Category: Puerto Rico

How to Support Local Businesses in Puerto Rico: Shop Online

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It’s been a year and a half since Hurricane María ravaged through the island of Puerto Rico. Despite the limited disaster aid that the island has received from the U.S. government the island is thriving. You know why? Because Puerto Ricans are resilient. That and of course, the tourist who visit our island. Puerto Rico’s lush vegetation has flourished, and our beaches are more beautiful than ever. Tourism is a booming business, and it helps the island’s economy.

However, not everyone is able to travel to Puerto Rico. How can you help Puerto Rico? Easy! By shopping online from local businesses from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

Social media has played a huge factor in getting news to the diaspora during the hurricane, and it’s also been a great resource to find local businesses too.

I’ve compiled a list of local businesses from Puerto Rico some from which I’ve already shopped. I’m pretty excited aboiut the purchases I’ve made thus far, and I hope you would be too.

I love, love this coloring book! Of course, I had to order I ordered two!
I got one for my niece and another one for my son. Get yours it’s only $3. 🙂
Oh my gosh! I love these. I ordered a set for my tween and I can’t wait to play with him.
Save this one for the holidays! These sacks are a hit! I bought one for my son last year.  She also personalizes sacks for other events, too.
All righty! This artisan coffeemaker reminds me of Abuela.
I’m planning to get one muy pronto.
Support locally grown and harvested coffee from Puerto Rico. The most amazing fact about this coffee is that it’s been harvested by seeds that survived Hurricane María.
Aren’t these miniature Taínos awesome? I purchased these during one of my visits to Puerto Rico. However, you can order them online, too.
If it weren’t for Libros 787 I wouldn’t have been able to purchase that book in the middle: “Un Coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén” for my tween for Día de Reyes. Love their selection and they send out periodic email promotions for free shipping. Score!
Homeschool mamá and entrepreneur
Marielisa makes these beautiful handmade earrings, bookmarks and more. I need to order one of these for myself.
This artist from Puerto Rico is always on high-demand! She does beautiful watercolor portraits. Her most popular piece is Las Reinas Magas.

Christmas in Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican Roast Pork

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The Puerto Rican roast pork or as it’s commonly known “lechón asado” is a staple in every menu across the island during the Christmas holiday. Served with arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), guineos en escabeche (pickled green bananas), pasteles (similar to tamales), and ensalada de coditos (cold pasta salad) it is an explosion of flavors and pure deliciousness!

Be warned! This menu is not for those on a diet!?

Puerto Rican Flamboyant Tree

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Although the Puerto Rican Flamboyant tree is not the island’s national tree, it is one of the most beautiful and recognizable trees across the island.

They are colorful,  and very majestic.  Hailing from Madagascar these exotic trees have adapted to it’s
natural environment on the island.
“El flamboyán” in Spanish is also a familiar Puerto Rican symbol. You will see it in many paintings, drawings, and calendars.
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