Exploring Puerto Rico
I have the BEST friend. My 30th birthday is on Friday, and my best friend took me to Puerto Rico as an early celebration.
I'm not really into my birthdays, even though David is amazing and has made every birthday wonderful since we've been together ... but birthdays still make me anxious. I'll be there first to admit that I like attention, but I get overwhelmed and super awkward when there's too much on me at one time. (With this said, I am excited to see what David has planned for my birthday weekend ... ;) )
We started by flying from NYC to San Juan.
San Juan was like being taken back in time to a magical, colorful city that is full of life. Pat and I walked around the streets and to saw the main attractions – from the fortress El Morro to the Pigeon Park. I really loved the feel of this city, and wish we could have spent more time exploring!
Because we were only in Puerto Rico for two days, we had to head to our resort in Guanica right after exploring old San Juan. We tried to venture in to Ponce on our way to Guanica, but unfortunately got turned around and didn't find the beautiful Parque de Bombas – guess we'll have to go back :)
By the time we arrived to our resort – Copamarina – it was time for dinner, drinks, and bed. As I've said before, one of the things I love about traveling is trying new food ... so, for dinner, I had my first taste of mofongo. And I loved it!
We spent the next day relaxing in the warm, amazing Puerto Rico sun.
A day full of beach, wine, and this beautiful sunset was amazing ... As was everything about Copamarina. We loved how it was off the beaten track, and, as it was the middle of the week, it was really quite and peaceful. AND at night we were serenaded by the sweet little Couqie – aka the small little frogs that are native to Puerto Rico.
After relaxing on the beach all day we took a boat to a Bioluminescent bay near our resort. Because the dinoflagellates (the marine plankton that glow in the water) do not really come out in pictures (at least those taken on my iPhone), we don't have any documentation of this experience, but it was seriously awesome. The second my arm touched the water it was like a glow stick had exploded all around me. When you lifted your arm up, it was like you were a glowing vampire from Twilight, and you were covered in glowing little glittery plankton. It was beyond cool.
One of my friends grew up in Puerto Rico, and highly recommended that we visit the National Rainforest, El Yunque... so, that's what we did with our second full day! If you're planning a trip to Puerto Rico and you're in to nature, this is definitely a must. We did the El Yunque trail, which is a decently easy 2.4 mile trail (one way), that ends with the view you see in the above photo. If you look closely, it feeels like you can see where the Atlantic meets the clouds.
There are still so many things I would like to see in Puerto Rico, and I would love to see the North Coast and Vieques, but overall I am so happy with what we did with our short vacation, and even more happy that I got to spend some quality time with my other New Yorker half!