1. There’ll be lots of dancing.

It won’t matter to her if you have two left feet, Puerto Ricans love dancing. Anything and everything, including bachata, merengue, salsa, and reggaetón to name a few. So put your dancing shoes on because you’re going out.

2. And lots of coffee, too.

One of the first questions Puerto Ricans typically ask if you’re a guest at their home is, “¿Quiéres un cafecito?” It doesn’t matter what time of day it is; caffeine is 50% of the Boricua diet. Rice and beans make up another 40%, and mayoketchup the remaining 10%.

3. She won’t need your last name.

It’s not Puerto Rican tradition for women to change their last names when they get married. We don’t even hyphen it. In fact, children will inherit both last names. Their father’s last name first and their mother’s last name second, which is why Hispanic names tend to sound longer than average.

4. She’ll have high beach standards.

Caribbean beaches, in general, are jaw dropping. White hot sand, endless palm trees, and crystal clear water. What more can you ask for? Puerto Rico has one of the world’s top beaches known as Playa Flamenco, located on a tiny island off the mainland called Culebra which can be reached by ferry.

5. Her family will be your family.

Puerto Rican parents will most likely be more involved in your life than even your own parents. They’ll give their opinion on everything even when you haven’t asked for it. They’ll call you, text you, and might overwhelm you at times. But most importantly, Puerto Rican parents will love you like one of their own.

6. Don’t expect her to be on time.

If you can count on one thing, it’s that Puerto Ricans will arrive hours later to anything. Don’t expect punctuality to be a recurring thing throughout your relationship. Save yourself the hassle, and tell your girlfriend to be ready by 5 o’clock when you’re really planning on 7 o’clock. You’re welcome.

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