Friday, February 1, 2019

Recurrent Events in Puerto Rico

Art in the PlazaArt in the Plaza

Saturdays and Sundays  

Info: 787-480-2910 9:00am to 5:00pmPlaza de Armas,
Old San Juan

Adoquin Jammin Nights_______________________________      

Adoquin Jammin Nights

Fridays, 7:30pm

Plaza and Callejones of Old San Juan
Info: 787-480-3530


Adoquin en el Parque

Luis Muñoz Marín Park, San Juan
Saturdays, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Info: 787-725-7912


Flamenco Show and Dinner

Flamenco Show and Dinner

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Barrachina Restaurant, San Juan
Book by calling 787-294-5513
Info. Barrachina----------------------------------------------------------------

Trio Romantic Voices with Dinner

Sundays, 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Barrachina Restaurant, San Juan
Book by calling 787-294-5513


Flamenco Show

Thursdays and Sundays, 8:30pm
Bar Gitano, Condado, San Juan
Info: 787-294-5513

Latin Nights at Blue Martini

Latin Nights at Blue Martini

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm
Blue Martini en Paseo Caribe, San Juan
Info: 787-653-6900


Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan
Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan

Daily guidance talks at 10:00am
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am
Saturdays: Guided tours of the exterior defenses: 2:30 pm
Sundays: Guided tours of the tunnels: 10:30 am
Info: 787-729-6754


Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Old San Juan
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Old San Juan

Daily guidance talks at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00am
Saturdays: Guided tour: 10:30 am
Sundays: Guided tour: 2:30 pm
Third Sunday of the month: join the Society of Friends of the history of P.R. Who will be telling stories for the children and also demonstrations of gunfire.
Info: 787-729-6777
More info

Green Cinema in the EstuaryGreen Cinema in the Estuary

Second and fourth Saturdays of the month, 7:00pm
Jaime Benitez Park of the Laguna del Condado, Calle Viques, Condado
Info: 787-725-8165
More info


Cinema Bar 1950, History of Puerto Rico in 30 minCinema Bar 1950, History of Puerto Rico in 30 min

Wednesday and Saturday
1950s Cinema Bar, Old San Juan
Book by calling 787-708-6113 / 787-510-9070
More info


Circo Paseo de Educare Circo Paseo de Educare

First Saturday of each month, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Paseo de Diego, Esq. Calle Ferrocarril, San Juan
Info: 787-480-3530
More info

____________________________________________________Salsa Nights, Salsa Classes

Salsa Nights, Salsa Classes

Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Code Bar & Lounge, Roosevelt Ave. Hato Rey
Info: 787-225-5568


Condado in Concert Condado in Concert

Second Sunday of each month, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Plaza Antonia Quiñones, Condado
Info: 787-480-3530


Concerts at the Conservatory of Music of PRConcerts at the Conservatory of Music of PR

For the schedule of activities call or enter the web
Conservatiorio de Música de PR, San Juan
Info: 787-751-0160
More info

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Forget the Resolutions; set Fun Goals; Enjoy what Life has to Offer!

January; it’s a New Year, we hope you enjoyed the holidays; so guess what's Next?

No not resolution’s time; resolutions get broken way before they even get started and most are not much fun to keep in the first place so let’s toss them and move on to something new for some; yet very familiar for most. Vacation Planning Time. It’s going to get cold for all of you in the cold winter states. So planning a nice week or two vacation on a tropical island is a great Goal. OK so instead of resolutions let’s do some Goal setting. Goals that we achieve help us move forward in our lives and setting realistic Goals is the best way to succeed.

My goal is to take two weeks and head to a nice tropical island (Home for us), see and do as much as we   can in the time we spent there. So let’s plan it out. We get 10 working days; more if we leave on a Friday; that gives us two days to travel and if we leave really early we can do three Friday vacation days depending on travel distance. Ours is a little under four hours in the air.

OK two weeks, one personal day to travel; leave on a Thursday morning; early arrival by midday and get that extra Friday vacation day. So what else? Plan ahead and let’s take advantage of the whole trip, plan what we want to do every day leaving the last two days to relax, contemplate our adventures and prepare for the trip back home. So the Goal is a great vacation to make adventures, shopping, dancing, clubbing, cultural day trips, dining and two days to relax on the beach and enjoy life! A yearly vacation is the most important goal you and your family can sit down and plan together. We all need to get away, re-energize, enjoy what life has to offer. We work all year so let’s play a little and enjoy each other’s company in a new relaxed environment where we can share adventures and life together; your familia and you deserve it!

