. It was very insightful. Your information is definitely helping to put our minds at ease for the move.

        I also really appreciate your offer to ask your friends for input if I have other specific questions. In the next few months, as we get closer to our move, I may take you up on that! Thanks again and Happy New Year to you as well!


        • Jay-Webmaster

          My pleasure!

        • We live in Hatillo. Try looking at homes in Costa Norte, Hatillo. Very nice gated community, not overly expensive, very welcoming to ex-pats of all kinds!

          • Should have mentioned it’s a beachfront community!

          • Jay-Webmaster

            People here are generally very welcoming. We have not felt “not-welcomed” anywhere we go here. One of the things we love about people here.

            Your community sounds very nice!

    • My son just got to Puerto Rico. Found out today geoblue doesn’t cover Puerto Rico. Can’t get travel insurance because he’s already there. He has blue Cross, but it only covers emergencies and everything has to be paid up front.

  24. Can you tell me if there is an excise tax on household items from US? Getting different answers. I was told 6.6% tax on nonvaluables and we fill out a form including values. Also told no fees at all.
    Thanks for clarifying.

  25. Hello all,
    I visited Puerto Rico this month (November 2016) for the first time on a quest to find a place to live in the northwest area. I want to emphasize that the associated free state is a truly beautiful land. The random, local people I encountered during my stay were all genuine, kindhearted and generous with their time in trying to help me start a life in PR. I was very impressed with the warm reception and immediately knew I had found a special place here.

    Unfortunately, I work and study online full time so reliable internet is critical to my livelihood. Sadly, after desperately searching in Isabela, Aguadilla and other areas for over one week, I was forced to concede defeat and return to the mainland.

    However, I still hope to go back, find reliable internet and somehow make it work, so any helpful suggestions are appreciated!

    On a side note, I’ve read some angry comments here apparently posted by bitter, self-entitled people that don’t agree with my perspective. To all of you that fit this description- PR is better off without your negative vibes, so if you like to whinge about the infrastructure or lack of fluent English speakers, or long wait times and slower pace of life then hopefully you’ve already left, If you still live here and you really hate it so much then you should probably consider leaving as soon as possible and go somewhere else more suited to your standards. Not to hard to understand that concept for you, is it?

    Thanks for reading,

    • Jay-Webmaster

      I always tell those wanting to move here. PR is not for everyone, it is a different place, do not expect things in PR to be the same as how they were wherever you live or lived.

      • Jay, I am an uptight person and I just read your great article about how you will hate PR. I wish you could make fun of me so I would loosen Up! Some day this year I will visit PR for the first time. After moving around the world and living in seven various countries, I hope to find retirement in PR. I will remember the words in your article and give people a break when things don’t run the way I expect. I will assimilate like all the other places I lived. My wife wife visited PR two yrs ago and she felt accepted where in the US she did not always. I’m hoping to change.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Brian,

          I’m very glad you liked my post on Why People Hate Puerto Rico and Why You Will Too, I put a lot of work on those posts and I’m very happy to hear that some people like them. I was very honest on that post and if you are seriously considering a move here, I advise you to expect your patience to be tested early and often. You just have to take a deep breath and move on.

          Visiting PR is not the same as living here but depending on where you choose to live you’ll live a more relaxed or a more hectic life. If you like relaxed life I would recommend to move outside the San Juan Metro.

          Your wife felt accepted here and that is not surprising. We are extremely accepting people regardless of their cultural background. I always advise people to get involved with the local community in various clubs and activities, that’s when you really see how nice the people are here and how much they love to help.

          If you need to “loosen up” a little bit, we have amazing Artisan Sangría here, that should do the trick! 😉

    • I have heard from friends of a company called aeronetpr, which is based in Guaynabo. My friends tell me it works without trouble. We live in the south of the island and they cover our area. I also know that the Mc Donald’s in my neighborhood uses this company for their internet connection, and to provide free wi fi for the customers. You can call t hem and give them location, even coordinates, and they get back to you with coverage info. The downside is that is a little expensive.

      • Jay-Webmaster

        Thanks Ira,

        I’ve heard mixed reviews on Aeronet, which is actually better than Claro or Liberty where I only hear awful things from their customers.

      • Hello Ira,
        Thank you very much for the insight on Aeronet, I just checked them out based on your suggestion. I found that their prices are more expensive as you said- they are around 50 per cent higher per month than Liberty- but the reliability would be worth the higher price for me. Thanks again for your help!


        • I recently moved to ocean park in San Juan from California. I am a full time online student and we have fiber optic, from critical hub? Something like that. We just got it last week and for some reason it went out yesterday,they had someone out here this morning fixing it. I have heard fiber optic is the way to go around here but we are the first ones in our building to get it, I’ll keep you posted if you would like 🙂

    • The further you go from the metropolitan area the shower the internet gets in some areas, but if you look in the right places you can find up to 300 mb depending on the company ( ISP )!!

  26. Hello Jay and congrats on your website – it’s a tremendous tresure trove regarding PR.

    I have been living in Puerto Rico for two years and despite some cons I love the place. Recently, I started working as a freelancer for a company located in the US. I am looking for some information on how to pay self-employment income taxes in Puerto Rico. So far every person I’ve asked gave me different answer. Also, do you know any reliable tax preparation professional or company that wouldn’t reap me off 🙂

    Thanks in advance for your reply,


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Send me an email at webmaster (at) newtopuertorico dot com. I will look for recommendations from my friends.

      Take Care!

  27. Hi there! My boyfriend is moving to Aguadilla for a few years for work, and I am considering coming down for four or five months of the year. I have a sixteen year old son with autism who needs some special education services. What do you know about the public school system’s ability to work with children with special needs? My son is what some call “high functioning”, meaning he talks, reads, etc.

    Also, what is the food shopping situation like in smaller towns and cities like Aguadilla? Does everyone shop in supermarkets? Are there open air markets that are cheaper and carry local produce?

    Thanks for your help. I’m sure we’ll have more questions. 😀

    • Jay-Webmaster

      You would have to contact the Department of Education. I honestly do not know how they work but I do know they don’t have the budget or programs most people have in the US, but they do the best they can. I home-school my kids because (among other reasons) the schools are not equipped to deal with kids with Celiac disease and Epilepsy. Although autism is just as common here as anywhere else, and there is much more awareness of it compared to Celiac disease; public special education has been on the news for years now due to lack of funding. Having said that, I simply recommend you contact the local Department of Education and as specifically for your case, if you don’t know Spanish I recommend you have someone call for you since it is likely that the person that answers the phone won’t know English.

      Aguadilla is not that small of a town and there will be grocery stores as well as small local shops. Produce won’t necessarily be cheaper in one place over the other. I generally go to Econo grocery stores since that’s where I find the cheapest produce, but not much cheaper than the other stores.

    • My son was evaluated by the dpt of educación. Also talk yo school directors explain to them your sons is autistic and they will guide you to getting situated

  28. I am retiring to santa isabel,pr and am looking for some reassurance that I can live on about $2800.00 per month.I we own our home there out right. My wife is from PR but has not loved there for 25 years and I have never lived there but have visited for the past 25 years.I do not consider my self to be bilingual as people tell me I am. Is say I can get by quite well.I know nothing about how my social security check my be taxed and any coments on that would be helpful.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Mike,

      Well, it depends on how much debt and obligations you have. But I can tell you that I personally have much less than $2800 per month and I manage. Consider also that I have to buy really expensive food because of Celiac disease so my food costs are 2-3x what they would be to the normal person. By no means I feel that I live comfortably, I do melt during the day because I can’t afford A/C, my car is over 10 years old and I rarely get to vacation, take day trips or go out to eat; but I do manage with about $1500 per month personally. If you have $2800 per month after your monthly debt payments you should be ok. Electric, water, and Cable/Internet should be about $350 or so per month if it’s only the both of you depending on the packages you choose.

      • i will have no debt once i get there.just the cable,electric,water and food. i plan on bringing my car from the states.will medicare from the states suffice in PR or do i need other coverage? do you know what the tax obligations are on social security checks?
        thanks for your time

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Well, I guess it depends on the amount of debt and monthly obligations. Medicare should be fine but some people do supplement with private insurance. Unfortunately I really don’t know much about taxes, you’ll probably have to get an expert opinion on that =(

  29. do you know anything about parking in old san juan? my sister lives there and she says you must have a permit but there are none and they don’t know when they will get more. it’s a $500 fine to not have a permit.

  30. Hello,
    Can you tell me if for Puerto Rico there is a website listing most of the fuel stations with their current prices at the pump? In other countries (France, Germany, Spain) there are laws that compel the station owners to report fuel prices to a governmental website every time they change them. If there is no such law in Puerto Rico, maybe there is a website with user generated content that is useful for drivers, to decide where they fill up?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Camelia!

      Well as far as I know, there is no website that shows the gas stations and the prices. There are so many gas stations here that I would probably find it a bit overwhelming to see a list of so many gas stations, but I do remember seeing such websites in the US when I lived there.

      However, gas prices don’t change as often as I used to see in the US and over here we do our prices based on liters not gallons. There is a website from the local consumer affairs that would tell you what the current price range per liter SHOULD be, and if you find a gas station that is higher than that range you are encouraged to report it.

      Take a look at my page detailing the Gasoline prices in Puerto Rico, where you can learn more about how we work the prices and click on the link to the local consumer affairs website for the price range (you may have to use your browser’s translate feature because the website is in Spanish).

      The idea of such website with gas prices is a very good one, and I wish we had it, but normally what people do is look at the currant price range by the local affairs site and then fill up on the gas stations that are on the lower end, which normally are the ones that will always be on the lower end of the price range.

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi Jay,

        I hope you are yours are well. We have a house in Yauco, PR but live in NY and visit at lease twice a year. Just recently our water bill was overdue and a balance left unpaid. Unfortunately, someone else was in charge of paying the bill. Anyway I was there in February 2016 and the water has been cut off. The owners of the house are my Uncle & (2) Aunts whom are elderly what and where do I need to go to rectify this problem and turn on the water ? your help with this matter would be greatly appreciated.

        Best regards,

        Vidalina Miranda

  31. Hello every one I am new here to Puerto rico and i have only been here about a month im 21 and looking for a job sadly i only know english. I was born and raised in California i came here with my fiancee who luckily is bilingual but not from the U.S. anyways do you guys know who’s hiring i am in bayamon so i have been to every store I’m plaza del sol. It is just kind of hard and frustrating to when i don’t know Spanish. My main goal is to get a job take spanish lessons and go to vocational tech schools. So if anyone could give me advise on who is hiring that woukd be great.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Joy.

      Not knowing Spanish is unfortunately a big handicap but not prohibitive. I know people who know no Spanish and have jobs, however most of them are self employed or work for the U.S. Gov. You can look on for jobs here in PR with a variety of skills whether it is stocking shelves or something more specific. If I know if someone is hiring for a job that requires no Spanish then I’ll let you know. But at this time that’s all I can think about. I don’t know what your educational level is but I once met a young woman working at a restaurant in Condado and she knew very basic Spanish, the kind you could learn in a week, but it was enough for the restaurant since most of the clientele were tourists anyway, very little Spanish was spoken there.

  32. Hola!! My name is Shelby and I’m considering moving to Puerto Rico for a year because I heard if I do that and then move back to the U.S I wont have to pay taxes but then another sources says I’d have to live in PR for 183 days out of the year – can some please clarify this for me please?

    Also, if/when I do move to Puerto Rico, I wish to work as a psych nurse full time but also be in the airforce reserves. From what I’ve read, the place to live (for me at least) would be in San Juan; is there an airforce base there?

    How important is it for me to know Spanish?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Shelby,

      As far as I know you have to live 6 months plus 1 day here.

      There is a small Airforce Base in Carolina (next to San Juan) called “Base Muñiz”, there is also an Army base in Guaynabo called Fort Buchanan which is much bigger.

      Spanish is usually not 100% imperative but your life will be MUCH simpler if you do know Spanish, I recommend you read Angela’s post called “Learning Spanish will make your life easier in Puerto Rico” if you haven’t already done so.

      Good Luck!

  33. hi. i am a retired attorney (living solo) and live on a fixed income ($2000-$2500) a month. i have lived in Buenos Aires and Parts of Uruguay ( 3 years) and now back in massachusetts. I’ve visited PR several times. I am giving serious thought to moving to Puerto Rico for a few years – probably the west coast. I’d loke to live in a community tranquilo but with opportunities to meet and socialize with people. I’d like to use my lifetime of law practice somehow( not looking to practice regular law). do you have any thoughts / suggestions for communities in which to live. Or how to get started. Hablo español pero no estoy bilingüe

    • Jay-Webmaster

      I highly recommend the municipality of Rincón. I think it would be a very good fit for you. Lots of English is spoken there too, many many people from the US move to Rincón to retire.

    • Michael –
      Rincon is a big tourist spot, one reason why I avoided being right there. True most definitely is that mostly everyone there speaks and understands English. If you are looking for something more tranquil but not to far away, I would personally recommend Anasco, which is close to the beach as well (takes me about 8 minutes to get to the local beach), about 15-20 minutes to Rincon, and about 10 minutes away from Mayaguez.
      If you are looking for a little more of an original Puerto Rican setting within the close proximity of being able to get to the more touristy places quickly, check this place out.
      We most certainly love it here!

  34. Im planning on moving to cruces with my husband. He already has a house that was given to him by his parents. I like to know where i can find newspaper in english and are there any groups and is there a cathoic church in English

  35. Thank you Jay. We are visiting PR for the first time. Dive vacation. Experienced divers looking for local flare. Guanica, La Perguara, Ponce, Cabo Rojo? Not a lot of diving info on the Internet. Diving with an eye to moving. We love diving, art, family, food, and local. Not in any particular order. Is Guanica too small, is Ponce too large? Vacation is mostly diving with lots of eating and some exploring. Any tips on which town might be best? Thank you.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Ponce is OK, it is not large at all, but I would honestly look at Cabo Rojo.

      Guanica is OK too, but if I were you I would look in Cabo Rojo.

  36. Hello Jay and Angela Great information

    I want to move my family from Thailand to PR, where there are large Biz groups?

    Is Rincon or San Juan best choices?

    Where are the largest expat groups?

    I’m a 68 yr old Us citizen retired Biz man needing to restart from scratch a Biz for my 46 yr old Thai wife, because of my poor health (13 heart surgeries)

    Also do you know about the VA hospital there?
    Jer : )

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Rincón is nice but for large businesses and to be close to the VA hospital I would recommend the San Juan area. The quality of life is not nearly as good as in Rincón though. There is a small VA hospital in Mayagüez, which is close to Rincón, but the big VA hospital is in San Juan.

  37. HI

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Margarita!

      Well, I don’t think public schools have changed much in the past 18 years to be honest. Maybe some schools now have air conditioning, I know that way back then, my school did not have A/C. But the conditions are virtually unchanged and the budget is still low compared to the public schools you may be used to in the US. I personally am not a huge fan of the local public schools generally speaking. There are some public schools that are good, some specialized or vocational schools are generally good, but the common public school has a less than stellar reputation. Having said that, I have friends that graduated from public schools and have turned out just fine, but in the most part they’ve had a rough first year of college after high school. So, I am a bit biased in favor of private schools. But again, many successful college students and beyond have graduated from local public schools, I’m just a bit picky and would go more for a vocational school. because that is not an option for me, and I can’t afford private schooling, I home-school my kids.

      I don’t expect the public schools in Fajardo to be any different than the public school anywhere else in PR. Your kids may have to bring their own toilet paper and water bottle, maybe even some soap to wash their hands. Also, expect all classes to be in Spanish except for the English class.

      Hope this helps!

      • Thank you Jay for all that info. Well I guess is almost like here in Tampa, FL we have to supply soap, hand sanitizer, etc. About taking the classes in Spanish will be no problem, because I have been doing that with them they know to read and write Spanish. But yes I will be considering vocational school. Gracias mil.

  38. Hi Jay,

    I don’t know if you remember me. My name is Chris and I moved to Ceiba. It has been a year and I love living on the east side 🙂
    I have had problems finding a doctor who accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I have been given names and numbers from BC/BS of doctors who are supposedly in the network however they have been disconnected numbers or do not accept BC/BS.

    I am thinking of just picking up health insurance here on the island. Can you recommend which company would be good and reasonbly priced. I only need coverage for myself. I heard Triple S have been drop from doctors because they do not pay. However; this was hear- say

    Please help


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chris! Of course I remember you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the East!

      What I suggest is that if you already have a primary physician, call them and ask which insurance they accept. If you don’t have a primary physician, then call Triple-S and Humana and check their prices.

      Either one is fine, Triple-S is generally more expensive than Humana. Lately I’ve heard better things from Humana than Triple-S. Give them a call and get a quote.

      Take Care!

  39. What are the steps to move to PR if you are US citizen? Is it difficult? How’s the economy?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Moving to PR is like moving to just about any other state with just a few things like not being able to drive your stuff with a truck. The economy is considered good for some and bad for others, really depends on what you are looking for. It is not hard moving here, it is more annoying than anything else. Getting the car permits and driver’s license, getting services hooked up etc, all that was annoying. Otherwise it was easy.

  40. Thank you for all of the information! My husband and I are considering relocating to PR this Fall, but we hear a lot of mixed things on safety/crime and also the quality of healthcare. I have heard that the West coast is safer, although I have friends in Fajardo and they love it there. I plan to visit soon to check it all out, but I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks again.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Maggie,

      It really depends on what you consider safe and what you are involved in. I don’t really think the west coast is safer than the east, the crime is more prevalent in areas with the most population. Also, if you are concerned of violent crime, the vast majority of the violent crime is very targeted, meaning that there is someone or a group of people after you for some reason, usually drugs; if you are not involved with that then you really have very little to worry about. Personally the only crime I’ve been a victim of here was that someone broke into my car and stole my MP3 player, and the guilty parties were a group of teenagers that came to visit from the USA. Other than that everything has been fine.

      I wouldn’t really choose one area over another based on what some people say, there are good things and bad things to every area and what I think is good or bad may not be what you consider to be good or bad. Having said that, I prefer to be closer to San Juan because of the closeness to the main medical facilities and there’s simply more to do; however, the pace of life is slower in the northwest and southwest, I prefer the southwest, much slower pace of life. Mayagüez is a college town so it can get hectic.

      Healthcare? Again it depends what you consider to be good or bad. Healthcare is actually one of the reasons I haven’t left yet. Doctors here actually care (for the most part). I have most of my doctor’s personal email and cell phone number and I can call or email whenever and I have never been turned down, they are more like family really. I have ran into several of my doctors out and about and they always greet me/us with a hug and a kiss and ask how we are doing and stuff. Also, I’ve had MRI’s, X-rays, ultrasounds, and everything in between without any trouble at all. BUT, some people may see that the hospital has old chairs or tables, or that the wait time is long etc. and they feel like the healthcare here is crap. Strange thing is that the very best care I have ever gotten was at the public university hospital known as “Centro Medico”, where the budget is very poor and the doctor’s offices leave a lot to be desired in terms of aesthetics. But like I said, they do have the very very best doctors and machines there, in fact there’s a new industry here called “Medical Tourism” where people come from all over the Caribbean to get state of the art treatments and medical care for a fraction of what it costs elsewhere.

      Will you like it here? I don’t know, Puerto Rico is not for everyone, especially people who are uptight and want things done a certain way. This is a different culture and things are done differently here, those who are open to that change generally like it, those who don’t like that generally don’t last here very long. I like the beach, relaxing and “tomorrow” attitude here, people don’t tend to take things very seriously here, I like that, others hate it.

      Hope this helps!

      • Thank you so much for your input. I will be visiting for 10 days in early September, and I plan to explore Isla Verde, Fajardo, Aguadilla and Rincon. So I will be all over the place, but I am very excited. I have been to Mexico many times and loved it, I think I will love Puerto Rico as well. While I am there I plan to look at lots and lots of real estate, so if you know any realtors that you trust would love the recommendation. Thanks again for your help 🙂

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Maggie,

          Truthfully the best approach is to contact the realtor of the apartment or house you are interested in rather than have a realtor show you his/her listings.

  41. Hi Jay, First of all, Thank You for the good information you provide for us Gringos. I’m an older gentleman looking to retire in Rincon area. I’m an old beach bum. I would probably just hang out at the beach, maybe a marina or entertainment spot. Eventually I would buy a car and begin to explore all of PR. I’ll be living on a very meager retirement. Do you think Rincon would be a good fit for me or would you recommend another town. Thank you in advance.


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chrommie:

      Well, we all have the things we like and that we don’t like. Personally though if I were of retirement age I would really like Rincón. It has a slower pace of life, there are lots of people from the US, they have some nice beaches, and there is lots to do. Of course I would recommend exploring the island eventually, but truthfully, Rincón is really nice. I think you would like it, I know I do.

  42. Hi Jay just to thank you.for all the info and good attitude you have , we really LOVE THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND, you was right in everything you told me ,we find excellent s doctors ,schools,supermarkets and the best the People they are really wonderful and all ways happy ,we love fajardo and ceiba is the perfect place for us to live with our family I recommend puerto Rico is wonderful ,thanks you again :):)

    • Jay-Webmaster


      I am so glad you like Puerto Rico and that I was able to help you! This is why I do this, to help others!

      Take Care!


  43. Hi,

    Enjoy you web site. Looking to retire to Puerto Rico. How is Ceiba or Fajardo? I had family that came from these areas. With all of the migration to the states, how is the availability of medical services.


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ralph!

      Fajardo and Ceiba are very nice. Those areas are much calmer than the San Juan metro. You should be able to get general medical services fairly easily, however more specialized services might be available in the San Juan metro area. There are a few very specific medical services that might be scarce here due to the migration to the US for better pay, but I wouldn’t know exactly which services those would be because I haven’t met anyone who has had to go to the US for those services, I’ve just read and heard of people who have done it for certain conditions that you don’t hear about often.

      Good Luck!

  44. Hello,
    My boyfriend and I will be moving to PR in August and are considering a lease at Atlantis. We are reading mixed reviews about the area around the building. Could you tell me about the area? Is it unsafe? We like the building but are concnerned after reading some posts online that it’s a nice building surrounded by an unsafe neighborhood. Please email if you can.
    Thank you!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Julia!

      Well, I actually like Atlantis, and I know people who live there with their kids.

      I will email you with my thoughts.

      Take Care

  45. Hi there!
    My husband and I, along with our 2 children, will be heading to Fort Buchanan, PR this September. We have spoken with a few people who are from the area and they have advised us to live outside of the installation, rather than on post.
    We are interested in renting a home near Fort Buchanan, preferably in a gated community that’s semi-close to the beach. Possibly the Dorado area? Do you have any suggestions?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      I would have to agree with the people you have spoken to. Although living on post will provide you with a perfect little quiet world, you will likely be stuck in that little bubble and you will not be able to experience the local culture, and let me tell you, you would be missing a lot! I have really good friends that have decided to stay in post and their perception of PR is very different to those who have decided to live outside.

      As far as where to live, Toa Baja would be a place to consider. Dorado is OK but a bit farther and more expensive. I personally like Guaynabo but it is not necessarily near the beach, but not far either, you can get to many different beaches in a 15-20 minute drive. But search Toa Baja. I would stay away from Cataño because the local power plant sometimes throws its gas emissions that way.

      Oh and while I’m at it, if you can afford private schooling, I recommend you put your kids in a local private school in Toa Baja or nearby. The Buchanan school has a new elementary complex which is nice and all, but trust me on this, the DODEA curriculum and methods are not very good at all. And forget any idea of your children learning Spanish, they will not learn Spanish in the Buchanan school, in fact, Spanish is prohibited in many classrooms, especially at the elementary level, Middle and High Schools have a Spanish class, but I promise you it is not enough to learn fluently. I HIGHLY recommend to put your kids in a local private school where they will be immersed in the Spanish language, there’s a local program called Chapter 1 (I think), that will help your kids learn Spanish for the schools.

