Author: Vanessa Ramos

Vanessa Ramos is a lifestyle writer from Puerto Rico with a goal of traveling the world. She started traveling back in 2018 and so far, she’s done international work exchange, backpacking, and solo traveling in three continents. When she's not writing, she’s hunting airplane tickets for her next trip.
El Yunque National Forest (A Local’s Guide to Visiting)

El Yunque National Forest (A Local’s Guide to Visiting)

El Yunque National Rainforest is a reserve located in the Sierra de Luquillo mountains. El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System, with over 120 inches of rainfall in a year. Home to hundreds of unique plant and animal species, it features beautiful waterfalls, natural pools, hiking trails, camping areas,…

Puerto Rican Food (A Local’s Guide to 47 Best Dishes to Try)

Puerto Rican Food (A Local’s Guide to 47 Best Dishes to Try)

A wonderful mix of Taíno, Spanish, and African cuisines, Puerto Rican food will delight your tastebuds with the dishes, drinks, and desserts you’ll enjoy on your visit to the island. Some might say there’s too much plantain or rice in Puerto Rico’s cuisine. But, even as a local that eats popular Puerto Rican dishes frequently,…

Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico (What to Know, By a Local)

Hurricane Season in Puerto Rico (What to Know, By a Local)

If you’re worried about traveling during the hurricane season to Puerto Rico, you’re not alone. Every year tourism drops from late July to November because visitors are afraid of traveling. But worry not!  I’m a Puerto Rico local who has lived through many storms and hurricanes myself, and I’m here to tell you all about…

Castillo San Felipe del Morro (A Local’s Guide & History)

Castillo San Felipe del Morro (A Local’s Guide & History)

Visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro is something you can’t miss if you’re traveling to Puerto Rico. With more than 400 years of history, El Morro features an impressive history of battles, and it’s a favorite site to explore in Puerto Rico, for everyone from tourists to Puerto Rican families and locals like myself. The…

Where to Stay in Aguadilla (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

Where to Stay in Aguadilla (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

Aguadilla offers some of the top attractions the west of Puerto Rico, but finding where to stay in Aguadilla will depend on what you’ll be doing in the city. I’m a Puerto Rico local that visits Aguadilla frequently, so I know the advantages and disadvantages of staying in different areas there. To help you out,…

Where to Stay in Vieques (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

Where to Stay in Vieques (Best Places & Areas for 2022)

During your first visit, choosing where to stay in Vieques is as important as choosing the things you´ll be doing.  Vieques offers great attractions all around the island, but staying either in the north or the south each has its own pros and cons.  I’m a Puerto Rico local who just recently visited Vieques. To…

How to Get Around Puerto Rico (13 Best Ways, By A Local)

How to Get Around Puerto Rico (13 Best Ways, By A Local)

There are at least thirteen ways to get around Puerto Rico. Transportation options in Puerto Rico include rental cars, taxis, buses, Uber, ferries, trains, scooters, and even trolleys. If you’re deciding how to get around in Puerto Rico, the best transportation method will depend on the cities you’re visiting, if you’re staying in the metro…

17 Best San Juan Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

17 Best San Juan Restaurants (Where to Eat, By a Local)

There is a lot to do and see in San Juan, but if you’re a foodie, you’re probably more excited about where and what to eat.  Fortunately, there are many delicious restaurants in San Juan to choose from. Whether you’re into casual atmospheres or fine dining, Puerto Rican food or international fare, this list of…

Puerto Rico Packing List (19 Things People Forget to Bring)

Puerto Rico Packing List (19 Things People Forget to Bring)

While many people pack their luggage exclusively with swimwear, sandals, and t-shirts when they’re visiting the island, the truth is you’ll need a little more than that on your checklist of what to pack for Puerto Rico.  I live in San Juan and I’ve seen many visitors buying essential things they forgot to pack for…

43 Travel Gifts for Women (Fun Ideas for What to Get Her)

43 Travel Gifts for Women (Fun Ideas for What to Get Her)

If you’re wondering what makes a good travel gift for that airport-loving girl these holidays, you’re not alone. As a frequent traveler and travel writer myself, I know that buying gifts for women who travel can be a challenge. To help you out, I’ve prepared an extensive gift guide with great ideas for travel gifts…

Worldpackers vs Workaway – Key Differences and Comparison

Worldpackers vs Workaway – Key Differences and Comparison

Whether you’re looking for a profound cultural experience or to get to know the local culture while you travel, an exchange site like Worldpackers or Workaway can help you get there. From my personal experience using Worldpackers to travel to South Korea, these volunteering platforms can help to take most of your worries out of…

