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driving in puerto rico

Relocating to Puerto Rico and taking your car with you? Well soon, you’ll be driving in Puerto Rico and the roads can be a bit different from where you’re coming from. Driving in Puerto Rico can be a unique experience and you will be witnessing things you’ve maybe never seen before. Although you drive on the right side of the road and the same basic driving rules are enforced, there are some differences you can expect to see. Below are some crazy things you can expect to see while driving in Puerto Rico.

 

City centers are known for a crazy amount of traffic, especially during rush hour, holidays, and weekends.

 

Slow drivers keep to the left and oftentimes speed limits are just on the side of the road for show. Many people can be seen going well over the speed limit, while others are seen in the left lane going well under the speed limit.

 

Motorcyclists are usually weaving in and out of cars. They ride at very high speeds and are often wearing no more than a t-shirt.

 

Red lights and stop signs aren’t strictly enforced. Many people do not stop at stop signs, especially during early morning hours. Yellow usually means slow down; however, in Puerto Rico, to some, yellow means go faster.

 

Depending where you are from, you may have to be cautious of deer, geese, raccoons, and/or turkeys crossing the road. In Puerto Rico you need to be on the lookout for iguanas. Iguanas are everywhere. They don’t care if you are driving, they are still going to cross the road. Since they are slow moving, they are unfortunately killed by drivers.

 

In some areas speed bumps can be found almost every couple of feet. Some speed bumps are painted so you are giving a warning that one is approaching. However, others are not, so it can make for a very bumpy ride.

 

So will you soon be driving in Puerto Rico because you are relocating? Contact us today to get started on your car shipment process!

 

Posted in: Puerto Rico

real estate in Puerto Rico

Buying real estate in Puerto Rico can be an exciting experience, but also nerve wracking, especially if you aren’t familiar with the state and towns. Choosing the perfect place to settle down in can be overwhelming, so where do you start when buying real estate in Puerto Rico? Do you want a real estate agent from your location that can do research on areas in Puerto Rico? Or do you want to deal with a real estate agent in your new area? Do you think seeing homes virtually is enough to make a decision? Or should you plan to spend a week or two in Puerto Rico in order to attend open houses?

 

Below are some tips for before and after you find your perfect real estate property in Puerto Rico.

 

Puerto Rico is filled beautiful Caribbean beaches, breathtaking natural wonders, and ocean climates that make you want to swim all year round. There are many different types of properties in Puerto Rico, so you first have to see what is the best for you. Will you go with a waterfront property, condo, private villa, or a house? You should also research the area, home price data, and any background information.

 

When finding a place you would like to purchase, you should get a lawyer. Although having a lawyer when buying real estate in Puerto Rico is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. A lawyer will handle any major financial transactions and could be an asset if questions were to arise or if there were any financial hiccups that arise along the way. In addition to hiring a lawyer, you should hire a licensed inspector. Many homes in Puerto Rico are sold “as-is” so it is important to have an inspector see if there are any negatives to the property. If there are, your lawyer would come in handy in negotiating on coming down in price.

 

Interested in buying real estate in Puerto Rico? Contact us  today and let us worry about shipping your car to your new home.

Posted in: Puerto Rico

speak spanish

Traveling and relocating to another country is such a memorable time. It is full of exciting new adventures and experiences. However, if you can’t speak the language or understand the slang, then you may become frustrated and feel lost. If you already speak Spanish, then you are off to a great start. In order to experience the culture, navigate your way around, and leisurely explore restaurants, shopping, and history, you’ll need to at least speak Spanish a little bit.  If you have no clue on where to start with learning the language, below are some common used words, phrases, and slang used in Puerto Rico.

 

A fuego-  Translates to “on fire”. However, this term is also widely used by many to show their feelings that something is really pleasing or attractive.

 

Chacho- The real word is munchaco, which means boy or young man. Chacho means “Oh, boy!” which is the phrase used when something happens that is either by surprise or unexpected.

 

Mira- Translates to “look” but it also means “hey” as in you want to get someone’s attention.

