A Puerto Rican Ramble comes to an end…

goodbye to this gorgeous view!

It’s always bittersweet when a trip comes to an end – there’s a feeling that there’s still more to see, more to experience. Our trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico was coming to an end! As sad as it was to go, it was great to look back and see just how much we had experienced during our brief stay – and of course, start dreaming about coming back to check out everything we had missed our first time around!

Things We Did

  • ramble through Old San Juan and El Morro
  • get free drinks at Casa Bacardì (and learn the correct pronunciation!)
  • explore El Yunque and take a dip in a waterfall
  • taste traditional Puerto Rican frituras at the Luquillo kiosks
  • experience the glowing wonder of the bioluminescent bay
  • enjoy the serenity of an uncrowded pool with oceanfront views
  • lay out on a calm beach with the hot sun above
  • go ziplining through the trees!

Some San Juan pics:

the raices fountain in OSJ

at paseo de la princesa

our hotel at nighttime

closeup at el morro

Food in San Juan!

kan kan chuletas – kan kan porkchops!

fish ceviche

a variety of delicious appetizers

a mango mojito. highly recommended!

ropa vieja – shredded beef!

a veritable tower of mofongo, topped with steak

Things For Next Time!

  • lounge at Flamenco Beach in Isla Culebra (voted most beautiful  beach in the world!)
  • explore the other fort of Old San Juan, San Cristobal
  • go surfing in Rincon (or at least try….)
  • check out the Arecibo Conservatory and the Rio Camuy Caves
  • journey to Ponce, a city called “la perla del sur” – the Pearl of the South
  • tour a coffee plantation and taste some fresh-brewed coffee
  • sample delicious lechon (roast pig!!!) at Guavatè
  • listen to salsa and watch dancers at Cafe Nuyorican
  • go dancing!

Even though Puerto Rico is a small country (you can drive from one side of the island to the other in 3.5 hours!) it packs a wallop in terms of things to experience. Plus, it’s blessed with an amazing tropical climate that ranges from 75-90 degrees year-round, although you do have to watch out for tropical storms and hurricanes during hurricane season (officially June 1st to Nov. 30th). The island as a whole tends to be rainier during that time as well, although we were lucky not to experience any major rainfall when we were out and about. Also, it’s just so convenient – there are tons of flights to San Juan and its other cities, passports aren’t needed for US citizens, English is commonly spoken, and they use the same currency. It’s got the feeling of a foreign country without the hassle of one! Winning!

Being born and raised in NYC, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is a big deal during the summer, a day when cars with Puerto Rican flag ornaments blare their horns proudly and Boricua of all ages wear their colors or even wrap the flag around as a dress (I’ve seen a lot of scandalous flag dresses…). Now that I’ve visited their island I can see why they’re so proud. Whoo!

Although I have no more vacation time this year (tear) I’m already daydreaming about the next time I can visit La Isla del Encanto. It’s definitely got me under it’s spell!

saying goodbye at the airport!

2 thoughts on “A Puerto Rican Ramble comes to an end…

  1. Juan Garcia says:

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures! My family is from Puerto Rico and I used to visit every year during summer vacation for several weeks. I haven’t been back in a long time, so I was feeling a little homesick. I’ve been to almost all the places you visited. I plan to go back this year! Puerto Rico is a small island, but you did a great job at capturing it’s beauty!

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