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P OST C A RD F RO M . . .

Valentin and Yaz Hernandez with Sharon Loeb and Ambassador John Loeb

One of Yaz’s favorit Restaurante e restaurants, Santaella

And getting happier . . .

When things are bad, there are always opportunities: People may have read a lot about the bad economy in Puerto Rico, but it has brought opportunities. Some major investors have taken an interest in Puerto Rico—all the recent projects are shaping it into the new Singapore, with lots of investments and [an] open to business [attitude]. Since Puerto Rico is a part of the U.S., this is a huge plus for both economies. The governor of Puerto Rico has issued some incredible tax laws for mainland Americans: If you move there for six months out of the year, you pay zero taxes. Two hundred fifty families have moved there in the past year— mostly New Yorkers and I am in heaven! I’ve lived here my whole adult life and I’m very much a New Yorker, but now I get the best of two worlds! My beautiful tropical island that I love so much, and New Yorkers. It’s just heaven on earth. And it’s only going to get better.

The beach

Old San Juan

Insider’s guide

There are two fabulous museums in Puerto Rico that I love: The Museo de Ponce, which is an absolute gem, and the Museum of Modern Latin Art. I urge everyone to check both of these out. My favorite restaurant in San Juan is Restaurante Santaella, by Chef José Santaella— it’s a must! Full of locals, very Upper East Side. He also has a fantastic new book coming out this month called Cocina Tropical (Rizzoli, 2104), so you can make his food at home. Marmalade in Old San Juan is another one of my favorite restaurants. It’s a lot of fun and has really great food.

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in San Jua

There is nothing like spending time in Old San Juan. You won’t find another experience like it anywhere else in this hemisphere (besides Cuba, which is a bit more difficult to get to). Old San Juan has fortresses originally built to protect from pirates, and they give the area a magical feel. It’s one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. There is beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture that has been preserved all this time. It also has the oldest church in America, and it’s just a real treasure. ✦

Puerto Rican treasures

My husband and I are Latin American art collectors. We like Puerto Rican art. We like to collect antique, artisan-carved saint statuettes. They are really, really precious to me.

A fortress in the Old City

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