 

Wepa!- A happy and positive phrase! Wepa means “Yay!” “Great job” or “Congrats!”

 

Nitido- If you like something, then it is nitido, which translates to “cool.”

 

Chavos- The slang term for cash.

 

Guagua- The slang terms for the public transportation buses that run through San Juan, Old San Juan, and the surrounding communities. Many Puerto Ricans utilize this public transportation system because it covers lots of grounds in the surrounding areas. However, the buses are usually late.

 

Estoy perdido- I’m lost

 

De ida y vuelta- roundtrip

 

Como se dice?- How do you say?

 

Estoy buscando solamente, gracias!- I am only looking, thank you!

 

Pa’lla (contraction of para alla)- Over there

 

Pa’ca (contraction on para aca)- Over here

 

Iguaca- A rare endangered parrot found in El Yunque, the Puerto Rican Amazon. It is a symbol of the island and the government is working hard to try and save them from endangerment.

 

Borinquen- Puerto Rican

 

So interested in learning how to speak Spanish because you are relocating? Contact us today for your car shipment needs.

 

Posted in: Puerto Rico, travel

Puerto Rican cuisines

Many Puerto Rican cuisines are extremely rich in flavor and have African, Spanish, and even American culinary influences. When dining out on the island, you will be exposed to a variety of Puerto Rican cuisines that will make your taste buds run wild due to the combination of creative flavors. Relocating to Puerto Rico and unsure of what types of cuisines you’ll be exposed to? Below are some popular Puerto Rican cuisines that can be found on the island.

 

Mofongo is a mash made of fried green plantains and pork cracklings. It is served either accompanying another meal and as a filling side dish or as an entree in itself. Stuffed mofongo is made with either steak, shrimp, seafood, chicken or vegetables. Although it isn’t the prettiest looking on a plate, it makes up for its look with its delicious and rich flavors.

 

Arroz con gandules translates to rice with pigeon peas. It is a very popular dish that contains mouthwatering flavors and seasonings. Pigeon peas are known to have a higher iron content than regular beans. When ordering arroz con gandules be sure to get the pegao, which is the crunchy, slightly burnt rice that sticks to the pot. This dish is especially popular during the Christmas season and on special occasions.

 

Lechon is roast suckling pig, which is a Puerto Rican tradition. This dish is served during family gatherings, holidays, and Sunday feasts. If you are a meat lover, then this dish is for you. The pig is usually accompanied by a starch such as potatoes.

Not a meat lover? Then chillo frito is the dish for you. Chillo frito is a simple dish that is made up of fried red snapper. The fish is recommended to be served whole because it keeps the meat tender and skin crunchy. Accompanying the red snapper is usually tostones, which is fried green plantains.

 

So researching Puerto Rican cuisines because you are thinking of relocating? Contact us today for your car shipment needs.

Posted in: San Juan

moving to puerto rico

Looking into moving to Puerto Rico? Have you been talking to family and friends about the relocation and unsure of what decision you should make? Moving to Puerto Rico is a huge decision, and there are many myths about the relocation. Below are some common myths about moving to Puerto Rico. If moving to Puerto Rico your dream, don’t let these myths stop you, after all, they are myths!

 

Inexpensive Cost of Living

The cost of living in Puerto Rico is actually more expensive than the general mainland of the United States. Of course, this depends where you are moving from. If you are moving from an already expensive city like New York or San Francisco or Boston, then this isn’t the case. In 1920, the Jones Act was established and required that all goods imported to Puerto Rico must be shipped to the United States first and then shipped to Puerto Rico by the United States transport. As a result, good are more expensive. Groceries are about 23% higher than mainland United States grocery stores and sales tax is 11.5%. However, unlike the United States, you do not have to pay property tax on primary residences and there are no taxes on passive income such as Social Security and retirement.

 

Water is Safe to Drink

Most people in Puerto Rico filter their water and/or drink bottled water. However, unlike most neighboring countries, the tap water is safe to drink.

