Puerto Rico – Culture, Leisure and Adventure

From the authentic Puerto Rican food in Old San Juan to rope swings in the El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico has a little something for everybody.

Isla Verde & Old San Juan

With direct beach access being a must have, staying in Old San Juan was off the list due to their rocky shoreline.  As an alternative, Isla Verde is just a short cab ride away from Old San Juan and gave us the beach access we were looking for, along with an incredible view from our 13th floor Airbnb crash pad.  We spent a couple days in Isla Verde, catching some rays on the beach during the day and doing some bar hopping and window shopping at OSJ in the afternoon.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time in both OSJ and Isla Verde and couldn’t be happier with the hospitality of the locals along with the food selection.  We had a lot of great meals, but without a question the best meal we had while in PR was at Raices.  If you get a chance to stop by, their kan kan pork chop is out of this world, but don’t expect to finish it unless you consider yourself a competitive eater.
Airbnb hooking it up with the 13th floor in Isla Verde

Airbnb hooking it up with the 13th floor in Isla Verde

Walk through El Morro

Walk through El Morro

Hey guys!

Hey guys!

Swarm of bugs on the walk up to El Morro Fort

Swarm of bugs on the walk up to El Morro Fort

So many bird friends in OSJ

So many bird friends in OSJ

Amazing coffee everywhere we went in Puerto Rico

Amazing coffee everywhere we went in Puerto Rico

Rio Grande

After several days in Isla Verde, we packed our things and headed 90 min east to the Wyndham Rio Grande Mar.  This was an absolutely gorgeous resort with a pristine beach and multiple pools.  Substantial in size, the resort is apart of a much larger country club and condominium complex.  While the food wasn’t excellent on site, there’s a local strip on Frontage Road just 10 min away that provides you with every cuisine you could ever want.  Frontage Road is a small street that runs parallel to route 3 and has dozens upon dozens of restaurants and bars, all with their own unique style, most of which offering live music depending on the day of the week.
Courtyard of the Grand Rio Mar

Courtyard of the Rio Grande Mar

Rainforest view from the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar hotel

Rainforest view from the hotel

Wildlife :p

Wildlife!

Quiet beaches at the Whydam Rio Grand Mar

Quiet and clean beaches at the resort

Sat for hours listening to this band play at Los Kioskos de Luquillo.

Sat for hours listening to this band play at Los Kioskos de Luquillo on Frontage Road.

Activities

What’s a trip to Puerto Rico without a little fun in the sun?  Leaving bright and early we had sights set on road tripping around the whole island but just a couple hours into our trip we realized we bit off more than we could chew.  However, plan B wasn’t that bad either.  After having the most scenic beer of my life at Nuevo Horizonte, we cut inland where we caught a mid day swim at Don Juana Waterfalls. Aside from the one day road trip, we hiked through part of the El Yunque rainforest (most of which was shut down due to a recent hurricane) and found ourselves at the bottom of a river with some other curious souls where we hung out and swung from a rope swing. Last but certainly not least we went on a kayaking tour to bioluminescence bay during a thunderstorm.  This is just one of several bays in the world that light up at night due to allege in the water.  These microorganisms put out light whenever they encounter turbulence or drastic change in water temperature.  They’re basically natural glow sticks for your kayak as you paddle through the river and bay.  Unfortunately the light wasn’t picked up by my GoPro so I guess you’ll just have to visit there yourself :).
Drinking Medalla at Nuevo Horizonte overlooking the South East corner of Puerto Rico

Drinking Medalla at Nuevo Horizonte overlooking the southeast corner of Puerto Rico

Don Juana Waterfalls located road side of of route 149

Don Juana Waterfalls located road side of route 149

Getting a little bath in

Getting a little bath in

Drive from Don Juana to Asao Smokehouse

Drive from Don Juana to Asao Smokehouse

Asao Smokehouse in Ciales had great food but an even better atmosphere. Puerto Ricans know how to party!

Asao Smokehouse in Ciales had great food but an even better atmosphere. Puerto Ricans know how to party!

Rope swinging in the forest

Rope swinging in the forest

Start to the bioluminescence kayak tour

Start to the bioluminescence kayak tour with my sister

When your sister takes a flaming shot and inhales nothing but fire.