mail service in puerto rico

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  1. Gatica says:

    The dead end street we live on has no name too. Seven homes were built prior to ours being built and then 10 years ago, a developer dug into the side of the mountain and cleared it for where our house and ten others now sit. The neighbors above us recieve mail, they all have mailboxes but the eleven new homes including ours do not. So a couple of years ago while vacationing in our home, I went to the USPS to see how we could get mail delivery to our house. The postmaster and the carrier told us to get a mailbox (we got ours at Home Depot) and set it up in front of our house or to hang it on our fence and then they gave us an address. I was ecstatic. So I attempted to mail ourselves a letter. The letter arrived two days later! We left to go back to California but was curious to know if we could also receive packages so I asked my neighbor next time he ordered something, instead of using his mother’s address, would he mind using ours. He did, through Amazon and yes, it did arrive at our house. Definitely a sense of relief especially since we will be finally relocating to PR in November .

  2. Jeff says:

    Another option is a private post box. I had one across from where I worked. It was great as I never had to wait in a line.

  3. Mark Kolbe says:

    Buying a house on Rosario, San Germán. The sellers told me to “rent” a PMB in the pablado, but why should I have to do that? Shouldn’t it be free if the USPS won’t deliver to my home?

    The USPS started a case to help me find the “street address” but nobody has ever called me back or emailed me. The title only has a lot #. I found the same street address the seller gave me on another website that describes parcels in Puerto Rico, but interestingly that while the property across the street has the next “Lote #” then the surrounding properties have something completely different.

    I choked when I saw the prices of built-in ovens at Sears in the Mayaguez Mall. My house and so many others do not seem to have ovens, only cook tops, so I think I will just have my Weber grill shipped to me, too.

    BTW, I did find the actual “name” of my street from the USPS website “Calle Nestor” something or another which I could not find on Google Maps or elsewhere. But it seems to have nothing to do with the street address from other websites.

    Problem is nobody can confirm a thing.

    Did you get recommendations on what cities would be best crime-wise, etc? I have been around Puerto Rico and repeatedly was told to stay away from the east and the metropolitan area. So many highly recommended Cabo Rojo and Rincon but I never could warm up to those places. And I wanted a location that was wet but not too wet. The south seems to get droughts, so that was out.

    Homes in San Germán seem to be pricier than many locations in the west, so when I found a well-maintained 3 bedroom/2 bath on 3.38 acres, long driveway with an electric gate near the state forest, I jumped on it for the price. It was an estate, and although I was cautioned to stay away from those transactions, for me the process was flawless.

    Always very happy to find websites like yours. I know all my irritating by fixable issues are shared by so many others.

    1. David says:

      Hi Mark,

      I’ve found that in general if you are having trouble getting something done here (like with your USPS case), you have to keep hounding whatever contact you have (in as friendly a way as you can!) until it gets done. Yes it’s aggravating, but once it’s done you’re good, so it’s well worth the effort in the long run.

      As far as crime, anecdotally I would second what you’ve heard about the west vs the east. I have some friends who grew up on the island tell me they were mugged multiple times in San Juan but insist that type of thing doesn’t happen around here on the west side of the island. Based on the three years I’ve lived here, I would have to agree.

  4. Gatica says:

    Eleven years ago we bought brand new home on a dead end street in Dominguito, one of the municipalities of Arecibo. 8 to15 minutes from the beach depending on the time of the day. Tucked into the jungle with all it’s great sounds and tropical breezes and about seven degrees cooler than at sea level. We’re close to everything, favorite beaches to the left and right of us, hospitals/clinics, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Walmart, Plaza Del Norte and plenty of other neat small privately owned establishments. We couldn’t have picked a better location. Best thing about our spot is, we’ve got INCREDIBLE neighbors. That alone trumps all.

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