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      • How wonderful! Thank you so much for the info! My husband and I are brushing up on our Spanish now so we’ll hopefully be able to converse with the locals on their comfort level. We were looking at rentals on the clasificados website last night and there were a few in the areas you mentioned. We’ll definitely check them out, as well has the schooling options.
        Our goal is to experience the culture and soak up the experience entirely. We want to see the whole island and eat all the food! And get to know the locals! But we want to make sure we stay safe and learn how to identify negative situations before they get too bad. For example, my husband spent several years in Hawaii and learned very quickly that it was a beautiful, yet proud, culture. There were certain bars and clubs that mainlanders weren’t welcome in. The majority of them had posted signs stating so, but some people found out the hard way. We want to remain respectful and maintain a good rep with the locals there. We have kids and likely won’t do much bar-hopping or clubbing, but are there any clues you can give about this sort of thing? Any towns or places we should keep away from? (Sorry for the lengthy questions!!! You’ve been so helpful!)

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Mandi, I’m so glad I am able to help! No need to apologize for the questions!

          Well, I guess like Hawaii, we are also a proud culture. However, I have not heard of any place that wouldn’t welcome people from other places. I suppose there may be places that Mainlanders don’t particularly frequent, so you may get a look of “are these guys lost”? I mean I suppose that could happen, but I’ve never heard of people getting into a bad situation because they were not welcome.

          The one thing I did see personally was someone I knew (from the US) that simply hated how loud and lively of a culture we are. He lived near a bar in San Juan and of course it was loud late at night and he got tired of it one day and went over there and demanded for them to be quiet, getting into an altercation with drunk folks and getting beat by many of the patrons of the bar. It pays to know that this man even got kicked out of the Church he went to because of how negative and uptight he was, plus he was “black balled” by the agency I work for due to the conduct in different offices in the US, so when I heard about this bar incident, I was more surprised to see that it took this long to get his ass whooped than the fact that it actually happened. He finally was able to transfer to an office in the US after many years of getting rejected in other offices.

          But, personally I have not witnessed any “unwelcoming” places to people from other countries, as long as they are not critical of the local culture. That is one thing people here hate, we do see a lot of people come from the US with this sense of arrogance and “I am better than you” attitude and people here don’t like that very much. Thankfully that is only a small percentage of people. So, as long as you accept and appreciate the local culture and all the quirks you should be more than fine.

          Towns to stay away from? None really. There are some sectors that I would stay away from and you’ll know when you see them, but whole towns, nah, they all have good areas. As far as clubbing or night life, I would recommend Isla Verde or Condado area in San Juan. You will probably enjoy the hotel bars in Isla Verde where you will find good music, drinks and a friendly atmosphere. Condado is really nice too at night, just make sure to dress up if you go out for a night out! Many places won’t let people in if they are not dressed to impress. Have you read Angela’s post on How women dress in Puerto Rico? It’s actually pretty accurate. It caused some controversy of course but when you come here you’ll see that she speaks the truth.

          Once you come here you will see how nice people are here and how welcoming they are to those who are receptive to the local culture. There are good things and not so good things, it is what it is. I highly doubt you or your husband will get into a bad situation.

          Take Care!

  46. Hello,

    Me and my Wife are looking to move to Puerto Rico within the year. We just started researching and looking at costs, what to expect, where to live, etc… We found your website very helpful! We will both be leaving our career’s here in the U.S. (Indianapolis) and starting fresh. One thing I’ve heard is it is good to start networking before the move to help with the job hunt. I just wondered if you new of any discussion boards we could join to help start meeting people who are planning on moving or have moved from the states to get advice etc…

    Do you have any helpful hint’s on looking for work? We both have Master’s Degree’s but are really willing to take on whatever we need to in order to make the move a reality.

    Thanks again for all the great info and really enjoyed the blog!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Travis!

      First of all so sorry for the delay in response! I’ve been busy with lots going on, finally things are settling down and I’ll be able to dedicate the time this website deserves!

      Yes, networking is important, and it is part of the culture here, we are a very personal and face to face culture. As far as discussion board, I started a forum a few months ago, unfortunately it is still in its infancy and it will take a while to get going with a big community, but feel free to post anything! Maybe you get a reply who knows! The link to the forum is at the top of the page.

      To find work, I HIGHLY recommend you follow the Department of Labor’s (Departemento de Trabajo) twitter account, they post job opening s constantly! Also, last April they posted a pdf file with over 1000 job openings. Click here to access the PDF file.

      There are also lots of different places to look online. is also a place to consider, just search for “Puerto Rico” as the location.

      Let me know if you need anything else! I will make sure I reply quicker!


  47. Hello, We just bought a house in Isabela. I saw a very big centipede and a snake. The house is about 15 minutes from the jobos beac . I do not want to move now tyhere, and my husband is very sad . there is something to kill those mosters?

    • Jay-Webmaster


      Centipedes and snakes are common here. Rest assured though that none of the local snakes are poisonous and most of them are too small to pose any threat to humans or pets (except for birds). I see the Puerto Rican Boa or the Racer in my backyard all the time and I have no problems, normally they run away when they see you. Really the snakes here are a joke.

      Centipedes are also common, I actually saw one yesterday at my place of employment. All you need to do is hire an exterminator and have him/her come over once a month. This is common practice in houses here in PR in order to keep the cockroaches and centipedes under control.

  48. Well, I paid for the house April 21. In 3 weeks, I had it completely rewired and a new cement roof on, new upstairs patio and downstairs patio. I love the project! It’s going to be incredible! They are building an outdoor shower now and they have built a new laundry room! Thanks for the tip about where to check for cars… Craigslist also had some tips such as never go through a third party. There are some scams out there, for sure. Thanks for your help!!

  49. Hi Jay. You helped me a few months ago when I was looking for a realtor. You were very helpful! She was great and I purchased my home. My question now: is there a best way to locate a vehicle for sale?? I was wondering what with so many folks leaving the island, maybe there’s an online ” bulletin board” type thing where folks could list their cars, furniture, etc I tried Craigslist but there were some shady deals and I’d like to try to go a different route. Ideas??

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Oh I’m so glad!!! How do you like it so far!?

      As far as car goes, you can check or you can simply go to a car dealer and see what they have. There’s also

      Check them out! Let me know if you need anything else!

  50. Hi great information thanks , we are planning to move to Puerto Rico , Fajardo, people been told us is a bad decision because the economy and the crime , we are hearing so many people are going to Florida , we know Puerto Rico and we love it, can you tell me more about the economy and the crime in fajardo , we are family of 4 and we want a laid back life thank you very much

    • Jay-Webmaster

      I say if you want to move then go for it. The economy is good for some and not good for others. The government is in debt and that has impacted us quite a bit by increasing taxes and prices in just about everything. People from PR are moving to FL and other places for many different reasons, not only financial. Many of those who move there end up moving back after a few years. Many people move here and hate it, others love it. If you go by what you see on TV or other people tell you you will be in a bubble and not go anywhere. Yes crime is bad, but I have never been a victim of crime here, and chances are that if you don’t have any enemies then you won’t be a victim of crime either, especially violent crime.

      Some places in Fajardo are laid back, others not so much. Why Fajardo? I mean Fajardo is nice and all, but for a more laid back life I would personally consider the Southwest municipalities such as Lajas or Cabo Rojo.

      Hope this helps.

      • Thank you for taking your time and answer my questions, well Fajardo is close to San Juan where my daughter is going to study ” Conservatorio De Musica” and we want to be able to going back and forth for the first semester . Also if you now where can I go and ask for homeschooling I will appreciate we have a 6 years old daughter too and I know the public schools are not really the best and the private are expensive for us right now , thanks again my best wishes for you 🙂

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Danesa! Well, first of all I would like to congratulate your daughter on getting into the Conservatorio de Musica! That is an excellent music school! I have personal friends who have graduated from that school.

          Fajardo is somewhat close to San Juan but not really, especially during the school year, driving towards San Juan on Route 3 with all those traffic lights could easily take you an hour to San Juan during peak traffic times. Have you considered Rio Grande? It is closer to Route 66 and it takes you to San Juan much quicker with less traffic lights.

          Homeschooling. Have you read our post on Homeschooling in Puerto Rico? We homeschool our kids, although we are considering a public school so they can learn Spanish. But we do homeschool and we know about it, read our post, we are part of a large homeschool group that does all kinds of activities.

          Fell free to contact us via our facebook page, it is a bit more private and you can ask me a bit more personal or specific questions that way.

          Take Care!

  51. Where can find a low cost dentist in PR for the standard 6 months cleaning? Name, location, price, phone?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Oh there are so many that it would be difficult to say without an approximate location. Are you in the San Juan Metro?

      • In the San Juan metro yes, near Plaza Escorial, but that doesn’t matter for me. I would go somewhere else on the island for the adventure and to support a dentist that charges less.

        Anyway, if you know some in the San Juan metro and outside of it, both options would be helpful as choices. Thanks

  52. Hello and thank you for your very useful post,

    All I would like to know is what bank in Puerto Rico has agencies in the US and backwards. I need to transfer money to my US account in Wells fargo but PR does not have that bank here. Are there any banks I can use?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well, normally credit unions are the ones that would have agencies both in the US and PR per their own agreements. I know Jet Stream Credit union has agreements with banks in the US. But honestly you don’t really have to have a local bank if you don’t want to. I don’t have an account with a local bank and I haven’t had any problems at all.

  53. Okay Jay, as I warned you, I have a million questions! These are only the beginning! Once I arrived in Aguadilla, I found the apartment is only mine until the first of July. It has been promised to other “expats”.from New Hampshire…so I have to find a new place. I’m okay with this due to the fact I don’t have a car, and to stay here I will definitely need one. I have found a place in San Juan, which is probably better for me. It is in a secure building on Called San Agustin? Is this close enough for walking to groceries, medicines, restaurants, etc? Or is there a close bus line? Next, what can I expect the cab fare to cost me leaving Aguadilla to San Juan? Will I be close to the beach here? Apparently I will be right next to a park, which will be great when my dog gets here! Sorry to bug you so much, but you’re the best source of info there is! I love your site! Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ginger! It’s no problem at all! You can also message us privately in our Facebook page if you wish!

      The San Agustin area is very populated and there is a grocery store in that area as well. It could be a bit of a walk for some people, I would estimate 15-20 minute walk to the grocery store. That area is also home to my favorite cake bakery called “Super Cake”, which I can’t eat anymore due to Celiac Disease, but still, you may like their cakes and desserts, just be careful crossing the road, it is a busy busy road.

      There should be buses in that area as well as it is a very populated area.

      Unfortunately it is not close to the beach, depending on what you mean by close, it is not walking distance but you can drive to it and be at a decent beach within 20 minutes.

      Cab fare between San Juan and Aguadilla will be a lot! It is quite a drive so I wouldn’t be surprised if it cost anywhere between $175-200!

      There is a park nearby, I think it is called “Nuevo Milenio”, but it is on the other side of that busy road.

      Have you checked closer to Isla Verde or Condado? Those areas are close to the beach, Condado is very walkable and there are grocery stores nearby, there is also much more English spoken in those areas.


      • No I haven’t checked into either of those areas Jay. I will begin my search again in those areas. I hate to think that I’m in such a beautiful area, but can’t have access to the beach easily. I really can’t afford to purchase an auto right now, especially having to move so quickly again. I was not aware you had a Facebook page. Is it titled new to Puerto Rico as well? Thanks again for your help!

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Please do check those areas! The link to our Facebook page is on the right side of the website. Or search newtopuertorico on FB! =)

  54. With the Puerto Rican economy in shambles and with many people leaving the island for the mainland, would this make it advantageous for a retired English speaking American to move to Puerto Rico? How expensive would it be?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well, it would really depend on where your biggest bills would be. For example, for me personally, moving out of here to the US would be more expensive because of the cost of insurances and taxes I would have to pay. Medical insurance costs a lot more in the US, car insurance costs a lot more over there as well. The general idea is that material things and some foods tend to be cheaper in the US; however things like insurance, general services (gardening, handyman work, etc.) tend to be cheaper here (if done by a local company).

      Electricity, water/sewer, internet, etc tend to be more expensive here.

    • Hello! Great website. I’m a born/raised in Ponce PR. Moved to the US with the Army for the last 14 yrs. Now I’m ready to return. My question is: are people returning to PR ???? My plan was never to stay for good in the US. Like you mentioned in other comments: the US has many problems as well. We just don’t pay attention to them. I’ve lived in many places: TN, TX, CA, DC, NC. All with good things and terrible things. Weather: it rains for weeks, cold weather 1/2 a year, you have to pay $$$$ for everything: 2K + for rent, drugs in schools, etc. You get what you pay for. Anyways, are people at all returning to PR??? because we only hear the negative side. Thanks God, I got a well-paid job on the west coast. Feel excited about it, but with so much negativism, makes you wonder if is a good decision. Any advise ??? Thank you !!!! Viva Puerto Rico !!!!

      • Jay-Webmaster

        Well, I did return to PR. I was one of those who left, but I never disliked it here, I left for other reasons, but I quickly realized that life in the US wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Not that it’s bad, I would move back if I had to without too much problem, but I just felt that I was substituting some good/bad things from one place for the good/bad things of another place. It’s a give and take anywhere you live.

        Are people coming back? Most are not, usually the ones that do are the ones who are coming here to retire. My sister for example used to live close to the beach here in PR, she then moved to the US for a work promotion, now she comes to visit and takes pictures of the beach and comments on how much she wants to retire near the beach. To me that’s confusing because she used to live near the beach and now she’s postponing it 30+ years down the road. But anyway, that’s her choice and the choice of many others.

        So some people are coming back, but mostly to retire, we also are seeing a great influx of people from the US who want a change in lifestyle.

        Puerto Rico is great to some people and awful to others, it depends on what’s important to you. What I do say is that Puerto Rico is NOT for the uptight.

  55. Hey Jay,
    Thanks for all the wonderful information. I am looking to purchase a propert around Mar Chiquita, what’s your option of the area as far as safety?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Nellie,

      Mar Chiquita is nice! I don’t think it is any less safe or dangerous than any other place, the beach there is calm. It could get busy on the weekends and in the summer but otherwise it’s nice. Some common sense precautions should be taken but I wouldn’t necessarily feel unsafe in that area.

  56. Hey Jay, made it finally! I have tons of questions, and will probably drive you crazy! I’m going to try to feel my way through the next few weeks and will check in occasionally just to annoy you I’m sure! Thanks for the time and connections you provide for those of us wishing to restart our life’s in Paradise!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      YAY!!! So happy you’re here! Ask me anything you want! If I don’t know the answer I’ll try my best to send you to someone who does!

      I hope you like living here!

  57. I got an opportunity at work that would allow me to work remotely for a year. I am seriously considering going to PR for 11 months before I have to return. I’m going to leave my credit cards and banking information the same (base in the US).

    My question is… Can I move my vehicle down to PR with me for 11 months and then bring it back? Also, can I keep my NY vehicle registration active while I am in PR for the 11 months?

    • Jay-Webmaster


      You can move your vehicle if you want, but it is expensive to do so. I think the limit to have your vehicle registered in another “state” is 30 days.

      The reason is because when you register your car here you pay for the mandatory liability insurance. Every car here is insured for liability because the $200 “marbete” fee covers that insurance, and you HAVE to have that up to date or you will get your car towed and get a hefty fine.

  58. Jay
    First thank you for your website you have no idea how great it is to feel as if you have an insider on the island. I will try to be to the point. Moving at the end of the summer and always thought I would go to San Juan because my Spanish is ehh not to cute. This however, is the reason I am moving to PR as forced immersion for my 6 year old and myself. Do you recommend Condado over San Juan? I would prefer not to have a car but I will purchase/lease one if need be. I will be bringing work with me so as long as there is Verizon coverage I will be fine. Schools – I really want her to get the language and don’t mind homeschooling her for the year in addition to public school, thoughts? I am only planning on being there for a year so note every aspect of my move is temporary.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Tim,

      Forst of all, immersing your child to Spanish will be of great benefit. I am actually considering doing that myself. I homeschool for other reasons, mainly Celiac Disease, but I see how incredibly important Spanish is becoming, and not immersing my kids and making them learn Spanish is truly bad for their future.

      Another thing is that Condado is IN San Juan. Condado is a sector of San Juan, so I’m not sure if you mean Old San Juan when you say San Juan but just so you know that Condado is inside San Juan. I like Condado quite a bit though. It is very walkable and there are many places to eat, there’s a health food store in Freshmart, there’s also a hospital with a medical tower nearby in Ashford Avenue.

      Public school is a toss-up, don’t expect the local public schools to be as nice as what you are probably used to seeing in the US. We simply do not have the budget for really nice looking schools. At the elementary level, schools are not normally a problem though. Like I said, I am considering public schooling for my kids as well, learning Spanish being the main reason.

      Verizon coverage you will have but you’ll be “roaming” because Verizon left PR.

      If you need help with homeschooling let me know, I know of several groups that have been of great help to us.

      Take Care!

  59. Everyone who thinks they’re moving to PR to encounter some enchanted island, you’re in for a big surprise. Soon after the novelty of living in this “tropical paradise” evaporates and the rose colored glasses come off, you will see why over 500,000 people have left this island in the last 10-12 yrs or so. Good luck, it’s fun for a little while. After 8 yrs here, I’ve had my fill. I too am leaving this place for good at the end of the month. Now, i realize these words may be found offensive to some and Im just as sure that i will get my fair share of “if you hate it that much then just leave!” which is fine, because i am. But we all know this place is so screwed up on so many levels that its unbelievable.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello DP!

      Well the truth is that PR is not for everyone! And that’s ok! That’s the main reason why I started this website, many people think that this is basically what they are used to in the US but in the tropics, which is not true. I want people to move here knowing that there are some good things and some bad things. Some people focus on the bad things, some people focus on the good things, it really depends on what is most important for each person. The reasons why people leave vary widely and not all of them are because they hate it here. You tired it, didn’t like it, and now you are moving away, there’s nothing wrong with that. I moved to the U.S. liked it OK, but I didn’t really feel accepted there, the racism, ignorance of Puerto Ricans being U.S. citizens, how quickly I felt people got offended over there, and the weather (I find having 4 seasons to be overrated) were all reasons why I felt I needed to move back to my warm tropical island; and that’s ok too.

      I do not find it offensive at all that you decided to leave, I don’t think any one place is perfect for everyone. I do think that PR is screwed up in some ways like you said, but I also think that the US is screwed up in some levels as well, same for just about every other country out there. I wish you the best wherever you decide to go!

  60. Hey Jay…finally got everything worked out! Am moving over on May 3rd! So excited! My downer is this. I’m having trouble making arrangements for my dog. I’m flying united with a layover in Newark. United has told me that my dog cannot fly with me as there is not enough room in the cargo hold. I’ve spoken with pet relocation and they want 2500 at least to move her, and have told me that she must be there at 10 pm the night before and can not promise she will be let out of the crate at all before flying the next day for God knows how long! Any suggestions?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Oh wow!

      Well when I moved my dog I used Detla Airlines. Back then I believe the price I paid was around $300. I got my dog at the baggage claim area. My dog was 20 lbs at the time and all I needed was the vaccine records. Delta originally told me I had to go get my dog in the Cargo Area but I argued and they allowed him to be picked up in the area where they have the lost or misplaced baggage.

      Try Delta or maybe JetBlue.

      • I think part of my problem may be the fact that she is 90 lbs. I have checked delta,but not jet blue yet. Ifeel push comes to shove, I’ve made arrangements for her to stay here until I can get her moved over. I just hate leaving her!

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Oh she’s a big one! I can understand not wanting to leave her, I wouldn’t be able to move without my dogs.

      • We are relocating to San Juan in Mayand have been researching transport options for our three cats. On JetBlue-Pets fly free*. However in very fine print, you must pay a non-refundable security of $100.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          $100 for the pets is not bad! However I would call with them and check about the temperature requirements if any. In my case my flight had to be in the night to make sure the temperature in San Juan was below 86 degrees. Maybe JetBlue has a similar policy? Let me know what you find out!

        • Bridget, may I ask if you have researched anymore on this item? I just moved over this past week and was unable to bring my dog with me due to the fact that I was told her cost would be 468 dollars. I’m a retired nurse living on a single income. My only alternative was to have her sent over next month. If JetBlue will fly my pet free, then I can have her now, rather than the first of June! Please let me know anything you have found out!

  61. When you pay your taxes online to Puerto Rico, with a credit card, do they charge a fee for that? Details?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Not that I am aware of. I personally was not allowed to use my CC, I had no choice but to have it deducted from my bank account.

      • Not allowed in what way? When logging in to the Hacienda Colectura, it shows a credit card option. I wanted to be aware of fees, if any. It doesn’t mention if a fee will be charged or not.

        I am going to have to find out to do an extension and pay the estimated for now. Can that be done online too through the same website?

        This site is great with how responsive you are, even at all hours.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello, well sometimes I am awake in the middle of the night working on some stuff so I check the comments periodically just in case.

          As far as Hacienda, I have paid other things in the past and I have not had a special fee applied to it. As far as the income taxes go, which are due today, I used a third party vendor which only allowed me to pay via automatic bank withdrawal.

          There are 6 vendors that are certified to file your PR income taxes online (which is now mandatory), I used one of them.

          They are listed in the Dept of Hacienda website (you may need to translate the page using your browser’s translator).

          Check with one of those services, they are free. They should know all of the payment options.

  62. Hello, I am 55 active, independent and live a simple life and love the outdoors. I am bilingual but English is my stronger language being that I grew up in an English only neighborhood. I am planning to move to Puerto Rico in August and would like some advice. I notice that you prefer the Condado area. I want to rent close to the beach in a safe area and hopefully find work even part time. I am planning to rent for one year at first and hopefully permanently if I am able to find work. What area do you recommend? Is Condado my best option? I live simply and just want a place near the beach, close enough to find work and most important safe. I also was planning on taking some Spanish classes to improve my Spanish even though I can read and write also in Spanish. Are there adult classes nearby?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello! Thank you for your comments and questions!

      Well, I was actually in Condado as recently as yesterday! I really like that area because there is so much to do and it is very walk-able. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for families with kids, but I would for young or single people. If you are a runner you will feel right at home there, there are lots of people running and biking up and down Ashford Avenue, there is also a beach on either end of the Condado area. There is also the Condado Lagoon where you could paddle board, kayak, and more. Condado has some really nice restaurants too. Plus, English is very common due to all the tourists in the area. I consider Condado to be safe, the reason is because there are so many people everywhere, it is a very public place, so if you want to go out for a run you will see many people around as well as many police officers patrolling etc.

      As far as a job in Condado I am not sure, it really depends on what kind of job you are looking for.

      There are a couple of places for Spanish, most of them offer individual classes but some offer group classes which are more affordable. I am particularly interested in one myself but the school is in Hato Rey, which is not far from Condado but you do have to drive. I can’t recommend the school at the moment because I don’t know how good it is but hopefully by this summer I will have lots to say about it!

      Hope to see you in Puerto Rico soon!

      • Thank you for your response. It was very helpful. I plan to visit end of May to look at possible rentals. I will search the Condado area but I also saw Isla Verde as a possibility. What is your opinion on Isla Verde? I am leaning towards a smaller building, I don’t like the idea of a high rise apartment unless that is all that is available. My background is accounting but again my jobs have always been in English. I can read and write in Spanish but I have never had a job where Spanish is the primary language. One of my goals by moving there is to improve my Spanish and hopefully become completely fluent. A couple of questions: Can you lease a car for one year or is it better to purchase a used car? Would you be able to recommend a realtor who can guide me in finding a rental for one year?

        • Jay-Webmaster


          Well, Isla Verde is fine too, I just prefer Condado’s vibe a bit better, but that’s a personal choice.

          Spanish is the main language and to be honest, it normally is very difficult to find a job without fluency in Spanish. Although I do know many people that have jobs here and speak little to no Spanish, I do know a lot more people who do not have jobs because of it.

          You can lease a car for one year as far as I know. There’s a company called Popular Leasing and they should be able to set you up with all the details. There are pros and cons to leasing or buying, I have done both and I now have a very old car that I will run until the day it dies. In my case it is simply more cost effective to have this old beater car than it is to lease a car. But if you plan to just be here for one year then leasing may be a better option.

          I can recommend one realtor who may be able to help you, I can send you the details via email if you’d like.


