California to Puerto Rico


Oct, 2013

Gas Stations & Bakeries

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I really want to keep up with the blog and keep sending you guys a little taste of Puerto Rico everytime we post. There aren’t many projects going on right now besides the constant mowing and weed whacking of our property during rainy season so I’ll make a ‘day in the life of…’ type post.

I experience two extremely Puerto Rican moments today. The first was a little bit of an inconvenience, but not a big deal. The one gas station in town that I trust to not have water in the fuel was out of Regular gas today. Oh well, I’ll get gas in the morning. Currently, regular gas is going for $.88 a liter. That makes it about $3.35 a gallon. I spend an average of 60 minutes in the car on days that I drive. That is about 40 to and from Sydney’s school (once a day) and another 20 minutes to go to surf, grocery store or friends house. When the surf is flat and before Sydney was in school, there were times we would go days without driving anywhere and I would only have to fill up the gas Tundra of the Tundra about once a month.

No Hay Regular - Rincon Gas Station

No Hay Regular – Rincon Gas Station

The second Puerto Rican moment was purely experiential and me appreciating Sydney’s home town and la isla enctanta. I was at a bakery ordering a $2.25 ham, egg and cheese sandwich on a flattened piece of fresh baked bread and saw a pile of fresh Puerto Rican avocados (aguacates) piled up on the counter next to a glass display filled with absolutely delicious looking Puerto Rican pastries. Yum. It is a scene we see here all the time. Seasonal fruit on the counters from peoples back yards, sold on the side of roads, gas stations etc. The pastries are always here too, but don’t eat to many…they’re aren’t exactly good for your waistline. Have you ever had a quesito though? Next time you’re down, you better get one and a small cafe con leche. Mid morning snack of champions.

Avocado and Pastry at a Puerto Rico Bakery

Avocado and Pastry at a Puerto Rico Bakery


12 thoughts on “Gas Stations & Bakeries

  1. wil

    Can u give a clue which gas station has no water in the gas. I go to the station closest to where 115 intersects with 413 near the police station. Is that one OK?

  2. James

    That looks like the Puma station on the 115. Unfortunately my car takes premium gas, and that is about $4 a gallon. I have not had problems with watered down gas, but my friend has. Since I do not drive a lot I wait and fill up at a Total station on PR-2 most of the time.

  3. Rosana

    Yum!!! Quesitos are my favorite pastry ever!!!
    The first time I learned about them was through a misunderstanding. See, quesitos was the name most people used for Cheetos and my older sister sent me to buy her some quesitos and I came back with what I knew. She was nice enough to explain to me what she actually wanted, once the laughter stopped 🙂

  4. Luis

    I have to agree! Quesitos are the best!!!

    I visited family in San Sebastian, Isabela and Rincon this July. I wonder if water in the gasoline was causing our rental to stall?!

  5. Juan Rivera

    Greetings form DC,

    I have just found your blog and found it very interesting. I would like to ask both of you, having lived in PR for the past several years and knowing what you know now. What would be the top eleven thing you would take with you if you were barely moving to PR from the states. I say eleven because I believe the number # 1 thing would be a reliable vehicle (what type? Regular two wheel drive or 4X4?) and that would leave you with 10 items. I look forward to your response. I wanted to post this question on your blog so everyone can benefit but I couldn’t figure out how. Please feel free to post your reply there.


    Juan Rivera

  6. Rachel Ligairi


    I’m an editor of an educational publication called CultureGrams, which is seeking someone with experience in Puerto Rico for a paid project. I’m hoping that you might be able to assist me in locating someone.

    CultureGrams is a series of more than 200 reports that describe people’s daily life and culture across the globe. The audience consists primarily of North American students and educators.

    We are currently seeking someone to help us expand our preexisting Puerto Rico report. This person would provide additional content in seven categories, writing two to three substantive paragraphs (roughly 350 words total) for each category. Contributors receive a one-time payment of $250.

    No professional writing experience is required. We ask only that reviewers be current or recent residents of Puerto Rico (preferably a native with at least 2.5 years of full-time residency in the last 4 years), have a college degree (or equivalent education), fluently speak Spanish (in addition to English), and have had experience in more than one region of Puerto Rico and with people of different socioeconomic levels.

    I’d be grateful if you could let me know of anyone who might be interested in this project. Applicants should email me their CV and a brief description of how they meet the above qualifications. More information on CultureGrams is available at


    Rachel Ligairi
    [email protected]

  7. James

    Juan Rivera: One of the things I would NOT bring here is a vehicle. I did, and I am very sorry about it. They charged me an import duty that was double what they told me before I shipped my car here. The crooks had me over a barrel once my car was here, and I had no choice but to pay the tax. Between shipping cost and the double tax I would have been much better off finding a car here.

  8. Megan

    Hi! I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog. I was researching birth options in Rincon. I’d love to ask you a couple of questions but your “contact me” isn’t working. I would be so grateful if you emailed me so I can ask a couple (quick) questions! 🙂

  9. Bruny Sepulveda

    Just an FYI, my daughter, a resident of Caguas told me not to fill my new little Honda Fit at the Puma gas stations, their gas is terrible. Always go to Total. No complaints so far.

    Another FYI, what-ever you buy in P.R. that needs financing, I found that PenFed (Pentagon Federal), which is based on the mainland but has offices in Puerto Rico (Fort Buchanan

    is a great alternative to financing companies and banks on the island.

  10. Myriam Rodriguez

    Good Morning!!!
    Was searching for an email for American Plumbing out of Rincon & stumble on your blog. Read the Master Bathroom is done and we have had similar issues with our whirlpool tub. It had been sitting for almost a year also. Hope you were able to resolve the issue of it not running; Yes there should be a fuse in the main box of the tub. Bathroom looks awesome. If in case you have an email address for Kelly for American Plumbing from Rincon can you share it or if they are on fb what are they listed under.

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