So take day to sit the whole family down set the goal to get away, plan the whole experience maybe over lunch or dinner. Find-out what each member wants to do, where they would want to go and see! If you come up with more than one place or country to visit than great; get the majority decision for this year’s trip and set goals for future trips until we visit and do what everyone wants to do, see and experience.

How about living like the locals in another country? It’s better to get a vacation rental home or condo with enough room for everyone; a new home away from home that we look forward to getting there after a fun day or night out. We all know the feeling of arriving home to a familiar place to relax and reenergize. So that would be a vacation rental home; live like the locals with all the comforts of home.

Vacation rentals can be found in every country these days, so do your homework and learn the dos’ and don’ts of renting a vacation home for a totally new experience in vacation travel accommodations. Get the kids evolved and have them do some researching online.

Read our other articles to help get you started, visit our website for tons of information and if your vacation goal is to visit Puerto Rico give us a call for best pricing and to get all your questions or concerns answered…

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Something for Everyone...

Hop on a flight for a few hours to warmer weather to a tropical island that has something for everyone… No passport needed, same old U.S. dollar, most of the same restaurants, shops and businesses you find on the main land all with a tropical flair.

So what floats your boat?
In alphabetical order; just to keep it simple for you to find yours…


Visit Casa Caracoles, for the Shell of It
Some people are collect unique things, and are very passionate about their collection. The owner of Casa Caracoles has taken his fascination with seashells and turned his house into an unusual tourist attraction, read more…

Nature & Art Collide in “Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)”
I am always interested in art, and I appreciate the impact it has different people. And all of our regular readers know how much I love nature. So a trip to see Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) was a must, read more…

Recycled Garden in Utuado
File this under “just for fun”. This is not really a “day trip” … but worth a quick stop if you find yourself in the area; read more…

Visit Loiza for Some Authentic Hand-Crafted Souvenirs
The town of Loiza has a long and interesting history. The African heritage of the area is seen all around town — in the music, dance and art, read more…

Casa Cortés ChocoBar: Indulge Your Senses
Fine chocolate and fine art … what is not to love? Casa Cortés ChocoBar is a restaurant & art gallery in Old San Juan operated by the Cortés family, read more…

Lions on Display in Ponce
Roaring Lions … not part of a circus, but a colorful, outdoor art exhibit in Ponce, read more…

Art Museums in Bayamón If you are an art fan, Bayamón should be on your list of places to visit, read more…

Things to See in the Capital District of Old San Juan
I am always surprised at the new things we find to do in Old San Juan, read more…

Three Kings Museum in Juana Diaz
While most Anglo-Saxon cultures celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) and his reindeer, Latin cultures celebrate the Epiphany with the Three Kings, read more…

Santuario de la Virgen de la Providencia
Every once in a while I get surprised by some of our explorations. The Santuario de la Virgen de la Providencia in Trujillo Alto is one of those surprises.

Relish the Ponce Museum of Art
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever." Read more…

A Visit to the Little Museum on Campus
I have known about the museum on the University of Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras campus for quite some time, and I have wanted to visit it, but, read more…

Open Your Mind at an Art Museum in San Juan
Are you looking for a little quiet culture in the heart of San Juan? Read more…

Follow La Ruta del Corazón Criollo in Caguas
Caguas is a wonderful small city, just 20 minutes south of San Juan that offers many things to do for visitors, read more…

Something for Everyone in the Town of Luquillo
When looking for day trips to do, I sometimes forget to look at places close to home, read more…

Discover Your Inner Artist in the Rain Forest
I love art. I am in awe of people that can take a blank canvas and make something so beautiful, read more…

Outdoor Art in Old San Juan: It’s All Around You
Old San Juan is a 400 year old city that has come into the modern age, read more…

Visit the Museums of Old San Juan
The typical visitor to Old San Juan visits the major "touristy" historical sites; but there are a number of smaller museums in Old San Juan that are really enjoyable, read more…

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Old San Juan – Part 1
So you decided to spend some time exploring Old San Juan? You will not be disappointed!

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Old San Juan – Part 2
Part 1 started at the Visitor’s Center and ended just as we approached El Morro Fort. This article will pick up where the prior one left off, read more…

Self-Guided Walking Tour of Old San Juan – Part 3
Part 2 started at El Morro and ended back at La Casita. This article will pick up where the prior one left off.

Old San Juan 101 – Basic Info to Know Before You Go
Ask anyone about what they consider a “Must See” while visiting Puerto Rico and they will most likely say Old San Juan. We go to Puerto Rico almost every year and always spend a day touring Old San Juan! Read more…

I say if you visit the island and only have a few days or only one day; you need to spend it in Old San Juan!