          • Thank you again, you have definitely clarified things and it has been very helpful. My initial plan is to rent for one year and hopefully after that time be there permanently. Yes please send me a realtor who can help me when I visit end of May.

          • Jay-Webmaster

            Ok I will email you later today!

  63. Hi I’m a single woman with no kids and I’m 24. I’m seriously considering moving to Puerto Rico by January or February 2017. I will be transferring within my job. I have not informed my family yet they can be quite difficult and too much to deal with at times. I would prefer to inform them once the date is closer. I am mostly looking for some advice, past experiences and/or moral support.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well what advice do you need? I am able to provide advice on places to live, cost of living, etc. You have to realize that PR is not like the US and that living here is quite different that what you may be used to. So my first advice to you would be to realize that you would be going through a major lifestyle change. If you are ok with that then great, otherwise you might not like it very much.

      • What kind of lifestyle change?
        I’m the kind of woman that is able to pick up and move and I’m able to adapt very quickly. I do understand that PR is not like the U.S. however I have picked up and move to NY, Maryland, VA, Georgia, and Florida.
        I’m looking to experience different culture, a new environment, and expand my horizons.
        I want to know what is the cost of living like in PR.
        How does public transportation work?
        Do I NEED a car?
        What’s the best area to move to?
        What’s the nightlife like?

        • Jay-Webmaster

          What kind of lifestyle change? Well for starters the native language is Spanish. The overall culture and attitude is just different.

          If you can pick up and move anywhere then you may be fine here.

          The cost of living really varies on what you like to do and what your specific necessities are. I wrote a post on the cost of living in puerto rico, check it out. The gist of it is though that some things are more expensive and some things are not. In general, services are cheaper than the US but THINGS to purchase are slightly more expensive. Some things are similar price others are slightly higher and some are much higher (particularly groceries where a gallon of milk costs $6).

          Public transit is a joke but depending on where you live/work you may nor may not need a car.

          As a young single woman who is interested in nightlife, I’d recommend the Condado area in San Juan. It is very walkable, lots going on at night, nice restaurants, many bilingual people and businesses.

  64. Planning on taking the kids on board with me how’s highschool like my eldest son is in 10thgrade and he will be going into 11th next year. Will his credits from school here in the us transfer to a puertorico highschool, and does puertorico offer any type of summer school that my children can go to? I don’t want him to be dropped down a level like I have heard!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      It depends on the school. Private or public?

      Credits should transfer.

      To give you an Idea I took Calculus, advanced Chamistry and Advanced Physics in High School. I went on to college and had no problems, neither did most of my classmates. I however did go to a private school. The public school system has the reputation of slowing down so that all the students can catch up.

      Summer school is available mostly at private schools.

      So truly it will all depend on the school itself, you should be ok though. However, I have heard of kids moving from the states and then they have to drop down a grade, but that is depending on the courses he/she took while in the US since PR is not as flexible on the courses as some US schools are.

  65. Hi,

    Do you have any information about how to move to and reside in PR if you are not a US citizen…i do hold a non immigrant VISA…What is the bare minimum to be able to reside there…..any information will be greatly appreciated….

  66. I am seriously planning a move to Puerto riço. I am a female alone and plan to work in some area of teaching. I must have a long term rental with a pool and on the beach. I think I can afford a very nice apartment. I have always hàd a beautiful home with pool, 4 car garage, boat with a captain in the Bahamas, and unlimited opportunities to do all that I please. I would like to find a roommate to share in fun etc. I really don’t like being alone so compatibility is essential.

  67. Want to move to San Juan permanently

  68. I was hoping to email you about moving and opening a chiropractic office in maybe rincon. I couldn’t find your email address. Thank you for any help in advance.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Jayson, you may email me either through our facebook account or via our email: webmaster (at) newtopuertorico (dot) com

      Take Care!

  69. I gave you the wrong email! Looking for a realtor you recommend as well as an escrow company. Need this help asap! Thank you so much!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Sent you an email. Let me know if you need any help. Feel free to email me privately on the webmaster account.

      Take Care!

      • Hi Jay,

        If I get an ipad with a cellular chip, do you think that is a better option than getting internet at home?

        I appreciate all the help.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Yona!

          It depends on how much you use the internet. If you use it only for browsing and do not watch too many videos or netflix then maybe you would be ok with just a mobile card. However if you are like most of us and watch youtube and netflix, listen to pandora etc. then a mobile card may not have sufficient data available. If you however have unlimited mobile data then that’s a different story. Otherwise if I were you I’d get internet at home.

  70. Hi Jay,

    Your site is awesome!

    I am considering a move to Puerto Rico.

    I am a Caucasian woman and I will be living alone.

    I have heard horror stories

    about murders, stabbings, etc..

    That is what is holding me back.

    I am looking at metro San Juan.

    My budget is $500 per month

    for a rental apartment.

    I do not drive.

    What area would you recommend for me?

    I am thinking about Santurce.

    Please let me know your thoughts.



    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Yona!

      Yes, crime is very high here. Murder rates have gone down tremendously in the past few years but it is still high. However, the vast majority of the violent crime is not targeted to random individuals. Not saying it doesn’t happen, it does, but the overwhelming majority of the murders and such are drug/gang related, the second most common cause of violent crime is domestic abuse. With some common sense security measures such as not walking in dark alleys at night you should be fine. If you read the local news, you’ll see that just about all of those crime scenes are from people who are involved drugs and gangs etc. Again, not saying it doesn’t happen, just that for every day citizens it is not nearly as bad as people say.

      If I were you I would choose Condado as a place to live. Santurce is “OK”. It is not the prettiest or cleanest place but it does have its advantages. There’s a hospital nearby in Pavía Hospital, there’s a grocery store and a farmer’s market and a night hangout place called “La Placita”. Santurce it is also more affordable than Condado and the bus line goes through Santurce.

      However I prefer Condado, if you can afford it. It is a lot nicer and there’s enough places to walk to. Freshmart is a “health food store” that is in Condado (but more expensive than a regular grocery store), there’s also a lot more English Spoken in Condado than in Santurce since Condado is kind of a tourist-y area. There are also a lot more people outside in Condado walking around which means that you will have more opportunities to be walking outside in public which is safer than in lonely dark roads which you may encounter in Santurce.

      Don’t get me wrong, I know people who live in Santurce and like it, but if I were you, Santurce would not be my first Choice, Condado would be my first choice. I would choose Santurce if I can’t find an affordable apartment in Condado. If you don’t drive, a bicycle wouldn’t hurt to have but be very careful with the cars. Condado has a joke of a bike lane (because it is really the same as the driving lane) but at least it has something that would protect you legally if something were to happen.

      You can PM us on Facebook if you have more specific questions for your particular case.

      Hope this helps!

      • Jay-Webmaster

        Here’s the link to “La Placita“, formally known as La Plaza del Mercado. Use google Chrome browser to translate the webpage.

      • Hello Jay,

        Thank you so much for the reply.

        If I choose Santurce, how far am I

        from a larger supermarket?

        As well, does Santurce have accessibility

        to a train or a bus in order to go to the mall?

        Also,how much will Claro DSL be per month?

        Lastly, can I get faster internet speed on my phone?

        I appreciate all the help!

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Yona,

          Depend on where in Santurce. There’s a “Pueblo” grocery store in the Ciudadela sector.

          There are bus stops around Santurce. The closest train station would be at the “Sagrado Corazon” University station which is the last stop in its route. However the train doesn’t really go near any mall.

          DSL internet price will vary based on the speed. If you go to you will see all of their plans (Use Google Chrome to translate the page).

          I do get faster internet on my phone than in my DSL, not faster than cable or fiber optic would be though.

          Take Care!

      • Wow you’re so knowledgeable how’s the life in Liquillo? I’m moving there and I’m not bringing my car I’m going to staying at Playa Azul?! On the 19th floor right on the beach. How much is it to get the electric on? Thanks

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Luquillo is great! I recommend a cover for your car because the salt air will eat at the paint and it may make the car rust sooner. Normally the security deposit for electricity is $200. Check our page on Electricity in Puerto Rico, we have some links that may be helpful.

  71. Hello Jay & Angela:
    I am Puerto Rican and right now I am in New Jersey and I want
    to move to Puerto Rico. I recently graduated from a university here
    with a Bachelor’s in History and a minor in Latin American studies.
    I also have a few years experience teaching English in Mexico where I lived for a number of years. I would like to know where do you think I would have possibility to find employment. I am fluent in Spanish and English and I also speak some Portuguese as well.
    As mentioned, I have experience teaching ESL but my real passion is History
    and Latin American related topics. I would imagine that the best place for me to search for employment would be the San Juan Metro area but
    I also would like to know what part of Puerto Rico is considered to be safe and would it be possible to be able to find a place to live with my cat.
    Your help and advice would be very appreciated.


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Fernando,

      The San Juan metro has hundreds of schools, some of them are either fully bilingual or partly bilingual and a few of them are in English.

      If the San Juan Metro is not for you, there are places elsewhere that you can teach, like in Manatí where Piaget Academy is or Aguadilla where Ramey School is.

      You really just have to look at what’s out there, Guaynabo has several bilingual schools as well as San Juan.

      Any place is safe if you live in the right neighborhood, there are some safe and not so safe areas everywhere.

      Good Luck!

  72. Hello Jay! I am studying in San Juan and I’m looking to purchase a used car within 1500 to 3000. What would you recommend? I’ve looked on Craigslist and Clasificados, but a lot of the cars listed are part of scams, with the delivery fees and unsealing of cars from the Port Authority etc etc. I have been looking for a while and being a student from the states, I don’t really know many people that can assist me due to the language barrier, and my painstaking ability to meet new people (LOL)

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Camille!

      Well, I wish I could sell you my used car! LOL

      Have you tried the dealerships? There are lots of small dealerships around which normally have more reasonable prices. Some larger dealerships in Kennedy Avenue may have people who speak English.

      I mean I can try to ask around to see if anyone is wanting to sell their car, I need to know what you are looking for though.

      Send me a msg on Facebook if you want and I’ll let you know if I find anything.

      Take Care!!!

  73. Hello!

    I am considering the island and am really attracted by its affordability.

    Is there any area that you would suggest over another for a mid-level professional with children accustomed to American ways (i.e. organized team sports.)


    • Jay-Webmaster

      LOL well, one thing that I let everyone know is that if you expect or desire to live here in a similar manner as you do/did in the US, you will HATE it here.

      Can you live anywhere? If you have a home based business and you don’t like the big crowds and traffic, you may consider Rincón in the NW part of the island. There are however no professional sports to speak of. San Juan really has the most to offer, they have winter baseball, the World Baseball Classic is in San Juan every 3 year which is truly a treat to see professionals from several countries come and play here. You have the local professional basketball teams in Santurce (Sector of San Juan), but also in Nearby Bayamón. There’s also a very good Volleyball team in Guaynabo. So the San Juan metro will have the most to offer really, but in all honesty it is the most densely populated area in PR and traffic is CRAZY. I have a love/hate relationship with San Juan.

      But please let me make this clear, I love living here, I also loved living in the US, but PR is not the US, if you come here expecting or wanting it to be like the US then you will probably not like it here very much. This is a different place, so come with an open mind.

      Take Care!

  74. Hello, Jay,
    My wife and I have been to PR two times and loved our experiences. Our recent time we literally toured the perimeter of the whole island looking at the best, safest, affordable places to live. We are near retirement and are looking at locations in Lucillo, Patillas and other East and South East locations. Suggestions? do you know a reliable realtor? We are looking to sell everything and start our retirement lives in PR within the next two years. Your thoughts and any advise will be greatly appreciated.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      If you like Luquillo I would consider that town or maybe Ceiba, but I personally like Luquillo better. One person gave me the name of a Realtor for eastern PR and recommended it highly. If you want I can email you the contact information.

  75. Hi Jay,
    I’m planing on selling all that I have in the states and purchasing a place in Puerto Rico. I am interested in something out of the way, such as a fixer upper, in a not so populated area. Somewhere like the mountains would be nice. I am a veteran who has lived alone for most of 35 years. I am a friendly person but enjoy solitude. Have you any suggestions and advice. What might I expect to pay? And what about property taxes?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ed!

      There are so many places to live in the mountains that I wouldn’t even know where to begin! In the central mountain range, the western interior has more rain than the east, in fact, in the summer the western interior has a high chance of rain and thunderstorms just about every day. The eastern interior is rainy as well but not quite as much. But the truth is that there are so many nice places to live in the interior of PR that it is almost impossible to recommend one over the other.

      What I can tell you is that you should look for a place with land. If you like to be isolated, look for a place that has several “Cuerdas” of land (1 Cuerda = 0.97 Acres). That way you are guaranteed to have plenty of space between you and your neighbor.

      I personally like the Lajas area in the Southwest. It is not mountainous but it is really quiet and relaxed. But if you prefer the mountains then probably the eastern interior is your best bet. Look for Aibonito, Barranquitas, Cidra or Cayey. But honestly look around everywhere, I just know people that live in those places and really like it.

      Property taxes are not bad compared to many places in the US. I don’t know if it is the same everywhere here in PR but a friend of mine has a house that she bought for $270k and she pays $500 on property taxes per year. So it truly is not that bad.

      Good Luck!

      • Hi, I have over an acre of land in Lakeland Florida with a well, power and septic. the thought had come to ask opinions about the possibility of trading my property for property in Puerto Rico.

  76. Hi my name is Mark. I am 67 years old and looking to come to Puerto Rico for personal reasons. I am considered terminal due to a health issue and just want to spend some time on the beach and in the Sun. I am not planning on staying there or working there, I only want to bring my small car or my motorcycle and rent a place and just enjoy some peace and quiet for a while. My questions are simple. Do I need to go through the process of getting drivers license and licenses and so on if I’m only going to be there maybe 6 months and then returning back to the States. If I need to do drivers license and license plates and so on for my vehicle is there a good number that I can use. Every number I have tried calling there is either no answer or it is a wrong number after looking up MVD and everything else on the Internet.
    Thank you for your assistance,

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Mark,

      I am so sorry to hear about you health issue =( I can understand why you would want to spend time in the sun.

      The truth is that there are rules and then there are rules that must be followed. As far as the driver’s license goes, if it doesn’t expire while you are here you could actually get away with not having it replaced for a PR license. The rules are that you have to do it within 90 days but I know people who have been here for years and they’ve never replaced their US license, however, they’ve never been caught either, it may be a different story if they get pulled over.

      So are you planning on bringing the car and the motorcycle and stay here for 6 months? That’s quite costly and import taxes are high for cars and motorcycles, you might want to reconsider. Or are you planning on selling them after you leave PR? Cars are more exposed and you may run into trouble if you have a non-PR license plate because that means that it is not insured. We have mandatory insurance plan that we have to pay once a year which covers liability insurance. Every year you pay the “Marbete” which covers that insurance and you put a sticker in your front window that shows you paid for that, if a car does not have that and the police notices it (which is very possible because at times they block roads simply to check those stickers for every car that passes) then you will be fined heavily and possibly get your car towed. So I personally wouldn’t bring my car if I were only going to stay for 6 months unless I planned on selling it, I would buy a cheap used car to get me from point A to point B, but if I did bring my car, I would have it registered.

      You need to contact “CESCO DTOP” (our version of the DMV), Click here for a link to the directory per municipality but don’t be surprised if you need to call around to see if you find someone that speaks English, if they even answer, they are incredibly busy and the phone ring just gets ignored in the background.

      Best of luck!

      • Jay,

        Thank you for the reply to my email.
        Since I first wrote the email to you, I have continued to go through a number of ways to try to get information. I have also discovered that the smart move that I can make is to only bring my motorcycle because it is cost effective then fuel effective. If it comes to it I will also deal with my license and changing them to PR license when I get there. If I brought a car it would be much more expensive, and my motorcycle is a 2007 so it does not have a lot of value but it is still in great shape and runs good. It is also fuel efficient and it is actually much cheaper to create and ship my motorcycle than it is to ship a auto to PR. I got a quote yesterday for around $1,300 for shipping and crating and it’s my understanding the only thing I will have to do is pay the excise tax when I get there which if I understand correctly is 6% or 7% of the value of the vehicle.
        I also understand that there is a good cardiology Center in San Juan as well as a Cancer Center which I would need both of you to my illness. The only thing I have not found yet other than I subscribe to Zillow is finding an apartment and getting to know where I can get a good deal on an apartment. I plan on being there anywhere from 6 months to a year at the most and that will be defined by my health and what I am able to get down there when I need to get it done medical wise.
        I also did check into renting a car on an occasional basis if I need to do so, and the price to rent a car for 2 or 3 days or up to a week is not all that bad. I also found out there is a Walmart there and the number of other places where I can get groceries and anything else that I would need. Right now I get all my prescriptions through Walmart, & I found out they are transferable there. The only thing I have not found so far as I used to be a here for some of my medical needs and I have not found out for sure if there is a VA clinic or facility on the island. I did however talk to the chaplain at the Coast Guard base and found a lot of information that will be useful because I am ex military.
        I am planning on being there by the end of February or first part of March. If there is any good directions that you can give me to find a cost-effective furnished apartment, I would appreciate your help. I am looking in the 4 to 600 month dollar a month range somewhere reasonably close to the east side of the island so I will be close to the medical facilities if I need to go. It is also been over 40 years since I have been there so I’m not sure what the reasonably safe areas might be but I’m hoping that if I’m on the east side I can find a safe area and maybe even be somewhere reasonably close to walking to the beach to take a daily swim if possible. I will take any suggestions on areas that I should be concentrating on. I am also not looking for a lavish apartment, but something cost effective and comfortable, and some place where I might have access to Internet.
        Again I thank you for your assistance, and look forward to even having the possibility of meeting you for lunch or something once I get there.Take care and I look forward to our continued communications,


        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Mark!

          Well, first of all we do have good cardiac centers as well as cancer centers as well as a VA hospital (We call it “Hospital de Veteranos”). Most of that is in the San Juan area, which is not in the east side of the island. For the price range you are looking for you may find something in Ceiba, which is on the east side of the island but then you would have to commute to San Juan for the medical appointments. There is a Walmart in nearby Fajardo or Humacao, so you can get your medications.

          I mean you can get an apartment in the San Juan area but you would have to look really hard. A friend of mine lives in Condado and she had a 1 bedroom for $600 a month. Condado is great, lots of restaurants and very walk-able, there’s a nearby beach and near the Presbyterian hospital, but it can get noisy at times because of the activities that occasionally are held in that area. You might like it though, there are lots of tourists and therefore a lot of English is spoken there.

          Zillow is OK but I would recommend (it’s a mess but it has a lot) or

          Here’s the website for the local VA hospital:

          Take Care!

      • Hi Jay!
        My daughter and I are relocating to PR soon and I would like to know some things:)… Firstly, do I have to register my car along with insuring it or can I just insure it and not register it? Secondly, I’d like to rent a house in a quiet neighborhood (country like) but would like to walk (within 2 miles) to grocery stores and shops….any suggestions? Third, how is the bus system? Basically, what is the best town to live in close to a Pediatrician, WalMart/Target, grocery and pharmacy? I want to live in a house with a yard for a garden and it has to be quiet…enough and SAFE! Thanks so much.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello SoCurious!

          As far as the car goes, you have to register it first and then insure it. So, once you get the car you need to go to DTOP/CESCO and get it registered, there you will get a “Car License”, with that you go get the car inspected and get the “Marbete” which is a sticker that you put in the bottom right (passenger side) of the windshield glass. You have to get this “Marbete” every year before it expires, when you pay for the Marbete you automatically pay for liability insurance, so for the $184 you’ll pay for the Marbete you will be covered with liability insurance for up to $3,500 for the entire year, it’s actually not a bad deal, I personally have not had any other insurance company, I have an old car that is not worth comprehensive coverage, the mandatory liability insurance is more then enough.

          Well, I hate to say it, but I can’t think of any place that is in a quiet neighborhood and close to Walmart (no Target here sorry!), close to shops, and especially in a country-like environment with a decent yard. The thing is that shops and stores like Walmart are located in very densely populated areas, and being a discount store, they are always PACKED, so there is a lot of traffic all the time. I remember going to the U.S. a couple of years ago and the Target employee was complaining about how full the store way, meanwhile there were 3 people in the aisle! I actually laughed because her “full store” was about half as empty as I’ve ever seen a Walmart here in PR! It gets so full here that it is not uncommon to wait in line at the cash register for 20 minutes or so.

          So you can have a quiet neighborhood or you can have it close to shops and stores but not both, at least no place I’ve ever been or know about. So, having said that, where would I recommend? It really depends on what you need nearby. The San Juan metro area has everything, it is the best and worst place to live. There are some decent neighborhoods in Guaynabo next to San Patricio Plaza which you could get away with walking but you probably won’t because the sun is WAY too strong, unless you bring an umbrella or something to shield from the sun. Also, the San Patricio Area is quite expensive, but I would live there if I could afford it because it is so near to so many things. But honestly, the sun here is crazy strong, I’ve gotten sun burnt with SPF-70!

          There are some new housing developments in the southern half of Guaynabo, very nice and new in the mountains, but could you afford it? It has a yard and all but it is not near the shops. Other quiet areas would be in the Southwest part of the island, places like Lajas, which are flat and quiet, but removed from everything else. You’ll have to drive a ways to get anywhere as it is kind of isolated, but very nice, I really like it over there.

          The one place that would have most of what you want is the Condado area. There’s a hospital right there on Ashford Avenue with pediatricians and all kinds of doctors, Walgreens, amazing restaurants and shops, very walkable, near the beach, and there are so many people that it makes it safe. The problem is that there is no Walmart nearby and no house with a garden (unless you pay a ton for it) and it is definitely not a quiet place, there’s a lot going on.

          So, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but to be honest, VERY few people walk a mile or more to get to the shops, it just gets too hot, too sunny, and people sweat a lot. And the few people that do walk to places is because it is very near and therefore very densely populated, so, not quiet.

          I’m sure you’ll be happy with wherever you decide to live, you’ll just have to be “ok” with one thing or another, unless of course you can afford a place in San Patricio or one of the houses in Condado.

          Take Care!

  77. Sorry, I just re read my post..I was only in Condado for a day and just in one spot, so I don’t have a best perception. I definently want to be near restaurants and not super remote, but at the same time not in the middle of hotels and in the super super touristy areas..also if I don’t live in a gated community I have to be somewhere relatively safe because I’m a girl and will be living alone. Thanks!!

  78. Hi Jay! Wow this sight is amazing! I have been research moving to Puerto Rico for awhile this is the most helpful website I’ve found! So like I said I will be moving to Puerto Rico for school in July. I’m from California but I have lived in multiple other countries for extended periods and I’ve been doing research so I feel like I have a good idea of what to expect. But I’m having a really hard time finding good info on one thing. I will be going to Interamerican and I know that’s quite a ways inland. And I have read all about San Juans horrific traffic. School is from 5pm until 10pm so I just have the traffic commute at 5 hopefully. Anyway looking into forums about the school lots of student don’t have cars and live near the school. I am a beach girl, been living on the beach most of my life. I had a one day layover when I flew home from Bonaire and stayed in Condado. Basically that is the exact OPPOSITE of what I want. High rise hotels, and It being just so busy and Americanized is not my thing. But most people I read who live at the beach live there and it seems everyone recommends living there. I have a friend who lives in Kikita and he loves it and says commute is 35 to 40. That’s no problem, I commute way longer than that now. So basically I’m looking for any recommendations on any cute, nice, mellow beachy neighborhoods in San Juan so I can commute to school. I always tend to find the mellow beaches with the bohemian vibe and outdoor markets. I’m pretty low maintenance, don’t need to rent anything fancy, but I do want to live within walking distance to beach and find something relatively affordable, $450-500 around there, and if possible something with balcony or small outdoor area, I like to have a little garden and I have my cat and he likes a little outdoor area. But any help with names of beach areas so I can look into it I would super appreciate it!! Like I said isla verde and Condado are the only beach areas that seem to come up. I’m coming to PR in a month for a week to check out areas as well, but San Juan is big and I’m only there for a week. At some point in a few months I’m going to write back asking about a good way to buy a used car that’s reliable. Thanks so much, your info has been so helpful! Thanks Lacy

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Lacy!

