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.
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…

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…

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…

San Juan to Rincon (3 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)

San Juan to Rincon (3 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)

If you’re visiting Puerto Rico and wondering how to get from San Juan to Rincon, then you’ve come to the right place! Located on the west side of Puerto Rico, Rincon beaches and breathtaking sunsets make it the perfect destination for a Caribbean vacation. Beach lovers and surfers from all around the island escape to…

11 Best Towns in Puerto Rico to Visit in 2022 (By a Local)

11 Best Towns in Puerto Rico to Visit in 2022 (By a Local)

While Old San Juan is a destination you can’t miss, small Puerto Rico towns outside the metropolitan area offer plenty of fun places to explore and discover. As a Puerto Rico local who loves to travel and find unique places around the 78 municipios, I can tell you firsthand that exploring small towns in Puerto…

15 Best Things to Do in Isabela, PR (in 2022)

15 Best Things to Do in Isabela, PR (in 2022)

From swimming on pristine beaches to enjoying top-notch gastronomy, you’ll find tons of fun things to do in Isabela.  Isabela features the charm of smaller Puerto Rican cities, along with some of Puerto Rico’s best things to do for surfers, water sports enthusiasts, and families. Plus, it makes for a quick day trip from San…

San Juan to Fajardo (4 Best Ways to Go in 2022, By a Local)

San Juan to Fajardo (4 Best Ways to Go in 2022, By a Local)

Looking for the best ways to get from San Juan to Fajardo, Puerto Rico?  Fajardo is a city in eastern Puerto Rico that attracts plenty of tourists for its unique attractions. But, because it’s located an hour from the capital city, many visitors wonder how to get between the two cities easily and efficiently. I’m…

San Juan to Culebra (4 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)

San Juan to Culebra (4 Best Ways to Go, By a Local)

Culebra is Puerto Rico’s dream destination for beach lovers, but getting from San Juan to Culebra can be confusing even for experienced travelers. This small island of Culebra is located to the east side of Puerto Rico, and it’s home to some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico, with crystal clear waters, white sand,…

Do You Need a Passport to Go to Puerto Rico? (Quick Answers)

Do You Need a Passport to Go to Puerto Rico? (Quick Answers)

Are you planning a trip to the Caribbean and wondering: do you need a passport to go to Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico is one of the top Caribbean destinations for US travelers, but there are some details to know before you go. Puerto Rico’s entry requirements are different for United States citizens than those coming…

15 Best Things to Do in Cabo Rojo, PR (in 2022)

15 Best Things to Do in Cabo Rojo, PR (in 2022)

With an incredibly diverse ecosystem and stunning landscapes, nature lovers of all kinds will find a ton of great things to do in Cabo Rojo.  Located on the west coast of Puerto Rico, Cabo Rojo features one of the most naturally scenic landscapes in the country with clear beaches, excellent hikes, and breathtaking sunsets. As…

Is San Juan Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

Is San Juan Safe for Travel? (Honest Local Advice for 2022)

San Juan is Puerto Rico’s capital city and the first destination many people venture to on the island, but the question on everyone’s mind is: is San Juan safe? Despise some alarming crime rates you might find online, San Juan is one of the safest cities in Puerto Rico for tourists. Neighborhoods like Condado are…

9 Best Rincon Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

9 Best Rincon Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

When it comes to beaches, Rincón offers travelers more than eight miles of coastline full of palm-lined beaches in Rincón with clear waters. Located on the west side of Puerto Rico, this laid-back Caribbean-style city attracts thousands of surfers, divers, swimmers, and beach bums each year. As a Puerto Rico local, every time I visit…

Is Vieques Safe? (Honest Advice for Safety in 2022)

Is Vieques Safe? (Honest Advice for Safety in 2022)

Vieques, Puerto Rico is a popular weekend getaway spot with beautiful beaches, but with COVID-19 affecting both illness and crime rates around the world, you may be wondering: is Vieques safe to visit? As a local that’s been to Vieques and enjoys all the fun activities in Vieques, the short answer is that yes, Vieques…

15 Best Vieques Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

15 Best Vieques Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

Visitors could easily spend weeks beach hopping between the breathtaking beaches of Isla de Vieques.  I’m a Puerto Rico local and I can tell you with confidence that not only does this small island off the east coast offer incredible things to do, but it boasts some of the top beaches in Puerto Rico. It’s…

11 Best Fajardo Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

11 Best Fajardo Beaches in 2022 (By a Puerto Rico Local)

A coastal region in eastern Puerto Rico, Fajardo beaches are known as being some of the best in the country, and even the entire Caribbean. Travelers to the city will find beaches perfect for swimming, hiking, snorkeling, diving, or just soaking in the breathtaking landscape.  As a major beach lover and Puerto Rican local, I’ve…

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…