Category Archives: Beach

x-ray showing Waylon's broken bone which necessitated our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

our introduction to healthcare in puerto rico

Cartwheels at the beach provided an opportunity none of us really wanted; the opportunity to find out for ourselves what healthcare in Puerto Rico is like. Waylon loves doing handstands and cartwheels at the beach and is actually quite good.  A couple of weeks ago, he was attempting do a new trick; a cartwheel-flip off a

moving to puerto rico with kids: my boys posing at la parguera, puerto rico

moving to puerto rico with kids

Depending on their age and dispositions, moving to a new and unfamiliar place like Puerto Rico can be very stressful for children.  Our oldest is sociable and thrives on interaction with others, so after the initial excitement of the move wore off, he was in a bit of a funk because he

waylon sitting with boggie board at one of the western puerto rico beaches

western puerto rico beaches

“Where are all the trees?”, Holly said in shock the first time we drove down to North Padre Island in Texas.  Growing up within walking distance to Kailua Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu, she was not prepared for the sight of what was essentially a barren, desert

The black and gold coast

our dynamic namesake – the black and gold coast

It happened so slowly it was barely perceptible.  Bit by bit, sand from our beloved beach vanished into the sea.  We didn’t even know what was going on until one day late last year it hit us; our sandy beach had completely disappeared! Right under our noses the black and gold coast had reinvented itself into

waylong enjoys collecting the trash and sea glass in puerto rico

trash and sea glass in puerto rico

It’s no secret that Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere.  That’s why it’s especially disheartening when you see some of them littered with piles of trash and broken glass.  There seems to be less of a stigma with littering here than

you need diy homemade sunscreen to protect you from this

diy homemade sunscreen

They say that the sun’s UV rays are more intense as you move closer to the equator.  It didn’t take long  for me to be able to confirm this firsthand.  Within a few days of arriving in Puerto Rico my arms and face had darkened into a nice

lightning puerto rico

frightening lightning in puerto rico

While holed up during a particularly noisy thunderstorm in San Antonio, Holly and I spoke reassuring words of comfort to our boys: “At least we won’t have to deal with lightning in Puerto Rico”. Boy were we ever wrong!  Holly lived in Hawaii (Oahu) for 7 years growing up and can’t remember a single

horses in puerto rico

horses in puerto rico

Here in Puerto Rico there are horses everywhere.  We often hear people riding their horses past our condo on their way to the beach.   We even used to have horses that lived on the land behind the condo.  Unfortunately, they have since been moved. Día del Descubrimiento

a cornucopia of coconuts

Before coming to Puerto Rico, we never experienced the yummy goodness of fresh green coconuts.  Chilled or over ice, the “water” inside of the coconut makes for a delicious and nutritious drink.  The locals call it coco frio.  The thin, soft fruit tastes good raw and even better toasted

sargassum storms the beach

We had only been here a few days when we started to notice it.  Small orange streaks were breaking up the deep blue color of the ocean. As the days went on, the streaks became larger.  On July 20th, we noticed that this now massive swath of orange was heading

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