Expat Advice: Dream vs. Reality of Expat Life in
San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
An expat shares a brief report about his expectations going into a move to Puerto Rico, and the realities that actually awaited him there.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I dreamed of swimming in warm water, meeting friendly people, and living cheaply. I was motivated to move by very promising tax incentives being offered by Puerto Rico.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
My above expectations above have been generally met except it is more expensive than I expected (85% of all food/goods are imported, primarily from U.S.).
Puerto Ricans consider themselves much more their own country than a U.S. state so don't expect this to be like any state you have ever visited but much more like Mexico (except without the cheap prices).
How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
I have tried to help the community by volunteering and find the locals generally not open to new ideas unless it is their own.
Puerto Rico is poorly run. Most locals want an external financial review board to take over the running of the island as they have completely lost faith in the existing government. I would agree.
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