 

Hurricanes All Year Round

While Puerto Rico does have a hurricane season, it is not all year round. For most of the year you can expect warm temperatures and an overall pleasant climate. However, due to its geographic location, Puerto Rico is prone to tropical storms. Hurricane season for Puerto Rico ranges from June to November. Peak hurricane season is usually in September.

Posted in: San Juan, travel

Rio Grande

Visiting Rio Grande is an adventurous experience that will leave you with a vast amount of memories. Also known as La Cuidad del Yunque or Yunque City, Rio Grande is named after the great river that envelops the land. Rio Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley and just 30 minutes from San Juan.

 

Making its home in Rio Grande is the El Yunque National Forest. This forest is full of rivers and waterfalls and offers something to do for everyone. You can jump into the rivers, stop for a picnic along the banks of the river, or just relax with a good book. The El Yunque National forest is especially busy and popular on the weekends and in the summertime. The Rio Mameyes or Mameyes River is the river that runs down El Yunque National Forest and has the hidden gem of a secret swimming pool.

 

Golfing is a very popular sport and enjoyment in Rio Grande.  The Bahia Beach Plantation Golf Course has beautiful views of the El Yunque Rain Forest. The 18 hole golf course is played by both locals and tourists. Berwind Country Club was a course designed by Bob Holoman in 1960 and players can golf either 9 or 18 holes. Coco Beach Golf Country Club is the only golf course that offers 36 holes. The golf course is accompanied by mountains, oceans, palms, and lakes. Rio Mar has two courses you can play, each being 18 holes each. Rio Mar Ocean Course is a Bermuda Grass course and was designed by George and Tom Fazio. Rio Mar River Course is an 18- hole grass course that was designed by Greg Norman. The fees for all of these courses range anywhere from  $35 to $125.

 

Looking to visit Rio Grande, and is golf an interest of yours? Contact us today to ship your golf cart to Puerto Rico.

Posted in: travel

fourth of july in puerto rico

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, it takes part in all United States public holidays, which includes Independence Day. Fourth of July in Puerto Rico is celebrated much like it is in the United States. The island celebrates with live music, fireworks, and of course, a spin on the food with the incorporation of Puerto Rican food. Like the United States, many people celebrate Fourth of July in Puerto Rico by spending time with their family at festivals, the beach, or BBQs.

 

Old San Juan, specifically, the Plaza del Quinto Centenario, is a place to visit when celebrating Fourth of July in Puerto Rico. The plaza is known for its music, food, and fireworks. Staying in San Juan, you could also visit the Condado Lagoon for their Fourth of July celebrations. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company hosts a day long festival packed with live music and food stands. Food and drinks are from various vendors such as Craft Beer Expo, Urban Market, and Farmers Market. After a day of eating and drinking, there is a fireworks display that is synchronized with the Arturo Somohano Symphony Orchestra. About 45 minutes east of San Juan, the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort is home to a large Fourth of July festival. The festival runs all day long with food stations, salsa dancing, bouncy castles for kids, bull riding, and watermelon eating competitions. The day ends with a fireworks display. The actual day long event is free, but car parking is $10.

 

Although not an official Fourth of July celebration, The Annual Cattleman’s BBQ Competition takes place in July. At this annual competition, you can expect to see over 80 teams, 35 sponsors, and 15,000 hungry competitors. The competitors eat anything from steak, brisket, pulled pork, wings, hamburgers, and seafood.

Posted in: Puerto Rico, travel

car shipment

You have been researching mandated requirements for car shipment from Puerto Rico. Your head is probably spinning with the “Dos and Don’t” to car shipping and what is required. There are many forms that are mandated by the United States Border Protection. These forms are not optional and need to be completed fully and accurately prior to your car shipment’s departure. Shipping to different states and countries require different forms.

