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With valuable information on the transportation system, must-see places, nightlife, eating out, entertainment and healthcare. Chapters on money and real estate complete the picture, but essentially this book is an in-depth look at the rich tapestry of San Juan Antigua’s past.

Title: Old San Juan - An Expatriate Life in a Far Off, But Not Too Distant Land
Author: James L. tate
Edition: 2008
Pages: 109

“If history and human drama does not interest you, then Old San Juan (Puerto Rico) may not be a good choice as an expatriate location to consider.” So says the author of this romping read.

Maruding pirates, Spanish conquistadors! This book has it all! Founded in 1521, by the Spanish adventurer Juan Ponce de Leon, San Juan became one of the most coveted of Spain’s colonial outposts. To guard from the threat of attack from French and English pirates, the Spanish Crown heavily fortified their prize.  Today, it remains one of only two walled cities in the western hemisphere. James Tate intimately documents San Juan’s development from fortress city to present day National Heritage Site.

If you like history, you will love this book; charting San Juan’s colonial past to its architecturally and culturally sophisticated present, you cannot help but become immersed in the author’s enthusiasm for this old city. He invites you to sample the best of all worlds in Puerto Rico – a near perfect climate, cultural substance and relative political stability.

With its stunning buildings, colorful streets and breathtaking coastline, San Juan is an enticing destination for US citizens.  Puerto Rico has no cumbersome visa regulations or immigration laws, and English is widely spoken.  Although you will find many similarities with home, particularly in the renovated and modernized areas, do not be misled….this country retains a distinctive Latin American character.  Don’t think you will get away without suffering a bit of ‘culture shock’ warns the author!

There is a useful section on working and running a business in Puerto Rico and an in depth account on the psychology of being an expat; the report also concludes that although a comfortable and alluring destination, it is not the best long term location for families with children of school age.

There is good information on the transportation system, must-see places, nightlife, eating out, entertainment and healthcare.  Chapters on money and real estate complete the picture, but essentially this book is an in-depth look at the rich tapestry of San Juan Antigua’s past.

“Today, Puerto Rico, and especially Old San Juan, offers the expatriate the best of all worlds, a unique venue and cultural setting within as much of a politically stable environment as can be expected in a Latin American country.”

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