One of the things we appreciate most about living for three months in Puerto Rico is the opportunity to immerse ourselves in local culture. Friends who have visited Jamaica and the Dominican Republic report the wonderful food and services provided behind the fences of their all-inclusives. Guests at these resorts are discouraged from mixing with locals, with the threat of harm to body or possessions implied. The west coast of Puerto Rico offers numerous opportunities to mix with locals, an overwhelmingly kind and generous people. One of our favorite things to do is to find small eating place, where the vast majority of patrons are Rinconians.
One of these, La Cambija, offers reasonably priced, very tasty Puerto Rican food. For years, we frequented a local place called the Shipwreck, only to spend a good deal of money on mediocre food in the company of other snowbirds, plus a group of young surfers whose interest in us was minimal. It’s not that I have a problem with places like the latter; but, isn’t it more fun to do something that isn’t packaged, and experience people who are different from those one meets on Main Street USA? How do you feel about this . . . are you an explorer; or, is it Disney all the way for you?