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About Shawn Michael Diaz

"What's your story?" It's a question we all get asked. I was born in Miami, FL to Cuban parents and raised American. Why write an interactive travel book about an island I'm not even from? In 2010 I decided to travel the entire island of Puerto Rico and embrace my Caribbean roots. After 6 years, my passions of traveling and helping people have allowed me to share and be of service to those traveling to the Island. I've worked professionally as a former HR Director, Business Consultant, and most recently as an Author documenting this island and finding love. WE are now proud parents of our baby boy Dylan - the greatest gift and blessing Puerto Rico has given me (us) in this traveling adventure called life. Since he's from here, then this is HIS story. Happy to help write it. Have fun in La Isla Del Encanto!
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Zika Puerto Rico

By |May 30th, 2016|

The most common question lately we’ve been getting is about the zika Puerto Rico “situation” and whether or not it’s safe to travel to the island with your loved ones.  We decided to write an article about this topic because much of the “misinformation” and perspectives and false images being portrayed to the world (mostly the United States) that Puerto Rico is almost like a 3rd world country and to be avoided at all costs – and that couldn’t be further from the truth in our estimation.  Allow us to elaborate and we hope that you genuinely make the best and safest decision for your travels to our beautiful island.

First and foremost, while it is true that Puerto Rico is all over the news now for a slowing economy and the government defaulting on the billions of dollars they owe Wall Street (which essentially own the mass media corporations in the U.S. – so connect […]

Playa Buye Puerto Rico

By |May 18th, 2016|

Beautiful Blue Waters In SW Coast
Playa Buyé Puerto Rico is also one of the prettiest beaches on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Getting here is a bit of an adventure, however just follow the directions and look for the signs that point towards Playa Buyé. Parking is another mystery sometimes, but hopefully you’ll find the parking at the hotel available and pay the $3 to get in. If not, find a spot outside the gates and make your way in.  This is a pretty short blog post only because sometimes words don’t or shouldn’t describe a place – so you should see it and take it in for yourself if you happen to be traveling near this part of Puerto Rico.  It’s definitely one of our top 5 favorite places in the island.

The locals of Puerto Rico come to this beach as its not “touristy” at all. Keep in mind that on busy holidays […]

Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico

By |May 10th, 2016|

The longest and furthest trip you can possibly take when traveling to Puerto Rico but with a tremendous pay-off is to visit Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico – specifically Playa Sucia.

The drive down 52 South is in our opinion one of the nicest and most scenic drives you can take in Puerto Rico.

What To Bring For Puerto Rico

By |May 5th, 2016|

Of course the first thing you have to do on what to bring for Puerto Rico is book your flight first. Research your best deals and fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).  Check out this post for more information before arriving on the island.

Taíno History Puerto Rico

By |May 2nd, 2016|

First and foremost I’m not a “history expert.” I have many great friends that come to mind that can occupy this space much better than me. But I have read the history. I’ve researched the stories. I’ve imagined what it must have been like to be “on the other side of history.”

 

The New Page

By |October 8th, 2015|

So just like that our lives have a new page and a new chapter.  We have welcomed Dylan Andres Diaz into the world (the world of Puerto Rico :) on September 7th, 2015.

The last page of the 700 page travel guide was learning the fact we were having a baby.  We are happy to announce he has entered our world and that we are ready to officially now launch our project onto the world.

Best Breakfast In San Juan

By |July 2nd, 2015|

Brunch + Lunch

If you happen to be somebody that wakes up a little later sometimes and really love brunch, there’s also some cool options for you at Bajuice.  Check out their Chicken Wrap which features fresh tomato, romaine, and dashed of garlic, walnuts in balsamic dressing.  There’s a full assortment of sandwiches and wraps with creative fresh inventions to choose from.
The Juices & Smoothies!
By far the highlight and star of the show at Bajuice is course, simply, the fresh juices and smoothies. But seriously, they are some of my favorites to try a new one each time I come in.

The PREGGO MOMMA featuring honeydoo melon, grapes, lime, kiwi and seaweed is an interesting choice of ingredients that don’t disappoint.

MUCHO PROTEIN is a perfect blend of protein, banana, strawberry, blended with a dash of water and your choice of vanilla or chocolate that is just ripe for those who work out and enjoy the fit lifestyle.

There […]

Camping Sites Puerto Rico

By |June 18th, 2015|

CAMPING SITES PUERTO RICO – PART 2

The camping sites Puerto Rico are beautiful and you must know where to go before you arrive!  This is Part 2 of our Camping information post.  See Part 1 to get the information of booking and pre-planning your camping experience.  Remember, you need at least 10 days beforehand to book!  Camping In Puerto Rico – Part 1.
*Update 2016 Ways To Win The War Vs Mosquitos:
Puerto Rico.  Zika virus and what to do if you travel?  Just to alert you guys, it’s still way super safe and statiscically speaking the odds are in your favor that you will still have a great time Camping in Puerto Rico if you take some precautions.

Let me be straight up.  Mosquitos do exist in Puerto Rico.

How to win?  (I’m just doing this myself in our backyard and it’s done wonders on my daily battle vs. mosquitos)

Check out this great article.  Citronella.
NORTH SHORE CAMPING
*Camuy Cave […]

Living In Puerto Rico

By |May 11th, 2015|

Living In Puerto Rico Is What Life’s About
What’s it like living in Puerto Rico?  Well, in a brief second that you’re reading this – it’s great!  Many factors are involved obviously to determine where you are coming from and what you’re expectations are.  What is it you’re looking for?

If it’s weather, sunshine, beaches, caves, nightlife, food, culture, passion, and a thriving people (don’t let the media fool you), then you may have found what you are looking for.

If it’s Act 20/22 that’s making you want to know what living in Puerto Rico is all about then you will be happy that not only will your investments grow, but so will your appreciation for nature and living in an island vibe for the time you reside here.

My personal experience?  I feel the past 5 years has been nothing short of a great experience.  I didn’t ever expect to live here, and once I did live here […]

Tinajas Puerto Rico

By |May 1st, 2015|

Rio Tinajas is more of a place that’s “off the beaten path” – located south of Fajardo – this is a fun time if you want to hike, explore, jump off ropes & waterfalls and slide down a natural water slide.  In terms of her enchanting nature, Puerto Rico…en realidad…lo hace mejor. Puerto Rico does it better. Tinajas Puerto Rico is a perfect example of this. See, there are tons of places in Hawaii that have a place with a cool little waterfalls and a ropes where you can jump off of and get that “thrill!” However, hands down, Tinajas Puerto Rico tops that by far.

This enchanting jewel is located in the backyard of this really nice older man’s backyard. Don’t worry. You’re not trespassing. In fact he’s quite cheerful and allows you to park in his home. He usually charges about $2 to park, but the times we’ve gone we give him about $7-$10 […]