Guest post by@VitraSin
My Puerto Rican getaway consisted of great food, fun activities, peaceful walks on the beach at sunrise, and getting flashed by a creep on the beach!
One of my most memorable experiences was the nighttime bioluminescent lagoon kayak tour. I cannot swim, nor had I ever kayaked before, but once you reach these magical waters, the fright (and exercise of paddling out 35 minutes) is definitely worth it. To see the water light up as you swish your hand in the water is amazing. (Though many have tried, it’s been impossible to capture this in pictures.)
Puerto Rico is also home to a rainforest called El Yunque. I walked through a trail that led to a beautiful waterfall. The best part of El Yunque is that it is totally free, but it is a bit far out from San Juan so arranging the excursion with your hotel is probably the most convenient way to get there.
Old San Juan is worth the .75 bus ride (a taxi will cost you close to $30, and taking the public bus for less than $1 gives you a chance to interact with locals and people-watch.) There are a ton of things to see in Old San Juan, but rather than going to any sites and paying for tours, I simply chose to walk around the city and enjoy the beautiful architecture, the cobble-stone streets, and take in the beautiful views of the ocean.
One of my favorite things to do is eat and while in San Juan, I tried to go to as many restaurants as possible. Overall, the mojitos in Puerto Rico far outdid any mojito I have ever tasted…anywhere!!!
They were amazing! Here’s just a sampling of the dishes I ordered during my time in Puerto Rico:
And to round up my experience in Puerto Rico was one of my morning walks on the beach. I like to get up early and take advantage of the solitude of an empty beach to clear my mind and think about life.
Everyone is so friendly and says “Good Morning,” or “Buen Dia,” as they pass each other during their morning walks or runs.
It felt great to greet people so pleasantly first thing in the morning–something we definitely don’t experience in NYC. As I passed a man sitting on the beach, I raised my hand to say Morning as I was approaching, and when I passed him and looked his way–no pants!
At least I can say I did experience a little bit of everything!
Vitra was born in Trinidad and lives in NY. She has been to 16+ countries and has dozens more on her list. She has a passion for travelling, photography, media, and talking to anyone and everyone she can. You can follow Vitra @VitraSin and @BeTheTeam and don’t forget to check her out at www.BeTheTeam.Blogspot.com.