      Well, I honestly think that your best bet would be to look at for options that meet your needs. It’s really nice that you know exactly what you want and need! I would also recommend you look for an experienced realtor in the Dorado and Vega Baja area. From what I read, your needs might be best met in Vega Baja because it is a bit cheaper than Dorado. Also, the commute to San Juan in the afternoon is not as bad as the commute FROM San Juan at the same time. Meaning that you will be mostly going against the bad traffic at that time. Now going To San Juan during the morning hours from Vega Baja is horrendous but you won’t have to worry about that.

      I wouldn’t look for places to the East of San Juan because traffic going west into San Juan at 4-5pm is terrible. So I’d look from Toa Baja west into Vega Baja. Cataño is another town that may be in your price range but I don’t really like it that much, not the cleanest or nicest in my opinion.

      Take Care!!

  79. Hi!
    I was searching the web for info on Puerto Rico and I found your site. I am in a strange situation. I will be coming to PR Feb/March 2016 with a circus. My husband and I are circus artists. I am currently pregnant and I am due in May. I won’t be able to fly once the circus has arrived, which means even if the circus leaves before my baby is born, I will have to stay as it will be to late to travel.
    Do you have any idea what my options for health care would be? Are there public hospitals in PR? if all are private, how much does a birth cost?
    I understand if you have no experience in this situation, I have tried to find information on the web nut not had much luck.
    thanks in advance for any information you can give me.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Nichola!

      Well, first of all, congratulations on your baby!!!

      I honestly do not know the options for healthcare, I mean you can call the big insurance companies such as Triple-S Salud or Humana in Puerto Rico and check if they have temporary coverage.

      We do have public hospitals but they are not free (if that makes any sense). The healthcare system here, although considerably cheaper than the US, it is much like the US, you have to pay for healthcare.

      The two main hospitals that come to mind are Centro Medico (a.k.a. as ASEM) which is a government hospital and part of the University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences department. They would be my first choice as they are top notch and have the best technology in the Caribbean. I’ve been there myself for a couple of reasons and although the hospital itself is not the prettiest, the doctors and the care is really good, every time I go I feel satisfied with the care. I have a friend from the Dominican Republic who doesn’t have insurance and his wife gave birth at Centro Medico, they seemed satisfied with the care they got. So I would go there as my first choice, you may also try and contact an OB doctor there if you wish. Keep in mind, it does get crowded, so try to set things up in advance. You will likely have to pay if you don’t have insurance so make sure you get all that sorted out with them.
      Here’s a link to their “contact us” website (use your browser’s translator if you need it to be in English):

      There is another public hospital, this one in Bayamon, PR called “Hospital Regional de Bayamon”. I am not as familiar with this hospital but it does belong to the government’s department of health. They too have offices for everything you would need pertaining to child birth.

      Here’s their website with directory:

      As far as cost, I am not sure how much you would have to pay. I do know that a friend of mine had a baby at a private hospital called “Auxilio Mutuo” in San Juan, which is actually another excellent hospital, and she told me her total bill was a little over $5000. This was about 6 years ago and her insurance paid it in full, but had she not had the insurance that was what the cost would have been. She had a normal delivery and spent 2 nights at the hospital.

      If you want a private hospital, you can consider that one Auxilio Mutuo in San Juan, or Ashford Presbyterian Hospital (a.k.a. El Presby) at Ashford St. in the Condado sector in San Juan. Both good hospitals, if you need someone to speak English you will have better luck with El Presby since it is located in the tourist area.

      I hope this helps, please contact those hospitals and the insurance companies so you can have the details ironed out. Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you!

      Good Luck!

    • Nichola,

      If you are a healthy woman you can have a home birth. Go to Centro MAM in Isla Verde. Look up Vanessa Caldari she is a midwife. I just recently had a home birth with her and two birth midwife assitants and it was awesome. The cost was $2500, way cheaper than hospital. Plus, no interventions. I have her phone number if you need it

  80. Are there certified nursing assistants in pr

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Yes there are.

      The nurse hierarchy here has different names but is very similar to that of the US. There is currently a proposal to add nurse practitioners to be allowed because right now there is no such thing. But yes, you can work as a nurse or nursing assistant. Spanish is almost required though.

      Good Luck!

  81. What it do big dawg. I want to move to puerto rico because since i was a kid i wanted to go there. Now i have the funds to go and decided that i want to stay. But im not sure where. What city is best to live in? Im sick of the projects dont send me there bro. I want to be around a beach. I been researching and i see that there is beach apartments. I dont need a big house an apartment is fine. Really i just need to know what you think is best. Peciate it homie

    • Jay-Webmaster

      yo dawg,

      thank yo’ fo’ yo’ question. Honestly, if yo’ have da funds i suggest lookin’ into condado, ocean park or isla verde. close ta da beach, lots o’ English spoken there. great restaurants n’ a nice hospital. yo’ can walk ta load o’ places which means dat yo’ would need a ca only a handful o’ times. peace!

  82. Hi Jay..have a question regarding my dog. What are the rules in Puerto Rico as she flies in with me? Will she have to be quarantined for any period of time? I will bring her vaccination record and certificate of health from my vet. She is 11 years old and I worry about her being away from me an extended period of time.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ginger!

      Well unless something has drastically changed in the past few years, you should be ok to bring your dog without waiting time, assuming it is coming from the US. The only thing is that you really need to make sure you have all the papers saying that she is up to date in her vaccinations and have the Vet give you a Certification or Permit to Fly, which normally is good for 7 or 10 days and states that the dog is healthy and free of parasites etc. Also, check with the airlines, when I brought my dog I flew through Delta Airlines and their policy was that the temperature here must not be over 86 degrees, so my flight had to be a night flight because it would have been over 86 degrees during the day (this was in January by the way).

      They tried to put my dog in the cargo area for pickup which meant that I had to wait until the next day to get my dog! That wasn’t happening so I fought and argued and finally was allowed to take my dog the same day and get him in the baggage claim area (no he wasn’t in the carousel, he was in the “missing luggage” area).

      So get the vaccination records, get the permit to fly, call the airlines and set it up!

      Good Luck!

      • Thanks so much for the info Jay! I’ll have to watch the weather as well because I feel it will be around January/February when I come over, and it seems that Delta has the most direct flights from my area. Also, do you feel Aguadilla is a safe area to live? When I was there before, I felt very safe, but that’s been a few years. I love the area, but also want to be safe!

  83. Hi Jay!
    I’m scouring the net trying to find out the school bus situation on the island. I called PR Board of Ed with hour long wait times & no help once someone picked up. I’m looking to work as a school bus driver there when I move, and want to know if that’s through the school system, through a private company, licenses/docs needed etc.
    can you give me any suggestions? Thx!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Alexandria!

      As far as I know, the municipalities has contracts with private companies. Some private schools have contracts with some companies so that they exclusively transport students to their school, other bus lines pick up and drop off students from different schools.

      A friend of mine is the son of a former bus driver and he actually owned the bus. He had a contract with the school to pick up and drop off students to that school only, but he had other things on the side for weekend activities and excursions as well as summer camps etc.

      As far as licenses go you will need a “Heavy” driver’s license (Category 8 or 9 I think) plus other documents depending on the company.

      You could either start your own school bus driving business or work for someone. You’ll probably have to look online for jobs or call schools or the number on buses you see driving around.

      Some good Google searches would be “Trabajo Omnibus Escolar”, or “Chofer de Omnibus Escolar”, and other similar searches. But if I were you I’d just start calling other bus drivers that have their numbers on their buses. I’d check with DTOP for the License requirements, and search online for job ads and check the requirements so you start getting those documents, that way you are more likely to be ready to start ASAP if you have the required documentation up to date!

      Good Luck!

  84. Hi Jay
    I still love Ceiba. My husband and I are proud to call it home. I would like to get a small(adult) dog to add to our family. I know there is a humane society on the island. I am not sure where to look. I had no luck looking online.
    Are there also breeders on the island?

    Thanks Chris

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello!!! I’m so happy you love Ceiba!

      Ok so there are a couple of shelters in the island. The closest one to Ceiba is located in Humacao. Click here to access their Facebook Page.

      There’s also the “Save a Sato” non-profit. They specialize in rescuing street dogs and taking them to shelters for adoption. They may have more information on where to find a dog to adopt, maybe there are other, smaller shelters in the area, they may be able to help you. Click here to access Save a Sato.

      So glad you are liking it here!!! Take Care!

  85. Hola Jay, I am going to be moving to old San Juan at the first of the year. Very excited, but a little nervous because I am not fluent in Spanish and have very little experience with it. I will be looking for a job but obviously needs to be pretty much fluent in English until I get the hang of things with Spanish. I am a great people person and have past work with retail. maybe hotels or the plaza las Americas mall would be a good first step. What would you prefer to get ahead?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Blair!

      Well the truth is that without Spanish it will be extremely difficult to find a job (although not impossible). There are many tourists in Old San Juan so there is a lot of English spoken there. However, Spanish is still the main language spoken there. I just went to the mall of San Juan yesterday and in one of the stores I was greeted in English and the retail clerk only spoke English, so there is opportunity, but honestly, this is not the norm.

      Depending on your skills, you may be able to do freelance work or something on your own. If not, maybe restaurants in the OSJ area?

      What are your skills and desired job?


      • thank you for your recommendation, but honestly I am looking for a full time job in retail, maybe hotel management. like you said Spanish is the first language, but I am learning as we speak. San juan is probably my best shot for finding a job like you said, so I am starting in a good area. but finding a good job is definitely my pain priority. But anywhere would be a start

  86. Hello! We have moved since renewing our Marbete last year and we have no way of getting the form to renew the Marbete for this year. Is there a website that we can download it from? Thank you!

  87. Hey! Just came across your website. Was looking for information on how household goods are taxed when you bring them into the country. I WAS a long time resident of PR, but am being enticed to move back for work. I have read that it is 6.6% on even used stuff coming into PR. Did you have any experience with that? Thanks!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Joe!

      Well I am not aware of any tax regarding household items based on a move. If it were to be sold at a store then yes, but for your move here, I’m not sure that there’s a tax other than for your vehicles. I will check to make sure but I know I was only charged tax for my car when I moved here and not for my things.

      • Cool! Thanks. This website I came across:

        Says, “All inbound shipments to Puerto Rico are subject to a local excise tax of 6.6%.” Not sure how accurate it is, because there are lots of mistakes on the page. 🙂

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Yeah, I’m not sure about that. I don’t think that’s correct. I looked it up to be sure and I found the official documentation that describes import taxes. Section 2509 of this document describes it for those individuals moving to PR.

          Since it is in Spanish I translated Section 2509 (a): (The wording is a bit weird so it may be somewhat confusing, but you’ll get it)

          “Every individual not resident of Puerto Rico or people serving in the
          Armed Forces of the Government of the United States of America or the Government
          of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who either are officially transferred to
          provide services in Puerto Rico, who wish to establish or reestablish
          residence in Puerto Rico, will be entitled to import, free from tax
          the taxable items which reasonably and effectively constitute part of a move, and to
          belonging to the person and to other members of your family.”

          There it is. Hope this helps.

    • Not sure the exact cost but we moved here from my in September 2014. Just for our car to get here would have cost more then $3000 plus the importance tax was $1800. We bought all of our stuff here instead. Buy some nice stuff used really cheap

  88. Hi Jay! How is it going down there? I have started searching for jobs from high to low and I am qualified for A LOT. One small problem. every job says they want fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I am just now learning Spanish and would barely consider myself elementary level. If I start applying to these jobs am I basically wasting my time? Or would someone give me a shot and know I better learn fast? Hope you are doing well down there and I am dreaming of moving there everyday,


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello John!

      Well, first of all, do not give up! Second, yes it is imperative that you are bilingual! Although it really depends on the job, most of the time when they say you must be bilingual, they really mean it. Elementary level Spanish may not cut it for most jobs but it may for some. But here’s the thing.

      You will more than likely be speaking Spanish more than English, you will have to be signing paperwork and legal documents which will more than likely be in Spanish and you must understand all of it, so yes, it is important most of the time.

      So if I were you I would try to immerse myself in as much Spanish as I can, find groups or club or something where you can practice your Spanish. If you go to a Mexican or other Latino restaurant, try and order in Spanish if the waiter/waitress speaks it.

      The job interview will likely be in Spanish as well, you don’t want to have anything lost in translation there.

      So you can apply if you want, there might be something you qualify for, but keep practicing on your Spanish, once you are fluent enough, call some of these places so they can see that you can communicate.

      Best of luck!

  89. i have an opportunity to move to Dorado with my wife and 2 year old!

    I would be making 56000 annualy. Do you think this is enough to support the family and stay comfortably. We do not have a lavish life style. How much do you think on would be able to save in this money.

    Thank you

  90. Hello!
    Thank you for all the info here! I am traveling to PR at the end of September, for a week,with the intention of finding a place to call home. I will be moving from Alberta, Canada with my kids. My boyfriend will be moving from California to be with us. We are very interested in Rincon and wonder if you have any recommendations on realtors or things to be aware of in that area. My borfriend and I will be doing this first trip alone , hoping his move will be in october and the kids and mine in late November. I am fluent in Spanish , so I know this will be helpful, as I’m hoping to find work in the beauty or customer service industry. Any advice is much appreciated.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Maryssa!

      So happy to hear that you are moving over here with your boyfriend!

      Well it seems that most people in Rincon have had the best luck simply by calling the realtor who listed the property on

      I do know of a Realtor for the NW of PR but I guess some people just simply like a property they see online and call and then they decide. If you want the Realtor info please email me at the webmaster account and I will give you his details. Otherwise, look on or and call the person on the listing that you like.

      Knowing Spanish will help a lot! It’s awesome that you are fluent!

      Rincon is very nice and I suspect you will really like it!

      Best of luck!

  91. Hi Jay! Love the website. Very informative. I am planning a trip to Puerto Rico at the end of the year and if all goes well I want to eventually move there in a couple of years. I had a few questions you might be able to help me with. What do you do first? Get a license? Find an apartment? or get a bank account? I don’t know what order you have to do them in. Scotiabank I heard is good for the local “gringos” lol. I live in Michigan and could go across the border to Windsor and easily get a Scotiabank account. Will the one in Canada transfer to PR? In Michigan we have something called an “Enhanced License” where we can travel freely between Canada, Mexico and the various island without a passport. Would I be able to get a PR driver’s license but also maintain my license in Michigan? I heard that when you move to Puerto Rico that your credit score and credit record from the US does not transfer and you basically have to start from scratch. Are the credit cards there the same as in the US? What will a landlord need if I don’t have any PR credit? Thanks Jay! Lots of great content on here. (Learning Spanish right now because of the article on emergency phone calls)

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello John!

      Well to be honest, this is the first time I hear a lot of the things you mentioned. Living in PR is like living in any other US-state. I moved here and I kept my US-bank, phone number, credit cards etc. You don’t need a passport to come here though it is useful since you might want to travel to the nearby islands. You do need to change your license to a PR license if you move here permanently, but a PR license is really the same as a US license, so if you go back to visit you’ll be able to drive over there, rent cars etc without a problem. Credit score reset? Ummm no.

      There are benefits to having a PR bank since the ATM transactions are charged if you withdraw money from a different bank, Scotiabank is just as good (or bad) as any other bank here. Once you get a driver’s license here you have to surrender your Michigan license. When I moved here I got a place to live first, then I got a license (you need a bill with your current address when you go get a license as proof that you live at the address you wrote down in the paperwork), and then I never got a bank account at a local bank, so there’s that.

      Another thing is that even though you don’t need a passport, and our driver’s license is “digital” or “security enhanced”, there are a lot of ignorant people everywhere that don’t even know where Puerto Rico is or the fact that our license is the same (or even better actually because it is in both English and Spanish) than any other US license, so getting a passport is not a bad idea.

      Yes, please learn Spanish, your life will be 1000x easier here if you know Spanish. In our blog section, we wrote a post on this very topic.

      Hope to see you soon!!!

    • Hi Jay! How are things in beautiful PR?? I have been trying to do as much research as I can and ran across another website about PR where a couple from the United States said they had great credit in the US but had to start all over in PR? I cant really get a straight answer but I am looking to you because your a native and would know the best! Do landlords run credit or just want to see your working or can afford to pay them? Keep posting articles because I enjoy reading them. The driver’s license one scared me because I like things to move fast but if I have a great book maybe I wont mind so much. Thanks Jay!


      • Jay-Webmaster

        Hello John!

        Well this is the second time I hear that they read that someone had to start all over when it comes to their credit! Honestly, that was not the case for me at all! I don’t know in which cases that would happen but my entire credit history started in the US and when I moved here my credit rating was the same as it was in the US. I monitored Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, and there was literally no change. So I don’t know exactly what people mean when they say that. In fact, I just helped a man move with his family from the US and he had no problem at all finding a place to live and buy a car. Really, other than what some people say online, I have not (or anyone I know personally) had to start over with a credit history.

        As far as renting, some landlords may require a credit history or a “good conduct” certification. The “good conduct” certification is something that the local government does here that proves you have no criminal record. Not everyone asks for this, some people may only ask for pay stubs or proof that you have a job or something like that. Unfortunately this is very individual which means that some landlords ask for a lot some ask for nothing. Honestly, when it comes to people from the US, most landlords trust that the people from the US will be good enough to rent to them with little verification. Out of all the people from the US that I know personally and that are renting, all they have been asked to provide was where they rented before so they can contact the previous landlord (most of the time they don’t contact them anyway), how much they paid for rent, some form of recent pay stub, and if there has been any changes in the job situation. They may also ask for a month deposit. Other than that, it’s been really easy.

        You like things to move quickly? Honestly, you’ll either have to get over that and learn to relax or you will have a really tough time here. Things move very slowly here, many things don’t make sense, especially when it comes to the local government offices. Things could be a lot more streamlined and easier but they are not, fighting the system and getting upset will only make your day worse, really, I say this all the time, time is merely a suggestion here and there’s a saying here that says “dress yourself with patience”, because otherwise you’ll just have a bad day and on top of that, if you’re waiting for a service and you’re visibly mad, you’ll just get even worse service.

        Always carry a good book or something to pass the time, maybe also a snack, because you will wait in many places, and that’s just the way it is. Trust me, getting upset will only make your day worse.

        Take Care!


  92. I am visiting the island as a I write and there is a massive cash flow for an Island in a crisis. I see Mcdonalds and every major food chain restaurants full of people. The Walmarts and other commercial establishments seem not to be affected. Every one runs a car, very few if none are bike ( 2 weels on a pedal)riders. So.. it seems that this is a local government issue that seem not to affect the people like in Greece. Recently people where raving of bonuses in their welfare system in order to alleviate the back to school sales. Every one seems healthy and happy and spend money like if they where in the USA.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well you do have a point, and this is true but not the whole truth, meaning that there are many reasons why these things are happening.

      Although it is a known fact that people in PR like to buy stuff, and many people like to look like they have more than they can afford, so they spend more money than they have. This is a behavior I see everywhere, but it is known that people here do buy buy buy!

      Why do so few people ride a bike? Well I would ride a bike everywhere, but there are no bike lanes, and even in the very few areas where I can find a bike lane, the bike lane is actually the same lane as the car lane! You see it in the news all the time that this person or that person got hit by a car and either seriously hurt or killed while he/she was riding his/her bike on the road. It is simply not safe. If there were a safe bike lane from my house to my work, I would totally do that, but I can’t. Many other people find themselves in the same situation.

      Fast food restaurants are always full. Well if you go during lunch time, yes they will be full. I actually haven’t had any type fast food in over 18 months, so I don’t know how bad it is recently, but when I did eat out lunchtime was the worst, the rest of the day it wasn’t bad.

      Walmart is full, well it is one of the cheapest places and people do need the supplies for their children’s schooling. We had 2 “no-tax days for school supplies” this week so the stores were crazy full, trying to take advantage of the 11.5% “discount” as they didn’t have to pay sales tax for the school supplies.

      But people in PR are generally happy. Everyone seems healthy and happy and spend money like if they were in the USA? People here are happy in general, whether here, there, or anywhere. We are known for being big spenders though. I can’t deny that.

  93. Hey Jay,

    I was looking for things regarding Puerto Rico, this is the first time I have been to this site but I found it very informative, I was reading up on a lot of postings and decided to write one as well.

    I guess I just need some reassurance from a stranger so please be completely honest with me or anybody else reading for that matter ok? Ok lets go,
    I will be moving to PR in the next coming week or so-coming from NYC. I’m a bit conflicted, here goes why,
    I mean for starters, I just can’t stand NYC anymore. The rent cost for a single mother with “one” child is very costly. The winters are horrible, even after 30yrs I can’t deal with it. It’s getting a bit more expensive, dangerous and racial around these areas. Its just not a place I would want to raise my child anymore. So I decided with much consideration, a lot of math, common sense and most of all encouragement/nagging (lol) from my parents to “MOVE” to PR (southern part). They have a house and are living off their retirement money, Which is not a lot!!! One of my main goals is to go work and help them out, I think this is also a secretive reason as to why they want me there, maybe feeling like they are older and want someone close to them. Anyhow,
    So, all I have been doing in the past 2 months is research after research about my beautiful island that I’m soon going to call “Home”. Recently in the news this week, PR is declaring a 73 billion dollar debt. I’m distressed as to how this will affect me. Will I be able to get a job, a car, take care of not only my child but my parents as well, would I be able to feel relaxed instead of living the fast life in NY or will I have anxiety of everything I left behind and the things i could have done? Then to come to a place that is hanging by a thread to survive. I wish i was trillionaire to help the island out, but I’m not.
    I mean its def up to me to go out there and look for a job -which I do not have a problem doing. Just a little worried as to maybe some people being bias against me, you can definitely tell I’m from NY. I speak NewYorincan Spanish if you know what I mean.

    Lets continue – In NYC I was getting paid $13.00 hr/30hrs wk- ok now lets include rent ,food, babysitting, transportation-(subway system) phone, cable, electricity and basic hygiene. After doing the math I’m basically left with less than 40 cents a day for me an my child. (this is sad). This is not including holidays and a b-days.
    Now lets compare that to moving to PR.
    I will probably be taking a pay cut.
    Parents will be babysitting (money saved).
    I will be living with them for a short while “HOPEFULLY”-anyways(money saved).
    I will prob have more chances of getting into school and finishing(considering MASTERS)- since I will be having trustworthy people by my side, I’ll feel like I’m able to do this. But what will I study?? I don’t have a clue of the future jobs for Puerto Rico. Computers is always a good thing- but looks like there are a lot of engineers over there, which consequently my son says he wants to be when he grows up.
    I wish i can be more like him…
    My main question is- What the HEC am I getting myself into? sincerely A bit worried.

  94. I will be moving to Puerto Rico within the next couple months from Ohio and hoping to fine a great place to stay.
    My boyfriend has a house down there that his grandmother gave to him but its in Caguas, Puerto Rico and not sure of the people there…..

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Danielle!

      I’m not sure what you mean. You’re not sure about the people in Caguas? Like if they are nice?

      Caguas per se is just fine, nothing particularly wrong with Caguas or its people. The people there are just as nice as anywhere else. Like any other town, Caguas has some good areas and some sketchy areas, so I guess you’ll have to see where your house is.

      Caguas has some good things, it has a Costco and Sams, it has nice restaurants and movie theaters, it has some mountainous areas and some flat areas. The one thing I don’t like about Caguas is the traffic to and from the San Juan metro, and that is only because I work in San Juan, so I would have to take that terrible traffic. However there are other parts of Caguas in which you can take alternate routes and bypass some or most of the traffic, so even that is “negotiable”.

      Will you or your boyfriend work in the San Juan metro? If so, check if the schedule is flexible, you may find times when the traffic is much lighter (as in before 630 AM and then before 3 PM in the afternoon on the way back).

      If I was given a free house in Caguas, I would take it. Honestly, I don’t think the people in Caguas should be of concern, there may not be as many English-speaking people like let’s say San Juan or Rincon, but other than that things should be just fine.

      Take Care!

