Plot twist: I went to Puerto Rico! It was a last minute, spur of the moment trip, and it was incredible.
Let's start with the flight. We flew with American Airlines and got a nice little bump up to first class. There was plenty of room, and we got a free meal (always wins me over). If your options are chicken salad or lentils, go with lentils! Holy... they were good. Of course, we had to get a glass of wine to calm some flying nerves or something like that ;)
We flew into San Juan and took a shuttle to our beachfront hotel - San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel. This place is beautiful!! It is located right on the beach and has some of the most incredible views. If you don't like the color blue, definitely stay away! Everything inside is lit with blue lights; they are in the rooms, but you have the option to turn them off.
So let's get into the highlights of San Juan!
After we checked in to our hotel, we drove to Old San Juan; this is the tourist area. It's beautiful! We walked around before we ate at Dragonfly - absolutely delicious sushi! They have a ginger drink and a wasabi drink that we had to try... also delicious!
We headed to the El Yunque National Forest to hike up to the El Yunque Peak. We went early beat the crowds and heat which was a great idea. The weather was incredible, and we had the trail to ourselves! We reached the peak around noon. At first, it was foggy without a view, but it immediately cleared up to reveal the most incredible view.
After, we kayaked the Bio Bay, which was quite disappointing. Our guide was fairly rude, and the bay was not luminescent.
Tip: use sunscreen. The sandy beach was Tuesday's destination. We became friends with a mother and daughter who recommended a quick food place called Pollo Tropical. If we had fast food like that in America, I would be 20 pounds heavier; it was tasty and cheap.
For dinner, we ate at a fancy restaurant called Perla; it resembles a huge clam shell. Appetizer: Conch con "Mojo"
Main Course: Grilled Swordfish Steak with Green Papaya Slaw
Old San Juan in the morning! We had brunch at Caficultura. I had the Crepas de Batata Dulce, which are sweet potato crepes stuffed with crumbled chicken sausage and goat cheese.
We decided to take the ferry (not recommend) to Cataño. This is where the Bacardi Rum Factory is located. We took a tour and partook in a rum tasting - be careful with this. They are heavy on the tastings! You'll leave that place feeling like a million bucks if you drink it all.
Dinner was at Metropol. I had the Mofongo Relleno Churasco - Mofongo is DELICIOUS
Sailing & snorkeling with Erin Go Bragh Charters - we sailed to 3 different locations to snorkel and enjoy the beautiful weather. You sail with 2 captains and 4 other passengers. They cook you a delicious BBQ lunch with the best mango salsa (I ate so much salsa!). The best part of the entire experience? Unlimited drinks! And if you fake a honeymoon, you get free champagne ;)
Oceano was up for dinner. Again, free champagne if you fake a honeymoon, and the colossal shrimp mofongo was just what I needed!
We ate brunch at the hotel and enjoyed our final day on the rooftop pool.
It was my first time going to Puerto Rico, and I'm just dying to go back! It's a breathtaking place that is a bucket list must.