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Introductions! / Hola
« Last post by edmundsteele on June 12, 2017, 12:11:20 AM »
Jay, you do a great blog. It is wonderful to read some common sense from someone who understands both cultures. Thank You!

I am determined to learn to speak Spanish! Several sites have recommended that I acquire a Puerto Rican girlfriend to assist with that and although I have spotted several suitable candidates (nicely fitting into their bikinis), my wife of 46 years will not go for that. We have been in Puerto Rico for almost a week and have rented a place on the east coast, hoping the trade winds will provide allergy relief. We look forwards to making new friends and exploring this wonderful island.
Ed 8)
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General Discussion / Should Puerto Rico become a U.S. State? Pros/Cons?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on June 06, 2017, 09:28:05 AM »
So, this Sunday June 11, 2017 There will be a Plebiscite where the registered voters of Puerto Rico can go vote for the status that Puerto Rico has with the USA. The original purpose of it was to vote in efforts to decolonize Puerto Rico from the USA whether by becoming a state or by becoming a sovereign nation. However, the US Congress did not allow the PR government to only have those 2 options and they forced the local government to include a third option which now is to keep the current colonial status.

Pros and Cons? There are many, can we have a respectful discussion?
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General Discussion / Re: Car Insurance Companies - Any recommendations?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on June 06, 2017, 06:57:35 AM »
Wow! That's a great deal! Thanks for the info!!!
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General Discussion / Re: Car Insurance Companies - Any recommendations?
« Last post by bewealthy on May 19, 2017, 12:55:14 PM »
Hi there, thanks for the response.  We ended up getting insurance with Seguros.  I had heard about the marbete, but it wasn't clear to me what it covered.  After some searching I found this link: http://www.segurosmultiples.com/individuals/ind.seguro.obligatorio.en.pr.aspx

The marbete coverage seems pretty pathetic.  It only covers up to $4000 of property damage to the other persons vehicle.  So, if you kill or injure someone in a car accident, you're on the hook.  To me, the primary purpose of insurance is to protect me from a catastrophic loss that would break our family financially.  The marbete obviously doesn't do that.

For $245 a year, only $145 more than the marbete, we were able to purchase the maximum amount of insurance Seguros had available, $500,000 of liability insurance.  Really, this seems like a much better deal to me.  We didn't get insurance to cover damage to our car (which only cost $3500), just liability.
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Places to live in southern Puerto Rico / Re: Around Guanica...
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on March 29, 2017, 12:23:51 PM »
Why is that not possible? I know plenty of people from the states that either bought a house to retire there or rent in Guanica. Of course there's nearby Lajas which is really nice as well, but you shouldn't have problems buying or renting in Guanica if the Condo or House is available.
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General Discussion / Re: Renters Insurance Companies - Any recommendations?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on March 29, 2017, 12:21:28 PM »
MAPFRE and Seguros Multiples might be worth looking into.
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General Discussion / Re: Car Insurance Companies - Any recommendations?
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on March 29, 2017, 12:18:29 PM »
Well, is it a new car? If you can get away with only liability insurance, the mandatory insurance you pay with the yearly "Marbete" should be enough. In that case I've used ASC insurance and also Universal, they've both been fine, Universal is a bigger company.

If you want full coverage then I've heard MAPFRE, Universal, and Seguros Multiples are good.

Personally, my car is not worth insuring, I only use the mandatory liability insurance , which I pay with my yearly Marbete that comes up to $200 per year, so I have no experience with full coverage insurance.
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General Discussion / Re: Tramites del coche enviado a P.R.
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on March 29, 2017, 12:12:31 PM »
You didn't use Puerto Rico car transport? They should be able to take care of everything.
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Introductions! / Re: Gracias!
« Last post by NewToPuertoRico on March 28, 2017, 01:33:36 AM »
Thank you so much for the nice words! This is something I love doing for everyone considering a move to PR!

You'd be surprised how many of us living here often forget the paradise we live in.

If you have any questions at all regarding living here please don't hesitate to ask!

Take Care!
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Introductions! / Gracias!
« Last post by Lucia on March 24, 2017, 05:17:14 PM »
It just occurred to me that this forum is entirely in English when it is a Puerto Rican forum. Thank you, Jay, so much for all you have put into this. Your posts are very well written and informative. I have wanted to move to Puerto Rico ever since I was a child and visited my grandparents, but I have not been back since I was nine years old. We took a boat to Icacos that a fellow took us on. It would have been 1982. He advertised on a cardboard sign, day trips for $20 a person. He took us there in a motorboat and later his wife came in a sailboat with a fantastic luncheon all homemade to feed us, just when we were starting to think about food and drink.

It was paradise. I remember my brown arm on the edge of the boat and the spray on my skin, watching the main island fade away as the white sands of Icacos came into view and the clouds sat like tufts of cotton on the horizon, like the wall of paradise had disintegrated and we'd sailed to the other side. That man had the best job in the world. The boatman
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