Dealing with homesickness in Puerto Rico

Hello everyone,

Being an expat in Puerto Rico can turn out to be a wonderful human, social or professional adventure... with potential moments of nostalgia and homesickness along the way.

What are your personal tips to prevent homesickness?

How do you deal with such feelings?

Are there shops or stores offering products from your home country in Puerto Rico? Or maybe venues with music and ambiance from your homeland?

Thanks for sharing your experience,


My sister and family have been there 3 years now. They combatted the inevitable homesickness with Skype, FaceTime,  packages from home and encouraging friends, relations and business associates to come visit.  Oh and Pandora..... Music in English was a really big deal at first!

Prisilla, first of all, I don't know where you are from but of course Puerto Rico is the USA so enter ANY mall and you will feel like you are in anywhere USA.  Being a New Yorker,  unless I look at the real palm trees, it's hard to tell if I am in Long Island or Westchester or Upstate New York.  In fact, even the cable feeds are from New York so I can still watch the New York news when I feel like it. 
The great part is I live in a 12 month a year playground with Beach, mountains and rivers where I don't have to worry about snow.  I also live in a REAL DISNEY LAND.  People travel to Europe to see "old stuff" that we have right at out fingertips. Old San Juan is a living history of the Americas, where it all began!
also there are all kinds of groups and activities you can get involved with from Para la Naturaleza which has lessons, tours, preserved plantations and homes to Renace Condado, a local civic organization who just sponsored a very RARE tour of El MORRO FORT, a part of the National Park system, by full moon.  Each Sunday there are free or low cost  concerts at the Conservatorio of Music in Miramar.
Frankly, if you are bored in Puerto Rico, you are just boring.

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