About Melissa

Melissa is a native Puerto Rican who enjoys sharing her island experiences and discoveries with readers everywhere. She studied Journalism and Art in San Francisco and London and has worked throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. A contributing writer and photographer for Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation, she writes regularly for USA Today, AND Magazine, and Houzz.com. Her work has also appeared in California Home + Design Magazine, on LovetoKnow.com, and on Fashion TV.

 

Special Interests

Melissa knows a lot about:

  • Beaches

 

 

10Best Lists by Melissa Alvarado Sierra

  • Discover out top ten list of the best hotels in San Juan

    Discover out top ten list of the best hotels in San Juan
    March 21, 2013

    Some destinations are synonymous with vacation. Miami is one. Hawaii is another. But the meaning of vacation in paradise has to be the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico. Here, glassy waters caress pristine sands and one can find countless places to get away from the crowds. Whether you're looking to sip tropical cocktails on a cocoa plantation, catch some rays at your own private plunge pool, explore lush jungle paths or dive some of the world's most stunning reefs, Puerto Rico has it all. Now stay at the best hotel in the islands capital. Here's a list to help you out.

     

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  • Food is what Puerto Rico is all about, get to know the best with this list

    Food is what Puerto Rico is all about, get to know the best with this list
    February 6, 2013

    In San Juan, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Here we list the ten best using the following parameters: ambiance, service, price and location. Sharing a divine meal with your loved ones will surely add some fun to your vacation. The winning places listed here all share common themes: great ambiance, delicious cuisine and some even a romantic element. San Juan is Puerto Rico’s capital for good food and good times. Get ready for an unforgettable dinner date with these destinations.

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  • Mexican Restaurants in San Juan

    Mexican Restaurants in San Juan
    June 8, 2012

    Mexico in Puerto Rico. Want to mix things up a bit? Try these amazing restaurants that will have you forgetting you are in the Caribbean.

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  • Best Cafés in San Juan

    Best Cafés in San Juan
    June 8, 2012

    Like coffee? Maybe you just like the good vibes a coffee shop has? Well in Puerto Rico you can have that and much more.

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  • Best Breakfast Restaurants

    Best Breakfast Restaurants
    June 8, 2012

    Do you love hearty breakfasts? Well that's what you get when eat in Puerto Rico. 

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Articles by Melissa Alvarado Sierra

  • Piña Colada

    Piña Colada
    January 25, 2012

    Nothing says "vacation" like a thick, delicious piña colada. 

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  • Dark and Stormy is the Forecast

    Dark and Stormy is the Forecast
    January 11, 2012

    The flavor of the islands of Bermuda is called Dark and Stormy. With such a poetic name, you know this drink is something else.

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  • Beautiful Beaches in Vieques, Cabo Rojo & Luquillo

    Beautiful Beaches in Vieques, Cabo Rojo & Luquillo
    December 19, 2011

    Puerto Rico is the ideal destination for a short escape from the winter blues. Hop on a plane and be here in a few hours, sipping piña coladas and lounging on a tropical beach.

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  • Coquito Recipe

    Coquito Recipe
    December 19, 2011

    Mix a few ingredients to concoct a tasty drink that friends and family will love. In Puerto Rico, this drink is the symbol of Christmas celebrations and many make it in great quantities for bottling and gifting. Do the same!

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