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Trip List by DurhamLS

A Twenty/Thirty-something Spring Break

28 Mar 2007  
3.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

My boyfriend and I had such an active trip to Puerto Rico that we felt like we needed a vacation when we returned. We rented a car (essential if you want to visit multiple places) and spent the first two nights at Westin Del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, located between San Juan and Fajardo. The hotel was absolutely beautiful, but the food was pricey. We ate out for all of our meals except breakfast. Located 2 minutes from the hotel on Highway 3 was La Parilla Restaurant. It had great food and was located right on the beach (don't be afraid to eat in the kiosks, they have some of the best food). We visited the Cascada Mina waterfall in El Yunque Rainforest (it was nice but very crowded - try to go during off peak hours). The Bioluminescent Bay nighttime kayaking trip in Fajardo was great - I recommend the tour group Enchanted Island Eco Tours. They were the only group that was actually environmentally friendly (you're not supposed to swim in the bay!). We had one of our favorite meals right before the bay trip in Las Croabas at El Pasion del Fuego. So good. Perhaps our favorite activity was our day long catamaran snorkeling trip to Los Icacos island. I recommend the tour company Catamaran Getaways. The captain Robert offered us a great lunch and unlimited pina coladas. Our other favorite day was our (long) road trip across the central mountains, down to Ponce, and around the entire western coast back to San Juan. The central mountains are rarely visited by tourists (I have no idea why, they're beautiful!). The villages and authentic bar/restaurants along the way are so enjoyable. We took Route 143 across the Toro Negro Forest and then headed south to Ponce. Ponce was the least enjoyable part of the trip. We went to El Museo del Arte de Ponce which was so-so, and the traffic was bad. Then, we headed west to catch the sunset and dinner at "the Golden Mile" of seafood shacks in Joyuda Beach. We ate at Island View Restaurant - the waiter was sooo friendly he just couldn't stop coming over to talk. Then, we spent the last two days in Old San Juan at Sheraton Old San Juan. The hotel was centrally located and clean (although we could have done without the casino). The two restaurants we ate at, Aquaviva and Cafe Puerto Rico, were overpriced and not as good as the food we had eaten outside the city. We spent an entire day just walking around taking pictures of the houses - the architecture was amazing. The one thing we didn't get a chance to do was take the short flight to Culebra Island (apparently it's nicer than Vieques). Oh well, maybe next time. Best things about Puerto Rico: the friendliness of the natives, the architecture of homes, the ocean/mountains, and of course the unlimited amounts of Pina Coladas and Mojitos (I think rum may even be in the tap water).

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Rio Grande, San Juan, El Yunque National Forest
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall