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El Yunque National Forest Mountains

It’s Official – We Are Moving To The Mountains

Puerto Rico’s Mountains It Is!

If you’ve been following our story, you know that we’ve been wrestling with the decision on whether to stay on the beach or move to the mountains, see post To Move Or Not To Move – Beach or Mountains. This week we finally finalized our plans and are officially moving to the mountains. But wait, there’s more…

We are not moving to the original 40 acre farm that we were considering. Instead, we are moving just across town (and up a mountain) right here in Luquillo, PR – literally 5-10 minutes from our current beach location.


Yep, yet another opportunity came our way. We were offered a “house-sitting” gig for some really nice people we met here. They are going back state-side to visit family and do a little RV’ing for about 6 months and offered us their place in the mountains of Luquillo rent-free. All we have to do is cover the utilities.

So, we looked at it like this: there are very few cons to this opportunity but the pros are big, (1) we get a chance to experience the mountain life, (2) we save some money, (3) we help out our friends, who need someone to house-sit.

Mountain View

The only conceivable negative is that we will continue to be in “transit mode” and will still need to find a place to live in October. But really, that is also a benefit because by then we will know (hopefully) which type of lifestyle we prefer. And if it happens to be the beach, we will simply move back to the beach, if not, we will find another mountain retreat. Either way, this move buys us a little extra time to make a decision, as well as experience to make sure we choose something we really like.


Oh and in case you are wondering, all the other cons of mountain-living, we mentioned in the previous post, are pretty much negated by the fact that we are going to be right here in town. Everything is available here (including high speed internet) should we need it – yay!


Coqui FrogNow, we’ve been plenty warned about the super crazy-loud Coquí frogs that “sing” every night and we’ve been warned that there are dogs, roosters, and yes, car horns in the mountains, as well, but we are up for the adventure. Besides, the beach is starting to get a little crazy on the weekends. We are on a public beach, after all, and that means that the Puerto Rican summer season is just about to kick-off next week (the Holy Week before Easter). From what we’ve seen so far, there is no way the mountains are going to be any louder or crazier.

And who knows, we may end up being “those” people that live 6 months on the beach in the winter (while it’s quieter) and 6 months in the mountains in the summer (where it’s cooler). Wouldn’t that be fun?

So, for the time being, we are heading up a steep road toward El Yunque National Forest, where the vegetation is lush, the views are incredible, and the Coquí are loud.

Wish us luck!

Joanna –

About Joanna

is a Polish American living in Arizona with her husband Tim. She is a founding partner of JTR Tech and she is proud to be a professional geek. She had dreamt of living abroad for many years. So, she and Tim created AbroadDreams.com to document the process of making their dream of moving abroad come true. They spent 2 years in Puerto Rico and several months in Spain and Poland. Now they are exploring the American Southwest.

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One comment

  1. You’re moving on to a new chapter in your life! Congratulations and best wishes with the new house, Joanna!