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3 Months After Leaving PR

Sorry bro hear about your unfortunate situation when you were here .
We are on our fourth move since living in pr for 2 years .We just found a 5 bedroom with 3 full bathrooms all with tubs. On a dead end street .We are 2 mins from town and 6 mins to the beach
Our rent will be $650 for the ffirst 4 months and then $700 a month after that .We negotiated the price because we have to buy appliances. We have been able to find places with appliances or negotiated the price to include them buying appliances
$400 for an electric bill definitely seems really high. Never seen one here at that price
I have heard horror stories of $400 water bills with no explanation for people that definitely didn't use that much water
I just saw a home in quebradillas  with ocean views for $750 a month on classifies
Please don't use airbnb or any of those sites if you plan on staying for a long time
Before we moved my husband took a Weekend trip here. I gave him a list of places and contacted the landlords for appointments before he flew here. In a week he found a place and bought a vehicle
It was an expensive trip but it saved us so much time and hassle if we would have done it differently  I strongly suggest doing it this way
Seems that a lot of people that have lived here from the states definitely enjoy isabela
We first lived in cabo rojo then moved to arecibo
Currently we live in Rincon. We love it here but it definitely a real touristy loud places .Our new place is located in aguada .We are 17 mins to Rincon .Many people who lived in Rincon have moved to aguada
Best of luck
Feel free to message me
I haven't been on here for a while .I was very active in the Bernie Sanders campaign and fighting against the naled spraying here
Now involved in jill stein, and tryingb to stop the ttp and now educating people about the pipelines.
In north Dakota

Sending you pm, Sandra.

Well, if I hadn't been living here off and on for 5 years I would never think of moving here after reading all this whew. A lot of what is said can be true but there is also  another side. I'm an explorer and we have explored many avenues:
1.  food, you don't have to live in the super markets for everything we go out shopping every week at the big farmers market in San Sebastian for garden vegetables and greens, eggs from home grown chickens, honey, avocados, coconut, bananas, plantain, assorted fruits in season, etc. at a very reasonable price (less than super market).  We buy our fish from the local fisherman at a reasonable price and we shop for other items, beer, drinks, wine at Sam's, reasonably priced.
2.  housing - we live less than 10 minutes from Hobos beach area.  we decided not to live any closer because there is much more to maintain such as rust prevention.  we hear the ocean when the sea is rough, and can see it from our home.  There are many houses for rent in the Hobos area, not directly on the beach and rent is very reasonable.
3.  Electricity - we are a family of 2 in a fairly large house on a half acre, having family staying over at times and have never paid more than $40/mo. but have never used the air condition because we have lots of breeze from all directions because of the location.
4.  Water - we recently had a water problem because of leakage and this has been resolved and we now pay $40-$45/per month, including a heavy duty sprinkler system for the garden.  during the sunny season the water bill could be between $50. - 60./ month.
5.  Drivers and driving habits -  terrible.  they never use blinkers, do not follow the rules, jump out in front of you at any time, drive at nights with one head light (this is a approx. 30% of the driver population).
Living in PR depends a lot on your creativity and how much you are willing to explore other alternatives, of which there are.  This might not be your style but know that they do exist.

Haha about the drivers. Its crazy! Well we're here now. Just landed last Sunday. So far its been a lot getting out rental together. It was filthy, still kinda is but we're getting there. And stuff needs to be fixed, getting there. I can do a lot myself so that helps speed things up.

Ok check and see where Hobos is. We would love to get fresh fruits and vegetables! And currently because we have toddlers we need air conditioning. I'm going to get screens though so we can use it less. Also changing to LED bulbs.

Will update again once we're settled and out car and furniture gets here

I live in a house that has the size of what you are looking for.
We are 3 people and our bill is under $100!
But we don't use A/C, only fans and we got a solar water heater. My oven runs with electricity and I bake very often and we have 2 big refridgerators.
We live in Mayagüez and I heard that electricity is more expensive in the San Juan area.

Hello Rey - I have been reading everything you write and I believe you are correct in your suspicions-
Thank you for your information and taking the time to answer all these questions- 🌟

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