  95. Hi Jay
    I want to share this fantastic realtor who helped me get settled in Ceiba PR. She has been so resourceful and I would like others who need a great realtor to meet her.

    Let me know how to get the information to you,


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chris!!! So happy you got settled in Ceiba! I like Ceiba quite a bit!

      Please email the info to the webmaster account or send me a message in our Facebook Page!

      Thank you! And welcome!!! I hope everything is going great so far! Please let me know if you need any help whatsoever!

      Take Care!

      • Hola Jay,

        I am sorry. I forgot how to email you.

        In addition, I would like your opinion. I met someone from Puerto Rico who was sharing the economical problems of the island. He was saying, Ceiba starting having serious problems when the Army/Naval base closed. Houses went into foreclosure as well as business closed.

        Do you think the area will get revitalized? I have fallen in love with this area. It is a great place to live 🙂

        My thoughts are many places (U.S) have taken an economical hit…not just Puerto Rico

        Loving the Caribbean Life:)
        You are the greatest ..thanks for being there


        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Chris!

          Well the webmaster email is webmaster at newtopuertorico dot com. (sorry I get too many spammers)

          Well, Puerto Rico, like many other places have had a financial hit. There are MANY reasons for that, there is no one single reason.

          Yes it is true that the Naval base closing had an impact in the local community, that was many years ago though. There have been different plans for that base and airport being tossed around recently, nothing that is carved in stone yet but to give you an idea, Sir Richard Branson was even considering using the Ceiba airport for his latest Virgin Galactic plan. There has been no new news lately since late last year there was a fatal accident with one of his Virgin Galactic projects in the Mojave Desert.

          I don’t know if or when that area will get revitalized, but in all honesty, I hope it doesn’t, you love Ceiba (and for good reason) for what it is now, and trust me, you do not want it to be like San Juan. I live in the metro because I truly have no other choice, since my full time job is in San Juan, but if I could work from home, one of the first things I would do is to move out of San Juan. Don’t get me wrong, San Juan is great and it has many things to do and places to go, but personally, I prefer a slower pace.

          The Caribbean life is great! It really is! And I am very glad that you can see that! So many people do not appreciate what they have when they live here!

          Thank you for your comments! I’m glad to be here!

          Waiting for the email!

          Take Care!

          • Hola Jay,

            You are right. I love Ceiba just the way it is . Thank you for reminding me of that 🙂

            How do I send you an email?


          • Jay-Webmaster


            I’ll send you an email, then reply to that email I send you with the agent’s information.

            Take Care!

  96. I Love Your Site,
    I Have Always Lived In New York.
    Oh am what You Call A New York Rican I recently Vacationed PR after Not Being Here Since the Age Of 3yrs old I am now in My 40’s.
    My Mom has Lived In NY long Island for Over 60yrs. She Recently Passed and I came Back to her Native PR Vega Baja To Scatter Her Remains. My real Father Has Lived Here for The Last 15 years after living in NY for Over 55 yrs.
    After Visiting I Fell In Live with PR as My Dad Said I Would.
    I want to Live here and Be Close to My Dad.
    I am a Construction Safety Manager In NYC Manhattan and I Make A good Salary there. But I am fed Up with all The NYC Chaos.
    My Question is are there any work in This Field. I do Speak Spanish however, it is more Spanglish than Anything. LOL!!!!!
    Can You Offer any Advise or Knowledge on this.
    I think you are Doing a great Thing for Others.
    Thank You.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Thanks Joli! I’m glad you like the site and Puerto Rico!

      Well, I am not sure about jobs in that field. I’m sure the position exists I just don’t know exactly where to look. There is however a site by the department of labor that posts a monthly “available jobs” pdf. The latest is for the month of June.

      Take a look here. And here’s the June 2015 PDF

      Click on these other links: and and they are linked directly to jobs in PR, very general but may give you an idea of what is in demand.

      Have you considered working in some other field? Life here can be very laid back, this island is not for those with Type A personality, so if you embrace how slow things can get then you should be fine here.

      Feel free to email me or contact me through the Facebook Page for more specific questions.

      Take Care!

  97. Hi Jay,

    I am moving to Puerto Rico in December, 2015. I already have gained more knowledge perusing your website than all other websites combined. You actually impart information that is useful instead of generalizations.

    I have never been to Puerto Rico. I don’t speak Spanish. I am retired and not seeking employment.

    I will arrive with carry on luggage only and 4 dogs and 1 cat.
    Rental car for a week, purchase a used vehicle and rent a house.

    I have moved to various parts of the U.S. in the last few years with mixed success with the ‘pre-planning’ aspect. Twice I have arranged a rental home through realtors and then encountered problems at time of move in (attempt to increase rent or it turns out the house is actually for sale). Twice I have moved ‘cold-turkey’ to a new location which isn’t fun either.

    I would have a problem paying deposits, etc., and then arrive with my pets and find out if I have been ‘played’. A solid realtor reference would be appreciated.

    Will 5 or 6 thousand be enough to purchase a reliable vehicle?

    I would prefer to live at an elevation that minimizes need for air conditioning and am fine with rural or in a town. Is $1,500 monthly enough for a decent rental home, including utilities? Cable and phone are optional for me.

    In the past I have moved then realized I should have been ‘over there in that area or neighborhood’, be nice to avoid that this time. However, a trip to scout the territory is not possible.

    If I can manage to get my dogs and cat from the airline freight pick up location (I don’t speak Spanish) and get all of us into the rental car, I’m good. Be nice to have a bit more of a plan though.

    Thank you,

    Scott Wedge (California)

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Scott!

      First of all thank you so much for the nice words!!! I try the best I can to provide the most valuable information!

      Let me be honest with you. Moving here can and likely will be a hassle at first. Once you have things settled then it becomes easier. But the first 2 weeks or so will likely be annoying. When I moved here I was ready to pack up and go back o the states! But my father assured me that it will pass, and it did. Just yesterday as I was walking a trail in a small forest, I had a moment of happiness knowing that I’ll be able to walk this forest any time of the year and that I don’t have to deal with winter anymore. No regrets.

      Pre-planning is great, but always have a plan B. You may be surprised how often “things come up”, people are late or forget etc. I really don’t expect you to be “played” but I do think it is important to have everything in the open and be clear about everything. Things like making sure all the A/C’s are working, no roof leaks (even though we are currently in a drought, it does rain here quite a bit), etc. Everything must be spoken of and cleared of any doubts. Like the pet policy, make sure they are ok with your 4 dogs and cat, I would even mention the size of the dogs. I will email you the contact info for a Realtor, however I think this one I’m thinking about only works the San Juan metro, I’ll check on that for you.

      $5000 to $6000 should be OK for a used reliable vehicle. Just the other day I saw a listing for a 2002 Toyota Camry in very good condition for $4800, I have an old Camry myself and have had no issues with it.

      If you prefer to live in the higher elevations, $1,500 should be fine for a decent home, not sure about including utilities because electricity is expensive but renting in the mountainous sectors is way cheaper than the San Juan metro, I’ve seen decent homes for rent for less than $1000 per month, sometimes as low as $600 depending on the area.

      Have you seen my page on the Climate in Puerto Rico? I posted 2 images with the normal min and max annual temperatures, further down there are links to access normal monthly temperatures and rainfall. Check those out, maybe it’ll help you decide which town is better for you. The further you are from the coast, the cooler and less crowded. That should help you save up on electricity costs if you don’t use the A/C.

      I know it’s hard to choose a place to live and really every area has its good things and bad, it really depends on what you like. There’s a decent English-speaking community in Rincón, so if socialization is important to you then you may want to take a look that way, it is in the northwest coast though so it may get warm, I don’t think it’s too bad though. But the search for the perfect place to call home is long and full of decisions =(

      Even though you don’t speak Spanish, many people do speak English, so it’s not like you’ll be completely unable to communicate. You’ll be able to get your dogs and rent a car and do it all without much trouble.

      Well, I’ll email you the info on the Realtor, I know you’ll have many other questions so feel free to either email me or ask me on our Facebook page.

      Let’s get the ball rolling!

      Take Care!


  98. Hi Jay and Angela!

    I just stumbled upon this website and found it so informative. I am moving to the San Juan area for school in about 6 weeks. I just received acceptance and now it seems like I have to make so many changes in such little time.

    First and foremost I need an apartment. I’ve been looking online at a few places but I am not sure as how to go about renting when I’m many many miles away. I am scared I may like what I see in the pictures and from what I am told and then to see it’s not all it stated to be. I am looking for at least a 2 bedroom apartment/condo/house within driving distance to Bayamon (and pet friendly if possible). I was hoping you could refer me to a realtor or maybe some tips. Should I make an extra trip there to look at my potential apartments? How long is the process of finding, signing a lease, and moving into the apartment? Like I stated, I am pretty short on time.

    Another thing is leasing a car. I did not want to make such a large purchase up front since I won’t be getting any of my school money until a month after I move, but I NEED a car. I was wondering if leasing is as good an option in Puerto Rico as it is in the U.S.

    My boyfriend will be looking for a job in the area as well. He is conversational in Spanish and understands it perfectly. What would be the best places for him to find a job in the San Juan area?

    Thank you for this awesome website!

    • Jay-Webmaster


      Congratulations! And thank you for the nice words!

      So you need to be close to Bayamon, why not look for apartments right in Bayamon? Of course it depends where in Bayamon, I knew someone that lived in a place called Valles de Torrimar in Guaynabo but very close to Bayamon, it was very nice and they allowed pets. However, even if the apartment complex allowed pets, it’s really the landlord’s choice. Also the time it takes to sign a lease depends on how ready the other apartment is. I’ve seen it take 2 to 3 days and I’ve seen it take weeks, it really depends. I will refer you to a realtor, so I’ll send you her info via email, is that ok? Watch out for an email from me!

      I don’t really think it’s necessary to come over to look at apts but you may stay several days at a hotel or something when you come over. Make sure you have things lined up with a Realtor so you go and get things done quickly!

      Car leasing programs here are similar to the states, they have different programs but is essentially the same. Having a car here is a big plus, you don’t want to limit yourself and not watch everything this island has to offer.

      About your BF, it really depends on what his skills are. When I send you the email with the Realtor’s info, tell me more about him so I can help you. But generally has a few job announcements.

      Start moving!!! 6 weeks will fly by!

      • Thanks for all the info! I would really appreciate you referring a realtor to me. Please email me. I would also love any info you have on shipping my car to PR. I know the excise tax is a bit expensive,but I’m thinking it may be a better deal than buying a new car in PR.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Rochelle!

          You’re welcome! Did you get the Realtor info!? Let me know if it works out, if it doesn’t I will put you in contact with a different one!

          As far as shipping the car, I will have to put a post of it because it is a common question. But the gist of it is (at least in my case it was), the car must be paid off, or you need a letter from the financing institution allowing you to take the car. You need just about every document such as the title of the car, your id, etc. There are a few companies that would ship your car such as as well as others. You may wish to contact them for an estimate.

          Once your car is shipped, you do need to pay a tax, you can either have the transport company give you an estimate, but there is a government website that gives you an estimate based on your car’s details.

          Access the estimated Puerto Rico car import tax website. Enter the details, and you’ll get a good idea as to how much you would pay.

          I hope this helps! Take Care!

          Oh, and feel free to either post another comment, email me, or contact me through our Facebook page if you have any questions!

  99. Hi Jay!

    I’ve recently thought about moving to PR: I’m half Puerto Rican, I love the islands, and I’m ready to leave New York!!

    I have lots of questions for you! Please take your time in answering. I’d move tomorrow if I could but I don’t think that’s going to happen so I’ll await more info.

    Some questions:
    I’m a Certified Health Coach and I’d like to find work as a personal chef/cook but for someone or family that is interested in healthy living. Any suggestions on where (as far as internet) to look for work for something like this and is there one better neighborhood to look at over another?

    I was reading lots of comments about San Juan and that seems to be a good place for me to start out. Do most people have cars or are bicycles the most popular mode of transportation?

    I was also thinking of attending a culinary school that might meet my standards for healthy living. Do you know of one that might specialize in this? Also, do you know how financial aid would work?

    I hope my questions are clear enough. All of this popped into my head in the past week and now I’m looking for the answers!

    Thanks so much!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Cece!!!! I understand your predicament, I lived in the US and after a few years I was ready to come back, so I did! =)

      Well, as far as jobs, there is always they have a help wanted section, There is also where you can search for jobs there as well. I would totally hire you as our personal chef/cook to make all of out gluten free / vegan meals if I could afford you! LOL

      In terms of neighborhood, the San Juan metro would be best, especially the touristy areas like Condado, Isla Verde, Old San Juan. There is also a city in NW Puerto Rico called Rincón that may serve your needs.

      Most people do have cars, not everyone though. I have a couple of friends that either have no cars or have bicycles. One friend of mine lives in Old San Juan and her mode of transportation within Old San Juan is her bicycle or her legs, however she uses the bus when she travels outside of Old San Juan. A couple who are friend of ours live in the Miramar area and they don’t have cars nor bicycles, they go everywhere on foot or the bus. So most people do have cars, but it is not impossible (it is difficult though) to be without a car.

      There is a school in Rincón that may interest you, it is called Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute. We have looked into their program ourselves, but it is not cheap. I wouldn’t say overpriced, but it may be out of the reach of most people. Check them out, who knows if they have a vacancy you can apply to work for them! There are also other schools like the “Escuela Hotelera de San Juan” and the Culinary Arts department of the “Instituto de Banca y Comercio”.

      The different institutions have their way to help with finances but generally it is the same as the states. You would apply for some sort of student loan, one that the institution has worked with in the past, however the cost of education here is MUCH less than in the US. I don’t think the Ann Wigmore school offers info on financial aid though, I don’t think they are an accredited institution, they’re still worth looking at though.

      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions! Take Care!!!

  100. Hi there! Nice blog. I’m a resident of the states, curious about moving to PR. I’m 24 and wondering how I might go about finding work before or once Im on the island. Any suggestions or ideas are much appreciated, thanks!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Caleb!

      Well, honestly, the best advice I can give you is to look for jobs and make contact with the employers you are interested in. Do you speak Spanish? Depending on your field, the Spanish may or may not be an issue. But things are normally much more difficult if you do not speak Spanish.

      I would zero in potential employers and send resumes, call, etc. If nothing works out then I start broadening my search.

      We are still a “face-to-face” culture, which means that we would rather do business with people we can see compared to ones we can only talk to on the phone. This results in many people coming here and finding a quick job like a waiter or waitress in order to pay rent while they do their more permanent job hunt.

      But don’t fall asleep, go after the places you like from where you are now, and also look for “help wanted” ads in your field so you know more or less what employers are actually looking for.

      Check or for some ideas of what’s currently out there.

      Good Luck!!!

  101. Hi Jay,
    I am preparing to move. I am researching heathcare. I have looked on website at Triple S however, I can’t find what category I would fit . I am married but my husband will have Veterans insurance. I just need insurance for myself. I am over 50.
    Can you help?


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Would you go in privately yourself? You don’t qualify to be under your husband’s plan? Triple S has a “bronze, silver, gold” type of plan.

      Using Google Chrome, go to their site, then choose Plans and products, then choose Directo Plus/Individual.

      It takes you to a page for you to then enter your age and your needs, it will then give you a quote. I recommend calling them though. Their number is 787-774-6060.

      Take Care!

  102. Hi Jay,
    The last time I spoke to you, I was looking for a place to live in Puerto Rico. I am glad to say we will be living in Ceiba. We are very excited. We met a wonderful realtor who I would love to recommend to others who are moving from the states.

    My question is can I bring a few of my favorite houseplants to Puerto Rico. Some people have a hard time separating from their pets, I have a hard time separating from my plants 🙂

    Also, we are thinking about financing a car. Should we lease or get a used car? We are definitely going to a dealership for the transaction. Would it be better to finance through the dealership or find an outside source. I have very good credit and would like a low interest rate.

    Please let me know

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chris! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! I’m glad you found a realtor! Please send me the contact info through email!

      I don’t see why you can’t move some of your plants. Check with the moving company to make sure though.

      My first recommendation to finance a car would be the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. I don’t know if everyone can finance through them but I did run into one of my physicians there one time and he is not a Federal employee. They have the best rates, so check with them first, they have the best rates.

      Otherwise there’s Reliable Auto, Banco Popular, Oriental Bank, among others.

      Take care!!!

  103. I will be moving to Puerto Rico from Ohio later this year. I’m so excited about my big move. I have been looking for an apartment on Craigslist lately. I did hear that its difficult to move there and find a place that is in a gay friendly environment.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Layton! So glad you are moving to PR!!!

      As far as Gay Friendly, I would honestly say that there are very few areas I would consider “not-friendly”. However if I were you I would look to live in Condado or Isla Verde, maybe even the Old San Juan area. Simply because you would see more people from the LGBT community in those areas.

      Take Care!

  104. Jay and Angela

    We moved her in January 2015 and to date we have not met anyone and are having apartment fever at this point. My husband made a comment unexpectedly but rightfully so that he hates it here.We are social people and staying here and not meeting anyone is making us stir crazy.Can you advise on where to go or what to look for to start meeting people and building friendships?
    Thank you!!!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Sandy!

      So sorry you feel that way! =( It is always hard when you don’t know people.

      So do you have any hobbies? I know there are groups that get together for different hobbies such as bowling leagues, running , biking, kayaking, rowing, paddle boarding, and even yoga clubs, martial arts groups etc. There are truly many ways to meet people. But it does require someone to *get out there*. We actually met one of really good friends in a doctor’s waiting room! We just started talking, and the rest is history! =)

      We actually get recognized at the park that we normally go running, then on races people recognize us “oh you’re the guys that run in Bayamon” then we start talking.

      Oh and the gym! We’ve met many people at the gym. Other people have made friends in School like Berlitz while they try to learn Spanish.

      But we’ve lost all fears, we just talk to random people now, we’ve observed that people are much nicer than we thought.

      Now, a probably easier way is to find a club of people that are in your same situation. There is a club called The newcomers club. This club is mainly composed of people from the states. They get together and go places together such as dinners and other activities. The only hang up I have with this sort of “expat clubs” is that many people do not get involved with the locals, and that is a big mistake. This particular club and others of the like like Internations, are very very good with great people, but I would advise you to not neglect the locals.

      Hopefully some day the new forum gets enough people so that we can start doing some types of “meet and greet” and other activities where we would meet many people from other countries as well as get involved in the local culture.

      Would this help? Let me know if you need any specific help! Feel free to message me on our Facebook page or on the forum!

      Chin Up! It gets better!

      Take Care!

  105. Jay,
    This is such a great site. So helpful. You express your love for PR and inspire an interest and affection for the island and her people! I also appreciate your honesty, pointing out the pros and cons.
    We are considering a move in the next year or so. There’s a job opening I’m thinking of applying for. First we are trying to learn as much as possible to see if it would be a good fit for us.
    I’m wondering what you know about life in PR (San Juan) for gays and lesbians. My wife and I live in a state that recognizes our marriage and is very supportive of LGBT people. That’s not true of every state, so we are fortunate.
    What’s your experience as far as attitudes toward lesbian couples? (I know it varies widely depending on who you’re talking to.).
    Would it be safe for us? Would we be able to make friends with locals, gay and straight?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Julie! Thank you so much for the comment and so sorry for the late reply!

      Your question required a full blog post, so I wanted to make sure I could write as much as came to my mind! Although there is a lot more I could have written!

      So, the short story is that socially, lesbian and gay couples/individuals seem to be accepted without too many issues to speak of, especially in San Juan. There shouldn’t be issues making friends when compared to heterosexual couples. Legally though, that’s another story, but there is reason to be optimistic. I would be cautiously optimistic given the recent changes (advancements/acceptance) the current governor is making.

      You may have some resistance or maybe a comment from the most religious folks, but I personally have never been told from any of my gay friends that they have encountered anything significant for them to feel unaccepted or unsafe.

      Here’s a link to the post I wrote, which I called “Life for Gays and Lesbians in Puerto Rico“.

      Please keep in mind that my perspective is a *third party* perspective, and I am sure that I do not know everything that a gay or lesbian couple encounters. I try my best to explain my perspective. let me know if you have questions or comments! Thank You!!!

  106. Hello!!

    This has been the most reliable website I have found thus far on living/moving to PR. Thanks so much for establishing this site!!

    I am very, VERY strongly considering moving to Puerto Rico after I graduate from college. I will have a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and I will be quite fluent in Spanish. Are there any job opportunities in PR for me? Also, do you recommend I move there alone, or would it be better to bring a friend with me?…considering I’ve lived in Mississippi my entire life. Some of your input would be very helpful. Thank you!!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Brittany! So glad you’ve found this site useful! =)

      As far as jobs in journalism, I’m afraid I don’t really know much about the job market there. What I do know is that a few months ago, the local Univisión station laid off a lot of its employees but then 2 new local channels emerged and one channel expanded, so opportunities actually grew after than one channel laying off most of its employees. The bigger stations in San Juan are Channel 2, 4 and 6, there are also channels 13, 24 and 40 (New) but they are smaller. The city of Mayagüez in western PR now has a new ABC affiliate in channel 5. It’s called ABC5.

      So if I were you I’d contact those channels and look for opportunities, send videos etc.

      You can come alone or bring a friend, either way is fine. It depends on how you feel more comfortable. Some people have trouble meeting new people, so in that case then a friend would be a good idea, as long as you support each other, help with bills, etc.

      What is it about PR that is intriguing you? I’m just curious. Take Care!!!

      • I am actually half Puerto Rican, half African American. I want to live in Puerto Rico to learn more about the heritage, culture, atmosphere, etc… and hopefully find my niche!!

  107. Hello,

    I am looking into moving to San Juan, Puerto Rico and attend the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. I am trying to inform my mother that this is a wonderful place to move and to go to school. I would like to know:
    Is the cost of living in the capital expense (to rent)?
    How is the crime in the capital?
    In general, what are the pros and cons for a young woman moving to Puerto Rico? What should she be aware of?

    I am a young female musician wanting to move in a different location to embrace a culture, study music, and expand horizons.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Nia! Let me tell you that the Conservatory of Music here in Puerto Rico is VERY respected and one of the finest music schools I’ve seen. Definitely the finest here in PR and really just as good as any other in the US. It has a historic and beautiful little campus in San Juan, I’ve been there personally and really really like it. I’ve considered taking music classes there myself. Unfortunately, living here is not only different than the US but it is not necessarily easier.

      I don’t want to discourage anyone from moving here, I believe that living here is awesome and I live a very happy life here, but I also know that it is not for everyone. I also do not like to sugar coat things to make it less of what they are. So here it goes:

      Cost of living? It’s pretty high for some things, not so much for others. I wrote a post called Cost of living in Puerto Rico, click for more details.

      How about the crime? This is a subject that I wish I never had to talk about, but the truth is that the crime is also pretty high. That is the unfortunate truth. Having said that, I have never been a victim of crime and the most I’ve heard from someone I know is that they got mugged, but no harm was done to them. So just take common sense precautions and you should be fine. A lot of people are always afraid here, I never am, but like I advise others, take precautions, most crime is opportunistic.

      Pros and cons of a young woman moving here? Well any pro and con really wouldn’t have to do much with the person’s gender. I know young women and young men who live in San Juan by themselves and they don’t have to say anything different than the other. The only thing about living in San Juan is that you may meet many people from the US who speak English, so that’s good.

      San Juan is actually a very nice city with lots and lots to do. It is not for the uptight or closed-minded. If you are looking to embrace a different culture, study music and expand horizons then I think San Juan would be good for you. Interestingly, those were the same reasons why I moved from San Juan to the upper Midwest of the US. I wanted a culture shock, and I did get one and I would never regret that decision.

      Do I think you should study music at the conservatory of PR? YES, it is truly a top notch institution. Is it safe here? Well, it’s not unsafe per se but it could be safer, take common sense precautions. Is this a good place to experience a different culture? YES. This is a different place with different people and customs compared to the US. If I were you I would take the plunge and move here.

      Hope this helps!

      • Thank you so much! This helps me to get a better understanding of what I am about to dive into.


