Why Move to Puerto Rico?

Why Move To Puerto Rico, you ask?


In San Juan by a “garita” or sentry post of El Moro

A lot of people ask us, “Why live in or move to Puerto Rico of all places?” Well, the simple answer is “Why not?”, or more precisely, why any other place you may currently be living. We ended up with a life in Greeley, Colorado by chance and are picking Puerto Rico life by choice.

By Chance (Greeley Colorado in the winter)

Royal Palm
By Choice (Puerto Rico in the winter)

The long answer is that Puerto Rico offers just about everything we are looking for in a place to live. It is part of the U.S. which makes it a little easier to transition and move (same money, no passports and customs delays in traveling, English is sometimes spoken, banks are easier to deal with, etc, etc), but it is also not quite the U.S. which is also appealing for a variety of reasons (more autonomy and freedom, Spanish IS spoken frequently which is great for, especially, Cassie, the “free associated state” can decide what laws of the U.S. it wants and toss those that it doesn’t, like as examples, the drinking age, federal income taxes, and some of its bureaucracy). What’s more, the people of Borinquen (the original name for the island) are warm and welcoming and the culture is fascinating.


Beautiful View of the Arboledas

With a property on some acreage we will be able to live more sustainably and get out of the rat race, and somewhat off the grid: we can grow most of our food, collect rain water (or find a property with manantiales (springs) or a river), not have to rely on fossil fuels to keep us warm in the winter (even at night it rarely dips below 70 degrees) and possibly generate electricity from flowing water, wind and/or sun. What a Life!


80 Degrees in December

Probably the biggest reason for me, Cassie, is that it is a Tropical Island! Yes, the land of warm beaches, tropical fruit and plants, and sunshine.

Yellow Flowers
You can grow and see plants like these year round!

Why move? Haven’t you ever caught yourself on vacation wishing you could just stay there? Well, that’s why. Because the paradise we usually just get to escape to for a few weeks if at all, shall be our home with all of its own unique quirks and traits to learn. When we searched out various tropical areas, we found that Puerto Rico is actually a little closer to Colorado than Hawaii, but much more affordable for both the tourist/adventurer and those looking to relocate to the warm Puerto Rican way of life. How could we resist? The Isle of Enchantment had us hooked. And maybe you too! :-)

Rincon Sunset
This could be your life! Need I say more?

anasco beach
Can you believe how empty these beaches are!? (Anasco Beach)


Puerto Rico in relation to Colorado -smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean Sea


This is a Promo Video about Puerto Rico and gives a pretty good summary

For more info on Puerto Rico, check out these sites:

Our Place in Rincón- Info and pictures of our house and acreage in Rincón, PR

Caribbean Business – Puerto Rico news in English

ClasificadosOnline – Puerto Rico’s version of Craigslist (classified ads). Best place to start searching properties, jobs, vehicles, etc

BoricuaOnline -Lots of information on just about any town in Puerto Rico

El Coqui of Rincon – Rincon’s small monthly news and advertising publication

El Nuevo Dia (translates to The New Day) Puerto Rico’s main Spanish language newspaper

Welcome to Puerto Rico -Similar to Boricua Online. Gives lots of facts and info about various areas of Puerto Rico plus some touristy stuff too.

22 thoughts on “Why Move to Puerto Rico?

  1. Jerry

    Hi, beautiful house. Wish you guys luck. My wife an I just got back from Rincon, beautiful as always. I’ve been thinking of buying there..ensenada area…some friends said the prices have been coming down a bit… any information on pricing? Are asking prices much higher than the actual sales price? etc… thanks

  2. Britton

    Prices vary a lot. Asking price can be exactly what the seller wants, or it can just be a shot in the wind.

    Best way to go is to just offer what you are willing to pay. That may be 1/2 the asking price or, it may be what they are asking. There really isn’t a rule of thumb in PR.

    Also there aren’t any tools available (to my knowledge) to see what things are selling for so it makes it an interesting game.

  3. Rico

    Have you tried using Craigslist in PR it now has a map feature in the housing section which gives you a general price overview of an area.

  4. Dana

    Hi there!

