Forgotten Paradise

Our island has so many beautiful places. Many forgotten, others underappreciated and unfortunately undervalued. We challenged ourselves to change the perspective of many things about our surroundings. Follow us to see what we see in this “forgotten paradise”

Aguadilla, Parque Colón,


This magnificent view was captured last week on January 2019 in the late afternoon past 06:00 pm early sunsets. Some of the beautiful trees that fell after the intense swells during “Maria” are now in the water creating a different seascape.

Because there is always something beautiful abouts things

There is something special about this place that attracts new people everyday and also the same people like me everyday. Many fishermen come here to heave their nets out of the water while other launch their jet skis for the adrenaline rush.

La Marina, Aguadilla 2019

Been one of the fastest cities to become restored after the devastating hurricane; Aguadilla is now updating the scene on all aspects. The experience of becoming a beach life citizen transformed my life in no time.

Want a place?

Try this one

This new Airbnb listings is at walking distance from the beach really close to our blog’s photos

Link to book this place below:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32938588?s=51

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/30956076?s=51

Walking distance location from our new affordable listings

Walking at night from our place to “El Varadero” bar

Best Gyros in Town

Gylros, Aguadilla Pueblo

https://goo.gl/maps/dnGutwdb8gx

This Bar & Restaurant is one of the best nearby places to visit for a relaxing beach walk. Enjoy a sunset and the music while having a drink.

Cutting the Lamb

Serving Drinks

Living room Daybed

I can’t wait to share all the details with all of you in my next post.

Into the Journey

This stunning sun set can be captured any day of the year. 

This location is called “Isla de Roque” It is only 25 minutes away from our  Airbnb listings. 

This historical location is now a monument from the Industrial Revolution in the island and back in the day used to be a merchant marine docking facility. It deteriorated with time but the reef barrier surrounding this bay protected the shore against high seas and strong waves.

Back in those times the blooming sugar cane business used to transport all goods doing cargo operations by hand after been transported in vehicles and trains to this location. This place is located exactly in the north shore center side of the island in the town of “Barceloneta”

In the present many community elders consider this place an undervalued “forgotten local treasure” 

Low tide by “Isla de Roque” Old Sugar Cane Merchant Dock 

Despite the lack of efforts by the local government to maintain the areas; those who appreciate history and the beautiful art of nature enjoy this place for fishing, surfing, photography or just to relax with a beer at a sunset view like this one.

This location is one of many where the Native Taino Indian lived in ancient history dated back in 1493 when the Christopher Columbus Colonization took place and the so called “discovery” more than 524 years ago.

In this place there are many secret hidden things. Minutes away from this sighting there are other more predominant hieroglyphics places that are off limits occupied by the US Federal National Parks such as “El Yunque” rain forest.    

For those who are interested in learning more about this experience and many other fascinating historical facts and locations around our island in “Puerto Rico” Leave any comments or questions and we will reply.

We offer hosting services trough Airbnb at a near location minutes away. Our listings are perfect for singles , couples or groups including bloggers or photographers offering you everything you need.

The Island of Puerto Rico is a “US Common Wealth Territory” and if you are American you don’t need a passport to come but if you are from other citizenship nationality you will need a  Passport to fly here. You will also definitely need a vehicle….

Once you travel to the Island you can stay with us as part of your journey or during your entire trip. Our place is one of the few most “affordable and safe” near by locations on a budget. Some seasons our rates will start under $20 per night and you can book 3 months in advance.

We also offer personalized tours to many other secret places that are absolutely fascinating. Dates for this tours are limited and open when available.

Please check the listings on the links below! 

TIMBER & BLUES

One magnificent place to have a great time in the heart of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Been one of the few custom places in town this place attract professionals and many other crowds including travelers and young collegials.

https://goo.gl/maps/epvc1D7B86F2

Want to book a nice place walking distance from Timber & Blues? Our listing is down below on the link description

This room books comfortably for two guest but we can accommodate a third guest in the day bed.


https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/32938588?s=51

This other unit accommodates 4 guest in two spacious full size beds

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/30956076?s=51

Great Tacos!

Aguadilla Puerto Rico

Playa “Rompe Olas”

Rompe Olas Beach

This amazing location on the west side of the island it’s mostly missed by travelers. Most people traveling stay in the San Juan city area missing some of the most astonishing sunsets on the west coast.

This particular location is at walking distance from one of our listings there. All the surroundings are great and there are many locations that you must check on your bucket list.

The wave breaker

Here we went and climbed over the wave breaker wall to get a clear view of the sunset. Here many people chill with a beer or just relax.

Finally the golden hour

This is a moment worth living.

The climax of our day was reached and we finally left this beautiful site to get prepared for the nightlife scenario.

Jet Ski rentals

Aguadilla, Rompe Olas

Gylro

The Gyro place in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Lamb Gyro

The gyro is one of their specialties and also one of my favorites.

Cutting the lamb

Here one of their chefs it’s on fire.

Gyro Ready

Cocktails

Looking for a place to go late afternoons until midnight?

The road to success

If you know how is to be sitting in front of a white wall looking for a window that is no there; you will get to know me. Struggling behind this door I walked, ran, ate and while breathing becomes harder with the fire of pollution and the regression of greed my blinded eyes now can see. There are so many challenges but truly not impossible. A game rather a system was created and those who are capable of outsmart the smartest while becoming among the glitches of the few. Awareness is the most precious earned gift.

TOURS

This is the mourning view of the sun rise from my “family property”

I wake up to this view every day at home. Then I realize that a new day is about to start.

I get ready to meet up with you and I am very exited that I will be able to share my experiences.

