One of the easiest and most relaxing destinations we have gone to, Puerto Rico. With a direct flight and no passport needed this is a must see island. If you do plan on visiting Puerto Rico I have two suggestions for you; go during the off season and rent a car! Renting a car was the best decision we made on our venture to the island because the resorts tend to keep you enclosed and distant from the lively culture.
Without our little Avi (yes we named our car) we would not have been able to see the hidden concert by the beach, Old San Juan, El Yunque National Rainforest, or the Window Cave (image below). The island itself is only about two and half hours to drive across making it very easy to navigate. Our GPS system was about as helpful as a piece of cheese and got us lost so many times, but without the wrong turns and missed roads we would not have found the concert by the water.
All of these locations are a must see when visiting Puerto Rico. We only had four days on the island and made time for all of these stops. The Window cave hike only took about one hour and was $20 a person, which contributes to the upkeep of the cave. This image above was taken by Jalen and was truly the most captivating scene of the trip.
The El Yunque National Rainforest was just unbelievably magical. When we first entered the park we stopped at one of the main offices to receive a map of the forest’s paths. There were tours available, but Jalen and I were trying to get as much in for the time we had there so we decided to venture the forest on our own. These paths were clearly marked and always led us to the most beautiful waterfalls and hidden waterways. The water was chilly and refreshing so make sure you bring a towel and extra clothes (which we did not do and so wish we did).
The next stop we took was to Old San Juan. If you want a little city feel to your Puerto Rico visit this the place to go. The image below is of Jalen and I overlooking the city of Old San Juan on top of the historical architecture of Castillo de San Cristobal castle.
Old San Juan is filled with wonderful restaurants, beautiful bars, and extravagant hotels. This would be a great place to stay if you are more interested in a more lively night life verse the coast where we stayed. We stayed at the El Conquistador Waldorf Astoria, and loved it. As I previously mentioned during the off season we felt as if we were the only ones at the hotel. Puerto Rico was such a wonderful time and would definitely recommend it as a weekend getaway or a week long vacation.