Thursday, May 14, 2015

What To Do in Puerto Rico

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So recently, I've had a lot of friends who are looking to plan either their honey moons or a nice quick summer vacation. One of the main places I keep suggesting is Puerto Rico! I went to Puerto Rico last August and had a blast. Not only can you get relaxing beach time, but there are tons of places to explore and adventure.

What To Do in Puerto Rico

I stayed in San Juan and we got a rental car so we could be mobile and travel around the island which I highly recommend!

1. Day Trip to Fajardo

It was about an hour drive away but it was totally worth it! There are tons of attractions there. We kayaked in the bioluminescent bay, but there were also places you could go snorkeling or take a boat tour. I would suggest checking out companies that offer tours before you head out though, you can even Follow @PRTourismCo on Twitter for suggestions!

On our way driving there, we stopped by a local restaurant right on the side of the water to have some empanadas and snapper.

2. Visit El Yunque National Forest

Again this was about an hour drive away too but it was a beautiful drive. El Yunque is the only rainforest in the National Park system and has waterfalls that you can take a dip in. You drive around for a while before you can find parking and then take a short little hike down to the waterfall but it was the first time I hung out right underneath a waterfall. I have a funny face because the water was a LOT colder than I thought it would be!

El Yunque National Park

3. Visit El Morro!

Come on, you gotta do some true touristy things! The Fort is in Old San Juan and is fun to take a short tour through. It's has over 400 years of history, great views, and they even shoot off one of the old cannons if you get there at the right time!

4. After than, go stroll around Old San Juan.

Old San Juan is vibrant and offers a little something for everyone. If you're driving there's lots of inexpensive parking on the south side of the city. Be sure to pack good walking shoes! Outside of the dock where the cruises come in there's an outdoor market with lots of artists selling their wares. There's also tons of restaurants to eat at if you get hungry! We apparently went during a food festival ( not sure which it was) but they were offering tons of free food!

If you're staying there for the evening there are also cruises that will take you around for a night time sight-seeing cruise, play music, and of course, serve booze! That was one of my favorite evenings.

5. Try Mofongo

You all know how much I like my food. Mofongo is Puerto Rico's national dish. Its made from fried, mashed green plantains, and then seasoned and topped with various types of meat. Delicious! Honestly, you can pretty much get this anywhere so don't miss out!

6. Relax at the Beaches

Last but not least, you have to take one day of relaxation to hang out on the perfect beaches. We went to Luquillo Beach located just east of the capital of San Juan. It was surrounded by coconut trees and is situated in a bay, so the waters are calmer and make it a great place to go for a swim. Honestly, there are so many beaches, you can go to just about any one and enjoy yourself. 

Overall, Puerto Rico was an outstanding trip and I love how many active things there were to do rather than just sitting around at a resort and going to the all-you-can-eat buffet every night. Definitely need to go back sometime soon!

Do you want to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.? For more suggestions, Like on Facebook or I am happy to provide any suggestions!

Have you been to Puerto Rico before? What was your favorite part?

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