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Beach in Luquillo Puerto Rico

Back In Beautiful Puerto Rico – Aaahh, The Beach!

After three months of travel in Europe, we are finally back in Puerto Rico.

And, it is good to be home! I gotta tell you, all that time of living out of suitcases got a bit old.

Three months isn’t really that long, but we feel like we appreciate Puerto Rico so much more now.

You know what they say: Absence make the heart go fonder.

We definitely find this to be true. After being immersed in European culture all summer, we feel like we’ve grown a whole new appreciation for Puerto Rico.


Puerto Rico – Aaaahhhh how beautiful!

We had forgotten just how amazingly beautiful this island is. Even as we were approaching for a landing in San Juan, we saw the blue waters of the ocean and the greenery of Puerto Rico and it took our breath away.

During our European travels we visited both the Mediterranean and the Baltic but, honestly, neither compares to the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and the Caribbean we have here. Our beaches in Puerto Rico are top notch. Culebra and Vieques (tow of our off-shore islands), have beaches that consistently rank in the top 10 in the world for sheer beauty. But even closer to home, right here in Luquillo, we have 12 miles of incredibly beautiful coast line.

Playa Azul Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico – Relaxed pace of life

We also took for granted just how relaxed life here is. Remember my article about island time? Yep, it’s really like that. Everything is slower, more relaxed and it feels like we’re on vacation all the time. And, of course, this is even more true in our little town of Luquillo. It’s kind of weird to be going home and back to work and it feels like we’re on vacation. Ha ha ha.

Luquillo View from Playa Azul

Puerto Rico – the humidity

We spent 2 months in Granada Spain and it was truly a magical city. The climate there, however, is completely different from Puerto Rico. It is very dry and very hot in the summer. In fact, someone told us that there hadn’t been any rain in 2 years prior to our arrival – this is normal. I had to apply lotion to my body every day.

Here on the island, it’s exactly opposite. It’s so humid, you almost never need to apply location. Once we arrived at the airport and went outside, we could noticeably feel the difference in humidity. In fact, it sort of felt like we were breathing under water.

I know the humidity is not for everyone but I prefer it to dryness. Call me weird if you want, but I believe that the climate and humidity are a major contributing factor to the slower pace of life. I just can’t image moving fast here. You simply have to slow down. For a type A personality, like myself, this is a really good place to balance.

Puerto Rico – Allergies

Or rather, I should say, lack thereof. I had terrible allergies in Spain from the olive trees and they only got worse in Poland (from what I suspect to be ragweed) but here in Luquillo, I have almost no allergies. I suspect that some of it, is the fact that we’re on the ocean and some of it is the heavy humidity but, in general, I have much less problems with allergies here than I did in Europe.


Beach Luquillo PR

And furthermore, did I mention the island is beautiful? Aaaaahhh, the beaches! Yep, it’s paradise and we’re glad to be home!



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. Can you tell me anything about what the beaches are like near the town of Añasco, and anything about the town itself (or the town of La Playa near there)?

    Also, what’s the best deal available for renting a car to go visit a few towns in P.R. on vacation to scope out where would be the best town for ME to move to?

    Thank you so much!!

  2. We will travel to PR in early December. Thanks for all the info and tips. Maciek and Agnieszka. Porto, Portugal.

  3. Have enjoyed following your adventures.. While you were gone to Spain, I moved the business, family(three generations) and a 28.5lb cat to Puerto Rico. So far, so good……got here just in time to experience the Power outage, but with huge generator, somewhat of a non event.

  4. Welcome home Joanna…
    Really enjoyed following your three month journey.

    It was great to see that you were able to visit your home country of Poland.

    I will be arriving in San Juan Sept 27th and staying in hostel for 3 days.

    Then on to Luquillo seeking a permanent place.
    Is craigslist best place to start? Is it up todate?

    Is there a hostel preference there for a home base to start?
    Jer : )

  5. Welcome back to PR! Makes you miss it more when you have been away for so long, I’m sure. If I remember correctly, you had you things in storage so are on the hunt for another rental?