 

Although Puerto Rico is not a state of the United States of America, it is considered United States territory. Therefore, when considering car shipment from Puerto Rico, it is exactly that- a car shipment and not an export. As a result, there are no export duties. However, there is different paperwork that needs to be completed and filed so you can ship out of Puerto Rico. The Foreign Trade Regulations, or FTR,  mandates that shipping companies and customers file Electronic Export Information, or EEI. The Electronic Export Information is mandated for any shipment to the United States with the exception to Canada. Destinations that include the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands make EEI a requirement. This form is regulated by the United States Census Bureau. The Electronic Export Information is export data that is filed with the Automated Export System or AES. This data is equivalent to the former Shipper’s Export Declaration or SED. It is required by the United States Foreign Trade Regulations for exports of goods that are more than $2,500. Car shipment from Puerto Rico falls into this category, even though it is not considered an export. Your car shipment company will be responsible and knowledgeable in ensuring you complete the appropriate forms prior to your car’s departure from Puerto Rico.

 

Contact us today. We will ensure you have all the mandated forms completed accurately so you can put your car shipment from Puerto Rico into motion.

Posted in: Car shipment

puerto rico festivals

The best time to visit and/or relocate to Puerto Rico is in June. Beaches are now beginning to fill up, tourist spots are becoming more crowded, and hurricane season is just beginning so it isn’t in full swing just yet. June is considered one of the hottest months in Puerto Rico, but it is also the the busiest as far as events and festivals go. There are many Puerto Rico festivals occurring in June.

 

If you decide to visit Puerto Rico in June, you will have the opportunity to experience the SoFo Culinary Week which is when Calle Fortaleza (South Fortaleza Street) in Old San Juan becomes an outdoor street fair with tasting booths. More than five blocks are closed down for food vendors, music, and entertainment. There are at least 30 participating restaurants and a variety of cuisines. Some restaurants set up in the street, while others create makeshift bars so you can easily get a cocktail of your choice. If you enjoy food, be sure to visit Puerto Rico around this festival.

 

At the end of June you can’t miss Carnival in Rio Grande. Rio Grande is the “city of El Yunque” and each year they have a four day festival to celebrate Carnaval Ciudad de El Yunque. This festival is jammed packed with food, music, parades, carnival rides, and fireworks. It is one of the Puerto Rico festivals you do not want to miss. The first few days are opening ceremonies where you can expect to see live music and shows, and amusement rides. By the end of the week, you can attend the 10k race and parade. If you can only attend one day of this four day Puerto Rican festival, be sure to attend on Sunday, the last day. Sunday is considered the day of Carnival, where you can watch a variety of parades, see loud costumes, and hear cultured music. If you can’t attend this Puerto Rican festival at the end of June/ early July, try experiencing the “set up” for the event.  By mid- June the town begins to set up colorful decorations, amusement rides, and floats.

 

June is a busy month for Puerto Rico Festivals. Contact us today to ensure your is car shipped there on time so you can experience one of the many festivals Puerto Rico has to offer in June!

 

car import safety

The business of importing cars has been increasingly on the rise. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has put together information for the United States Customs and Border Protection to ensure companies and people  are safely importing their car. Knowing import safety prior to your car shipment will give you a peace of mind. Whether you are importing your car to the United States or to another country, your car will have to go through customs. At customs, you will need to provide a Bill of Lading, registration, and any other documents connecting to your car. While our company will take care of your pick up arrangements, it is important to have documentation of your vehicle’s arrival date so that it is coordinated with customs. All car shipments are cleared at the port of entry unless otherwise noted. This will provide import safety for your car. Furthermore, in order to prevent the transporting of foreign soil, it is best that you completely wash the exterior of your car prior to shipment. Most importantly, for your own import safety, and to ensure you are safely importing your car, it is highly recommended you clean out the contents of your car. This will greatly reduce the risk of loss or stolen property during transport and/or when your car gets to the loading and unloading docks. Lastly, get familiar with EPA Standard Form 3520-1. This form is required by the United States Customs and Border Protections for the importation of almost all cars such as passenger vehicles and highway motorcycles. This required form is to confirm all vehicles meet the air pollution emissions standards and requirements. However, it is important to note that this form is not required if you are importing your car directly from a manufacturer since it is a new vehicle.

 

Before your shipment date, be sure to have all of the required documents filled out. But don’t worry, contact our office and we can help you with all of your car shipment needs and questions.