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Articles by Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Special Report: Vieques Island is Moving On

Special Report: Vieques Island is Moving On April 21, 2014 | Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
  First sight of Vieques from the ferry. Vieques, a plantain-shaped island seven miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, was the site of a U.S. Navy training ground used for bombing and gunning exercises for six decades. But since the Navy left in 2003, the small island has experienced a different...

Verde Mesa: A vegetarian’s dream come true

Verde Mesa: A vegetarian’s dream come true March 18, 2014 | What's New | Read More
Verde Mesa owners, Gabriel Hernández Febo and Loyda Rosa Figueroa, wasted no time in concocting an experience that could match their inventive cuisine. Just by glancing in from Tetuán Street in Old San Juan, this place screams old-world magic and charm. Once within its rustic walls, you know you...

A Typical Day in Old San Juan

A Typical Day in Old San Juan May 25, 2012 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
A so-called normal day in the famous city of Old San Juan is really far from ordinary. Living in this walled city gives one the chance to experience many adventures in just one day. Let’s take last Tuesday, for example. As usual, I walk out of my place in the morning always carrying the book I’m...

Puerto Rico’s Countryside

April 1, 2012 | What's New | Read More
Tired of the same touristy areas? Do you consider yourself a traveler and not a tourist? This list will keep you out of the busy concrete jungles of San Juan and take you to the heart of Puerto Rico. Hidden and dramatic ocean views, panoramic routes and mountain towns is what for sightseeing. And as...

Best Cafés in Puerto Rico

Best Cafés in Puerto Rico December 28, 2011 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Puerto Rico has had a long history of coffee making. Jíbaros, the country people, were the ones producing the coffee that was then shipped to countries all over the world. Their product became famous and today is considered one of the best. A visit to Puerto Rico would not be complete without sampling...

Cheap Stays in San Juan

Cheap Stays in San Juan September 30, 2011 | Hotels, Travel Tips | Read More
  Whether it’s your first trip to the Caribbean or your yearly ritual, Puerto Rico is the place for a great vacation. When choosing among hotels, you’ll want to do some research since every neighborhood’s price range varies. Your experience staying in a luxury hotel in Condado could be...

Old San Juan’s Architecture

Old San Juan’s Architecture September 30, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Old San Juan is a historic town in the island’s capital. An alluring conglomerate of buildings that have withstand centuries after the conquest of Puerto Rico by Spain. Spanish-colonial structures are constantly being restored in an effort to preserve its ancient glory.  Walk through any cobblestoned...

Puerto Rico for Free

Puerto Rico for Free September 20, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Free? Is there really such a thing? In Puerto Rico there is. Enjoying Puerto Rico doesn’t need to translate into going broke. There are plenty of free activities that are truly entertaining on this island. Three of my favorite things to do in Borinquen are listed here, but get your imagination...

Spanish for Visitors

Spanish for Visitors September 18, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Here are some selected phrases to help you survive in the island of enchantment. Hola and gracias are sometimes enough given the fact that many Puerto Ricans understand English, but in case you get stuck and doing signs only makes it worse, try these. Basic Spanish words and phrases for greetings Hola Hello Adiós Goodbye Buenos...

Anchored by a Rainbow

Anchored by a Rainbow September 17, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Are you dreaming? Is that rainbow really leading the way? The Spanish Virgin Islands (Puerto Rico municipalities), where this picture was taken, hold some of the most iconic and paradisiacal sceneries in the world. Their beauty goes beyond sun-drenched sand and untrampled turquoise waters because even...
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