This past year I have travelled the most in my life; visiting almost every coastline in the US. I've been fortunate to be able to explore many new places and visit old loves again like San Juan, Puerto Rico.
As a child my family visited Puerto Rico almost annually usually spending most of our time in a little town called Vega Baja, where my mom was born and spent summers with her parents. Some of my fondest memories were spent eating pinchos and empanadas, while sipping on virgin piña coladas, baking in the sun or wandering the historic streets of San Juan. More trips than not we would find ourselves late in the day wishing we would have applied a little more sunblock throughout the day.
After revisiting the magical island after nearly 10 years, I can honestly say the island still has that spark that encouraged my parents to take trips here with my brother and I when we were kids.
If you are looking for a fun weekend trip filled with plenty of relaxation, delicious food, amazing beaches and friendly people San Juan, Puerto Rico is the place for you.
Since a weekend trip truly does go by so quickly, I’d recommend staying on the beach or near it. This allows you to smell the ocean breeze, and have great morning walks on the beach. We decided to stay at an Airbnb due to the proximity to night life and the private access to the beach right outside of the hustle and bustle of city center. I can’t say enough positive things about the Airbnb that we stayed at known as, the White Cottage with garden, steps from the beach. This bright and sunny studio is steps from the beach in the ocean front community of Ocean Park, a great place to experience the local flavors of the island, within 100 amenities walking distance.
Visit The Dreamcatcher, a local boutique hotel and restaurant that is also owned by the owner of the Airbnb, Sylvia. Stop by the Dreamcatcher for breakfast or any vegan meals. The vibe is zen and especially perfect for yogis or those trying to find their inner peace.
In the evenings all of the bars and restaurants are filled with class puerto rican music and as the night gets later more trendy spanish music fills the streets of Old San Juan. Tourists can find the opportunity to join karaoke or learn how to dance any of the common dances, salsa, bachata, merengue.
Wherever you go in Puerto Rico you are sure to have a good time filled with laughter, sunny skies, and relaxation.
Until next time! xx