Here you will be able to grasp and idea of what kind of activities  we usually experience. All you need to do is to use your imagination by looking at the photos. Been a photographer myself I always make sure to “capture time” to be able to make that everlasting moment that become immutable.                                                                                   “To share it is my passion”

for me is a matter of having the power to “stop time”

.The afternoon road to paradise for one of our “tour” locations

There are only a few things you will always keep in life.

From “beaches to water falls, from kayaking to rafting, from zip lines to snorkeling, from experience it to taking a photo and from day dreaming to making it real” is not too far to accomplish!

“Your memories will be one of the few things you will keep forever”

This location usually opens at 06:00 am

Our daily life in the island is usually very laid back and we are always looking for something to do.

If you are energetic and motivated enough you could be able to have a great experience . We mean to have a real “blast” 

Book Affordable good places.

Great pacer mostly under $20
2019

Sometimes is just a matter of attitude and not necessarily a “money thing” Many people confuse to have money to have a good time but having a lot of money doesn’t mean you will have fun all the time.

I remember the best years of my life when I was a teen and guess what? …I was “broke” 

The beers are ready!

Telling you this details about my life back in the day shows a very good example on how to keep it affordable but fun at the same time. This allow you to enjoy most of the “free” things that life offers.

Make sure to rent a vehicle or buy one but get something!

Moving around the island besides the city it’s very challenging without a vehicle. Our hosting listings are affordable allowing you to use that extra “cash” to rent a reliable vehicle!

Most of hour touring locations are open to the general public and anyone can visit those places. I always encourage to research important information related to your “hang out” on how to get there and “want things to do or not to do” in order to have a safe awesome experience.

This old sugar cane factory  can be seen of the side of the road
For some closer action you will have to access private land

For us a perfect day of relaxation starts by waking up early and having a quick “breakfast” It could be at hour place or at any other secret locations before getting the day started.

Hart waffles with shredded almonds and organic local bee Honey, home made.

Scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese & water bread buttered toasts, home made.

Soon after you will be on a journey that most likely you will never forget.

Many of hour tours can be design in a way that you will be able to hit the road and get the best of more than one place in a day.

Once you are set in the perfect accommodating spot next to the shade, your grill gets the charcoal “on fire”

The ocean water is at walking distance and you will be able to set a “hammock to swing”  to read or for a nap.

The occasion will be perfect to snap as many pictures as possible documenting your awesome day.

Get your camera ready to shoot!

You do not need an outrageous expensive and bulky camera to capture your journey but make sure to have what you need and as compact as possible.

Keep it safe and I mean your belongs.

Do not take with your important stuff that you don’t need.

Don’t become a victim of “smash & grab” All you have to do is be smart and take with you only the things you really need to have a good time. If you have too many things but you are by yourself maybe you will need an extra pair of hands and eyes as well.

Do not leave excessive attractive valuable items inside your car in a visible spot. Instead drop your gear at home and then go shopping. Leave your passport at home and take with you a debit or credit card with some cash. Hide it inside the vehicle if you are away for hours and this will keep your money safe. “This will save you a big headache, believe me”

Others might want to bring their entire gear for shooting events such as surfing contest and freelance surfing bloggers.  If you are doing this don’t go for shopping or for a fast food burger right after leaving your vehicle loaded with gear.

Not paying attention to your vehicle while eating distracted could lead you to loose the content inside including your surf board, camera, wallet and more. Sometimes is better to pay a local to use their property parking lot.

You never know who is willing to take the risk of braking inside your vehicle to get your expensive belongs or camera equipment.

This is why you plan your day in a very smart way to stay away from those types of issues.

Get your sun block ready because 15 minute will burn you up!

On that photo my friend Joseph Vega is shooting surfers with a $2000 monster lens… for his website

He is going home right after that

One of the things that you will take with you once you are gone are those photos from that adventure. Make sure to do your best if not, “we can do the photos for you”

You might end up surfing all day

Some Travelers choose their dates knowing they will be here when a nice swell is hitting the shore. The island always has great waves except from the months of May to July when is flat. That is also the Hurricane season months with huge random swells and those extend further.

Classy day with  Chelo, local surfer at “las duchas” EL juez

Las duchas reef brake is only 30 minutes away from our listings!

Now that you know the risks and that you planed your day you are ready!

The day will go by and you will be able to relax, swim, surf, wonder or shoot with your camera or phone. You will enjoy the many things that you will be able to see while having a great grill waiting for your preferred grilled foods.

You might be able to find some Coconut cured Puertorrican Moonshine, literally the bomb!

For most places you will be allowed to bring your own drinks including alcohol. Just make sure to take the trash left overs with you. We try to maintain our beaches clean.

Free access to this secret spot

Once the day comes to and end the fun is not over and you will be able to experience more but only if you are able to keep up. Once you are out with all of your belongs you will be back home in less than one hour getting ready for a dinner special and may be a night out.

It’s dinner time for a “MOFONGO” and time for a Beer!

Our local area is not as wild and strong party like the city capital but near by our place are a few places that you can definitely go, listen to music and have a couple beers.

If you are a wild traveler and a wild party animal you might be able to drive couple hours to a nice Pub or night Club. Mostly you will be so exhausted that you will rather plan a separate day for that intense “Caribbean music fest party”

For the romantic couples or those who like to meditate….the sun set is absolutely outstanding!

Local couple on one of our photo shootings

Some people just don’t give up easy and they crave for more. What I suggest?

I just go to the beach at night. Yes, I go during the night and to do “night photography” and specially if there is a “thunder storm” at sea

Thunder storm at sea

At this moment I am sure that you are ready to go back to your room down bellow and sleep!