Personal // Puerto Rico

February 29, 2012

The boy and I, as a marriage, turn five years old this year, right smack dab in the middle of wedding season. We’ll still get to celebrate a bit on the day, but we figured February was the right time to take a longer trip to a warm and sunny place. And I couldn’t have imagined anything better than Puerto Rico.
It was the perfect country for us – just the right amount of foreign, yet we didn’t have to change currencies, and barely even time zones. I could not believe the weather – a warm breeze with no mosquitoes all day and night. We stayed one night in Old San Juan which was completely charming and we are determined to retire there someday. The next day we took a tiny little plane (I got to sit in the front seat!!) to the island of Vieques where we stayed at a luxurious modern guesthouse, complete with open air shower, rooftop deck and ocean views from the bed. It felt like a movie. We spent a few days exploring the island, sitting on the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen and trying to not run over all of the wild horses which run down the middle of the road. From Vieques we went to a beautiful little mid century style guest house back on the main island on the edge of the rainforest, again with ocean views. The owner cooked us an amazing Puerto Rican dinner the first night with many ingredients grown on the property where we stayed. Early the next morning, Valentine’s Day, we hiked up to the tippy top of the El Yunque rainforest to an abandoned watchtower. Our host said his brother was married at the top of the tower at sunrise a few years ago, and once we were up there I could see why, it was the most exhilarating spot with the mist rolling over the treetops all around you. From there we found a little secret riverside spot that our host told us about for a picnic and a bit of swimming. We rounded out our Valentine’s Day with a low key dinner at a romantic little local restaurant where we had the famous seafood/meat stuff plantain fritters and some simple Puerto Rican chicken stew. Our last day we spent a little more time on the beach and hunting for iguanas (no photos though!) before heading home.
Many of you have asked for details so if you’d like more than what I put here (we ate at some fantastic restaurants) then just email me. And then go to Puerto Rico and tell us how you like it!

5 Responses to “Personal // Puerto Rico”

  1. Jillian says:

    this vacation looks magical.

  2. Theresa says:

    Oh Sarah, can your photos be any more beautiful? It looks like you and your hubby had an amazing time! Glad you got to celebrate your upcoming anniversary before the busy wedding season! 🙂

  3. Mary Sylvia says:

    Sooo, you just made me put Puerto Rico on my top ten places list 🙂

  4. Looks like you guys had a blast! So pretty.

  5. William Bay says:

    I hiked up that same mountain in El Yunque and went to that same tower! How cool!

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