TRIP TO GUAVATE, PUERTO RICO

Q: We heard that you went to Guavate, Puerto Rico, isn't it?

A: Yes, I went to Guavate, Puerto Rico on September 5, 2009. Guavate, Puerto Rico is about 60 kilometers or 1 hour drive from Carolina, Puerto Rico where the Coral by the Sea Hotel is located. I stayed at Coral by the Sea Hotel during my stay in Puerto Rico from September 4-7, 2009. Please have quarters in your car always especially if you are passing their freeways because you have to pay $1 or 4 quarters in tollbooths. You have to drop 4 quarters at their machine in order to open the gate at the toll plaza.

Q: How's the weather there in Guavate, Puerto Rico?

A: Well, the weather there is nice when I went there. It was raining during my visit there. The temperature there is 90F during days and 65F during nights. It is also humid there that's why I got sweat there. I brought some towels to wipe-off my sweat and I got wet because it was raining there. In Philippines, it is the same thing because Puerto Rico and Philippines are both located near to equator.

Q: Did you have a tour in Guavate, Puerto Rico?

A: Yes, I had a tour at Guavate, Puerto Rico on September 5, 2009 after I visited in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Guavate, Puerto Rico is a well-known place for lechonerias or roast pigs. Guavate, Puerto Rico has a lot of restaurants that are serving lechon with sides dishes. Most of the visitors and foreigners are visiting in Guavate, Puerto Rico to eat lechon and to see how to make or cook lechon. They cook the roasted pig for at least 8 hours depending with the size of the pig by rotating while grilling over a hot charcoal. We have also lechon in Philippines but we have lechon sauce which is liver sauce. In Puerto Rico, they are using banana ketchup as a sauce of their lechon. Guavate, Puerto Rico has also a lot of farm especially piggeries. They have fields and plantations of coconut, banana, guava, mango, and so on. Guavate, Puerto Rico is also a small community but the poeple there are approachable, too. It is raining there but I like that place, too.

Q: Is your trip to Guavate, Puerto Rico memorable?

A: Yes, of coarse. It is so memorable because it was my first time to go there. The weather there is so nice like in Philippines. Although it was raining there, I like this place, too. The people there are also approachable and friendly. I am also learning in speaking Spanish there. Although not all the people in Puerto Rico are fluent in English, they are friendly and approachable as I said. I talked to many restaurant owners, customers, and police officers there. The peace and order situation there is also good because the law in Puerto Rico is also the same as in United States of America. Therefore, the area is peaceful.

Q: Do you have a plan to visit again in Guavate, Puerto Rico in the future?

A: Yes, of course because I want to eat lechon again once I visited in Guavate, Puerto Rico again. I will eat lechon with other side dishes later because I was not able to eat the other side dishes and there are many side dishes that you can choose from. I want to see the actual cooking of lechon there later and I heard that there are lechonerias that are open to the visitors and foreigners. The lechonerias are all closed because it is Saturday when I visited there. All the lechonerias are open during weekdays only. I will try to visit in Guavate, Puerto Rico again on weekdays.

Q: Do you recommend Guavate, Puerto Rico to anyone?

A: Yes, I will recommend also to anyone to visit in Guavate, Puerto Rico. If you want to eat lechon or roasted pig, Guavate, Puerto Rico is the best place for you. The area is peaceful, too although it is far from Carolina, Puerto Rico in which I stayed for my vacation at Coral by the Sea Hotel. The people there are nice, friendly, and approachable, too.

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