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Moving Back To The Beach

It’s Official We Are Moving Back To The Beach

We tried beach living for 4 months. We tried mountain, “country” living for 4 months. And, now we are moving back to the beach!

Your first logical question may be … WHY?

The answer is simple but two-fold: infrastructure and ….umm… beach!

We feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to try both types of living in Puerto Rico. We love them both for different reasons but ultimately we had to make a decision on where to settle.

You may remember that it took us a while to decide to move to the mountains, see post our post on Beach vs. Mountains, but once we did, we were really glad to have this experience. I mean, the tranquility of living at the skirt of the rainforest and the loveliness of this natural environment really can’t be put to words. It is simply beautiful and marvelous and like nothing else we’ve ever experienced.

But, of course, with living “en el campo” (in the country) come some sacrifices. For us, by far, the biggest was the low internet speeds. It would not be that bad if the connection were stable, but in addition to being slow, it was completely unreliable. For the past four months, we have not had any stability in the Wi-Fi network. In fact, we had several outages lasting as long as three days. You can probably imagine that this would be a problem for us and it was. We lost hours, even days, of productivity by being forced to go down to local restaurants to try to get online for our work and this translated into real loss in revenue. We did the best we could but we are really glad to be going back to an area where the networks are faster and more stable.

Then there is the second reason for going back: the beach.

You may recall, that I am a beach person and Tim is the mountains guy (or so he thought). It turns out that we are both beach people. We missed the beach terribly. I know, I know, we were only a 12-minute ride away but it was not the same. We could not just step outside and take a walk on the beach. We couldn’t sit on the patio and enjoy the ocean breeze. We, also, missed the daily activity and people that accompany the Puerto Rican beach experience.

It’s a different type of life. In the mountains, when we were busy working, there would be days between visits to the beach. This was not good. Simply put, I need my beach therapy! It revitalizes me, it makes me smile, and I LOVE it. And it turns out that Tim does too – glad we finally figured that out.

So, where are we going?

We are going back to our original apartment in Puerto Rico. Surprise! We spent months looking at other places but nothing was quite the same. Apartments we liked were either too expensive or in the wrong location; others were too rundown for our liking. So, we thought: Geez, we already liked our previous place and we liked our landlord, why not go back?

So, one phone call later, a few weeks of him fixing things up, and we are finally moving back to our little beach retreat this weekend.

I’m so happy and I am really looking forward to it!

Don’t get me wrong, though, we will miss it up here. We will miss the constant song of the Coquí frogs, the tranquility and quiet (especially when we are working), and some of the people we met here but it’s not like we’re moving far – only 12 minutes in the opposite direction. Right?

Now, on to packing our stuff!



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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  1. Please pass on info for your landlord… I recall you were paying about $800/month fully furnished Internet/water included on the beach?
    High internet speeds and reliability are ESSENTIALS for me as I’ll be working from home and home schooling my children. All of the spots I’m looking at in Cayey are on clasificados and none of them are furnished, and they’re about $800, water and lights separate. But if you’re telling me I can’t have good internet…. That’s a no can do!
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave info on your building or landlord or city or whatever you can! Thanks!

    • Hi Alexandria,
      Sorry but our landlord only has one condo for rent and we’ll be living in it 🙂 I think, however, that if you like Cayey, you should be able to find places there with good internet access. The town proper usually has better access than the outskirts. We have Liberty Cable here and they provide great fast internet in town but not in the country.
      Good luck!