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Puerto Rico’s Airbnbs And Experienced Will Take Your Vacation To The Next Level

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Aside from just straight donating to charities, visiting Puerto Rico is one of the best ways to help the island continue its recovery from the damages of Hurricane Maria. The island has a long history of relying on tourism to boost its economy, and it’s for good reason: es bellísima. 

Learn to rappel down a waterfall | $135

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If you came to Puerto Rico for the waterfalls, then climbing several small waterfalls with Diego to reach the top of El Salta Waterfall is for you. He’ll teach you how to rappel down the 80 foot waterfall and then zipline out of the forest. Plus, reviewers say that Diego’s family accommodated their vegan dietary needs for a home-cooked meal afterward!

Tree House | $62 p/night

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I see you outdoorsy people. Enjoy a stay in a five star rated modest treehouse in Utuado, close to rivers, lakes beaches and caves. One reviewer raves, “A magic, romantic and private place for anyone who like wilderness and peace. Much better than i expected. Crazy for going back there. And centric for whoever visit and is planning to adventure the whole island.”

Culebra Snorkeling Getaway | $115

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This sold out experience gets you six hours of Caribbean Sea views, both above board and under water. Enjoy Culebra’s beautiful beaches and coral reefs at your leisure, along with a lunch buffet and all snorkeling gear included.

Pool House with Underground Jacuzzi Grotto | $850 p/night

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If you’re swimming in dough or have a big group of friends, you’ll enjoy this 8-bedroom mansion complete with an underground jacuzzi. The home itself is a piece of history, complete with private pools and unique features.

Rainforest Water Slide Tour | $89

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This is Airbnb’s #1 adventure tour in Puerto Rico for a reason. You’ll get to go to remote giant rainforest water slides and jump off of 30 foot cliffs into crystal clear water.

Body Rafting™ & Caving ∙Nature Reserve | $110

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Mimi is a scientist who has spent 7 years surveying the geo hydrology of Tanamá caves. She takes adventurers in life vests to float downstream and get a nature tour of the caves she studies so intimately.

Horseback Ride on Luquillo Beach | $99

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You guys. Bring your boo to “traverse the crystal clear waters of the Mameyes River to finally reach Luquillo’s Gold Coast” on horseback. Then, relax on the beach, have a drink and enjoy the breeze.

Casablanca | $79

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Rent out your own air conditioned space just blocks from Ocean Park beach in San Juan. When you’re not taking in San Juan, you can relax on your own hammock in a tropical private garden.

Condado City Lights – LED Night Paddle | $49

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If your idea of enjoying San Juan’s nightlife is from an LED lit paddle board, then Mark has you covered. The glow face paint is included. ; )

Sail San Juan Bay | $75

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Spend a couple hours with Ivan on a romantic sunset sail on San Juan Bay. His complimentary drinks really hit home with reviewers, along with his excellent photography skills. Get that couples’ shot with flying manta rays. This is your vacay.

Mofongos! Mofongos! Mofongos! | $29

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You haven’t been to Puerto Rico until you’ve drooled while eating its famous mofongo. Join Cristian and his family in learning how to make the dish, offered to meet your dietary needs.

Entire Condominium in San Juan | $115 p/night

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A recent guest says it all about this gem: “A rare piece of history and beauty. An incredible opportunity to see, hear, and experience Old San Juan from the most premier location. The Victorian doors and windows were stunning. The open balconies on the interior was fascinating and incredible – facilitating a constant warm ocean breeze when the louvers and shutters were open. A roof porch in the center of town. Great views of the lively colors of the city. Thanks to Lourdes for her kindness, recommendations, and welcomeness. Kind neighbors downstairs. Muchas gracias!”

Go Paddleboarding in a scenic lagoon with Julio for $25

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Check out Puerto Rico’s manatees, sea turtles and sting rays in a beautiful lagoon adjacent to the city of San Juan. His staff are all certified by the American Canoe Association to give you the best experience possible of the Condado Lagoon.

Surfing with Local Brian Ramos! | $70

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Brian promises to take you to uncrowded spots where beginners are able to get 10+ waves in a short two hour lesson. If you’ve never surfed before, trust that this is huge.

Experience Tropical Camping at a Cabin Close to the Ocean | $95 p/night

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Call this glamping, complete with post-modern minimalist decor, AC and a nearby beach. Reviewers truly *rave* about their host: “We loved staying at Francis’ place. It was immaculate and furnished with great attention to detail. There was a nice bottle of red wine and chocolates. Francis was very hospitable and easy to talk to, and he gave us two fresh coconuts and straws to drink from. What makes this Airbnb special is the beach nearby and the local friendliness in the area. The beach is right across the street and through a little trail. It is very private besides a few surfers in the morning. The sand is soft and the waves are beautiful. We spent a lot of time collecting sea shells and swimming. We will definitely be back!”

Exotic Flower Farm Stay | $39 p/night

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Yup. You can stay in a cabana on a tropical fruit and flower farm with ocean views. Grab a mango from the garden and head to the beach for some good surf, all at a very reasonable price.

Barefoot Studio Sanctuary Prime Location Surf Yoga | $50 p/night

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The best part about this studio, complete with a king bed and private garden filled with tropical flowers for your picking, is how integrated other activities are with your stay. You can walk to the beach, take surf and yoga lessons offered by the same company.