    I might have an opportunity to “work from home” in the near future. I currently live in San Diego but an really interested in Puerto Rico. Do you have any idea of what the implications would be from a taxation standpoint? Would my company see me as working in a foreign country? Any advise as far as that goes?

  5. Britton

    Hi Dana! Thanks for stopping by.

    I am not sure how the WFPR deal would work out taxwise. I wouldn’t imagine that it is too difficult as people do it all the time. I am not sure where taxes would be paid (in CA or PR). I have worked remote while visiting PR, so I guess as long as you were ‘just visiting’ you might just have to pay CA taxes ;)

    If you do find out let us know. That would be good info to share.

  6. Britton

    We did look at it quite a few times and I suspect we will be using it more and more when we move. I hadn’t heard of the map feature yet and will check it out. I’ve always been curious. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Reinaldo

    Cassie ,with all the negative of the Kruse Chronicles, why you guys wana move to PR?.I know i disagree with that blog about 80 percent of what they say.I think their blog is garbage and an insult for the locals.Hope your move to PR goes smooth and Life Transplanet dont become like Kruse Chronicles.

  8. Anna

    Hi, my husband, two small children and I are looking to possibly move to Puerto Rico sometime next summer. We do not speak spanish, but plan on learning as much as we can. Curious if you could suggest some family oriented towns that are safe for children and are more in the “country side” (not condos, downtown etc). We like to live simply, and do not need fancy accommodations… yet sill need to be close enough to towns for job opportunities. Thanks. Your site is great.

  9. Rebekah Miller

    Cassie,
    My fiance and I are planning on moving to Rincon for 6 months, possibly longer. We have friends who are locals there who offered thier couch, although I’d prefer to rent a place for the two of us. I came across your blog (which is awesome) and I was hoping you might be able to give some suggestions and/or advice. Our price range is approx 400 a month. We are paying 700 now, here in Tampa, Fl and I say 400 in Rincon because our friends pay around 500-600 for a 3 bedroom, two story house that is close to the beach, we would only need a one bedroom-nothing fancy. Also, not sure if we’ll be able to make the same income once there.
    Hope Puerto Rico is everthing you thought it would be and more! Im looking forward to hearing from you!
    ~Rebekah

  10. Natasha Smith

    Hi!

    We too live in Colorado! (Denver), and just got back from Humacao. Since then I have wondered what it would be like to move there, and more specifically, how to go about doing it. I stumbled upon your blog in a search on how to do this. I love it there, and I think your move sounds wonderful! I can’t offer advice on housing in Rincon, but I can wish you luck!

  11. Michael

    Hi my soon to be wife and I are both chefs, dealing with the brutal chicago winters, and with no children we are thinking of relocating to puerto rico after our wedding in january. I am excited but concerned with my lack of knoweldge of safe areas to live and the economy for people in our industry. Any thoughts would be helpfull

  12. Cassie

    Hi Michael!
    We are with you on the brutal winters and think you will love Puerto Rico, if you like tropical weather and the more laid back, free lifestyle.

    I have heard that some places in the San Juan area are not very safe, but beyond that I don’t really know. The rest of the island is very different from the metropolitan area of SJ, so it really depends where you are looking to move. Rincon has about 30% “gringos” or mainland Americans, so it is maybe a little easier of a transition for some people (like my husband Britton who knows very little Spanish for example).

    As for the economy, I would plan on not getting a traditional “job”. You may find something, but maybe not. In San Juan, Cabo Rojo, Vieques, Culebra and Rincon there are more tourist-type jobs, so your food-industry skills could be more needed there. A lot of the “mainlanders” that move to PR either bring a lot of money or their own jobs with them, or they start something -entrepreneurship! (Everyone loves a new, good restaurant for example!) Overall, outside of San Juan you can live pretty cheaply, so you wouldn’t need to make a whole lot of money. Once we get set up in Rincon, we plan on living on less than $1000/month because we will have virtually no expenses.

    Hope that helps and good luck!

  13. mario

    Guys I do not want to be pragmatic or negatives before coming here if you have money,and live in the us and come here in the winter isok, BUT if you come here beaware that the crime is the highest then anyware in the states there is nothing about layed back in this Island hospitals trffic, services, highcost of living, inefficient police you name it i don’t recomend it, I am from here my family is from here but I am dieyng to get out!

