Island Time in Puerto Rico
When you go on vacation, the point is to slow down and “stop to smell the roses”, so to speak. Right?
[Or in Puerto Rico’s case, “stop to smell the ocean air” or “stop to smell the guavas” or “stop to smell the forest”…]
Well, you get the point and that is what vacations should be. Many of us have different styles and some prefer to explore and stay busy, while others like to relax and spend their time on the beach. Luquillo has something to offer to both types of travelers but visitors sometimes struggle with the slow pace of life here.
Enter Island Time….
“The time vacuum created by the ocean’s presence. Similar to stoner’s time, everything moves nice and slow. This carefree aura even has the ability to travel with islanders and can engulf you in their presence.” ….. says Urbandictionary.com
Puerto Rico is the Enchanted Island, so you can expect to find island time here. Everything is slower and there is much less urgency to life than you will find in the States, Canada or Europe. Life is just “chillin’”
The reasons for this phenomenon are both culture and the warm climate. Let’s face it, when you’re hot, you are probably going to move slower than when you’re cold. The humid, warm air on the island will slow you down. The culture here is also different. People enjoy life, come to the beach in the morning to watch the sunrise and the waves, and generally prefer to live a slow, stress-free life.
Sure, large cities, like San Juan, are packed with rush-hour traffic and the regular hustle-and-bustle of any metropolitan area but the combination of warm climate and Latin culture create a slower life. This more relaxed life-style and the Latin affinity for leisure pursuits create a laid-back rhythm to life on the island – it’s island time.
Some visitors may struggle with the concept of island time. Why? Because they lead very busy lives back home. Many vacationers visit Luquillo to escape from harried cities, where everyone is in a race: a race to get to work, traffic, a race to get home from work, a race to pick up the kids from school, a race to get shopping done, a race to _____(fill in the blank), so a laid-back lifesyle is a foreign concept.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”….Eddie Cantor
When you wait for your food at a nice sit-down restaurant, or drinks at the bar, you may get impatient. When you stand in line in the grocery store, you may get impatient. When you’re at McDonalds and you have to wait, you may get downright angry.
Visitors tend to want to get things done quickly so they can move on to the next thing, the next meeting, the next appointment. Anything that slows them down seems to be an irritant and an obstacle.
But remember, you are on island time. Why not embrace the laid-back pace of Puerto Rico and enjoy this beautiful culture?
You’re on vacation, after all. Relax, Slow down, and Enjoy.