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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68 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

    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.

  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?

    1. Wilfredo Ocasio (Willie)

      Hi, Danielle. I was born in Puerto Rico, but spent the majority of my life in the U.S. Went to university there and was recruited as a Revenue Agent for the IRS right out of college. Transferred a couple of years later to Puerto Rico (1981). Am now retired. I have two cultures. The first one is American and the second is Puerto Rican. My English is better than my Spanish, particularly relating to certain parts of my speech (Have trouble with my R’s in Spanish, etc.) I fell in love with the island and its lush tropical smell. I own an acre and a half in Guaynabo and enjoy it immensely. It’s up in the mountain, fifteen minutes from the metropolitan area. I also have a motorcycle and enjoy riding it all over the island, mainly alone. I have kayaks and a 12′ sailboat which I sail to the many small islands offshore, owned by Puerto Rico. I write fiction novels in my retirement, and the excellent internet system allows me to do all my research at home. I am content. Yes, things are slower when dealing with the government, but I have found it’s not a major inconvenience if you develop patience, take your kindle reader with you, and meet and talk to people who are waiting. Usually you’re out of most offices in a few hours. The beauty of this island more than compensates for all of that, the lack of the intolerance so prevalent in many places in the continental U.S. I love my United States. I had its back during the Viet Nam war and in turn, it paid my studies once I returned to the U.S. But it’s nice to be “outside” the mainstream. So come down, check things out, email me and I’ll take you around to see places if I’m not too busy at the time. Then you can make your own mind up about the place. Great talking to you.

  3. Rob

    Thinking of also moving here from the U.S. and the ratrace they call “society” or “american dream”.
    Trying to live offgrid and live sustainable. Glad to see more people thinking the same.

  4. Jen

    Great read, I too am considering in moving to Puerto Rico. What is the best way to prepare for the language difference? I’m Filipino and my dialect contains a good amount of Spanish just spelled differently but I can’t speak Spanish. Any advice?
    Thanks in advance

  5. Lawrence Johsnon

    Hi Jen,

    I frequent this blog often and I have to say what a great read it is.. As for your question I have been living here in Puerto Rico for close to 2 years now, I (like the authors of this blog) also came from CO, and knew very little Spanish when I first came. You will find that most people here know enough English to communicate with you and if they don’t there is typically someone close where every you go here that will. I would suggest you download a free application called Duolingo that is great resource for learning any language at your own pace and has been a great tool for me as I try to improve my language skills. Once you are here and at least make an attempt to try and speak the language you will see that the locals will appreciate your efforts and before you know it you will be communicating with ease..

    If you are considering a move here, my advice is to go for it. I help those that are interested in owning property here with traditional mortgage financing ( similar to what you find in the US and with the low home prices here all throughout the island we are seeing many more people make the move especially with some of the other incentives that come with being here even if its only on a part time basis). I wish you well with your journey where ever it may take you and if you do end up here in Puerto Rico… Bienvenidos!! in advance:)

    1. Anonymous

      Hey Lawrence Johsnon hope all is well,

      I am writing to you because I am considering moving to Puerto Rico but am a bit afraid of the issue with the economy. I have a Bachelor’s in Business but am looking into real estate or the mortgage business as I would like to get more into the selling and buying process of real properties as well as the loans needed to make the process happen.

      I guess I am asking what do you think my chances are at succeeding in real estate in Puerto Rico?
      Thanks I’ll appreciate any feedback

      Jairo Santiago

      1. Lawrence Johnson

        Hi Jairo,

        Depending on what your overall objectives are the real estate market here can be very rewarding and is ripe with opportunities. I would not let the reports that you hear about the economy hinder you.
        I am always available to share my experiences, and if you desire to dive into the mortgage world do let me know as I am looking for someone to aid me with some of my efforts here. My contact info will not show up on this blog however if you Google search Larry Johnson puerto rico it’s pretty easy to connect with me.

        I wish you well in all of your endeavors!!

  6. Matt

    I was offered a job in the upcoming marijuana industry in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So I am seeking information on moving to the island, way of life, etc…. Cost of living, if I should ship my car or buy a motorcycle. Pretty much everything that is involved when moving outside the US.


  7. Evelyn Castillo

    Found your blog by accident. Love all the adventures. Me and my husband are planning on moving to Puerto Rico and build a house as soon as I retire in about 4 years. Love the island. Thanks for all the info.

  8. Wilfredo Ocasio

    I’ve lived in Puerto Rico since 1981. Was born here but raised in U.S. Lots of economic problems on the island. The U.S. government currently has a federal task force working on the island under the name “Promesa.” The goal is to pay off the creditors ($70 billion). However, the island is gorgeously beautiful with various toll highways stretching across it. I ride motorcycle around the island a lot. Lots of fun! No one here to look at you funny for not being from here. Always a friendly face and help if you need it. You have to make sure you have a secure income before coming down since job growth is slow. I have a 12′ sailboat I use to sail to and from Puerto Rico’s many islands. Great beaches, great surfing. Hope you can do it!


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