        • Jay-Webmaster

          No problem! I hope you enjoy San Juan! I know you will enjoy the Conservatory, it’s a beautiful campus with a beautiful courtyard with a view to the Condado Lagoon. Plus, it is a really good institution.

          Best of luck!

  108. Hello, I am 33 years old, just moved to San Juan, and I am trying to get a Drivers License, can you tell me what I should expect and where the local Dtop is? (the sites online give civilian GPS cords instead of a street address…i think… Google cant makes heads or tales of the “address” shown)

    Thank you for all your help


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Wayne:

      Based on the fact that you live in San Juan, you should go to the DTOP (CESCO) in Carolina. However if I were you I’d go to the one in Bayamon, which is really the lesser of 2 evils because they are both very crowded, but the one in Bayamon has a trailer in the front where you can get the eye exam, pictures, forms to fill, etc. There used to be one in Carolina as well but they recently moved and apparently it is a very inconvenient location, I’m not sure though because I haven’t been to the new one.

      Expect long lines and to surrender your current license, you also have to take the written exam (it’s very easy). The rules change all the time, sometimes even the people working don’t even know the latest rules, so make sure you go with cash (at least $40), your current driver’s license, original birth certificate, social security card, passport (if you have it), and a bill or something that proves your current address.

      They open at 730 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. I went once on a Friday afternoon and it was actually relatively slow, by that I mean that I was there for only 2 hours (I know). So just go well fed and with a good book, I took a bottle of water.

      I posted 2 links that show the locations of the offices in Bayamon and Carolina. – Bayamon – Carolina

      Hope this helps!

      • dont have a ssn or card, figure a dd-214 from the army will work (they seem to take it over a SS card every other place) if you don’t know, ill tell you my results when i get back tomorrow.

        Thanks for the input, may be back to pick your brain later

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Ok please let me know. I honestly have never heard of a DD214 card. When I went last time I had forgotten my birth certificate but they took my passport in-lieu of it. Please let me know if they accept your card!

      • Jay, I don’t have a birth certificate but I do have a passport and SSN card. Will that work?

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Alexandria!

          In most cases, yes, the passport and SSN card will be a good option if you don’t have your birth certificate. In fact I’ve never had the situation in which I NEEDED the birth certificate if I had my passport and SSN card, however, I would still get the birth certificate just in case, especially when the passport expires.

      • I’ve heard that there are individuals or agencies that for a fee will do the applying for you?

  109. If I decide to Rent and sign a léase but after seeing the property say about 3or 4 days and change my mind can I get out of my lease?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Oh wow, I wish I could help you there! I think you should go through the lease agreement and see what it says about getting out of the lease. I suggest you do that sooner rather than later because there could be a time limit!

    • Depends on your lease and the land lord, ask them…. but… usually they will charge you for the space being empty until it gets filled (and they will leave it empty as its free money until your lease is almost up). I’m in the same situation, just look for someplace better, your here now so you can do a proper look see into the local area. When its time to renew, upgrade to the better place.

  110. Hello,

    I am just wondering generally how long it takes from the time a seller agrees to sell their house to you, until the time you close on the purchase of a home? Is it a similar time frame as the mainland or is it longer? Thank you


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Tyler:

      If you have the money ready to purchase and the seller has agreed to sell, all you need to have is the lawyer read to you the terms and conditions of what you are signing and you get the keys right there. I guess the biggest difference is that here you need a lawyer involved in the sale, so you need to make an appointment with the lawyer and the seller. The mortgage approval may take some time, weeks in occasions.

      But that really depends on many things. I have a friend that bought a foreclosed home and it took about 5 months to be able to purchase the home, another friend of mine bought a house not in foreclosure, and the process took a few weeks to a month, but the biggest hold up in that case was the mortgage approval, once she had the mortgage approved she met with the lawyer and the seller and in a few hours she had the house keys.

      Hope this helps.

  111. Hello!

    Thank you so much for creating this site, it has been so helpful just reading through all the other comments… and very exciting and reassuring. I love the culture, it is so warm, down to earth, and relaxed. The island is so beautiful and full of life, I want to live and raise my daughter there. 🙂 We are very excited (:
    I only have a couple questions, since most were answered in other posts… About how much lag time can someone expect before finding work? Most likely as a waitress or retail or tutoring or daycare (I’m still finishing my degree in psychology). Second question, are the western towns more for tranquillo families or do they have some social life? They sound really lovely in a lot of ways, laid back, full of nature, gentle existence. Just wondering if as a single mother I would have any social life as my daughter grows up.
    Ok, thank you so much again for putting together this blog/site. I think this is the 8th time I’ve poured over everyone’s entries, really getting excited about the decision to move there… 🙂 It is so informative and constructive. Gracias!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Dana!

      So glad you like it here and are looking into moving here!

      lag time before finding work? Well, it depends, do you know any Spanish? That’s going to be a big one, also where are you looking to settle? For example, in the tourist sections of San Juan (Isla Verde or Condado), being completely bilingual is a huge plus! In fact, your Spanish could be *ok* but your English is perfect and you should be able to find a job as a waitress for example, I do know a few waitresses that leaned Spanish as a second language and do fairly well, but they all work in San Juan, and they all can communicate in Spanish, just not as good as a native Spanish-speaker, but still good enough. So if I were you I’d really hit it hard in my Spanish-speaking skills before coming down, otherwise it may very well take you a very long time before finding a job.

      Is it impossible? Absolutely not.

      Will it take a lot of time and patience? It may very well take some time and patience, yes. It will be easier to find a job if you knew Spanish.

      You have to be active while looking for a job, search the newspapers, call, show up and leave resumes, etc.

      I would plan to be without a job for no less than 3 months. Just because I like to be extra-safe. If you learn some Spanish you will likely find a job somewhere before then, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

      You could be an English tutor in addition to…. It’s a great way to supplement income, there are some people out there that are willing to pay extra to make sure their kids learn English well.

      BTW, please make sure you daughter learns Spanish while she’s here. The benefits of knowing both English and Spanish are incredible.

      Interested in the west? Well, have you looked into going to Rincón? It’s in the Northwest corner of the island. Like San Juan, there are many people from the US over there. Quality of life is quite nice, much more calm and relaxed than San Juan. Of course that means that there are less things to do, but there is a strong sense of community and people are very nice. It shouldn’t be hard to have a social life if you look for it. However, San Juan does have quite a bit of social life, clubs, etc. But it is quite a bit more hectic than Rincón or other places in the west. Yes, the west is known for being much more “tranquilo”. There’s no Costco over there so I’d never be able to live there! LOL 😉

      Please let me know if you have any more specific questions, you can also ask me via our Facebook page if you have other things to ask that you don’t want to rest of the world to see! LOL

      Take care and good luck!

  112. I grew up in the States, visited family here every summer as a kid, and just moved here from South Florida. I worked in collaboration with freight forwarding companies helping their customers get around and find what they needed and prepped it for the different companies depending on where they were taking their stuff.
    Do you know of any freight forwarding companies or such that you could recommend for me to find similar work here.

  113. Hi there, I came back from San juan pr a few weeks ago and fell in love with the amazing island. I am a 31 year old mother, I have a 9 year old and 2 dogs… We are going to move there!! I have some questions, your web site is amazing btw… I am moving from canada, so I was wondering how much more dif is that then firm someone from the states? I would like to bring my stuff and my paid off car… But not to sure if it will be cheaper for me to just come with a suitcase? Also is it possible to drive myself, son and 2 dogs over… Well I know I can’t drive over the ocean, but, if there a boat that will bring us to San juan? Please let me know:) also loved loved loved the people in San juan are all the people like that every wear? Looking for beach close by. A place with a yard for the dogs and my son to play in, with a private school near by:) I am a registered dental assistant, so what town has lots of dental offices? Please let me know… I have done so much googling lol… But your web site is so informative !!!! Thank you!!! I took Spanish in high school, and and going to take more!!!! Pr has changed my life!!!!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Kallie! Thanks for the nice comments! BTW I’ve never made it up to Canada, but I’ve met some people from all over Canada and they have too been extremely nice! I HAVE to go visit! Maybe you can help me find a place to go! =)

      Moving here from Canada should be the same as if you moved to the USA. So if you were going to move to any US state, you would have to do all the immigration procedures required, well the same goes for here. We’re basically a US state but not a state.

      As far as moving your things, I would personally buy the big heavy items here. Unless of course you furniture is super duper nice or some sort of family heirloom. If I were you I’d sell my stuff there and then buy only what I absolutely need here from Ikea or something like that. The same for a car, the cost of transport is steep, then you have to pay import taxes once you get it here, then the process of registration is long and rather dumb. So in all honesty I’d only move my car if I have a deep emotional attachment to it, or it is very expensive and buying a new one would be too much compared to the transport cost, or someone else paid the transport and import fees for me.

      As far as moving here with the car and pets like you asked, I have not heard of such a service. I wish there was something like that but as far as I know there is no such thing. However airlines like JetBlue and Delta, maybe others too, can transport pets. I did use Delta for my dog, but you have to arrive in the night time because the temperature cannot be over a certain number (in my case it was 30ºC), so the airplane had to arrive at about 10 PM when the temperature was under 30ºC (86ºF), that was the case then, it may be different now.

      People in San Juan are great! And truly the locals are very very nice, I say it time and again, PLEASE get involved with the locals! However people outside of San Juan could be a tad nicer! I think it is because they are less stressed maybe? I go outside of the San Juan metro and I feel I’m in a different country, it reminds me that I am in paradise, and the people are great too! So if you liked the people in San Juan, you will like the people just about anywhere here. Also, if you likes San Juan, you will like the rest of Puerto Rico even more. In all honesty, San Juan is the worst part of PR in my opinion, unless you like the city feel with the dense population and the fact that you can walk from place to place in San Juan. I live in the suburbs, so I don’t get the great city/walk to restaurants type lifestyle here, but when I get out, I can’t stop smiling because this is truly an amazing island.

      Private schools? Off the top of my head, Saint John and Robinson Schools come to mind. They are both expensive and in the Condado area, but very good schools. However if you move to the suburbs you’ll find many many top notch private schools like “Maristas” or “Wesleyan Academy” both in Guaynabo. I am actually going to home school, but that’s a personal choice, not because the schools here are bad. I was born and raised here and I got just as good of an education as i would have anywhere else.

      The San Juan metro has LOTS of dental offices, my father was actually a dentist, I can ask him where he thinks you could look for jobs if you want. However, if I were you, I’d start practicing Spanish!

      I’m so glad you loved PR! Please keep in touch! I am here to help you!

      Warm hugs from Puerto Rico to Canada! LOL Take care!

    • Thank you so much for your reply!!! As for coming to Canada I would highly recommend Banff National Park and Lake Louise!!! It is so so beautiful, people from all over the world come to see the rocky mountains. They are just breath taking you can ice climb, mountain climb, ski, snowboard, cross country ski, jump out of helicopters to fly down the mountain(I have never done that you have to be really good to do that) there is giant glaciers you can ardor while sipping hot chocolate . The lakes and rivers are clear blue:) (something you are used to lol) That is so awesome that you dad was a dentist!! I am on indeed jobs and another web site for jobs… I have actually sent out a couple resumes, right now I make 64 000 a year and know that I will be taking a LARGE pay cut to be there, but that is what has also inspired me to move there everyone is so happy with what they have they love there home and family and here people are so greedy:( but if your dad has any info for me I would so appreciate it I will be buying a car for sure !!! I have also emailed the PR Asistencia Dental to see how to work there:) OMG Ikea is there lol perfect!!!! I cant stop thinking about PR like for real I fell like I left my soul in the ocean lol when I was there I made friends with the locals we played soccer on the beach and were out and about at night, I felt so safe and at home, I still cant believe how amazing and wonderful the people are there I am still keeping contact with my new friends… But to be realistic one year to get there is what it will have to be:) Looks like were having a car and yard sale before we go lol… once again thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much… your site is so helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have any questions about Canada or are thinking of coming here ask me please!!!! I have traveled from the east cost to the west and back and have been to all the major cities and all the little hamlets/towns of the country:)

      • Jay-Webmaster


        Thank you so much for the nice words and also the suggestions for Canada!? I’ve been wanting to visit Canada for a long time now but unfortunately it will have to wait, at 64 000 per year, you actually make more money than I do! LOL But I will make sure to let you know when I can start planning a trip to Canada!

        I will email you some info as I come across it, just make sure you “white list” my webmaster email address, or “like us” and send me a message on Facebook so I can send you a message if I find job openings or anything.

        Yes we do have Ikea here but it is quite different from the US. Not in the inventory but the way they do the business. The showrooms are TINY, and everything must be ordered and picked up later, even the small stuff. So we actually always shop on just make sure to click the US flag at the top so the page is in English. If you order something though, the emails will be in Spanish, I’ve tried to change that but I’ve had no success, they will email you when the order is ready for pickup or for shipping if you decide to pay for the delivery.

        I am so glad you like it here so much, you see, you gave yourself the opportunity to meet the locals, which most people DON’T do. Plus of course, you came here when the weather is at its best and it’s cold in Canada! LOL

        I am here for you, please let me know if you need anything at all. You can also email me or send me a message on FB if you need help on anything you don’t want the rest of the world to see.

        Hope to hear from you soon! Take Care!

  114. Hi Jay,
    I appreciate your site! Thanks for all the useful information. My husband and I are very interested in moving to San Juan, we live in Chicago now and love the city feel. We walk a lot now and use public transportation. In my research it looks like Condado and Isla Verde would be a good fit for us. Do you have any other neighborhood suggestions for people who like The feel of a city? Also public transportation seems very legit in San Juan. What are your thoughts? I wanted to know what the process is like for renting. If we are looking for a place and don’t have jobs yet should we just plan on staying in a vacation home for a few weeks until we are employed or will landlords allow us to sign a lease? Ps we have two cats! Thanks so much for your help. I look forward to your response.


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Sarah! I’m glad you like our site! Make sure you like us on FB to keep up to date with the latest posts!

      As far as living here and getting the city feel, Condado and Isla Verde would be best. I am a bit more partial towards Condado though, Isla Verde is a close second, but if I were you, I’d look at Condado first.

      Other than those areas, I can’t really think of any other that would give you the same feel. I mean, the San Juan metro is quite big, and there’s also an area called “Miramar” that would give you a similar feel as well as “Old San Juan”, but I don’t find those other areas to be as nice as Condado for example. Old San Juan has a lot of character though, it’s just, well, old, but it has tons of places to eat and there’s lots going on.

      The public transit is not bad, it’s just not very reliable in terms of time, and some routes take you way out of the way before coming back around to the place where you want to actually go. I know people who like you walk and take public transportation and they manage well, but they do complain about the buses not being on time. Also, traveling around the island will be difficult; there is so much to see here and so many things to do, you may have to rent a car for those weekend trips to the mountains or some other corner of the island, of course you could also get to meet people and carpool with them as well.

      As far as jobs go, things are difficult from the employment perspective, especially if you do no speak Spanish. But it is not impossible, I know people who had to become self employed because they couldn’t find a job, but that ended up working in their favor.

      The renting process is highly dependent on the landlord. Complexes with condos or “Walk-Up apartments” are not owned by one company usually, each condo or apartment is privately owned so you have to deal with the landlord which could be good or bad. Some landlords trust people from the US enough to rent to you without having a job yet but most won’t rent without proof of a steady income, and that is to everyone regardless of where they come from. So go search online and try to talk to either a real estate agent or the owner of the apartment for the details.

      You can rent a vacation apartment for a few weeks but in all honesty you will be paying for one week what you would normally pay for a month in a regular apartment.

      Cats are cool, most landlords don’t have a problem with cats, especially if the apartment is not furnished.

      Hope this helps! Thank you so much for the questions! Please keep them coming! If you do decide to move here please keep in touch! Take Care!


  115. Hello Jay and Angela!

    I truly love the fact that this website exists! It makes this big upcoming move much less scary!

    Originally, I was born in Puerto Rico and lived in Aibonito (near Cidra and Coamo) until I was 6 years old. I then moved to Maryland and was adopted by a white family. I am now 18, and having lacked any Spanish in my environment, I ended up losing the language entirely.

    The past 2 years, I have been working on learning that spanish back at a causal rate. At this point, I can hold my own, and learn the rest as it becomes a necessity in daily conversation.

    In September, I plan on moving to PR and fully supporting myself. I have a summer job that should earn me about 6k that I would like to save and use as my starter pack upon moving.

    I am also graduating from my community college in 2 months with an paramedic license. I am very much so hoping that I will be able to turn that into a job of some sort down there.

    I do still have family down there, and if bad comes to worst, I can stay with them, while sorting out any other potential financial problems.

    I guess I am just trying to make sure I’m on the right track for everything. I know its hard to have everything covered on such a big move. Especially since I am going from financially dependent child living with my parents, to an independent adult in all senses of the word. I know I am ready, but will never turn down any help.

    Would you guys happen to have any advice for me? Perhaps something that wouldn’t be thought of with a normal move, but would be good for Puerto Rico?

    Ive looked at many of your pages and its answered a few of my questions such as phone bills or transferring drivers licenses, but what about things like home insurance or home payments at all? Best job opportunities for a fluent english and mediocre spanish speaker (assuming that it may take a few months for paramedic to get going)? Average cost of living in the middle more country area? I have no experience with these things at all, let alone in puerto rico.

    Ive visited Puerto Rico many times, so I do know that it is the environment I would like to be living in indefinitely, and I would like the transition to go as smooth as possible. So any tips and advice that may not necessarily be an answer to my question will definitely be welcome as well!

    Thanks so much, and this site is amazing!

    P.S. I do plan on spending a week in Puerto Rico in August to start setting things up as much as I can, hoping this will aid a cleaner transition as well. Thoughts?

    • Jay-Webmaster


      First of all, I would like to congratulate you, what you are about to do is no easy feat.

      Ok, so please please, work on your Spanish. Before coming here try and practice as much Spanish as you possibly can and try to be fluent by the time you get here. It will be difficult to find a job with little to no Spanish, especially in a rural area like Cidra. Also, keep this in mind, you are a paramedic, you have to deal with emergency situations, this is not exactly the best time for something to be lost in translation. So, I would HIGHLY encourage you to practice your Spanish before coming here.

      If you are looking for the best job opportunities for people with little to no Spanish, I would say work on something in the tech or design industry. Things like graphic or web designers, programmers, etc. Basically something that has little contact with the general public. Although a good percentage of people speak English, most people don’t want to, so they try to avoid it. I can’t stress this enough, try to be fluent in Spanish.

      $6k may be enough to get set up, but be as stingy and frugal as possible because you don’t know when will a job opportunity come calling. The good thing is that since Cidra is a rural area, and there’s not a whole lot around, rent is cheaper than the San Juan area. Just about everything else is comparable to anywhere else in the island.

      General cost of living in PR is relatively high. Did you read my post on “Cost of Living in Puerto Rico“?

      I guess that the biggest advice I can give you is to keep in mind that this is not the US. This is not Maryland, things will be different here, you will not like all of it. So expect things to be different.

      Yes, getting things set up in advance should help in the transition, I wish I could have set things up in advance before coming here.

  116. Hello,

    I really enjoyed your website, great information.
    I recently moved to Puerto Rico with my bf, he got a new job and we moved to San Juan.
    I would like to ask you a few questions:
    Does PR have an association for children with disabilities?! I have a BA in physical education and experience working with disabled children, I am looking for a job but things are pretty tough here.
    Also, do you know if there is any clubs for meeting people around San Juan?!

    Thank you!!!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Camilla! Sorry for the delayed response!

      Yes, PR has asociations and services for children with disabilities, it depends which disability you mean, I’m assuming physical disabilities.

      Here’s a link to the muscular dystrophy association of Puerto Rico:
      Here’s another, called “Red Solidaridad”:

      As far as clubs to meet people, there is a pretty good one called the Newcomers club of San Juan. You pay a yearly fee ($55 or so) and they provide you with lots of information and other resources. They also meet and go to dinner and other things. It’s pretty good. You can check them out here:

      There’s also Internations in Puerto Rico.

      Having said that, I must tell you that the best way to meet people is to find a club or something relating to your interests. In my case it would be a running club. Why? Because I strongly recommend that you get involved with the locals. Now don’t get me wrong, the “expat” clubs are great, and provide good information, but the longer you don’t get involed with the local culture and people, the longer you will feel like an “outsider”, does that make any sense? The people in PR are super nice and *real*, I strongly recommend you get involved with the local culture as soon as you can.

      In our experience, more of then than not, when we surrounded ourselves with other “expats”, all we heard was how awful this place is and how they can’t wait to get out, while we are perfectly happy being here. Then when you ask them what they do or which places they go to, most of them only surrounded themselves with people just like them but who were here for different purposes. The negativity can get overwhelming. It’s not everyone and I’m not trying to generalize, just today we had the pleasure to visit with a woman that came from Maryland, and she was telling us how Puerto Rico is growing on her and how the longer she stays the harder it is to leave. But our experience has led us to the conclusion that meeting the locals and being part of the local culture is a key component of being happy here.

      So, check those clubs out, meet people, which is very important, and the people we met there were super nice, but don’t hesitate to join local clubs and organizations.

      Also, here we are! Please consider us your friends and don’t hesitate to ask anything or offer suggestions.

      Take Care!

      • Hello, we are looking to move in 2016. I have two big dogs and looking for dogfriendly communities . Do many people have dogs? Are big fenced yards available on homes?

        Really enjoying this site!

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Kathy! Thank you for the nice comment!

          Where do you plan on moving to? The truth is that walking down a neighborhood you would think everyone has a dog! LOL

          Of course not everyone has dogs but a lot of people do. However, this doesn’t mean that it is dog friendly. If you are looking for a place where people won’t get annoyed if your dogs bark then just about anywhere would be fine, barking dogs is kind of expected wherever you live. If you are looking for a place with big yards and plenty of space for the dogs to run and play, then the San Juan metro may not be for you. Although there are a few dog parks, which I consider to be “Just OK”.

          There are very few places in the San Juan area that has a big enough yard for 2 big dogs (at least in my opinion), I mean there are houses with fenced in yards, but more often than not, they are smaller yards, if you want a big yard in the San Juan area you will have to pay for it, meaning that they may be quite expensive. However, if you move somewhere outside of the metro, then you may have better luck with a bigger yard at a better price.

          But all in all, many people have dogs, and they are friendly to dogs, but I don’t consider the San Juan to be very dog friendly city with plenty of parks and space for dogs. Does that make sense?

          • Hi Kathy,

            To give you an idea I live on an acre property in Guaynabo with two dogs and we rent for $2,700 a month. The house is huge and way more space than we need but the yard is completely fenced in and the dogs love to chase around the lizards.

          • Jay-Webmaster

            Thank you for the help Rachel! Is that property in southern Guaynabo by chance? Meaning closer to the mountains? Or is it northern Guaynabo, closer to San Patricio/Caparra? Big lots of land in northern Guaynabo is harder to come by.

  117. Hello Jay & Angela, I bought a house in Fajardo – I was lucky to negotiate the price and will not have a mortgage. I have decided to home-school my son. My question is do you know of any reliable dealers in the northeast area. Here in the states you have a buy here pay here. I have not heard of any in the island. My main concern is obtaining a vehicle out there and I know this is a crazy question but approximately how much does a person need financially to run a household efficiently and comfortably. What is the average household income in the island. I have already established light, water, cable, internet for my home. Vehicle is the only thing missing and from what i see it is cheaper to purchase in island than to export a vehicle that you still owe on in the states. I am taking a year off due to health reasons and want to spend time with my child as I have come to terms with the fact that life is short and sometimes we tend to forget how important your family is. Thank you and you guys are awesome. PS I don’t have family there so it is going to be a new experience for me but i am optimistic. God bless. 🙂

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Mireya!
      Congratulations on the house!!! That’s awesome!

      Also, that’s great that you are home-schooling your son! We are actually considering home-schooling starting this August! We have done lots of research and will be posting on the subject soon! I shall post it on our facebook page, stay tuned!