  14. Britton

    Hi Mario,
    Thanks for commenting. I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side. We love Puerto Rico. I am sure that there will be many things that we may dislike about it, but that could be said wherever you go (in fact, we have heard many of the same complaints about our area here in Colorado!). We won’t be in the San Juan area, and the rest of the island is much different and laid back (IMO) from the metro area. We love the west coast and rural campo of PR. Our philosophy is that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. We are super excited to move there in just a few months and start our adventures.

    Heck, maybe we can even help make it an even better place to live!

  15. rafael marrero

    Wow what a great story and yes you hit the point when describing the island. I am originally from puerto rico but I currently live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania , for the last 4 year I have been planning moving back after 15 years here in the state , I have realized what I’m missing from the island. Your story and analogy its almost the same things that made me change it up and move. With gods will our move is set for june 2014. To a town called Coamo (40k in population) were I was born. I wish you best of luck on your new quest. If any one wants land or house to buy check clasificadospr.com they have all you need to find real estate ,cars, boats ,jobs etc.

  16. Ken

    Hi!

    I’m 20 years old and halfway through college. I have a mother and a brother that live in Puerto Rico that offered me to live with them just as long as I would work and help around the house. My brother said that life would be hard at first, I’d have to start all over, get a job, learn spanish, and do the best I can.

    I was wondering about schooling (college), health insurance, jobs that would be suitable for me, and the best way to learn spanish over there. I’m okay at spanish, not perfect nor fluent, and I’m kind of scared of the move to there. I’m scared of messing up, not having a good life, regretting the decision I made, etc. I’m fascinated in Puerto Rico and wouldn’t mind making a life there, I’ve always wanted to speak spanish, and I love their culture. Any ideas or tips to help me out? I’d like to speak to a person that’s moved there from the states, than speak to a local who’s lived there all their lives. You can email me at Kennymccombs3rd@gmail.com or reply back on here. Either way works! Thank you!

  17. Michelle

    I am currently building my home-based business. Once I grow my savings, we may move to PR. My husband and I will ditch our 9-5 jobs. I studied Spanish for many years; it was my minor in college. My husband and I have children so PR can be quite expensive. Particularly because we would want to send our children to a private English-speaking school ($10,000 per year per child). I want them to learn fluid Spanish but I don’t want them to fall behind academically (think SAT scores). I’ve been looking at homes in the $500,000-$800,000 range and I have been impressed. I am especially encouraged by your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Anonymous

    I do think the grass is greener on the other side. You may love it but many people come and leave very quickly. Come with a plan… to be financially secure on your own. Do not come if you need work, expect things to “work out” for you or expect paradise. Massive unemployment, crime, and delays are the normal opporating procedure here.

  19. Stephanie Busby

    Buenas Dias! Thanks for all of your info, it’s very helpful! I especially appreciate your comments on Greeley, I teach in Lyons and the high was 6 degrees on Thursday! Ugggg! We’re all still recovering from the flood in September. I’ve had some life changes and am starting to re-think my pathway! I have 1 daughter in cosmetology school and a sophomore in high school. If I could convince the sophomore to spend her senior year somewhere new, I’ll do it! If not I’ll go after she gets settled in college (unless she goes to University of Puerto Rico! ) I’ve lived abroad before, traveled extensively, speak Spanish and need some challenge in life with rewards of good weather, culture and a slower lifestyle. I’d see if I can teach Enlish/art (I teach art 6 – 12 now) or get into the tourist industry. It’s ideal that I have a few years to get my ducks in a row. I also have contacts with the director at the TASIS school and a rum distillery around Ponce… If you have any suggestions, comments, I’d love to hear it… Can you PLEASE put your toes in the sand for me??? Mine are freezing in my slippers… :)

  20. Tom

    I enjoyed the blog / discussions.
    I just moved here in January and what has made all the difference is the friendly people.
    I have been renting in Viajo San Juan for 3 months to get my bearings ( and to live in a historic world heritage city ).
    But while very cultural with many great restaurants, it is simply too busy and noisy for my liking.
    So starting to look elsewhere … Many terrific and varied choices!
    Tom

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