Vacationing in Puerto Rico

Written by Justin posted on Feb 28, 2014 in mom & dad, Vacation

Oh traveling, how I’ve missed you. Dawn and I just got back from 7 days of pure vacation bliss. It was of the kid-free variety and we soaked up every second of it. Having never traveled to Puerto Rico we did not have a good feel for what to expect. Others had given us some pointers which were super helpful, but you really can’t have a frame of mind for somewhere until you have experienced it for yourself.

I speak for Dawn too when I say we had an exceptional time. Honestly, our only criteria was somewhere offering respite from the brutal winter we have had in Chicago. But we got so much more than sunshine and beach time out of this trip. Which is not to say we did not take plenty of those in. We did our best to explore and get a true idea of what the Puerto Rican culture, history, food, people and wild/marine life are all about. High marks across the board. We were longing to get back before we even left.

View outside the room balcony. Not a bad way to start the trip.

Castillo de San Cristóbal is an old Spanish Fort built in 1783. For a modest fee we were able to walk in and out of just about every nook and cranny of this amazing structure. The sleeping quarters were a real eye-opener for me.


Flamenco Beach, Culebra, PR
Culebra is a small island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. We drove about an hour to get to the coast and then took a ferry out to Culebra. Quite a few folks lost their breakfast on the ferry. A small price to pay for what this island offers. Flamenco Beach is one of the most highly touted beaches in the world. Anyone visiting PR looking for a little adventure should make it a point to get out to the island. It is incredibly charming and remains completely untouched from big business and industry. We decided next time we come out we would spend a day or two camping here.

I passed on the Shark nuggets.


See us? See the Remora? So cool.
I dug out the snorkeling gear from Maui and it came in very handy. I don’t care much for sunbathing so I did quite a bit of underwater viewing. Dawn joined in too and at one point had 3 medium sized Spadefish following her around!

To say we did our fair share of eating on this trip would be a real understatement.

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