During the past several months I’ve been a busy beaver. I’ve been writing my third book for the Amazon Kindle titled: “Puerto Rico For Beach Bums”. And, as you might imagine, it has to do with the fact that Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
In a few weeks it will be high season. That means that thousands of tourists, from all over the world, will arrive in Puerto Rico eager to enjoy our wonderful Caribbean climate.
In the mainland they call them snowbirds. These are the people that live in the northern states and Canada and migrate south (like the birds) during the winter months. Hence the term “snowbirds”.
Many have vacation properties in Florida, but after a while the amusement parks and gated communities tend to get old. The more adventurous ones go to the Caribbean where there’s a myriad of things to do and a great climate all year ’round. And there’s no better place to go than sunny Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico has everything! First of all it’s a U.S. territory. That means no passports, no visas, no currency exchange, no language barrier and all the protection provided by the U.S. Constitution.
Then there’s the weather. Average temperatures in Puerto Rico are usually around 80°F. That’s summer weather all year long. And where better to enjoy that great summer climate than at the beach?
I could tell you about Old San Juan with its famous Spanish forts, the rum distillery, the Rainforest, the Arecibo Radio telescope, the Camuy River Caverns, the longest zipline in the world and many, many more places. But if you’re a “beach bum” you’ll only care about one thing: “the beaches”.
According to the Cambridge British Dictionary a “beach bum” is someone who spends most of his or her time having a good time at the beach. Sounds like fun, right?
The Macmillan, Oxford, Collins and Merriam-Webster dictionaries all define this type of person in a similar fashion, basically: “someone who loves to relax on the beach and enjoy life”. If that sounds like you, then you’re in for a treat, because “Puerto Rico For Beach Bums” is just the book for you.
I wrote this book only for the Amazon Kindle because I wanted it to be within the reach of the largest possible group of people. At first glance it would seem that a traditional book would have been easier to distribute. But that’s not true. It would have been more expensive and harder to place in all the right stores.
By putting it in the Kindle store it became instantly available to anyone toting a smartphone (Apple, Android or any other brand), a tablet or a genuine Kindle. Plus you can even read it on Windows and Macintosh computers. Why? Because Amazon makes applications for all those platforms. And believe me, that’s a lot of devices.
Then there’s the price. There’s no way I could have printed a book with 22 color photos and sold it for $2.99 a copy. Believe me. I know. I’ve been doing this for 20+ years. That’s the beauty of electronic publishing.
“Puerto Rico For Beach Bums” starts in San Juan and goes on an imaginary journey around the Island in a clockwise fashion. Why? Because San Juan is where most tourists arrive and stay. If you’re staying somewhere else feel free to start at the closest point to where you’ll be staying.
There are 22 color photos in the book; one for every beach and one of “mua”. And here’s something you’ll probably like. Each beach has its own GPS coordinates right below its photo.
Did you know that the same smartphone that you’re probably carrying in your pocket can also double as a portable GPS unit? That’s right! Just copy the GPS coordinates from “Puerto Rico For Beach Bums”, punch them into your favorite map application and you’ll arrive at each beach on a dime!
And then there’s the descriptions. I actually took a dip in each beach. That way I could write about them with the authority that only experience can provide.
And which beaches did I cover? Well, I went to the same beaches that most Puerto Ricans love and recommend. And believe me, they’re here all year round and they know their beaches.
Here’s the list:
- Balneario El Escambrón
- La Playita Del Condado
- Condado Beach
- Balneario de Carolina
- Balneario La Monserrate
- Seven Seas
- Playa del Tamarindo
- Playa Sucia
- Combate Beach
- Boquerón Beach
- Buyé Beach
- Domes Beach
- Balneario Pico de Piedra
- Crash Boat
- Playa Jobos
- Mar Chiquita
- Los Tubos
- Puerto Nuevo
- Cerro Gordo
- Sardinera Beach
- Punta Salinas
You’ll notice that the beaches in Culebras, Vieques and Caja de Muerto (the smaller islands to our east and south) were not included in the book. That was not an omission. In fact, they are mentioned at the end but they weren’t covered. Why? Because reaching these islands can be quite challenging. The ferry service is pathetic, vehicle rental prices are onerous and the average tourist just doesn’t have the time or inclination to put up with mediocrity.
That being said, the beaches at Culebra, Vieques and Caja De Muerto are among the best in the world! There’s no doubt about that. It’s just the getting there that’s a pain. Maybe I’ll add them in a future edition if conditions improve.
If you own any of the devices mentioned above, and you’re coming to the Island in a near future, you can order your copy of “Puerto Rico For Beach Bums” by clicking on the book title anywhere in this article.
Enjoy Puerto Rico,
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