19 Best Things to Do in Ponce, PR (Fun Activity Ideas)

19 Best Things to Do in Ponce, PR (Fun Activity Ideas)

Ponce is one of the most visited cities in Puerto Rico, both by locals and international tourists, so if you weren’t already planning to do so, you should definitely be adding Ponce to your list of places to visit on the island.  La Perla del Sur offers the historical charm of a colonial city, combined…

17 Best Things to Do in Fajardo (Fun Activities & Sites)

17 Best Things to Do in Fajardo (Fun Activities & Sites)

Spending part of your vacation in Fajardo is a decision you won’t regret. Fajardo is a diverse city that sports an attraction for beach lovers, nature lovers, and even for sailing enthusiasts.  But, how do you know where to go and what to do? I’m here to tell you all about the best places locals…

19 Best Things to Do in Rincon (Fun Activities & Top Sites)

19 Best Things to Do in Rincon (Fun Activities & Top Sites)

Rincon is famous for having the best beaches to surf in Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean, but even if you’re not a surfer, there are other great things you can do in this city located on the west coast.  Whether you want to spend the day surfing, swimming, or hiking, Rincon definitely offers endless…

15 Best Things to Do in Aguadilla (Fun & Unique Activities)

15 Best Things to Do in Aguadilla (Fun & Unique Activities)

If you are wondering what to do in Aguadilla, you will have lots of options. If you want your vacation in Puerto Rico to be all about exploring beaches, sunbathing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, then Aguadilla is your go-to destination. This city located on the west of Puerto Rico is a popular destination for nature…

Puerto Rico on a Budget | How to Stay, Eat, and Travel Cheaply

Puerto Rico on a Budget | How to Stay, Eat, and Travel Cheaply

If concerns about money are stopping you from visiting Puerto Rico, then after reading this post, you’ll be booking your next trip to this Caribbean paradise.  It’s true that Puerto Rico is not as cheap as other destinations in Latin America but, after growing on the island, I can confidently say you can enjoy a…

Driving in Puerto Rico (A Local’s Guide, for First Timers)

Driving in Puerto Rico (A Local’s Guide, for First Timers)

You’ve probably heard horror stories about driving in Puerto Rico and you’re already having second thoughts. But before you decide to spend your budget on private shuttles and taxis, as a Puerto Rico local I can tell you some of those stories are exaggerations, and that Puerto Rico is safe for driving if you take…

Is Puerto Rico Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice)

Is Puerto Rico Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice)

As many international destinations are facing the fourth wave of COVID or are still keeping their borders closed, many people are wondering if Puerto Rico is safe for travel right now. And while you’ll find a lot of information saying otherwise, as a local, I can tell you Puerto Rico is generally very safe for…

Where to Stay in Puerto Rico in 2022, by an Area Local

Where to Stay in Puerto Rico in 2022, by an Area Local

If you’re planning to visit Puerto Rico, then you’re probably wondering where to stay on the island. Choosing the right place to stay could very well make the difference between a great vacation and a forgettable one. Never worry, though, because I’m a Puerto Rico local who is here to help you map out your…

33 Best Things to Do in San Juan, PR (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in San Juan, PR (By a Local)

Looking for things to do in San Juan? Fortunately, the city offers some truly epic attractions for every type of visitor. And, as a San Juan local, I know them all well! From picturesque beaches to a UNESCO world heritage site, San Juan is a paradise where modernity clashes with history and nature.  Most tourists…

Worldpackers Review – Is the Exchange Platform Right for You?

Worldpackers Review – Is the Exchange Platform Right for You?

If you’re a budget traveler then you’ve probably learned many ways to stay on budget while you travel. But, when you first learn that you can exchange your skills for accommodation, it seems too good to be true. That’s why I was skeptical when I first stumbled upon Worldpackers. The idea of volunteering in a…

Where to Stay in San Juan, By an Area Local (2022)

Where to Stay in San Juan, By an Area Local (2022)

Once you’ve booked your ticket to Puerto Rico, you’re probably wondering about the best place to stay in San Juan, the capital city where most visitors start their visit to the island. Well, the truth is there are so many areas and neighborhoods it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to stay in…

33 Places to Visit in Puerto Rico in 2022 (By a Local)

33 Places to Visit in Puerto Rico in 2022 (By a Local)

If you’re looking for places to visit in Puerto Rico, but you don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Puerto Rico is a relatively small island but it’s home to hundreds of natural wonders, attractions, and places to visit.  But, some of the best places are hidden gems that only a…