puerto rico

Just over a month ago, we got back from 10 days in Rincon, Puerto Rico. I'm grateful that we were able to get in a big trip before the pandemic took over - and extra glad we decided to extend our stay after our first few days there! Our trip happened with last minute planning, per usual as we are never good at planning out too far in advance. We knew we wanted a late February getaway but just couldn't decide where to go - when the idea of Puerto Rico popped into my mind! We loved that we didn't need passports (working on Lou's currently!), it was a tropical island, and neither of us had been there before! We did some digging online, read about a cool little surfing town called Rincon, found an Air BNB, and booked our tickets to leave the next week! To recap the whole trip could fill a chapter book, but a few highlights from our time in PR...

-We rented a little boat for the day in the town of La Paraguera - we rolled up to a tiny island and had the whole thing to ourselves for awhile - other than a spear fisherman who was hunting octopus which he said he sells to local restaurants! At another nearby island all 3 of us hopped in the clear blue water and floated around the natural lazy river that went around the island. It was surreal!

-We celebrated my birthday at the most charming little restaurant, Estela.

-Daily beach walks, often in the morning to The Juice Box for smoothies and Louise loved the swing out front.

-One day we drove over to Survivor Beach and got ourselves into a much more dicey hike than expected (I literally carried a sleeping Louise through a jungle!), but once we were out of it, we found ourselves on a deserted, pristine, unreal beach. After spending the day hunting for shells, plucking hermit crabs out of the ocean, and watching a few giant lizards stroll by, we hiked back and Lou fell asleep again! Back near our car a guy was selling fresh coconuts so we sat and enjoyed them while baby girl slept. It was such a relaxing peaceful day!

-We checked out the 2 gorgeous waterfalls at Gozalandia - definitely worth checking out.

-For the most indulgent drinks we went to Villa Cofresi, where their specialty is a sweet + strong cocktail served in a fresh coconut! We walked along their beach, Lou danced to the live band, and

I bought some fun vintage earrings at the little market going on.

-Our favorite lunch spot was a food truck called Jack's Shack - their fish tacos, fresh watermelon juice, banana bread...it all was so good, and the perfect spot to walk to from the beach to take a little break.

We already are talking about a future trip back to Puerto Rico - the friendly people, chill vibe, and pristine beaches are definitely something we'd like to get back to!

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