Puerto Rico Ferries

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:16

Puerto Rico seems to have a bunch of ferries. I want to take a ferry after seeing this island, to see Republica Dominicana, then Haiti. Maybe also other islands.

There's a ferry from Fajardo to the Puerto Rican island of Culebra, which people have recommended to me. Also one to Vieques. Looks like they now leave from Ceiba.

Maybe go to Vieques, it apparently has the brightest bioluminescent bay. New moon phase. Maybe end of May, or in June. Or maybe at the end of my counterclockwise tour around the main island? Or maybe go clockwise just for that?

The ferry from Puerto Rico to Republica Dominica looks expensive. Around $200 round trip, $100 one way. It's an overnighter. Cheaper to fly? Looks like around $150 one way to fly.

Looks like there are also ferries to St. Thomas, in the US Virgin Islands. From there it may be possible to get to the British Virgin Islands. Maybe I can then keep traveling on…

Around $100 Puerto Rico to US Virgin Islands?

This service leaves sporadically and unpredictably. You can try calling the phone number above to see if there is anything on the dates you require.


More San Juan, Puerto Rico

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:48

I'm thinking of touring the island of Puerto Rico soon. Maybe I'll walk. Maybe ride a bike. Maybe bus.

It looks like there are a few Airbnbs in Aguadilla, on the west coast. Rincon also seems to have some surfer spots. Maybe I'll camp out a bunch along the way.

It's a small island. Looks like around 150 km by 50 km, roughly rectangular.

I don't think there's that much to see, it seems like a small country. I'm somewhat curious about the small towns, although I think that most Puerto Ricans reside in the city.

The weather in Puerto Rico seems more moderate than in Cuba. Not sure if that's generally the case. If so, it could explain in part why Puerto Ricans seem so much milder.


Recent days in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/21/2019 - 14:08

Woke up. Powered on laptop. Screen froze. Laptop wouldn't reboot.

After looking up laptop repair shops, eating breakfast, drinking beer and coffee and Zombie mixed drink, laptop still didn't turn on. Shook it around a bit. Laptop turns on. Yay!

 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Went to the beach!

Puerto Rican beaches have fine sand. They remind me of Florida.

I think that Puerto Rico or Florida is what you get with American culture on Caribbean land.

Much is private in Puerto Rico, even more than in the continental US. Here I've seen entire streets and neighborhoods behind locked fences.

Puerto Rico pix!

New week in PR!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 05/20/2019 - 10:41

Finally, a chance to take care of some chores.

Most Puerto Ricans reside in the rest of the US.

It's a small country. Most Puerto Ricans reside in cities.

There's a nuclear power plant!

I no longer like the sensation of drunkenness, in general. Occasionally I do. I still like the taste of many alcoholic beverages. I consider it lucky, because I have a tendency to overindulge.

Puerto Rico weekend

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 17:59

Now getting the hang of San Juan.

It's much easier to maintain cleanliness, do work, etc., while in comfortable quiet place than in noisy places or out camping. In PR than in Cuba.


Below, you can find a bunch of blog posts from my first few days in PR, and from my stay in Cuba. I didn't have much wifi in Cuba, to the point that barely had enough to leave the country.

Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Puerto Rico blog May 18, 2019

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 17:59

So far, Puerto Rico strikes me as the most boring Caribbean island. It feels like a chunk of Florida broke off and floated into the sea.


The Spanish-speaking people seem like gringos. They mostly speak English.


I ate mofongo, a pile of fried plantains. Delicious!

The same chain stores. Highways. Things seem private, fenced off here, even more than in the continental US. I've seen entire streets and neighborhoods behind fences.

Puerto Rico blog May 17, 2019

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 17:58

Street signs are in Spanish, Puerto Ricans speak Spanish, but they seem to want to speak English with me. Their English is fluent, but they have an accent and sometimes make typical Spanish-speaker mistakes.

Maybe I'll teach English in PR.

Maybe I'll stay at some hotels, now that I can use bank card again.

Maybe camp out again now that I'm in PR.

I'm getting the hang of Puerto Rico. Seems like a boring American city, but with beautiful weather, and Spanish! :)

Just what I want! :)


Puerto Rico blog May 16, 2019

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 05/19/2019 - 17:53


Another day, another country! :)


So far, Puerto Rico seems like a beautiful if straightforward country.

I like the people so far, more than in Cuba. I felt the same way about Puerto Ricans versus Cubans in Miami. Both are Latin, Caribbean people, with warmth, comforting food, cool music, etc. Puerto Ricans seem way more relaxed. Cubans seem more insistent.

Seeing store shelves stocked with stuff, what a different sight!

The restaurants here cost considerably more, but provide more of the mains, less of the staples.

It's like being in the US, which it is!

I still haven't figured out many of the details of the country. Is it also considered its own country? What language(s) is/are official? Etc. The signs are in Spanish, people speak mostly Spanish but more English. It feels kind of like being in Texas, etc. It's like being in a Miami neighborhood.

So much to do!

Would Cubans even believe in drive-thrus?

It's much more pleasant in Puerto Rico. Relaxing, boring, etc. Less interesting, scenic.

PR is a more developed economy.

So far Puerto Ricans strike me as somewhat plain. Plain-looking women, plain food, etc.

Closing down tons of open tabs, from Nauta (Cuban wifi often failing, requiring reconnections), Airbnb (often failing, requiring refunds), etc.

PR seems developed to the point that, like other parts of the US, there are few kids. Tons of suburbs, cars, fast food chains, etc.

One benefit of Cuba (in addition to another benefit of muchos pedestrians, etc.) is the plethora of fresh people.

Toyota may be the unofficial car brand of PR. Straightforward, works.

So many products and services. When people are free to buy and sell, they find offerings and prices that suit needs, in often unpredicted ways. It just works.

Puerto Ricans seem more respectful than Cubans.

Some life/travel lessons:

It's insane in this environment to expect peace & quiet, to expect things to go according to plan, etc. Instead, take the plunge, adapt! :)

It often takes two or more tries.