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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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Why CrossFit & Traveling Is Your Road To Revolution

By |September 9th, 2014|

Traveling and exercising seem to be going more hand-in-hand these days, as our social media feeds are buzzing with typical pictures of “CrossFitters” taking time out of their travel plans to visit different “Boxes” around the world. It’s a growing community of like-minded people who share a passion for bettering themselves via the mind and body, while also traveling to exotic places in the process.

If you’re thinking about starting an exercise regimen or wanting to learn more about healthy foods to eat and happen to be in Puerto Rico, then clear your plans for this weekend as CrossFit travelers will be checking off their ” San Juan Boxes” from their bucket lists as over 200+ athletes will be competing for the Road To Revolution Battle Of The Fittest event being held this Saturday and Sunday (September 13th & 14th) in Puerto Rico.   Athletes will be traveling to La Isla De Encanto from all over the […]

Frank M. Rodriguez’s Graceful Savage Rocks Travel Guide

By |August 16th, 2014|

I first met Frank M. Rodriguez while working for a theme park in Miami, Florida called Parrot Jungle. I was coming in to be a Human Resources Assistant, and Frank worked training and taking care of the animals to perform in their “magic shows.” His infectious laugh and general openness towards others was evident immediately, and he definitely put on a good show performing those parrot tricks in front of hundreds of people.

I instantly connected with Frank as in our first conversation we spoke about music and our favorite bands. It was obvious he was going to be one of my friends from that moment I decided. What I didn’t know at the time, was that Frank’s talents as a singer/songwriter would years later become one of my favorite “singer/songwriters.”  It’s an interesting thing to actually know somebody who’s songs I admire.

Having said that, however, it always wasn’t so easy for Frank to get to […]

Puerto Rico’s Best Restaurants

By |August 12th, 2014|

Dining in Puerto Rico is one of the best foodie adventures a traveler can ever take.  There are countless opportunities on the island to try exotic plates that leave you wanting more.  We’ve written a guide list of “Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico” in the restaurant industry that covers the entire island.  Our interactive travel guide book strongly suggests to get “outside your comfort zone” and explore regions of Puerto Rico that will delight your senses.
Amazing Chefs Of Puerto Rico That Delight Your Senses
There is a great up & coming website called Salsa & Flavors where I helped write the biographies of some of the best chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists in all of Puerto Rico. Check out the bios of the best chefs here! You can also get some delicious and top secret Puerto Rico culinary recipes at this fantastic website!
Best 6 Restaurants By Region (So Far) & Best Of The Rest (190+)
This restaurant […]

Why Santurce Es Ley Is Puerto Rico’s Best Cultural Festival

By |August 10th, 2014|

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Puerto Rico which caught my immediate attention was the neighborhood called Santurce in the Metro Area.  It caught my attention because it was not the “glitzy” or “glamorous” tourist traps you see in Old San Juan, Condado, and Isla Verde. I first sensed and thought that this is where the “real Puerto Ricans” were.  Back in 2010, you could sense and feel the energy that the Santurce neighborhood had early artistic seeds with some of the amazing public displays of art you saw here and there in between dilapidated buildings and the “downtrodden” neighborhood.  To the casual traveler our tourist like myself,  that could easily give a bad first impression.

However, the art spoke to those willing to see.  I noticed it then.  In 2010 if you looked closer there was a story beginning to take shape in some of the artwork going up on […]

The Secrets Of Camping in Puerto Rico- Part 1 (The Process)

By |June 7th, 2014|

Camping in Puerto Rico is a wondrous experience and there’s no other place in the world quite like camping in sandy beaches, tropical forests, mountain lakesides, underground rivers, and even some caves in this awesome island. You will need to have a car for sure to get to these places. We love camping and it is part of our lives and lifestyle. Since I moved to Puerto Rico it was pretty hard getting all of the necessary information in one place, so we hope this section of camping helps you plan your logistics if you plan on camping in the enchanted island.
Process to Reserve Camping sites
First and foremost and yes this will be in capital letters and bold typeface because it is important. IN ORDER TO CAMP IN PUERTO RICO, YOU MUST APPLY A MINIMUM OF 10 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL DATE. This is really important because you just can’t land in San Juan […]

Who Else Wants Views Of Ocean Park, Puerto Rico?

By |January 22nd, 2014|

I once had a dream when I lived in Miami (where I’m from – Go Heat!) that I would be writing and living in a place that had an “ocean view.”  That was 7 years ago.  It turns out that view came after four years exploring the island of Puerto Rico and obviously with a story worth sharing – at least from my point of view. I was and am still grateful to write a major portion of my upcoming interactive book “Puerto Rico Adventures Revealed” with the views I had from Ocean Park Puerto Rico.   I guess I understand now why it’s all about the view and breeze sometimes…
“If we could see these many waves
That flow through clouds and sunken caves
She’d sense at least the words that sought her
On the wind and underwater”

“Waves” – Anastasio

Ocean Park is situated just down the shore of Condado and before you get to Isla Verde.  It’s probably […]

The Caves In Puerto Rico You Fear To Enter Hold The Treasures You Seek

By |January 21st, 2014|

Along the north shore of this tropical paradise there are a ton of options of beautiful gems to check out.  You can go dizzy with what to choose to do if you only have 1 day in the region. The north shore sights are plenty and stores within it many treasures to check out.  It is a wild and rugged landscape with gorgeous ocean views with a mixture of the mountainous karst country.  It’s a combination of an urban setting (not as crowded as the Metro Area), but with the right touch of nature.

For the purposes of our Puerto Rico Adventures Revealed book, the north shore consists from the regions of Arecibo/Utuado and along the coasts of Dorado and finally ending in the Bayamon/Guaynabo region.

A helicopter tour operator once mentioned to us that the north shore with it’s rocky shores and rough waters with awe inspiring waves is the best scenic spot on the island.  We’d […]

Change Your Channel & See Window Cave In Puerto Rico

By |January 13th, 2014|

What is it within our hearts that makes us want to travel, explore, and see beyond what we can wildly imagine?  What makes you want to come here?  What makes you read the next sentence?  Your next thought.  What is our experience?  What do we all have in common?  Life.  Experiences.  Love.

Which is why, without a doubt, come to Cueva Ventana and change your channel to the “Window Cave” or “Eye of the Island.”  Of all the caves in Puerto Rico, this is one of the prettiest (although sometimes crowded).

You’re heading towards the northwest corner of Puerto Rico, driving west on PR-22 towards Arecibo/Utuado and taking PR 10-down south about 10 minutes till you see a Texaco gas station on your left. You’ll see the signs you can’t miss it.  Park at the gas station and grab your gear for the 25 minute hike.

There are places we see in photos that immediately leap out at […]

Santurce, Puerto Rico Is The Artistic Heartbeat Of Island

By |January 13th, 2014|

One of the most overlooked areas by tourists visiting Puerto Rico is the area known as Santurce.   Santurce Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated places on the island, and while it is not considered one of the “nicest” neighborhoods, it is today blossoming as the artistic and cultural hub in the San Juan / Metropolitan area.

 

Santurce is located just south of Condado “after the bridge/expressway” and runs east to west all the way towards Miramar.  It is known today as a local hangout for many artists – as evidenced by new galleries springing up and the artistic graffiti that adorns the buildings pretty much everywhere you look.  Santurce is also home to a place called “La Respuesta” or “The Answer” which is a pretty distinct bar and live music venue where the most talented local musicians come to play in all diverse forms to all types of crowds.

The history of Santurce […]