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! Continue reading

A Puerto Rican Ramble – Day 4

ziplining through the trees!

It was our last big adventure in Puerto Rico – ziplining! Definitely a first for me and one that I was looking forward to with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. I decided against bringing my DSLR with me (visions of my camera plummeting to the ground ran rampant through my head) so all pictures I have stolen from my friends who brought their more handy little counterparts. I felt naked without a camera!!!

The company that we went with was EcoQuest which runs the ziplines out of Campo Rico Ziplining, a large estate that’s only a short 5-10 minute drive from San Juan. They have several packages but we went with the Ziplining adventure, which includes a short kayak and some hiking through the woods, interspersed with 5 ziplines of varying speed. We started off at the main office, where we signed off on waiver forms to release them from liability should we somehow snap off the harness and plunge to our doom in a ravine filled with necrotizing fasciitis. Shudder. Maybe I was more nervous about this then I thought. Continue reading

A Puerto Rican Ramble – Day 3

just another gorgeous day in Puerto Rico!

Ahh…. our beach day. After our grueling yet extremely worth it day yesterday, it was definitely time for some much needed R&R. And thankfully, Mother Nature complied by giving us a gorgeous halcyon day with vivid blue skies scattered with fluffy clouds, a laser-hot sun for our sunbathers, and no rain in sight (as compared to yesterday when it was cloudy with scattered showers). It was definitely the picture perfect day for lounging around.

Our hotel La Concha has three pools and beach access, but I gravitated towards the infinity pool with a view of the ocean. It being September and therefore low season, it was actually pretty easy for all eight of us to get chairs right next to the pool together. I would definitely travel again during low season… I hate having to compete with people for good spots! Continue reading

A Puerto Rican Ramble – Day 2

the view of the rainforest and Luquillo from Yohaku Tower within EL Yunque

Luquillo Beach. A more natural and local beach and not so groomed as Condado.

On the list for our second day – El Yunque, Luquillo beach, and Fajardo biobay. OH MY!

Originally we had only planned to do a half day trip with the rainforest and the beach. The biobay was extremely fascinating to me… but since the week of our trip was the time of the waxing moon (read: increasing to full moon) it didn’t seem worth it since too much moon means you can’t see the bio-luminescent micro-organisms in the water, which are only visible at night. As they say… le sigh. But the day before, when confirming our rainforest/beach trip, our tourguide told us that he had two people interested in doing the biobay as well and if the 8 of us were to jump in on it… and for <drumroll> a reduced price! Yes! I am a sucker for discounts/reduced prices/sales! Put me on slickdeals and watch a girl go wild!

So we got to do El Yunque/Luquillo Beach/Fajardo Biobay for $100 each! Winning!

The only downside to this was that now instead of a half day tour with some soothing downtime at the hotel, we were now going to do a full day trip from 9 AM to 11 PM. But that was just a teeny little downside. Continue reading

A Puerto Rican Ramble – Day 1

It wasn’t until I opened the curtains to this gorgeous ocean view that I really felt like I was in Puerto Rico. It had slowly been settling in since we stepped out of the airport and into the warm, humid night (highs of 90 and lows of 75, anyone?), and even while Susie was haggling our transportation in fluid Spanish ($4/person including luggage to Condado!). But it didn’t really hit me til I was standing on the balcony, listening to the rhythmic thunder of the waves and feeling the heat on my skin.

I was on vacation! Continue reading