Puerto Rico 2016

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Oh, how I already miss the warmth, the beaches, and the mofongo…my goodness, the mofongo.

Two years ago I traveled to Puerto Rico with a good friend over my birthday and that’s when I first began my love affair with exploring different places all over the world. Exactly two years and one week later, I revisited this beautiful place; but this time with my other half! <3

Currently planning or wanting to plan a trip to PR? Here’s a day-by-day break down of what we all did:

Day 1: Flew into San Juan and stayed at ESJ Towers. Went to Tomate for dinner – yum!

Day 2: Rented a car from Charlie Car Rental and drove to the El Yunque National Forest and did some hiking. We then drove to Luquillo and ate some yummy seafood mofongo at La Parilla alongside the beach. Afterwards we settled in at the Moonlight Bay Hostel in Fajardo and finished our evening off doing a Bio Bay Tour with Eco Adventures. Stop at El Pescador across the street from the tour departures, for their red sangria’s and lobster – you’ll thank me later.

Day 3: We took the ferry from Fajardo to Culebra and rented a golf cart for transportation from Carlos Jeep Rental. We carted our way to the Flamenco Beach Campground to set up camp along the beach in our Eno hammocks. Such an experience – if you’re the outdoorsy type, I highly recommend doing this 🙂

Day 4: Spent another night on Flamenco Beach. Some of our favorite restaurants on this island include: Vibra Verde for breakfast, and Dinghy Dock + Mamacita’s for dinner and drinks.

Day 5: Took the ferry from Culebra to Fajardo and made our way to the Casa Grande Mountain Retreat in Utuado. Along the way we stopped at El Nuevo Horizonte in Yabucoa to eat – talk about an amazing view while waiting for your food to be brought out!

Day 6: Drove to Arecibo and explored Cueva Ventana, along with a not-on-the-map hike that Nick brought me on…which to my dismay and pleas to turn around and head back to the car, turned out to be a beautiful, hidden gem! We then spent another night at the Casa Grande Mountain Retreat.

Day 7: Took the scenic route from Utuado to Rincon. If you’re up for driving on a spirally one lane road that’s meant for two cars (hope you don’t easily get car sick!), I suggest taking on the adventure and getting your camera ready, because the mountains and sights are breathtaking. Once we arrived in Rincon, we grabbed a drink at Shipwreck Bar and a bite to eat at La Cambija. Later that evening, we took a midnight swim right infront of our hotel, Villa Confresi…up until a giant fish touched Nick…then we were out of there pretty quick.

Day 8, 9, 10: Made our way to Old San Juan and stayed with friends who live right in the center of it all (thanks again Conor and Taylor!). We walked to some awesome sites, such as Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal. Drank some delicious cocktails at La Factoria, La Cubanita, La Taberna Lupulo, and of course a few created by the talented Conor at his own place of work, Mavi. The amount of places to explore, culture to experience, drinks to be drunk, and mofongo to be eaten here is endless. Old San Juan easily wins my heart. Eventually we had to pack our bags, say our goodbyes (it was especially hard to say goodbye to our hosts adorably goofy, but well behaved dog named Roland), and head to the airport to make our way home to the bitter cold Wisconsin weather. On the bright side, not only is PR one of my favorites, but it also became one of Nick’s…so there’s no doubt we will go back again someday soon.

Until next time Puerto Rico.

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xoxo,

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