The Real Utuado

Utuado, located in the mountains near the center of Puerto Rico, is a beautiful lush destination that is home to lakes, forest reserves, and a lovely central plaza. It was my father’s home until he moved to Chester, PA with his parents and two siblings when he was 8 years old. Like Mariana, I still have many second, third, and fourth cousins, great aunts and great uncles, living in Utuado.

I’ve visited Utuado twice, and it was great to meet my relatives, see the church and school my dad attended, tour Dos Bocas, and  get a glimpse of what my life would be like in an alternate reality where my grandparents chose to stay in their hometown.

For more information on Utuado, visit:,_Puerto_Rico 


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