      As far as car dealers, really any of those authorized dealers should be fine. All the big automaker dealers normally work out. It is slightly cheaper to buy here than have it imported but the big thing is that by buying it here you save yourself the hassle of paying the import tax, having the car registered, among a thousand other things! Normally the dealerships outside of the San Juan metro are also a bit cheaper than those in the metro, so shop around. A good solid, reliable car with a good suspension is best. Toyota, Honda, Subaru are good bets, but of course do your research on the best car for you!

      Average household income? Well, for those who have a job, the average income is just over $35k per year according to Wikipedia. How much money you need highly depends on your current financial situation and lifestyle. Cost of living is generally expensive here so you have to save wherever you can such as turning off lights when no one is in the room, A/C only to sleep or none at all is another way to save, plus many others. Assuming you don’t have any student loans, or other big debt, I think you can run your house with $50k per year. I think you could live comfortably with that amount, that is again, if you don’t have large debt. Many people live with much less by being frugal. How much do you normally spend on food? Multiply that times 1.25 or so and that should give you an estimate of how much you will spend here since food is more expensive than in the states. But make sure you shop for deals at the grocery store, and if you are using coupons, go to the big retailers like Wal-Mart; this is not a coupon-friendly island, and whenever I use one, the cashiers look at me weird then they have to call the manager to approve the $1 off coupon then continue. Some places even have policies that they do not accept them. But stores like Wal-Mart does accept them.

      I’m sad to hear that you are having health issues and that you have come to terms that life is short =( On top of that, you don’t have family here! Please please if you need anyone to talk to, feel free to send us an email of a massage through our Facebook page.

      Take Care and I hope to hear from you again.

      Oh! And if I don’t write something on home-schooling within 2 weeks, please remind me! Thank You!

      • Hi sorry to intrude but I was browsing this page (it’s AWESOME by the way! Thanks) and came across your comment. We live in Naguabo (two towns over from Fajardo). We moved about 2 1/2 years ago from New York. We too will begin homeschooling in August. My kids are 9,6, and 3 1/2. Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you’d just like to chat. We have not started homeschooling yet but i have done plenty of research and have found a lot of support groups on Facebook. I am currently in search of a local support group. There may be one starting soon in Fajardo if I’m not mistaken.
        As for cars if you’d rather not deal with a dealership the local classifieds are really helpful.
        I hope your transition here has been a smooth one and that you continue in good health.

  118. Hi Jay

    I am back 🙂

    I am retiring from teaching and will be retiring in Puerto Rico . We have talked before. 🙂
    I was wondering how would I go about teaching English(children/adults). I was thinking maybe online..not sure if this is possible.

    I would only want part time. What are your thoughts?

    Your Friend,


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chris!

      I’m glad you decided to come here! As far as teaching English, you can do several things, you can either become an English tutor for kids to see you after school, you can also post an ad on Craigslist. Also, if you have a degree in education or other credentials, there are schools for people to learn English, maybe you can apply for a job at like Pan-American school to learn English, or something similar.

      • Thanks Jay,
        How would I go about tutoring (teaching English) after school? Do I have to advertise or go through a school district?

        You may have answered this in the first email…not sure if I understood.

        Thanks a billion 🙂


        • Jay-Webmaster

          Some people advertise by putting papers in school bulletin boards or simply reaching out to the different schools to see if they would share your phone number etc. There are a lot of private school around so maybe you would have better luck with those.

      • Hola Jay,

        I read the post earlier and I would love to befriend Mireya who has moved to Fajardo. We will be there in May/June and are looking forward to the move. Maybe you can help us connect 🙂

        I am waiting for a good lobster dinner. I have been holding out until we arrive.
        Do you have any recommendations of seafood restaurants(reasonably priced) in or near Fajardo?


        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hello Chris!

          I can try and send her an email with your info to see if she’s interested!

          As far as lobster dinner, there is a strip of food “kioskos” (open restaurants type of thing) in Luquillo right on PR-3 next to the Luquillo Beach known as “Balneario La Monserrate” or “Balneario de Luquillo”. One of the restaurants there has fresh Lobster. Most of those restaurants are really good btw, so feel free to go to any, but there is one in particular in that strip that has fresh Lobster and other seafood, I forgot the name of it, but you can’t miss it, just walk down the strip, you’ll see it.

          Take Care!

    • Hi Jay

      Thanks for the information on a good lobster dinner 🙂 We are researching Fajardo and Luquillo as possible places to move. However, Ceiba has come into the picture. It seems to be a quiet area with reasonable priced walk ups.
      Do Ceiba have oceanview condos? Is it a safe and quiet area?

      Please tell me all you know
      You have been so helpful


      • Jay-Webmaster

        Hello! Yes Fajardo and Ceiba both have decent Walk-up apartments or condos, some with ocean view. Check on you will see a variety of options! Both towns are pretty quiet but Ceiba is a bit quieter than Fajardo.

  119. Hi 🙂 I am hoping to get advice on whether my goal of moving to PR is realistic. I am an attorney (newly practicing) and am going through a mid life crisis at 27. I have about 14k saved up and I want to up and move to PR for at least a year. I am willing to work outside of my profession (as I’m not licensed in PR) but my Spanish is not too great. Is it impossible to think that I can come to San Juan and find work and survive? I don’t need much and I’m ready for an adventure but within reason. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Jessica!

      Ok, well it is not impossible to live here with limited Spanish, but it may be difficult. If you’ve never been here or dealt with any of the government offices for what you would need to settle here, it will be quite a challenge not only for the language barrier, but also because dealing with the local government offices here are not known for their outstanding customer service, in fact I try to avoid it at all cost. So if you happen to have an acquaintance that knows Spanish and is willing to help you out things will be easier.

      I personally know people who came here knowing no Spanish and have now lived here for a few years. Without knowing Spanish your job selection will be very limited. Having said that, I do know people who work at restaurants in San Juan for example, and their Spanish was really bad starting off, it has gotten better with time.

      If you are looking for an adventure, and Puerto Rico is the place you want to be in for a year, I would say go ahead. It may not be easy, and it you are a “Type A” or uptight person, living here will be very difficult and frustrating. However if you want a complete lifestyle change and take a break from your routine, this may be the place to do it.

      In all honesty, you will have to live with only the very bare necessities if you want to live off of $14k in one year without the help of at least a part time job. I really really don’t want to scare you, if I were you I would do it, I TOTALLY understand the mid life crisis at 27, I was there, and I moved here when I was 27, so trust me I understand. But I also know Spanish and I couldn’t imagine how it must be if I didn’t and I then had to get a job on top of that. BUT, is it impossible? Absolutely not, like I said I do know people who have done it.

      There’s lots to see and do here in the island (islands if you count Vieques, Culebra, and Mona), the people are great and having summer-like weather year round is incredibly awesome.

      My biggest advice, is to try to practice your Spanish (Doulingo works pretty well, don’t pay for Rosetta Stone), and remember that Puerto Rico is not the US, things will be different, frustrating at times, but really nice in its own way. You can do it. You’ll probably regret not doing it more so that you would if you did it and it didn’t go the way you had hoped.

      I’ll pick you up from the airport if you need me to. Take Care and Good Luck!

  120. I am moving to Puerto Rico in 2016. I just went through the mortgate process in PR. That was an experience! In any event, we got through it.

    What I don’t understand, is if they want people to buy in Puerto Rico why is the customer service or as they say “el servicio al cliente” so poor. I mentioned this to Santander. I don’t think they get it. Or maybe I don’t get it. Could be. I love the island and want to retire and I can’t wait.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Clara! So happy you are moving here! =)

      When it comes to customer service it is truly hit-or-miss. Personally, I am not a fan of any of the local banks, my bank is 100% online. When it comes to a mortgage I may have to work with a local bank which none of them impress me so I will have to ask for word-of-mouth recommendations from friends. Credit unions seem to have a slightly better customer service.

      However the whole mortgage process here is really weird, there’s a waiting period and you need to involve lawyers and brokers and whatnot. So a long and slow process is to be expected if you are buying a house.

      Many things here are done in a different way, but once you are done with all those little idiosyncrasies, you will be able to truly enjoy Puerto Rico! =)

  121. Greetings! I was trying to find your wife’s email address on the site to ask a little more info about doctors visits and such in PR. I couldn’t find it.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Maggie:

      We both use the same email account (webmaster account), if the email is about a subject you would like her to be the only one that reads it then you can put something in the subject line so that I do not open it. If that however is not good enough then I may be able to open a separate email account just for her if that is something you prefer. But feel free to email us at the webmaster account, you have my word that I will not read the contents of your emails.

      She will be looking forward to reading your email.

  122. We are looking at a vacation home in pr, can you tell me which cities to stay away from and which ones would be nice. We are familiar with the north east side but are looking at places like vega baja that are more centrally north. Any thought? Thank you michele

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Michelle!

      If you want something more Centrally north, that is also nice, I would recommend the city of Dorado, especially if you want something close to a beach. It’s an up and coming city with nice stores and restaurants popping up, plus it is overall a very nice city. Vega Baja is “OK”, nothing wrong with it, I have family members that used to live there, but it is not Dorado. If I were to look for a place west of the San Juan metro, I would look at Dorado first, then maybe Vega Baja would be my second choice.

      Having said that, the truth is that you may be able to find something you like in any of the cities (or municipalities how we call them), but it is highly dependent on what specifically you are looking for.

      If you want, I can give you the information of a real estate agent who is very familiar with Dorado and nearby areas. Send me an email to the webmaster account and I will get that info to you as soon as I can.

      Send me an email with specifics and I’ll check what I can do for you!

      Take Care!


  123. Hi Jay,
    Thank you for the realtor’s information. I will let you know how things work out 🙂

    We will be coming in May to secure a rental property. Do you think it is a good idea to put a deposit down (if we find a place) to hold it until we return in June permanently?
    Of course, we will be working with a reliable Realtor.

    Also, do you know anything about the Ocean Club @Seven Seas and La Loma condos in Fajardo? Good or Bad 🙂

    You are a great help and well worth the cup of coffee 🙂

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hey Chris! Thanks for the nice words! =)

      I think that if there’s a property you like and you can make a deposit then why not do it and secure it? That way you have one less thing to worry about!

      I really hope this Realtor helps you out, please keep me posted on his services so I know if I should recommend him to other people or not!

      The Seven Seas is ok but it is not a hotel like some people think. It is a complex with condos or what we call (Walk-ups) that get rented out by their respective owners to people visiting, some people actually live there permanently though.

      The beach there by Seven Seas is also OK, last I saw there was a lot of seaweed everywhere, which is a natural thing, but it doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should so I wouldn’t expect to see a beautiful clean beach like you see in pictures. Although personally I don’t mind seaweed, some people do. There is also a some sort of “hidden” beach about a mile in that is actually very pretty, there is very little wave action so it is a nice beach to just swim. However, it also is lacking the maintenance factor. At least according to a personal friend of mine, who went a few months ago, she said that the bathrooms and other facilities were not in proper working condition and it was just unkept. Also, she did mention that some people have reported rip currents in that area. I’ve never experienced currents there but other people seem to have, having said that, the north and east coasts of PR are susceptible to rip currents so keep an eye on the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service for the day’s rip current risk before you head out.

      Maybe we can have some coffee when you get here! =)

      Please stay in touch!

      • Thanks Jay

        It appears Seven Seas is out of our budget anyway. I had also ask you about (La Loma) condos. What do you know about those condos?

        My husband and I are not sure of high risers but we may take a look at Luquillo. What are your thoughts about Luquillo and Playa Azul?

        So many questions. Thanks for your patience


        • Jay-Webmaster

          No problem Chris!

          Ok so quite honestly both Luquillo and Fajardo are quite nice and the pace of life is much slower than the San Juan Metro. Between the 2 places you mentioned, the only real difference is whether you want to live closer to the beach or closer to stores, malls, etc. (although really only slightly closer)

          I really like Luquillo because it has really nice beaches and it is very casual, relaxed, and just nice. The Playa Azul building is right in front of a nice beach albeit without lifeguards, but it is also right next to another nice beach (balneario La Monserrate a.k.a. balneario de Luquillo) that does have lifeguards but you have to pay to park and to use the restroom (I know). If you need to go to a Walmart for example, you do need to go to Fajardo for that, but that’s just as easy as hopping on the freeway and getting there in a few minutes since Playa Azul is very close to the freeway, also there is an outlet mall close by in Canovanas, again, hop on the freeway to head West and you’ll see the outlet mall there on the left after a few miles at the intersection between Roads 3 and 66. Another thing to note about Luquillo is that there are lots of food kiosks very close to the beach where you can find some really yummy food! The only thing that I don’t particularly care for is that it can get crowded on the weekends, but worse in the summer; as someone who lives in the metro, I go to Luquillo to escape crowds, so I’m kind of “meh” when I see large crowds there. Other than that, I really have no problems with Luquillo.

          La Loma in Fajardo is very nice and pretty in a different way, it has many more trees and it is quiet because it is a bit removed from the freeway and the beach, so it is more like a residential area rather than a “vacation-type” place to live. I believe they are a bit closer to the rain forest, so it might be slightly rainier than the Luquillo location. There is a mall nearby and some other stores so La Loma may give you the feel similar to what a suburb would, close to where the action is but not right in the middle of it. However you may find yourself driving over to Luquillo to go to the beach.

          So it really depends on which is more important to you and what will you be doing more often. If you are going to retire, will you enjoy reading books at the beach? Would you like to live in a small condo that you can walk to the balcony and see the beach every day? Or will you prefer to be able to live in a residential area nearby and drive to the beach but also be able to hide from of all that if you want?

          Also, think of this, there is a lot of salt air in Luquillo, so the paint job in the car and some appliances may rust quicker that you’d like. Some people also have reported TV’s breaking down rather quickly and the slippery surfaces (some sort of wetness-like thing but not drippy) with the combination of humidity and salt air which causes you to sometimes see (and feel) on windows and TV/Computer screens. However this is usually not something to deter people from living near the beach, but I’ve heard it before, so FYI.

          So many things to consider! LOL

          • Hola Jay,

            You have been wonderful answering my many questions. This is a big step and we are ready for our “Slice of Caribbean.”

            We want to buy a used car. We want to be careful about buying someone’s problem.
            Any recommendations about where to go? Do cars come with a warranty?
            Also, do we need to change our driver’s license to P.R

            In addition, I will need to get healthcare. My husband will have coverage but I will not. Can you guide me 🙂

            As Always, Thanks

          • Jay-Webmaster

            Hola Chris!

            When it comes to cars, I always recommend to buy from an authorized dealer, at least if it is the first time you buy a used car here. There is a process to buying a car from someone else, so buying from a dealer, although more expensive, it would be much easier and sometimes it would include some sort of warranty. Dealers normally inspect cars and service them before selling them, sometimes they would include a 3-month/3,000-mile warranty on it but that depends on the dealer and the car. Of course make sure you get a reliable car so you know you are less likely to run into problems with this or that type of car. Personally if I were to get a car today I would get a small or medium SUV. Why? Because we have lots of mountains, curvy roads, bumps on the roads, potholes, etc. It rains a lot here so you will see lots of bumps in the roads, which get fixed eventually but usually not before another pothole appears somewhere else. So a small or medium SUV with decent ground clearance should add comfort and should be able to manage the hills and bumps, especially when you venture to the mountainous areas.

            Yes, you need to change your driver’s license to a PR driver’s license. Technically you’re supposed to change it within 30 days of moving here, but in reality you should be OK as long as you change it before you US-license expires. DO NOT let it expire before getting it changed to PR!

            Healthcare, have you seen the section I wrote on Healthcare in Puerto Rico? You may be able to find some information there. The big insurance companies are Triple-S (blue cross blue shield), Humana, and MCS. Up until recently I had Triple-S, I now have Humana. I wrote a review on Triple-S which needs to be updated, and I will write a review on Humana soon when I have had more time with the company. MCS I am not very familiar with, but it is one of the larger companies and I know people who use it.

            There are also new insurance plans popping up that are pretty restrictive but affordable. For example a dedicated hospital insurance. What’s that? Well, you can purchase insurance through the hospital to receive medical care (including dental) in the medical offices of that hospital. Some doctors have private offices in the hospital’s “tower”, so you can find a physician for whatever specialty and get medical care. Only problem is that the insurance is for that hospital and its private offices only.

            Check my healthcare page and let me know what you think, I may have to update a few things, I’ll probably do that at some point this weekend.

          • Jay you are wonderful 🙂
            You are a wealth of information and I appreciate you sharing all of your knowledge.

            We will find a dealership when we get there. Thanks for the tips.
            Also, I search your healthcare link and it still leaves me with a question. How will I qualify..I am not a federal employee, not 65 years old, etc. I will be a new person moving to Puerto Rico who need s healthcare.
            What are your thoughts?


          • Jay-Webmaster

            Chris, you’re so nice with your words! =)

            As far as healthcare, I know that there are plans available for everyone. The Triple-S website has a tool that you can search which plan is right for you based on your specific needs. I believe MCS offers some plans for individuals that you pay privately as well.

            The good thing about Triple-S is that it is accepted everywhere, it is the biggest and most popular company, MCS is good but it may not be accepted everywhere. Give each one a call and check the details for your specific needs. If they both are basically the same at the same price, Triple-S would be my personal choice just because it will be accepted wherever I may need to go.


    • Hi Jay,

      It is me again:)
      Husband and I are continuously looking so that we will have some sort of idea of what condos we would like to see.

      We definitely want an ocean view. Why move to Puerto Rico and not see water..LOL

      What do you know about Vista Real and La Costa condos in Fajardo? Good and bad. They both appear to be near the ocean( at least a view)

      Of course we want a well maintained and safe residence. Definitely looking for a nice community. We are definitely going to look at La Loma 🙂

      Again, Thanks a billion


      • PS…Realtor did not work out. He wants to sell a property and I understand.


        • Jay-Webmaster

          Hmmm so sorry about that! Ok I have one more person that may be able to help, I’ll email you her contact info in a bit.

      • Hola Jay

        I was wondering if you got the last email. I was asking about Vista Real and La Costa condos in Farjardo? Close to ocean, safe,community oriented, etc

        All information accepted 🙂


      • Jay-Webmaster

        Hello Chris!

        Again, sorry for the Realtor =( I will find the information on the other one I was recommended and email it to you.

        I agree about the ocean view!

        Those are near the water and some apartments may have at least a partial view. The biggest problem (or good thing) is that all those condos are independently owned. So if you get a good landlord then you will be ok, otherwise no. That has been the biggest complaint from my coworkers and friends, they just didn’t like the landlord or he/she didn’t respond quickly etc.

        I personally don’t know anyone living in those complexes, I see they are near but not in the water. Normally those “walk-up” condo complexes are at least decently kept and maintained, just about all of them with a security guard and controlled access. But like I said, the biggest issue is the landlord you are renting from, so make sure you are renting from someone who is responsible.

        Good luck with La Loma! Let me know what you think!

  124. Thanks so much for the information on this site. I’m moving to San Juan by May 1st.
    I’ve never been to Puerto Rico before so finding my own apartment that is not for vacationers is difficult.

  125. Hi: Jay and Angela

    My husband and I are looking to move around the Cabo Rojo area Rincon or really any place on the west side do you know if there are long term rentals that are not to expensive we live on a fix income and who can we contact to find rentals we don’t have to be that close to the beach just a safe place to live until we can look around and find a place we may like to buy.

    Thank You for you help

    • Jay-Webmaster


      Have you seen our page on Apartments in Puerto Rico? There are a few links to pages where you can start making your search for an apartment in either place. I’m in the process of finding a real estate agent that can meet the needs of all of the people who contact me for places to live in PR.

      Check that apartments page out and let me know if there are any specifics I can help you with!

  126. Hi
    Husband and I are retiring to Puerto Rico in June. We are thinking about Farjardo. How is this area? We are going to rent first.

    I have been emailing realtors however none have emailed me back. Can you give me names/numbers of some reliable realtors who would love to help us gain a slice of paradise 🙂


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Chris! So glad that you are moving here!

      Fajardo is nice, lots of beaches in that area and overall slower pace than the San Juan metro.

      Just as an FYI, the holiday season is not over yet over here so you may not hear from a few people until after January 7th since “Three Kings’ Day” (another day of gifts) is on the 6th.

      I will send you an email.

      Take Care and good luck!

      • Thanks Jay,

        I need your suggestion. Husband and I are thinking about staying for 1 week in an inexpensive rental. This will give us a chance to look around and decide where we want to rent for long term. The probably is most places are costing(weekly) us for what we are looking to pay for a month.

        How can we transition into a long term rental without paying too much money? I failed to mention we are looking into a condo.

        All suggestions welcomed:)


        • OOPs…..The last email the word is suppose to be “problem” not probably 🙂

          Here I go again….The only resource we have for looking at prospective properties is clasifacado (spelling) online.

          Is this a good and reliable place to start?

          How long does it take to get electric on in our name once we get to Puerto Rico and find a place? What documents do we need for this?

          Are realtors helpful in the process in finding properties?

          Will a week in P.R. be enough time to find what we like?

          Sorry for so many emails/questions, but I am so glad I found your website for help 🙂


          • Jay-Webmaster


            No problem! I’m here to help! I only wish I could reply to all the questions sooner and spend more time on the website to help everyone! So if I don’t reply right away sometimes please don’t get discouraged! If anything send me a reminder message!

   is a fairly good website to start looking. It will give you a good idea of the things that are available out there and the market prices. I use it quite a bit. However, there is more out there so in terms of finding a place to live, a Realtor may be better after you tell him/her what you saw and what you like.

            Electric should be pretty quick, especially if there is electric service currently. The only problem is that you have to go to the nearest office depending on where you decide to live. Make sure you take all kinds of ID’s of you and your husband, and things to prove that you will live at that address, plus the owner’s information (if you are renting). Click here for some details regarding the electricity in Puerto Rico.

            Like I mentioned above, Realtors should be helpful. They normally are. I contacted someone for you, once I get a recommendation of someone in your area I will be emailing you the info. Sometimes I think I should become a real estate agent myself! That way I’m sure people moving here will get the best care possible! LOL =)

            Honestly, one week in PR may be enough for some but it is not enough for me. There are so many things that I personally take into account that it would not be possible for me to find a permanent place based on a few days search. Having said that, the Realtor should have plenty of information to help you make the best decision possible based on your needs/wants. Also, the honest truth is that if you don’t like one place or you happen to slowly prefer somewhere else, you can always move. Make the best decision after a week, then as you get to know the area better you can decide to move, or not.

            Unfortunately those weekly rentals are quite expensive! I have a friend that rents by the week and he has to consider the market prices with the association rules and policies etc. I asked him one time why doesn’t he rent for cheaper and get more customers, and he said that he tried that but the type of people he attracted were not the type of people anyone wants, he dealt with a lot of stuff from these less considerate clients and he felt it was just not worth it. I guess many owners feel the same way.

            Some places do offer long term rental, normally not a big deal if the owner is offering that as an option, unless the owner has already something set up that must be honored.

            Let me know if this helps! Like I said, this is NEVER a problem and please keep the questions coming! I’m here for you! Take Care!

          • Thanks so much Jay 🙂

            I will be looking forward to the realtors information


          • Jay-Webmaster

            My pleasure!

  127. Hey! I’m moving to Puerto Rico at the end if January. My job is near Ponce and I’m looking for a place to rent thats furnished and close the the beach and ponce. Any suggestions for a good area?? Also, Are there any extended stay hotels that stay until i find a place?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Jen,

      Did you look in clasificados online? Do you need help with the Spanish?

      Here’s a link to a simple search on Clasificados Online for an Apt with max rent of $1,200/ month.

      Let me know if this helps!

      • I should be ok with spanish. I speak pretty well and understand completely. I may stay at a hotel for a month before i find a place. I’m from NY and am relocating for a job. I just dont know Ponce and don’t want to get stuck in an area that isn’t great. I’m not sure how much apartments run in a good area in Ponce.

        • Jay-Webmaster

          Well, I tell you what, Ponce is the largest city in that area, which means that most of everything will be there, both good and bad. Are you looking to be in the middle of everything? O you prefer a bit removed?

          Is your job right in Ponce?

          • My job is in Santa Isabel. Yeah I’m used to being around a city but i rather be just outside of it. Closer to a beach but I dont want to be further than 45 min from work. My main concerns right now is finding a place and a car. It it just easier to buy a car there, from a dealership?

