This past month, I took a trip to Puerto Rico! I spent the week with a good friend who has been living in San Juan for the past year, making the trip even better.
I stayed in Puerto Rico for a week and definitely did the right amount of exploring versus relaxing, important for any great vacation. If you’re visiting Puerto Rico, I’d definitely recommend staying for at least a week so you can explore other parts of the island besides San Juan. If you’ll just be visiting for a few days, I’d stick to staying in San Juan.
We started the trip in San Juan, then headed to the island of Vieques for three days, finally returning to San Juan for the final few days.
Here’s what I did in each location along with my recommendations:
There’s so much to do here, such a vibrant, fun, and beautiful city! San Juan is a very developed area sitting in the heart of the island.
I was able to explore Condado, a beautiful oceanfront, beach community. Enjoyed tons of great authentic Puerto Rican food, acai bowls, and mojitos! I’d have to say my favorite food was definitely the tostones – fried plantains! I went dancing at one of the most famous salsa nightclubs on the island. Relaxed on Playa Escambron while enjoying the warm water and ocean breezes.
Lastly, I ended my trip with a visit to El Morro and Viego San Juan (Old San Juan). I’d recommend all these activities if you’re planning a trip to PR in the near future. You can find more information about each of the places below:
In the middle of our trip we hopped over to one of Puerto Rico’s islands off the main island’s eastern coast. Vieques is a popular island in the Caribbean sometimes known as a part of the the Spanish Virgin Islands. We traveled to the island by ferry, which was only $2, but we had to arrive extremely early to get a ticket before they sold out (around 5:30am!). We probably could have gotten their a bit later as we were among the first in line, but the line to the other Puerto Rican island, Culebra, was already down the block!
We stayed in an Airbnb in Isabel Segunda. We were also there for their annual festival, which took place each night in Isabel Segunda’s town square – full of dancing, food trucks, and betting on toy horses! The other place to stay on the island is Esperanza, which is closer to the beaches and offers more restaurants. However, I’m glad we stay amongst more of the locals for the true Vieques experience.
If you’re not renting a car, you’ll have to rely on taxis and buses – it was great that my friend spoke Spanish! If you don’t speak Spanish though, don’t worry – you’ll get along just fine in Puerto Rico, but it may be helpful to brush up on your Espanol. 😉
We visited some beautiful beaches – turquoise water and white sand. Our adventure even turned us to kayaking in the Biolumniscent Bay at night – probably my most memorable moment of the trip! The water turned a diamond, bright blue with any movements. We even saw sharks and an abandoned ship. It was truly amazing, and a must for anyone visiting.
Enjoy my photo diary below of the trip! Please reach out with any questions on where to go, eat, and stay. I’d be happy to provide recommendations based on my trip.