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Puerto Rico

December 10, 2010

Last October my best friend Jennie surprised me with one of the most amazing birthday presents I’ve ever received; a four day weekend getaway to Puerto Rico. Since the flight and hotel were already booked and paid for, all I had to do was pack my bags, skim through some travel blogs/books, and hop on a plane to spend four days with my best friend in a new city.

We stayed in Old San Juan, a small, historic section in the center of San Juan. It’s surrounded by stoney fortresses, old churches, colorful colonial buildings, and obviously tons of bars and restaurants serving traditional Puerto Rican drinks and food – my personal favorites are: El Batey on Calle Cristo and the Parrot Club on Calle Fortaleza. Some of my favorite places we visited were: El Morro, an enormous stone fortress overlooking the San Juan Harbor, a trip to Kasalta Beach (make sure to take a car – we made the mistake of walking for miles!), and a walk along the western edge of Old San Juan to see the many watchtowers and indescribable views of the surrounding waters. But I must admit we discovered so much about the city just by wandering through its cobblestone streets and dipping into local cafes and restaurants. Had we had more time however, and was I not so afraid of snakes, I would have loved to take a hike as well as a zip line through the El Yunque rainforest and bathed in one of its many hidden waterfalls. Luckily, Puerto Rico is only about a four hour flight from New York so hopefully Jennie and I will be making our way back sooner rather than later.

• La Fortaleza •

view of San Juan Harbor •

• one of the many watchtowers •

• El Morro •

• La Rogativa •

• El Yunque rainforest •

• Iglesia de San Jose •

• graffiti I saw while there •

Have you ever been to Puerto Rico?

photos via me & flickr
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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 8, 2011 10:59 pm

    Hi!

    I was just browsing through you’re blog (I have fallen in love with it!) and saw this post! I am from Puerto Rico and I am really glad that you and your friend had such a great time here. It is so nice to receive this kind of exposure from such a talented blogger.

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