We are back from our trip to Puerto Rico. Nothing less than amazing. A perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation and on a romantic, historical tropical island. Rick and I both agreed the bioluminescent adventure was the best part of the trip, if we had to pick. Kayaking at night across a cove, through a long mangrove canal (45 minutes long), very narrow and in complete darkness. It was like a scary real life version of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. The canal then opens up to a bioluminescent bay, totally private, only lit by moonlight and glowing water. It was a Life of Pi moment.
Other highlights were driving two hours south to Ponce. Ponce is a small town and were Rick’s Grandpa is from. The drive was beautiful and we managed to navigate with our joint Spanish language skills. We visited a nearly 500-year-old coffee plantation, the Hacienda was in the middle of a tropical forest and we went on a tour and learned about the history of Puerto Rico and the family that own the land, the tropical forest (what plant not to touch), the weird animals and insects, and about coffee-making in the colonial time. We then went down the hill to the plaza square for lunch and a little strolling around the tiny streets.
We stayed the entire week at a fancy resort and took full advantage of the private coral cove and snorkled a few times, enjoyed the many choices of restaurants, gorgeous views from our room, and lots of Pina Coladas. It is pretty funny how you adapt to being on vacation. I am pretty much only a wine drinker and do not really drink fruity cocktails, but Rick and I had a small addiction. When in Puerto Rico…
Our resort was less than 5 miles away from Viejo San Juan. The beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture with its delicate features on doors and iron balconies, colorful walls and white trim, and arches I was in awe and with the blue cobblestone streets, especially when the sun would set and create a glow on the smooth surface or the look after it would rain (even though I nearly slipped a few times).
The quaint and bustling Old San Juan had me charmed. We strolled through a few visits to just walk around, see the fortresses and castles, eat, drink, shop and to enjoy the sunset at the Paseo de la Princesa. A must visit in the evening.
As much as I was sad to leave vacation time and the beauty, food, people, colors and weather. I missed my home, cooking, and working. Surprising how that happens.