notes from our move to puerto rico

11 thoughts on “notes from our move to puerto rico”

  1. Barbara Schutt says:

    Hi, David! I just found your website from the expat blog posting. I’m looking forward to more updates and information. My husband and I are retired and looking to settle long term in the Rincon area. We’ve a couple of daughters that aren’t quite dependent yet so we’ll settle for longer stays on the island for now :)

    1. David says:

      Hi Barbara! I’m sure you will love it here in PR. We are only about 10 minutes away from Rincon in Aguada.

      1. Barbara Schutt says:

        Yes, that is pretty close!

  2. Elizabeth Tilley says:

    Found it too! And figured out my water. Hmmm…I still don’t owe any money. Suspicious, but I’ll keep checking on it. Hope to meet you guys soon!



    1. David says:

      Absolutely Liz. About the water, that is strange. We also have yet to receive a bill but their site is showing that I owe $75?

  3. Tonie says:

    Hi David and Welcome to Puerto Rico.

    We have been here for 1 year and love it. we began our journey somewhat like you first driving from our apartment on Long Island, NY to NJ to stay with my mother in law for what was supposed to be 1 week and turned to 3, then we drove to Florida to my brother in law’s house where again we were scheduled to stay maybe 2 weeks and wound up staying a month. We had alot of stuff in storage from when we lived in Fl. and proceeded to have several garage sales to get rid of alot of stuff(we had 2 garage sales in NY also) We sold alot and made some money but eventually gave away a boatload of books and household stuff to the good will since we couldn’t carry on the plane. We also were trying to sell our car since it was pretty old and wasn’t worth shipping even thoug, it had gotten us backand forth to Fl. several times and around NY for several years and had several people interested but it was a no go and left with it not sold and gave my brother in law keys and instructions but in the long run when some one came to see it, it wouldn’t start so we wound up junking it for $300.00.

    When we finally landed here to stay with friends while looking for a house for 3 weeks instead of 1, whew, we were going crazy. We finally found a great house in Quebradilla and have been here happily for over a year. We didn’t wind up getting a car until 6 months after being here but love the island anyway. Luckily we are close enough to town to be able to walk. We have been thru the elect. and water companies also luckily our landlord took us there.n It was a trip getting the cab le company here but had to settle with Claro and it turned out ok for phone and internet. We got Direct tv. for cable and it is also ok. We did finally get our stuff which we had shipped 4 months after we got here and so we played cards alot and looked at the stairs (since no t.v. or radio) Now we are living a regular life here and we love it. It was well worth the troubles we had.

    Take care,Tonie

    1. David says:

      Hi Tonie. Yes it is a ton of work but I know it will all be worth it in the end! thanks.

  4. Sherry says:

    We are moving to Cabo Rojo in just 32 days! Did you use a realtor to find your condo in advance? Our current plan is to wing it, much like Tonie, but the thought of spending 3 weeks looking is kind of daunting. Also thank you for including the links for the utilities, it’ll be helpful once we find a place.

    1. David says:

      Hi Sherry,

      That’s exciting! We have yet to visit Cabo Rojo, but I have heard that the cliffs and beaches are beautiful there. It’s definitely on our list for a weekend day trip!

      As far as finding a place, we had the time constraints of a week long scouting trip. Beforehand, I pieced together a picture of what was available by looking at Zillow,, and the individual websites of realtors who had listings in the area we were looking. Needless to say it was a very tedious process having to coordinate showings with several different realtors. Thankfully, it all worked out and we are happy where we ended up.

      Good luck!

  5. c says:

    “I can’t believe I’m raving about USPS here, but another awesome thing they did was give me a “physical” address in addition to the PO box at no extra charge. :)”

    They gave you the physical address of the Post Office and told you to use that, or ????????

    1. David says:

      Yes C, They essentially gave me two addresses that go to the same place. A standard PO Box address and the physical address of the post office which I can use to receive shipments from FedEx and UPS.

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