          • Jay-Webmaster

            I’ll send you an email with more info.

            It IS easier to buy a car from a dealership, but it would be cheaper to buy it used (if you want a used car) from another person, however the owner transfer can be a hassle.

            Right now dealerships tend to have sales on 2014 model cars, FYI.

  128. I am thinking about a move to Old San Juan in the next 18 months. I have extensive experience and education in the luxury jewelry industry and I am curious about the availability of work. I know the unemployment is not pretty, but does that mean there are no jobs, or no qualified applicants for the available jobs? I have the education and experience for a number of different jobs, but I really want to live and work in Old San Juan and I am curious about the opportunities there, I will have housing and utilities already covered, so I really just need to be able to earn 30-50K a year depending on the particular job. I do not think this is out of line given what I can bring to the table with prospective employers. Thoughts?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ben,

      Well, the truth is that the employment situation is bad. However, like you said, there’s a possibility that there are simply not any qualified applicants. But that depends on the industry, I honestly am not that familiar with the jewelry industry and how saturated it is, but if you do bring a lot to offer then I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t get a job with the exception of:

      1. Not knowing Spanish

      2. Wanting too much money as a salary

      Old San Juan is filled with jewelry stores and businesses, but if you can’t find anything there, look beyond Old San Juan.

      If you know English and Spanish, and are a good employee with a lot to offer then I suggest you apply to every store or business you are interested in until you land something.

      Have you thought of applying to jobs before you move here? Maybe a few months before you move? That’s what I did. I had a job offer a month before I moved here.

  129. I have a question about relocating to Puerto Rico. Can I take my car licensed in the US to PR? Is it a big hassle to get it registered there or can I drive it with US plates? Anything you can provide me with this process is greatly appreciated as I have no clue on how to get the vehicle there or how to license? Do I need to get my nasty bank involved

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Short answers… YES you can bring your car from the US to PR. YES you can drive it with your US plates for up to 30 days. YES it is a hassle to get it registered here, and most likely YES, you do have to get your bank involved.

      So, when I moved to PR I did it because I got hired down here to work, so my employer approved 1 (one) car to be transported to PR on their dime. My car was financed and in order for me to ship the car I needed a letter from the bank saying that it was ok for me to transport the car from the US to PR. I had to give that letter to the transport company. When the car arrived, I had to pay the import taxes which I can’t remember exactly but I think it was about $2500. Then, I had to get the car registered.

      In order to get it registered, I needed all of the paperwork associated with the car and take it to the DMV (known locally as DTOP or CESCO). There you have to go to the “Special Transactions” line and wait to be helped by the clerk. The clerk will tell you whatever else you need which includes local fees (known as “Sellos”, which are not that expensive, $20 or less when I did it), and any other paperwork that you may need to fill out. Once you are done there you are given the license plates and the car registration, known as the “Car License”. THEN, you have to get the “Marbete” which is about $200 (minus a few dollars since you most likely would have already paid the registration) and you have to pay it yearly, this includes the registration if you didn’t pay it at DTOP and also the mandatory liability insurance (doesn’t matter if you have private insurance). The “Marbete” is a sticker you will put in the bottom right corner of your windshield for the police to see easily. In order to get the Marbete you need to get your car inspected at a CESCO approved location (usually gas stations) and then you get it there, it’s usually quick and easy.

      You can drive it with the US plates for up to one month after it gets to PR. If you get pulled over and you don’t have the “marbete” or the car registered and it has been over 30 days, you will be getting a hefty hefty fine.

      So yes it is a huge hassle, but something you only have to do once. Paying the registration in the following years is easy, the registration will be mailed to you or you can get it online, then you just have to go to get the car inspected which is easy and pay the yearly $200 for registration and insurance. The first time you get your car registered you will lose at least one day doing all that stuff, but like I said, just getting the car inspected and getting the marbete is easy and it should take you about 30 minutes or less unless you wait until the end of the month and you see a long line at those inspection places.

      Hope this helps!!!

      • Piggybacking on this comment, is there a port or city that’s easier to ship to than others (from the U.S. here)? I included a link to the company I’ve been speaking with and it looks like they ship to Bayamon, Carolina, Ponce & San Juan. Is one option better than the others, or is it just a matter of convenience and geography?

        Great info here, by the way. Really helpful.



        • Jay-Webmaster


          Ok, Bayamon, Carolina, and San Juan are very close, Ponce is in the south central section of the island. If you live in the San Juan metro, I would choose the cheapest location between Bayamon, San Juan, and Carolina. If they all cost the same then I would choose the closest one to me. If you live closer to Ponce then choose Ponce unless the price is outrageously high.

          So I would choose based on convenience and value.

          You can see more info on shipping a car to PR in the A1 Transport website.

  130. Thanks for the great site! My wife is Puerto Rican and we gust bought our vacation/retirement home there. (can’t wait to leave the New Jersey winters behind!) The one thing we are confused about is shipping items via container like cars and household contents. Any advice or links on this would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Thank You Dan!!!

      What do you need to know about the moving of items?

      There is a company called Puerto Rico Car Transport. My sister used it once and she was happy with the service but I can’t vouch for them since I didn’t use their service.

      I’ve also heard Allied was pretty good. I used Arpin International, they weren’t TOO bad. Several things did break and my car came in so dirty I really wondered where it had been! however they were good about reimbursement for the broken items and got me some money to take my car to a car-wash.

  131. Thank you for this website! I had some concerns left about moving there and this has quickly answered them!

  132. Thanks for the info. I live in southern Louisiana, and my apartment is paid up until the first of the year, so I have plenty of time. Rincon sounds great, I’ll do some research on it. Again, thanks for the info. I’ll be checking back with you from time to time.

  133. Hello!
    This is a great website, I have come across quite a few and this one is by far the most updated and helpful!
    My husband and I are wanting to relocate from Panama City, Florida with our three small children. He is a chef and our dream is to open a little restaurant of our own eventually in Rincón. Can you tell me what you know about the area and if public school is a terrible idea.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Kristin, thank you for the comment!

      Sorry for the late reply but this is my take.

      Rincón is a very nice town and everything seems to be moving slower (in a good way) than the San Juan metro. If you’ve never been to Rincón, that town is known for having wonderful beaches for surfing, good slow pace quality of life, and lots of people from the US.

      Public schools? Well, that’s a tough one, I’ll try to be unbiased. It really depends on what your expectations are. Do not expect the public schools to be as nice as the public schools in the US. Public schools here, as well as many private ones, simply do not have the budget or resources as the schools in the US. I think some schools now have air conditioning but most of them do not. I actually went to a private school and there was a single 16 inch fan for the entire classroom.

      Every school is different but public schools are known for sending their kids home early if a teacher is absent. Also, there are a lot of kids that do not want to go to school and they tend to ruin it for a lot of the other kids who actually want to learn.

      Having said that, I have a half-brother who went to a public school and he is now an engineer. Another friend of mine has a master’s on Physics, although he did admit that he needed to work extra hard during college because he was lost. His schooling was way too easy and when he got to college it was quite the reality check.

      What I’m trying to say is that for the most part the student needs to be extra self motivated and the parents need to have a good relationship with the teachers in order to really take advantage of the education. College education here is the same story; very good and also cheap (my kids will be going to college here) but it will likely require self motivation and lots of discipline.

      It will be a major adjustment but if your dream is to open a restaurant in Rincón then just go for it! If you don’t like the public schools, take a look at the private ones, they are not that expensive. On the good side, the kids will learn Spanish which I promise you it is a HUGE advantage.

      Good Luck!

  134. For some reason I’ve recently become obsessed with the idea of moving to and living the rest of my life in Puerto Rico. I have no idea where or how to start. I speak decent Spanish, so I don’t think the language will be a problem. I have enough skills and abilities that I don’t think I will have trouble finding employment either. BUT, I don’t have a clue where to think about living. Is there rental property available? Actually, I have a million questions, and I figured your site was a good place to start. Can you tell me what my biggest concern needs to be?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Thank you for reaching out to us!
      As far as rental property, there is lots of places to rent. Check out our page on apartments.

      It really depends on what you like and your lifestyle. I always felt that Condado in San Juan was a nice area for single people. Lots to do within walking distance such as a health food store, hangout places, night life, plus lots of tourists therefore lots of English speaking or bilingual people. It gets crowded and sometimes noisy because of everything that goes on, but I think it’s a nice fun area to live in.

      If that’s too much, there’s an area in the northwestern part of Puerto Rico where there is lots of surfing and also lots of English speaking called Rincon. That area is much slower pace than the San Juan metro though. If you want more of a “suburban” feel, take a look at Guaynabo.

      Check our page on apartments and also you can check for apartment rentals.

      I’ll be happy to answer your questions! Let me know!

      • Any other good parts of PR you recommend for singles, for finding a woman to marry? Then could you elaborate more on Condado? I guess you say Condado because it has more nightlife for opportunities for singles to meet? For which reason mostly do you say singles in Condado – more to live there because many singles already go there to live or to live elsewhere but visit for nightlife to meet other singles? I heard Guaynabo and Dorado were nice areas, but I guess those are geared more towards families?

        “It really depends on what you like and your lifestyle. I always felt that Condado in San Juan was a nice area for single people. Lots to do within walking distance such as a health food store, hangout places, night life, plus lots of tourists therefore lots of English speaking or bilingual people. It gets crowded and sometimes noisy because of everything that goes on, but I think it’s a nice fun area to live in.

        If that’s too much, there’s an area in the northwestern part of Puerto Rico where there is lots of surfing and also lots of English speaking called Rincon. That area is much slower pace than the San Juan metro though. If you want more of a “suburban” feel, take a look at Guaynabo.”

        • Jay-Webmaster

          You could meet anyone anywhere, it’s just that Condado has that feel to it that it’s kind of geared to meet people. There are a lot of people outside all the time, lots of restaurants have outside dining and there are a lot of people walking and running outside as well. There is also nightlife and outside events with live music every once in a while. Lots within walking distance and just people all over the place. Isla verde area is also somewhat like Condado, I prefer Condado though, it has nicer places.

  135. Hi im thinking of moving to cabo rojo near el combate and I dont know much spanish and thinking of going to school out here I just finished ninth grade in newark new jersey east side high school what should I do will I get more help in school since I dont know that much spanish

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well, fist of all Combate is an awesome area! Beautiful beaches down that way!

      As far as the Spanish language, to be honest, it will be a struggle. It’s not impossible to be here without Spanish, I know people who do it, but it is not easy.

      The only thing I can recommend is to learn at least some basic Spanish. There are free online programs that you can use and which I’ve actually seen work for some people. Search for Duolingo, it’s free and easy to use, and I’ve seen the difference in people who use it regularly.

      If you need help with school work, just ask your teachers or fellow students. You’ll be surprised how helpful people are here to those who don’t understand the language fully. In high school I once had a classmate from Denmark who knew no Spanish whatsoever, but a couple of us friends took her under our wing and helped her out through the semester. It was hard but we weren’t going to let her fail when we could help her out.

      However, I strongly recommend you learn at least some basic Spanish. It will be much easier.

      Good luck!

  136. Outstanding Website! My boyfriend, Juan (who is a native), and I will be living in Fajardo starting August 1st. I was looking up information to start up electric, water and such and your page popped up…Fantastic! The movers come Saturday to pick up our stuff in Rochester, Minnesota and a couple days later we will be on a plane. After 5 years of being near my family here, I am looking forward to meeting his family and getting out of this frozen tundra! Thank you for all the great information.

    Best Regards,
    Jean Marie

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hey! Thank You for the nice comment! And welcome to Puerto Rico! I am very familiar with Minnesota and love it up there but it is “just a tad” too cold for me! LOL Hope you get used to the difference and is not that much of a culture shock! Let me know if you have any questions! Take Care!

  137. I have two high school age children and I was considering applying for an AUSA job in Puerto Rico. Would there be a decent school there for my kids? I’m coming from Michigan. Thoughts?

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Well it really depends on what the job is. Some federal employees have access to the DoDEA school system at Fort Buchanan in Guaynabo and Ramey in Aguadilla. I believe mainly those who work for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and NOAA-Weather Service are the ones who can send their kids to those schools. Those schools are all in English so if you want your children to learn Spanish while in those schools I regret to inform you that it will not be happening.

      Also, not that the public school system is necessarily bad here, but it is not what you are likely used to in the states. The public schools have a very small budget and in all honesty the facilities themselves are not as nice as the schools I was used to seeing in the states. I grew up here but I always went to private schools, and even the private schools are sometimes not as nice as the public schools in the sates. However, the private schools here are a lot cheaper than the private schools in the states.

      Having said that, the education, especially if the kid applies him/herself will be just as good as anywhere else. With the exception of the DoDEA schools in which Spanish is not spoken, the rest of the schools will likely be bilingual and just as good as any other school in the states. But it will be different, from the bus system to the teaching style. Expect a major adjustment.

      I have heard of high schoolers who come here and hate it so much that they rebel to the point that the parents have to send them back to the states to live with other family members while they try to find a job back in the states. I have also heard of cases where the high schoolers embrace the change and take it as a learning opportinuty and do incredibly well here.

      I wish I had a better response but this is how it is. Yes there are good schools, very good schools, but it will be different, and if you decide to go with private schooling, it will cost you. Unless you qualify for the DoDEA school system in which there is a decent high school, just don’t expect your children to learn Spanish, because no Spanish is Spoken and they will not learn it, which is a shame.

      Take Care!

  138. Thank you so much for the quick reply!

    We are relocating from Seattle. I’m a native of the Pacific Northwest and haven’t lived in a place that has sunshine for more than two months of the year. Very pale and stocking up on sunblock.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      SEATTLE!?!? Sweet! I’ve always wanted to go there! There are only 4 cities in the US I would move to and Seattle is one of them! I’d like to keep in touch so you can tell me all about the Pacific NW as it will be only a matter of time before I go visit that area! Not sure if I would actually move though, life here, although different, is actually pretty good. Especially with the spectacular weather.

      Sunshine? You will get PLENTY of sunshine here! Yes please use sunblock or you will be very sorry! LOL The sun here is HOT! Take a look at the EPA UV-index forecast. For tomorrow April 27, 2014, Seattle has a forecast index of 4 (moderate) while San Juan has an index of 13 (extreme)! Higher than anywhere in the 50 US States, so yes, if you like the sunshine and activities such as paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, etc. You will have many days to be able to do that here.

      Around what time will you be moving here? Living in the Caribbean comes with some drawbacks, such as Saharan dust, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, and the season for those is coming up soon!

      Please keep in touch, feel free to email us at or “like” us on Facebook and drop us a note, you already have friends here, mi casa es su casa.

  139. I’ll be relocating to Puerto Rico with my partner for his work. We’ll be in San Juan for three to five years. My biggest worry is finding employment with my very minimal Spanish. I’d love suggestions on where to begin hunting for employment for someone with thier BS in Biology (marine bio) but who has been in retail store management (high end outdoor clothing) for the past ten years.

    I’m open to changing careers (eco tourism or even back to science) but don’t even know where to start looking or if I need to focus on learning Spanish before I start looking. I’m currently doing Rosetta Stone but it’s a slow process and we’ll be moving in the months.

    Any suggestions will be of great help.

    Thank you,


    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Ellie!

      Thank you for your question!

      Well, I’m not going to lie, finding a job here if you do not know Spanish is quite the challenge, especially if the job requires you to have contact with other people. If I were you I’d try really hard to learn as much Spanish as I can before coming down.

      Off the top of my head, I think you should look at jobs with the federal government, the reason is because more often that not, knowing English is required, but Spanish although preferred it is not required. You can start looking at and choose Puerto Rico for location or type in the San Juan zip code, they have all kinds of jobs advertised there, but it does take time, so you can actually start applying for jobs now as sometimes it takes weeks or months before someone is selected.

      Other than that you can search on under the “Jobs” category and type “English” as a keyword, maybe you’ll find something there.

      Most of the people I know that speak little to no Spanish either work for the federal government in some way or they have jobs that they do on their own such as image editors, computer programmers, massage therapists (I am one), etc.

      Take a look on those sites! Let me know what you find. If you need anything at all don’t hesitate to contact us!

      Good luck!

      Btw, where will you be coming from? Just curious.

  140. Hi Jay & Angela! Your blog is fantastic, I only wish I would have discovered it the first time I moved to PR in the summer of 2011. After spending a year in VSJ I returned to FL to test a small business and look for homes. I returned in 2013 (not being able to find a home in a competitive market), now living in Miramar and I love it although I am still struggling as I am not fluent in español. My first year in VSJ was incredibly challenging and I would have found great comfort in your blog. You are providing incredible knowledge and resources. ¡Muchas gracias!

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Thanks for the note Jessica! We try to keep it updated as much as we can! Let us know if there is something you need us to talk about!

      As far as speaking Spanish, yes it is a challenge if you don’t speak Spanish here but not impossible. There are programs and schools dedicated to teaching Spanish, have you tried Berlitz?

      Oh and Jay is a massage therapist so if you need to relax for a bit after a stressful day you know who to call! LOL

      Take Care!

  141. Greetings from the States, did you use a moving company to move your stuff and a vehicle? Is so, who do you use and how was the experience?

    Thanks, David

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello David:

      I did use a moving company to move my things and vehicle. I used Arpin International. The experience was “OK”, a few things broke in transit, some of which was very valuable (emotionally). The worst part was the reason why they broke, they simply did not package it well. Also, I don’t know what they did to the cars but I had never seen my car so dirty!

      However, they did reinburse me for the carwash I had to take my car through, also they did pay be for the percieved value of what was broken, so they did make an attempt to make things better.

      I have heard Allied moving company is good too.

      Oh, just as an FYI, they won’t move anything liquid. So don’t go buying liquid detergents or cleaning solutions, even cologne, because they won’t move it. You will have to package those yourself and ship it via USPS or in your luggage when flying to PR.

      Hope this helps!

  142. Hello, moving to PR in Sep to teach on military installation. Can you tell me what is comparable in PR to Jacksonville, FL? What three things should I worry about most?
    Please explain the double taxation I will experience and exactly how to I obtain a credit or refund for the federal taxes I pay while also paying PR taxes. Thank you in advance.

    • Jay-Webmaster

      Hello Angela,

      Thank you for your questions, these ones are tough though! =)

      Ok, so unfortunately I am not familiar with Jacksonville, FL but what I can tell you is that most people that move to the San Juan metro area tend to live in either Guaynabo or San Juan. Reasons are that Guaynabo seem to have a more concentration of professionals, more people speak English and it has quite a few nice (and expensive) neighborhoods. However San Juan, particularly the Isla Verde or Condado sectors are pretty touristy so English is spoken quite a bit as well, probably more so than Guaynabo but the thing is that there is a lot going on in Condado and Isla Verde such as night clubs and large crowds on the streets, so I tend to recommend those areas for single folks more so than families, I particularly like the Condado area for single people, otherwise the northern sections of Guaynabo is what I would recommend.

      Three things that you should worry the most? Well it depends on what you plan on doing. I mean crime is a concern, so make sure you take the necessary precautions and use common sense such as stay away from dark areas at night. You can also put an alarm system in your house, I know a few people who feel a lot safer with that.

      If you don’t know Spanish, try to have someone with you to translate important things because things get lost in translation and some things are important, in addition you never know, someone may try to take advantage of you by charging you more or something since you don’t know Spanish. Neither the Mrs or I have been a victim of this, I actually get treated better when people think I don’t know Spanish, but still, make sure things are clear, bring someone fluent in Spanish if possible.

      Driving is crazy here, try to blend in. If you try to follow the driving rules too strictly you may actually find yourself getting into an accident and it will be a huge hassle. Oh, and avoid road rage! There have been cases where people honk at someone else for whatever reason and then that person stops and starts attacking that who honked. People here are super nice, but for some reason, the amount of traffic in the metro area brings the worst out of some people. Driving in the metro area is pretty crazy, best approach is to accept it and remain calm.

      As far as taxes, everything is taxed here, goods are taxed when they are imported here and taxed again when you buy it at the store, in fact I read not to long ago that even insurance might be taxed soon. Also, PR income taxes are crazy high, so when you file for taxes you have to do the following:

      1)File the PR tax return FIRST (or at least fill it out so you know how much you have to pay in local taxes).
      2)Fill the federal tax return WITH the “Foreign Tax Credit form 1116”, then file. What happens is that you pay so much local tax that you will receive most if not ALL of the federal tax withholdings back.

      I file my taxes online every time and I highly recommend it if you want to get your return in a timely manner. Expect the federal tax return in about 3 weeks, the state return you can expect in 2-3 MONTHS.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions!


      • Jay,

        Do you file your taxes like that every year? After 180 days aren’t you a PR resident and can only file PR taxes?


        • Jay-Webmaster

          If you work for the federal government you have to file a federal tax return. Also, if you lived in the states for a portion of the year, you have to file for taxes for the federal government as well as the state you lived in, plus the local taxes. The first time I moved here I had to file for taxes in the state I used to live, the feds, and PR.

          In order to take advantage of the foreign income tax credit you have to know how much taxes you owe PR before you can fill out form 1116 in the federal tax return.

  143. Hello Jay & Angela:
    Thank you for putting together this very helpful site. My wife and I have just been assigned to San Juan (she is active duty Coast Guard) and we will be here for three years. One of her co-workers forwarded this site to her.

    I was wondering if you had any recommendations on Spanish schools/tutors. I studied Spanish in high school and have been doing a bit on my own, but I need work and since we are here in PR for a while, I’d like to make learning the language a priority.

    Thanks again for a great website!

    All my best,
    Dan Kehlenbach

    • webmaster

      Hello Dan,

      First of all thank you for visiting my site, this is a work in progress and the purpose is to help people like you get settled while you are here.

      Ok on to your question.

      The most reputable institution for learning Spanish here is Berlitz. If you are living in Guaynabo in the Coast Guard housing, the closest Berlitz is in Caparra, close to San Patricio Plaza and right next to the at&t corporate offices. If you are living closer to San Juan, then there is one in Hato Rey right on Piñero Avenue (road 17), or in Isla Verde close to the Ritz Carlton.

      This is an immersion program in which you are in there from 9AM to 4PM and nothing but Spanish is spoken. They also give you materials that you have to use at home. So if you are serious about learning Spanish, I recommend Berlitz. I know one person who took their courses and he knows enough Spanish to be able to work in Customer Service in the Spanish line exclusively. I’m not saying that you are going to work in customer service, I’m just saying that his Spanish is so good that he works doing that without any problems at all.

      I’m not sure about price but I can’t imagine it being too cheap. Their website is or the Puerto Rico site is (it is in Spanish though)

      If you in fact live in Guaynabo, the number to the Caparra location is 787-783-0501 If you call, they will answer in Spanish, just ask if the person on the other side speaks English (they should).

      I actually called them once and they told me they had a brochure in English for the details regarding the Spanish program, so maybe they can email that to you, if I find it I will make it available here for download.

      If this is not what you would like, there is always Rosetta Stone, although not the best, it is actually not too bad, however people have told me that they get bored with it pretty easily and they have to sometimes repeat things they know they said correctly and it can get annoying.

      Let me know if you need more information! I’ll be glad to help!


  144. Hi! Was hoping to find info on changing over to a PR Driver’s License. Originally from New York and moved down here permanently a few months ago in the Cabo Rojo area. I found the Motor Vehicles office in the Mayagüez area but haven’t pursued the changeover yet…. Found out by word-of-mouth that driver’s manuals are not available at those offices… do they actually exist and where would I find them?
    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

    • webmaster


      This is the link to the driver’s manual in Spanish.

      They don’t have an English version online. You can either try at other CESCO offices or you can buy them at a pharmacy nearby for about $3. Be weary though because when I took the written test, the book they gave me (CESCO in Bayamon) said things that were incorrect, meaning that if you were to answer the test with what you learned in the book they gave you, you would have gotten it wrong. I bought a book and it also had mistakes in it. When I asked CESCO about the inconsistencies they offered no help and just told me that if their computers said it was wrong then it was wrong and that’s it.

      The test is very easy though.

      Hope this helps.

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