Luquillo, Puerto Rico: 5 things to do

Tucked between mountains and the sea is the tranquil town of Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The community maybe small but it's packed with plenty to do. Take the morning and drive up to El Yunque National Forest; here you will find over 145 different species of fern, colorful flowers, and tiny creatures scurrying along the trails. The rainforest is the only one of it's kind in the National Parks System; with over 29,000 acres it is home to endangered bird species such as the Puerto Rican Parrot, which is on the top 10 most endangered bird specie list. Not only are the creatures of the rainforest simply amazing but so is the scenery; majestic waterfalls can be viewed while driving, and the ocean can be seen from over looks. 

When you are finished exploring the rainforest head to the beach for rest and relaxation. Here you can learn to surf or just enjoy the sun and sea. There are several beaches in Luquillo each has a different personality. La Pared is a place to test out your surfing skills with private lessons or rent a board if you are a seasoned surfer. The Balneario offers a quite place with peaceful waters, no surfing here, just a restful place to take it all in. 

All of this activity really works up an appetite. Head to the kioskos for some food, drink, and entertainment. There is always something going on here. A strip of restaurants and bars that offer food and taste for every budget. You can enjoy items from ceveche to NY style pizza; the music will get you going for a night out on the town. 

Like all communities there are opportunities to get involved, Luquillo is no different. In march join the Turtle Patrol to help monitor the endangered Leatherback turtles as they come to shore for nesting. The time of year for this activity is march. A place that always needs a helping hand, especially since the hurricane's of 2017 is the rainforest. The national forest service is looking for helpful hands to clear trails. 

Luquillo is a community for everyone. Once you are here you will feel at home. So come, stay, play, and visit. We can't wait to have you here. 



50 things I learned while traveling for one year.

  1. Even if you don’t speak the same language everyone is the same. 
  2. You don’t need much to live and be happy.
  3. Being alone for an extended amount of time is good for the soul.
  4. Pack what you need and no more.
  5. People are nicer than you think.
  6. Sunglasses will be your BFF in Southeast Asia. 
  7. Europe is expensive.
  8. Wine in Italy is amazing, of course. But even the 2 Euro wine is amazing. 
  9. Wine in Germany is also top notch. 
  10. Drinking and eating pizza on trains is fun.
  11. Cambodia takes USD, the ATMs will give you USD.
  12. Traveling with others isn’t easy, but it can also be so much fun.
  13. You can find an Irish pub in every single country in the world, seriously.
  14. Uber in Bangkok is cheap and better than getting a taxi.
  15. There are prejudice to skin color, religion, and ethnicity is everywhere in the world. 
  16. Where the is will there is a way.
  17. Netflix is in every country but each country have different show licenses. You won’t get the same shows as home. 
  18. Groupon is a major money savor in expensive cities.
  19. PDA on public transport happens more than I would like to witness. Blah. 
  20. Never run for an underground train. Another will be along in 30 seconds; you look stupid running.
  21. Public transport in Thailand is the scariest thing you will ever do in your entire life. ie buses, vans, mopeds, and tuk-tuk
  22. Screen windows don’t exist in Europe. 
  23. The sound foxes make when mating sound like a women is being murdered
  24. You will gain weight and loose weight. It doesn’t matter. Eat the pasta, have dessert, and drink the wine. 
  25. Take photos for yourself, not social media. 
  26. Germany’s bus system is amazing.
  27. Croatia is the most underrated country I have every been to.
  28. The world thinks America is joke right now. I don’t blame them.
  29. Air travel is cheap in Europe.
  30. Train travel is expensive in Europe.
  31. You will meet the coolest people in Independent Hostels.
  32. Avoid chain and massive hostels.
  33. Friends will stop talking to you as you are traveling. Even though you try to keep in touch.
  34. Places in Germany rarely take credit cards and the fees in the ATM are high. Bring cash! 
  35. Know Primark in the UK. 
  36. Hostels aren’t just for youths anymore. You will meet the most amazing people in them from all ages and all walks of life. 
  37. Get used to getting lost because it will happens more often than not. 
  38. Essentials: water bottle, raincoat, comfy shoes, sling bag for hand free mobility
  39. If you break your foot in Rome it will cost you 150 Euro for the ER visit, x-ray, and cast but they don’t provide crutches. Go to a pharmacy to rent or purchase.
  40. Cheap airlines in Europe: 2jet, Ryanair, easyjet, Vueling.
  41. Petsitting will save you thousands of dollars in accommodations. 
  42. Patiences is key to travel. Go with the flow. 
  43. You can make a living teaching English abroad. 
  44. Save money for phone data by purchasing a local SIM card in country. 
  45. Space out the amount of castles you visit. You will get castle overload. 
  46. Don’t get attached to “things”.
  47. Traveling a long time? Canvas suitcases will not last. 
  48. Trastevere, Rome is who spending a day in. 
  49. Go on multiple food tours. 
  50. Never stop learning, exploring, and discovering yourself and the world.