June 13, 2010

Puerto Rico: The Island

At The Reef Bar and Grill
My cousin was leading a tour in Puerto Rico for a week so naturally I invited myself to join. I was thrilled to spend a week on this tropical Spanish speaking island. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States so traveling here for American's is easy, no passport needed or money exchange. The island is actually quite large and offers everything from tropical Caribbean vibes to city life.  Best of both worlds, in my opinion.

the view from our hotel room
We stayed at San Juan Marriott which isn't far from the airport if you know the correct Marriott. When I arrived I didn't know there were two options so I had a little tour of all the Marriott's in PR. Whoops! Travel lesson learned. San Juan Marriott was a taxi ride away from Old San Juan but the beach and lounge chairs under the palm trees suited all my vacation needs.

 
 

mangos being sold from the back of a jeep
Old San Juan
I was seriously looking forward to Old San Juan and it did not disappoint. The colorfully painted houses where everything I imaged. My cousin had been to PR before so she knew all the great shops and where to find the outlet stores. We spent the morning wondering the small streets and that afternoon headed over to San Cristobal Fort.




On a day my cousin had to work I signed up for a tour to visit the El Yunque rainforest. Puerto Rico is so diverse. One morning you could be drinking a daiquiri on the beach and by the afternoon you can be exploring the rainforest.

El Yunque Rainforest

On our last day in Puerto Rico we did a catamaran sail through East Wind to a small sandy island off the coast of PR. I even got to sail the catamaran for little bit as my cousin was talking up my sailing skills. No pressure. The island was amazing and so was the day.
 
 

East Wind crew