Post co-authored by my partner Blaine, a gringo who visited La Isla Del Encanto for the first time last week. The following are observations made by him, confirmed by me (a local).
Puerto Rico random facts about food, the people, and culture
F**k Bacardi–DonQ Cristal is the best rum of all time.
Road signs? Optional! Maybe this explains the reckless driving. People are just lost! No…?
Police blockades, just to check for the license/registration of every single passing vehicle, are commonplace. Yes, even on busy highways. Yes, they are the royal traffic jam that you imagine.
Get a tripleta everywhere you go. The best Puerto Rican food staple you will find, it is made very differently from spot to spot.
The better food, better women, and better beaches are outside tourist areas (or hard spots to get to)
At El Morro Fort in Old San Juan, you can play anywhere you want. As of, climb any wall and you are free to fall, as you wish!
Be nice to most — everyone is related in some way.
Motels in Puerto Rico are fun–and they are not used for sleeping. Google them (or wait ’til I write about them later this month).
If you speak Spanish, people will treat you better and be less defensive. No real racism–it’s a simple truth. They are nice to tourists, but nicer to those who speak their language.
100% Puerto Ricans come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and beliefs (red heads included).
There’s a badass German bar & rest. in the middle of nowhere, by the central mountains. Waaay high up. And it is awesome (Casa Bavaria, video below)