Eco-Chalet up in the mountains | $100 p/night

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Enjoy your stay at the only Puerto Rican eco-lodge listed on Airbnb. The house is on 144 acres of private tropical rainforest. The only electricity in the house comes from solar energy, and you can expect to be completely unplugged from the internet. This place has 100 five star reviews.

Cave Tubing and Ziplining Adventure | $75

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It’s the lazy river for not so lazy people. This trip into the Arecibo area includes a 250 foot biplane, rafting into caves, and hikes through the famous El Yunque rainforest.

El Yunque Rainforest River Trail! | $89

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Safuan offers transportation to and from the famous El Yunque rainforest. From there, you’ll embark on a short hike to a less traversed swimming hole, complete with a swinging rope, a natural stone slide, and local beach.

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Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of "Queer Eye" And Deserves A Promotion

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Karamo Brown Slayed Season 3 Of “Queer Eye” And Deserves A Promotion

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Hunny, if you have yet to watch Netflix’s latest edition of Queer Eye, we know what you have planned this weekend. Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye has had an explosive reception in both the LGBTQ community and the gen pop alike. Our new #FabFive is made up of grooming, food, design, fashion and ‘culture’ experts.

Afro-Cuban Karamo Brown is marketed as the “culture” expert but he does so much more. With his background in basically professional emotional intimacy, he breaks down walls and helps people rebuild their self-esteem on their own terms. Season 3 gave us black girl magic and BBQ sauce like you never knew you needed. Vamos a ver.

You should know that Karamo once worked with Oprah.

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He worked as a social worker for ten years after becoming the first black gay man on a reality television series (The Real World: Philadelphia). Then he went back into entertainment as a TV host for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Fans appreciate his ability to make them weep on the spot.

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His message is tested and true: you are worthy of all your dreams. Karamo Brown might be the most inspiring, motivating guy on the planet and every motivational speech hits home every time.

This season, his love for physical metaphors of life lessons were extra.

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Karamo helped Robert Hitchcock see himself how others see him before his wedding day. How? He took him to a dance studio and had him write positive affirmations about himself on the mirror. “This is how your fiancé sees you.” YES.

Brown even had shy Thomas knock down a literal wall of wooden crates i.e. his own emotional barriers to the world.

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He helped father-to-be Tony Blanco hit the gym in matching sweatsuits and even helped him workshop some baby exercises (i.e. diaper changing) while at the gym.

Then we met the first ever lesbian on Queer Eye, “lumberjack lesbian” Jess Guilbeaux.

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We were not prepared for the life-changing emotional connection Karamo and Jess were going to have, or the tears that ensued. Prepare yourself.

When she was 16 years old, her adopted family kicked her out after she was outed.

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She had no grace period. She just had to leave with nothing but the clothes on her back and has been on her own since. She tried to go to college, but dropped out after the student loan debt became overwhelming.

Meanwhile, the Internet has stanned @jesslayica like nothing else.

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She now has 28k followers on Instagram and more on Twitter. We all want to be her family.

Jess opened up to Karamo about feeling “not black enough.”

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She felt outcasted for liking Paramore (who by the way, gave her a Twitter shout out). And, boy, did his cultural expertise come in handy.

She told Karamo that all she wanted was to feel like a “strong, black, lesbian woman.”

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She wanted to feel connected to her culture, to some kind of root system. Karamo went above and beyond to show her that she already is that strong, black woman.

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Since the episode aired, her Instagram bio reads “a strong, black lesbian woman” and that’s why we’re all crying.

Karamo brought her to a predominately black dance studio to meet other confident black women her age.

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They shared their stories of feeling like they don’t fit the stereotype that Hollywood often puts out of black women, and how they’ve come to love “that melanin skin, yes.”

Then, Karamo brought her to a genealogy center where she learned her great-grandmother Sylvie lived and died a slave.

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Jess even met her biological sister for the first time in years where they both learned about the courage and strength that runs through their ancestral bloodline. Again, we’re all weeping.

“Karamo, you are a huge black role model to me.”

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Jess got real vulnerable and let down her walls during the week she spent with the Fab Five. Since the episode aired, she’s debuted her first drag performance, and has happily taken up all the space as a strong, black lesbian woman.

Oh, also, fans have raised over $75k on GoFundMe to send her back to college. 😭

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She had to drop out of her Computer Science major at University of Kansas and her Internet family is sending her back! She also just announced that she’ll be attending the National Society of Black Engineers conference in Detroit in a couple days.

Because every time Karamo walks into someone’s life, we get to see someone blossom.

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Like the Jones’ sisters, who have owned a BBQ joint for the last 35 years together.

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Karamo helped them own their story. Their father passed down his recipe to his daughters, who both went on to get business degrees and create an institution. Queer Eye remodeled their business space, and logo.

Karamo helped bring their story, and freshly bottled BBQ sauce nationwide.

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After the season aired Friday, they sold 11,000 bottles of their BBQ sauce online over the weekend! The two even did a segment on The Steve Harvey Show.

Even though Karamo didn’t know chipotles were a pepper…

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It was because he’s obsessed with the Chipotle chain’s burritos. We get it.

All we know is that Karamo’s reputation as an emotional genius stands stronger than ever.

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His response? “Sounds about right. Lol but no need to have the fear. It’s all love.” Ok.

And we think he deserves a promotion.

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He rebrands businesses. He’s King of turning emotional victories into physical metaphors. He is basically all of The Internet’s therapist and we’re so glad he isn’t billing us.

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