Just like that, another summer is under my belt! Although I’m bummed my summer is done with, I’m truly blessed that the Lord granted us another wonderful summer. This summer as you may know, my family and I vacationed in Puerto Rico! Since I started college, my family and I have taken several summer vacation trips that my older sister (the world traveler and you can find her new Instagram account here) has planned. We are seriously blessed that she’s so good at planning and creating itineraries for our trips! She even provided a FREE 7-day Puerto Rico Itinerary for you all that you can download below.
Furthermore, there is so much to do in Puerto Rico and I know that whenever I travel to any place I enjoy reading travel blog posts about people’s personal recommendations and activities they do, so today I will be sharing mine!
We arrived at Puerto Rico around 5pm their time and I must add that if you all are looking for a colorful mural shot, you will find one right at the airport as you are exiting. It’s a selfie or family worthy shot! Fortunately for us, two of my sisters went on a 7-day cruise from Puerto Rico so they were already there when the rest of my family and I arrived. They had already picked up the rental van from Charlie Car Rental. We stayed in Fajardo, PR at the Pena Mar condo that had the most precious view. My sisters and I spent most of our down time on the balcony hammocks. That night we also did grocery shopping at Walmart, but I recommended you go to Ralph’s instead. Walmart only had a small section, which we got most of our groceries done, but we ended up going to Ralph’s, twice.
We didn’t have anything planned in the morning, which means we got to sleep in after a whole day of traveling the day before, so I enjoyed a nice cup of coffee on the balcony and a nice little run around the condo area. In the afternoon, we walked around the Luquillo Beach shops and restaurants. We ate some of their local food at one of the restaurants and they also have a pizza shop for those of you are a little iffy about local food. Later that night my family and I did the Kayaking Puerto Rico Bio Bay Tour and my goodness this was a very interesting night! My aunt and I kayaked into trees and other kayaks, but thankfully one of the guides helped us out and we made it through into the bay. The Bio bay itself was beautiful and although we didn’t get to see the water light up in blue as it usually does, we still got to experience seeing the water light up under the tarp the tour guides provided for us. That night we went the moon was out and bright. This tour was a hilarious and memorable adventure.
That morning we took off early for the Culebra Snorkel and Beach Tour and let me just say that this one was probably my favorite and we got to do this tour on Fourth of July! It was a fun and choppy ride to get to our location. The area we snorkeled at was beautiful and if you don’t know how to swim no worries, they provided floats. They also provide the snorkels and flippers. After we snorkeled they drove the boat to Flamenco beach and there is no anchor by the beach so you do have to swim on to the beach or they help transport you there with the floaty. I would make sure to pack a water proof phone case and wet bag to transport your items. The Flamenco beach is known as one of the top ten beaches in the world and I now know why. The water is extremely blue and the beach is not over populated at all. This beach sure made a great area for a photo shoot! I also got sunburned that day because I didn’t take down my sunscreen from the boat, so word of advice make sure you take yours! This tour included some delicious sandwiches and beverages.
We took a good long drive into Old San Juan and this place is just as beautiful as they are in pictures. We first visited El Morro & San Cristobal where we saw a good look of the coast line and its beautiful old structures. That day I was dealing with my sunburned from the day before so I wore a cute long sleeve dress and after 2 hours of being out there I picked my hair up and wore my cap! This area is windy and my sister Erica did warn me that it would be, but I had to wear a dress for some gorgeous shots and to cover up that sunburned. Lol. After we visited those two places we walked around little souvenirs shops in Old San Juan. From the places, we visited to check out souvenirs, I think that you should do your souvenir shopping Old San Juan because they have better prices. My sister (@elsewherewitherica) also recommend we eat at a restaurant called Mojitos. Now let me be the first to tell you that I have attempted to drink mojitos in the states and I could never acquire the taste, but my sister swore they were good at this place and I drank it all. I also tried for the first time one of the popular Puerto Rican dish called Mofongo with chicken and my gosh, it was delicious! Later that night my parents wanted to do some gambling so we went to La Concha Hotel Casino and while they gambled my sisters and I took a stroll down the nearby area and beach. We even came across Daddy Yankee’s Star on the floor.
My family and I did the Window cave hiking at Cueva Ventana and the views were simply beautiful. It was a chilled hike nothing complicated, but my family and I enjoyed it. We got to see bats and one of my sisters even had the privilege of stepping on bat poop!
I was super excited about this Mini boat tour trip, but let me say riding on the front seat on a mini boat was not at all exciting. We kept chopping waves and I was literally flying in and out of my seat and on one bad wave I ended up landing back down on my seat wrong and I ended up hurting my back. I was so worried that I had hurt my back that I was seriously ready to jump out of the boat. Once I switched seats I didn’t feel so much pressure on my back and the rest of the mini boat tour turned out to be a fun experience. My sister and I personally speaking think it’s best to keep it to 3 per boat if you are traveling with a bigger group, because the front seat was horrible, well at least for me. On the mini boat tour, we stopped at an area to do some snorkeling and once we were done they provided a snack and drink before taking off to the next spot. Keep in mind that if you do any snorkeling make sure to apply your sunscreen prior to getting on the boat, because they like to keep their coral reef as clean as possible. After our little snack break we were taken to the smallest little island where they shot a scene of Pirates of the Caribbean. This was another area for getting nice pictures or having a nice photo shoot! This tour was unlike anything I have never done, but I would probably not do this one again because of my personal experience. Overall, my family and I enjoyed it and for only $15 per boat they took pictures of our experience the whole tour!
We spent almost the whole day at El Yunque National Rain Forest and this was also one of my favorite places. We took about a mile hike into the rainforest and once we got to the bottom we jumped into the COLD waterfall. It was packed when we got there, but we made space and got in. After a while people started to leave because it started to rain so we got to take some photos and videos under the waterfall! I highly recommended you trying this one out, but prepared for a long hike in and out of the rainforest!
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