Puerto Rico

Ever went on vacation and felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation? I have.

As you probably know, I took a trip to Puerto Rico and I’ve been back home for about 2 weeks and still feel like I need a vacation to recoup from the vacation!

This fatigue is partly due to early flights, little sleep and old age LOL. I stayed up way passed my bed time ( I’m usually in the bed at 930pm) and our days were filled with lots of sightseeing!

Which brings me to today’s topic!

Although I was only in PR for a short amount of time, I wanted to share with you some of the things my girlfriends and I did while there with hopes to entice you to book a flight and go.

Let’s do this!

Where to stay:

We opted for an Airbnb on Isla Verde in Carolina! Our condo had a breathtaking view of the beach and was within walking distance from stores and restaurants. I penned an article here on how to book an Airbnb. If you prefer a hotel, there a slew of 4 stars rated hotels on Isla Verde.

How to get around:

We used Uber to no end, and unless you are extremely comfortable and familiar with San Juan and surrounding areas I suggest you do the same. Rental cars and public transportation are available if you wish to go that route.

Side Note: Uber drivers can drop you off at the airport but cannot pick you up at the airport. There are taxi drivers  ready to pick you up curbside. We were informed that there is quite a tension between Uber drivers and taxi drivers something to take note of. Carry cash to pay your cab.

My favorite destination was Culebra where we enjoyed the waves of  Flamenco Beach!

I’ve been to a few beaches in my 36 years of life, I was amazed by the white sandy beaches of Cayman Islands, and the salty waters o f Jamaica, but they fail in comparison to the divinity that is Flamenco beach. If you believe in the Big Bang theory, let me tell you that there is no bang big enough that could have created the ocular feast that is Culebra!

You can read more on Culebra here. 

SIDE NOTE: we took a ferry there and to be quite honest, it was not a pleasant experience. One hour in the middle of the ocean with no life jacket had me praying to Christ! LBVS.

LET’S EAT :

We did a whole lot of eating… I mean a whole lot!!!!!! Food everywhere! Delicious food at that! We went to a few places, not all were great, so I will only list the ones that I fancied!

picture taken at La Mala Vida

In Old San Juan :

Brunch at La Mala Vida with unlimited Mimosas ( yes please) – The service was impeccable, the food delicious the decor minimal just how I like it and the mimosas – oh the mimosas… they had what felt like unlimited flavors!

Dinner: We had the most delicious meal at Mojito’s Restaurant. They don’t have a website so I can’t link it but  I encourage you to  go. They are located at 323 Calle Recinto Sur, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico. Everything on the menu ( iz da bess) according to our Dominican Mami Barbara who provided us with the best service! If you, go tell her I sent you. LOL because she’ll remember ( not really).

Things to do in Old San Juan:

There are so many things to see and do in San Juan that it’s really a personal choice. We spent most of our time taking in the amazingly colorful architecture and its history. We did not have any set plans, and truth be told  Viejo San Juan is best tackled on a whim, we blended in with the locals and enjoyed everything Paseo de la Princesa had to offer.

My girl Nima, who truly abides by the acronym YOLO stopped at Ozone  Aqua Massage for some rejuvenation look it up and try it if you like!

Old San Juan

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Let’s go back to Condado where we spent most our time!

Beverages, Sweets, and Food 

Serafina had some of the best thirst quenchers, but if you like seasoned food, do not order the calamary! I can’t comment on anything else but the drinks!

 

Paletas ( fruit popsicle)

You can pretty much get these everywhere, I encourage you to try one! Tropical fruit? Yes please!

Since we’re on the topic of cool treats! You absolutely need to go to :

Below Zero in Condado – 

This place raised the bar so high on frozen treats that I can no longer eat regular ice cream! So long Breyers!

 

 Dinner:

On our last night we had dinner at Carpaccio in Condado – We heard it was the best Italian Cuisine in Condado and the rumors were true!  A must try.

Breakfast:

Bistro Cafe is the place to be if you like carbs. Nutella and mimosas, and in the words of Puerto Rico native Bruno Mars, lucky for (them) that’s what I like, that’s what I like.  Word of advise, if you’re going to make your way to Bistro Cafe, be ready to wait . This place gets crowded, but the food is well worth the wait!

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Night Life –

I’m not into the club scene, been there done that, but if you like good vibes and by good vibes I mean good jams, people and the tropical summer breeze at night hit up La Placita de Santurce!

La Placita is a block full of bars and restaurants, think Mardi Gras New Orleans at night, without the beads. A fun experience!

All in all a great trip with some rad ladies! I couldn’t possibly encapsulate this trip in one blog post, but surely you get a good sense of what PR is!

The culture is rich, the people are full of love and I felt right at home. There are numerous things to do in PR that weren’t mentioned, hopefully I get to live vicariously through you if this post enticed you to travel to this rich land!

Where are we off next? I will let you know next year!

Until then here’s a little PR through my iPhone 7Plus

puerto rico from Charlotte Betts on Vimeo.

 

Until next time.

 

 

“The sea is His, for it was He who made it, And His hands formed the dry land.”

Psalm 95:5

 

 

4 Comments

  • Rae

    May 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I went to Puerto Rico about two years ago and loved every bit of it. It really felt like home and the food was absolutely amazing. We opted to rent a car to explore and it was one of the best decisions we could have made — especially since we wanted to go to the rainforest.

    I’m glad you all were able to enjoy this beautiful place! It’s definitely an unforgettable one.

  • Aracely Collins

    April 19, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I’m glad you got to enjoy Puerto Rico! I love to go visit my Mom and we go at least once a year. We absolutely love going to Old San Juan, there’s so much to see. Madison can’t get enough of it. We enjoy the beaches of Isla Verde and the nightlife of Condado. We’ve never been to Culebra or Vieques but it is on our list. Oh and I so need to get an iPhone 7 although I need to convince the hubby! :)