Weekend trips in Puerto Rico
While I was still festering over how we could possible live in Puerto Rico . . . forever , and develop a sustainable life there without relying on our NYC based salaries, we took some weekend trips to explore the island. Don't get me wrong, I had every intention of fulfilling my responsibilities as an executive of my company and ensuring the PR office succeeded, it's also true that over-reliance on that pay level would make it difficult to stay in PR in perpetuity - our plan at that point.
Of all the weekend trips we took to Luqillo, Fajardo, Ponce, El Junque rainforest, Dorado, Augadilla, Isabela and all over San Juan, the weekend which stuck with me the most was our trip to Rincon on the West Coast of the island. The only town in all of Puerto RIco with not one stop light was quaint, quiet had some decent restaurants, had meadows with cows and had the best surfing on the Eastern part of the US and the Caribbean. It was almost the same exact drive from San Juan as it was from NYC to the Hamptons, just in Spanish and without the Porsches.
We had a dog at this point - Guinness - a cute, wiry mix of what we think may be Machester Terrier with . . . Satan. He's become a very good dog over the years but from the ASPCA in Guaynabo, he had some bad potty habits. So, when we did weekend travel we had to make sure the hotel or guesthouse we stayed in allowed mongrels.
A lot of people in Rincon rent our parts of their house or whole levels and it's usually more economical than staying at a hotel. Though, there's 4 or 5 motels/inns which are clean and priced around $125 or so. Everything is close to the beach, though you do need a car.
The surfing here is world class and because of the point orientation of Rincon, you can have multiple direction winds and still have clean surf somewhere along this stretch of coast. It's not the most user friendly place to surf as it's mostly sharp coral bottom and there can be strong currents, but it's warm and clear and pretty consistent.