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.

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56 thoughts on “Why Move to Puerto Rico?

  1. Reinaldo

    I dont belive tha t Nick live in PuertoRico that has never been a 3rd word country.It has the same store brands like the US,the medical care are from the same standars but hit is a little different than living in the Mainland.Anyway if need a job the is room for a good doctor or nurse good luck

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    1. Nick E

      Thanks for your input. you can come visit anytime. I live in Santa Maria, Vieques Puerto Rico. My family has been here since 1816 and if you still doubt my and my families residency , do your homework and you will see our listings and my cousin being the Mayor etc. etc. I retired and moved here full time in September. I do love my retirement here but, I am a realist and it has been an experience making the move not for the faint of heart. dealing with the Government is difficult at best. just trying to register a car involves a multi-day process with the offices of Hacienda…. that gives people a good taste of the governmental dysfunction.

      yes, all major brands are available and anyone can have a nice life here but, it is not an easy transition just because of the Government issues, high unemployment etc. etc. that goes with all that.

      THANKS for the input and for this GREAT website.

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  2. Danielle

    I am so happy to see this website. What is even more amazing is my bf and I live in Greeley co and are wanting to move to San Juan in the next 6 months. Is there any advice you could give us?

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