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.
47 Travel Gifts for Women (Unique & Best Ideas for Her)

47 Travel Gifts for Women (Unique & Best Ideas for Her)

If you’re wondering what makes a good travel gift idea for that airport-loving girl these holidays, you’re not alone. As a frequent traveler and travel writer myself, I know how hard it can be to think of fun travel gifts for women who love to explore. To help you out, I’ve prepared an extensive gift…

Surfing in Puerto Rico (Local Guide + 11 Best Spots)

Surfing in Puerto Rico (Local Guide + 11 Best Spots)

The best spots for surfing in Puerto Rico are a well-kept secret from visitors. Due to its reef breaks, common storms, and location between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Rico offers some of the best surfing in the Caribbean that attracts even pro surfers. But without the inside scoop, many surfing enthusiasts…

11 Best San Juan Excursions for 2022 (By a Local)

11 Best San Juan Excursions for 2022 (By a Local)

San Juan excursions will be your best friend if you’re short on time when visiting Puerto Rico. Whether you’re looking for a more extensive tour from San Juan, or are looking for something quick and breezy while you’re cruise ship is in port, there is an excursion for you! I’m a Puerto Rico local who…

9 Best Places to Go Camping In Puerto Rico (By a Local)

9 Best Places to Go Camping In Puerto Rico (By a Local)

Camping in Puerto Rico can be both relaxing and thrilling. Whether you prefer beaches or mountains, classic camping or glamping, you’ll find a camping option for you on the island. As a local, I can tell you Puerto Rico’s outdoors will make your camping adventure feel surreal and unique. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you…

9 Best Coffee Farms in Puerto Rico (By a Local)

9 Best Coffee Farms in Puerto Rico (By a Local)

Visiting the coffee farms in Puerto Rico is an unforgettable adventure. You’ll visit Puerto Rico’s coffee haciendas for the coffee tours, but you’ll stay for the breathtaking views, Instagram-worthy spots, and the relaxing atmosphere. Coffee is a part of Puerto Rican culture and history, which is why locals like myself consider it one of Puerto…

Puerto Rico Family Vacation (12 Local Tips + Where to Stay)

Puerto Rico Family Vacation (12 Local Tips + Where to Stay)

Planning a Puerto Rico family vacation is far from being an easy task. Between choosing the right place to stay, deciding if you’re renting a car, and researching what to do in Puerto Rico, you could miss out on the best experiences and stays for you.  As someone who previously worked in the hotel industry…

Puerto Rican Fruit (13 Best to Try, By a Local)

Puerto Rican Fruit (13 Best to Try, By a Local)

Trying the most scrumptious Puerto Rican fruits should be high-priority while on the island. Puerto Rico boasts ideal weather for cultivating many tropical fruits. And while trying the local Puerto Rico cuisine is one of the best activities on the island, you shouldn’t miss the chance to try the freshly cultivated fruits too. As a…

Bioluminescent Bays in Puerto Rico (Ultimate Guide to All 3)

Bioluminescent Bays in Puerto Rico (Ultimate Guide to All 3)

If you don’t visit any of the bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico, can you even say you were here? Bioluminescence is a rare phenomenon around the world. Luckily, Puerto Rico is home to three bioluminescent bays you can visit in a short trip from the United States. I’m a local that has experienced this captivating…

13 Things to Do in Puerto Rico for Couples (By a Local)

13 Things to Do in Puerto Rico for Couples (By a Local)

Although it’s smaller than most famous couple destinations, with all the fun and romantic things to do in Puerto Rico for couples, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t visit before. Puerto Rico is a short trip away from the United States, and a popular destination for honeymoons and romantic retreats. Couples will find all kinds…

21 Best Puerto Rican Desserts to Try (By a Local)

21 Best Puerto Rican Desserts to Try (By a Local)

Travelers with a sweet tooth can’t miss out on all the great Puerto Rican desserts when visiting the island.  Puerto Rico’s cuisine is a heritage of different cultures, and immersing yourself in Puerto Rican food is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico.  I grew up eating all of these delicious desserts…

23 San Juan Landmarks & Historical Sites (A Local’s Picks)

23 San Juan Landmarks & Historical Sites (A Local’s Picks)

There are so many San Juan landmarks worth visiting that you could spend countless hours exploring them alone.  The oldest city in the United States, there are a ton of historical things to do in San Juan. But how do you know which are the essential historical and cultural landmarks you shouldn’t miss? Worry not!…

13 Best Things to Do in Rio Grande (in 2022)

13 Best Things to Do in Rio Grande (in 2022)

If you’re an outdoor lover, then you can’t miss out on all the incredible things to do in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Rio Grande not only hosts El Yunque National Rainforest, one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions, but you’ll also find beaches, hiking trails, rivers, and farms.  I’m a Puerto Rico local with a passion…

42 Facts About Puerto Rico (Things to Know, By a Local)

42 Facts About Puerto Rico (Things to Know, By a Local)

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean paradise that attracts visitors from all around the world.  Although you might’ve heard about its beaches, or its tropical rainforest (the only one in the US National Forest System), there is a lot more to Puerto Rico than meets the eye! As a Puerto Rico local, I am proud to…

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 in 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…

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

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

Planning a trip and wondering if Puerto Rico is safe for travel right now? With the ongoing health crisis and other online information suggesting otherwise, it’s a smart question to ask. But, as a local, I can tell you Puerto Rico is generally very safe for travel. Since I know travelers can have different concerns…

Puerto Rico Honeymoon Planner (Tips & Advice By a Local)

Puerto Rico Honeymoon Planner (Tips & Advice By a Local)

Having your honeymoon in Puerto Rico is nothing but a dream come true!  As a Puerto Rican and someone who worked in one of the most prominent hotels in San Juan, I’ve seen hundreds of couples arrive from all over the world to celebrate their wedding and honeymoon in Puerto Rico. There are plenty of…

Vieques vs Culebra Compared (By a Puerto Rico Local)

Vieques vs Culebra Compared (By a Puerto Rico Local)

Vieques vs Culebra, which should you choose? Many travelers find themselves in a tight spot trying to decide which of these two beautiful Puerto Rico destinations they should visit.  Culebra and Vieques are both outside the main Puerto Rican island, and they both host some of the best things to do in Puerto Rico, so…

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 super important. 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 help you find the ideal place to…

Worldpackers Review – Is the Exchange Platform Right for You?

Worldpackers Review – Is the Exchange Platform Right for You?

If you’re considering working or volunteering abroad and looking for a comprehensive Worldpackers review, then you’ve come to the right place. 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…

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. The truth is there are so many areas and neighborhoods it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to stay in San…

13 Best Cities in Puerto Rico in 2022 (A Local’s Picks)

13 Best Cities in Puerto Rico in 2022 (A Local’s Picks)

Travelers often stay in San Juan when they’re visiting the island, but there are a ton of great cities in Puerto Rico other than the capital. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States with 78 cities and towns spread across mountains and coasts. As a Puerto Rico local born and raised in…

Carry On Packing List (27 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

Carry On Packing List (27 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

If you’re trying to figure out what you should and shouldn’t include in your carry on packing list, then you’ve come to the right place. As a backpacker and a frequent traveler, I know all about the struggles of keeping your packing list simple and making everything fit in a personal item or carry-on bag….

11 Best Museums in Puerto Rico in 2022 (By a Local)

11 Best Museums in Puerto Rico in 2022 (By a Local)

Whether you’re into art, history, architecture, or something a little more whimsical, you’ll find plenty of museums in Puerto Rico worth visiting.  I’m a Puerto Rico local and an avid culture enthusiast, so I love hunting down museums and learning more about what makes the island tick. In fact, Puerto Rico is a small island…

16 Best Festivals in Puerto Rico (By a Local!)

16 Best Festivals in Puerto Rico (By a Local!)

There are so many festivals in Puerto Rico throughout the year. After all, In Puerto Rico, anything and everything is a good reason to celebrate! Whether you’re a culture lover, foodie, or a classical music fan, Puerto Rico has a festival for you.  Since figuring out Puerto Rico events and dates can be confusing, I’m…

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 a visit and wondering where to stay in Puerto Rico, then you’ve come to the right place. Choosing the right place to stay in Puerto Rico 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…

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…

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

18 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…

17 Best Things to Do in Carolina (By a Puerto Rico Local)

17 Best Things to Do in Carolina (By a Puerto Rico Local)

Located between San Juan and Loíza, some of the best things to do in Carolina, Puerto Rico include visiting beautiful beaches, top-notch restaurants, and nature reserves. Carolina is home to the island’s main airport, so you’ll more than likely start your Puerto Rico vacation in this district. And while driving directly to Old San Juan…

11 Best Puerto Rico Mountains to Explore (By a Local)

11 Best Puerto Rico Mountains to Explore (By a Local)

Planning a day (or many) in the beautiful Puerto Rico mountains is guaranteed to be a highlight of your island trip.  The central mountain range is home to the Cordillera Central region, a line of mountains that goes from west to east and encompasses over 15 towns. Of course, driving in the Puerto Rico mountains…