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Aug 29, 2018

Puerto Rico. Travel like a local

It was my first solo vacation back in 2016. When I told my friends I was going there by myself, everybody freaked out, saying it’s a “dangerous island”. But the journey was absolutely amazing and I loved to travel on my own ever since. I met a lot of kind and honest people, found peace on empty hidden beaches, and fell in love with this small but beautiful island.


I remember the days driving Jeep around it, wearing bikini and shorts all day long, buying coconuts on the road, discovering non-touristy places, overcoming crazy serpentine roads (which actually was a little bit scary), watching the sunsets, listening to music, singing and being absolutely free and happy. And it all felt right like I don’t need anything else in the entire world.

WHERE TO STAY

I stayed at La concha, San Juan Condado. It is a great area, safe and a bit touristy, the hotel is beautiful, located right by the ocean, with nice staff, but a little pricey.
I think that next time I'll do Airbnb in Old San Juan to really feel the vibes of the old city.

I rented a car from -  ACE Rent A Car
1110 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
Better to rent in advance, so you'll pay less.

PLACES TO EAT

THE BEST BREAKFAST - Pinky’s West

 For a great view, glass of good wine, a slightly fancy ambiance and delicious seafood go to Oceano.

 

MUST SEE. MUST DO. 

Old San Juan

Be sure to take a day to explore Old San Juan, to walk along the narrow streets, take multiple of original pictures. You'll feel like you are in Europe.

  • El Morro (Castillo de San Felipe del Morro) is a beautiful old fortress. For over 400 years, it has protected San Juan and the shipping route from the New World to the Old. 
    A very nice place to feel the atmosphere of the old city, to relax and havepicnic, to enjoy the outstanding view.
  • Carlis Fine Bistro and Piano Bar  
     A small piano bar where the owner plays soulful and beautiful music every night.
  • La factoria  It is considered one of the best bars in the world! Try lavender Moscow mule, it is just unreal. I`m not a cocktail kinda girl (wine is my thing), but this one is just something extra. 
  • Marmalade Pricey but very tasty! They have the best tuna tartar and service and wine 🍷 

Get wet in the Rainforest
El yunque National Forest

 

There are cool waterfalls and beautiful jungle hikes. It almost always rains, so a raincoat is a MUST (you can buy one at information desk), wear non-slippery hiking shoes (sneakers, no flip-flops)

Spend a day at Culebra Island

Take a boat ride early in the morning, either stay overnight or come back in the evening. You won’t want to miss the most beautiful beaches with white sand and clear blue water.

Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour

(this is a night tour to see the planktones that glow in the water)

Just imagine: dark night, going by kayak through the waters of Laguna Grande, surrounded by mangrove trees and watching the glowing tiny organisms in the water that light up as your kayak slices through the water. Unbelievable adventure!
Don't bring your camera, as it's too dark for pictures and even if you use a flashlight you won’t get the effect of the bioluminescence.

It’s BETTER TO SEE it through your eyes, not through the lense and feel the magic. Trust me it’ll stay in your mind forever.

It was an experience of a lifetime! So much to see, to explore. Traveling solo to this mysterious island was an eye-opening experience, so refreshing and freeing.

 




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