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Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico is a photo book and travel guide that shows the island from a Puerto Rican perspective.
Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico is a photo book and travel guide that shows the island from a Puerto Rican perspective.
Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico is a photo book and travel guide that shows the island from a Puerto Rican perspective.
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Playa Jobos, Isabela, Puerto Rico
Playa Jobos, Isabela, Puerto Rico

What is The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico?

The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico will be one of the first Latino-produced print travel guides in traditional travel media to be sold in the United States and Europe. This funding will support the production, design, and printing of the hardcover photo book, accompanying E-Book, and mobile app.

Every Little Contribution Helps!
Every Little Contribution Helps!

In this world of social media, I did not want to create the typical travel guide. One of the things I have noticed about my years as a travel blogger is that a single image on social media can inspire a traveler to book a ticket to a faraway land. I am creating a book in which an image can transport you to the destination. This is why I decided to partner with Italo Morales, a friend and a talented photojournalist to capture must-see spots on the island. The book will be edited by fellow boricua and SUNY Albany alum Nina Alvarez, writer, editor, and founder of Dream Your Book Author Services and The Aurora Center for Creative and Spiritual Arts in Rochester, New York.

Behind the Scenes Shooting the Video in Aguadilla
Behind the Scenes Shooting the Video in Aguadilla

What Will Be Showcased?  

During my latest travels to Puerto Rico, I have taken road trips throughout the roads less traveled for tourists. Whether it is lechon (roasted pork) at Guavate, deep in the center of the island or a sunset at La Guancha in Ponce, I want to merge popular experiences with sights not as well known for those who visit from abroad. One of the things I enjoy about traveling to Puerto Rico is that you can blend luxury and budget experiences on the same trip. The content will be diverse as I will focus on showcasing locally owned businesses such as restaurants, tours, and hotels.

Farm at Royal Isabela Hotel
Farm at Royal Isabela Hotel
Fried Snapper at Santaella Restaurant
Fried Snapper at Santaella Restaurant

What is the inspiration?  

As a kid growing up in Puerto Rico, I discovered the island on road trips with my parents. We used to take trips to the beach, mountains, and visit my father's friends who owned restaurants in tiny towns like Arroyo and Peñuelas. I want to bring back that childhood discovery into the book. From an aquaponic farm in the heart of Puerto Rico to a "jungalo" in Cabo Rojo, I want to include my favorite discoveries.

Shooting the Video at Crashboat Beach
Shooting the Video at Crashboat Beach
My friend Carlis at the "jungalo" in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
My friend Carlis at the "jungalo" in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

The content is of El Pueblo (everyone)

One of the great things that has happened with sharing my project is the outpour of support from personal friends and The Dining Traveler followers. I get tagged on Instagram and Facebook on photos of restaurants and beaches I should add to the guide. People send me emails on where to go and what to see to add to the book. I recently shot the video for our campaign with a talented young Puerto Rican videographer, Jose Marquez who I discovered through Instagram. The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico Book is about featuring ideas from our community. Do you have a spot you would like to have featured? Tag me on Instagram or Facebook with @diningtraveler and #DTGuidePR.

With my dad in Guayama, Puerto Rico, 1987
With my dad in Guayama, Puerto Rico, 1987

The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico is dedicated to my late father, Gumersindo DeJesus who allowed me to grow up on this beautiful island. Allow us to make this book a reality and see Puerto Rico from a Boricua perspective. 

Jessica van Dop DeJesus
Jessica van Dop DeJesus

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    A postcard with a print featured on the Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico will be sent to your home.

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    The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico package: Book, E-book, Dining Traveler tote Bag, and a print of the project. Your name will be printed on the book.

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    Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico Gift Pack: Get a book for yourself and share 3 with your friends (total: 4 books)

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    Want to go on a dream trip to Puerto Rico but no time? Get a customized itinerary to Puerto Rico by Jessica. Also included:
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    Mi Casa es tu Casa:
    Jessica will host you and five of your friends at her home in Washington,DC where she will cook a Puerto Rican meal for you.
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    Personal Travel Guide:
    Want The Dining Traveler to show you around? I will personally accompany you on your trip to Puerto Rico.
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