Nothing like getting to the wrong airport then spending 3 times as much to get to the right one as your flights – fortunately it is only a mistake you make once, and now I have made that I never will repeat it, ever, again!
First order of PR was to take a wonderful drive out the port to get to Vieques – an amazing, peaceful island off the East Coast. With only 9,000 inhabitants this island is an untouched paradise. The Airbnb that we stayed was honestly one of the best I have ever seen. Our place was incredible, a remarkable open-air house – no windows and incredible views. Living in the height of luxury we were able to enjoy views of both the spectacular mountains and bluest oceans you have ever seen.
Our days were filled by relaxing, beach, a little work and exploring – this island truly is amazing. Given we were here for a few weeks I will call out the highlights rather than a day by day! Swimming every day was a great was a great way to enjoy this beautiful island. On one night we were treated to a dinner with our gracious hosts – chefs who rand a catering company. Needless to say this meal was particularly good!
The snorkelling around the island is something very special – beautiful arrays of fish, and reefs of coral. Vieques is spoilt with rich marine life, while at the same time the streets are running with cats, dogs, horses – all strays although it is not uncommon to see stray horses that have been trained and being ridden through the streets – certainly something a little different.
For me the best thing about Vieques, and indeed Puerto Rico, was the incredible Bio Bay – or Luminescent bay. There are no words that do this justice. When you move your hands through the water you are treated to an amazing phenomenon – the water literally glows blue. This is so rare – there are only a few places in the world where you can see this! Unbelievable is the best word that I can think of to describe it!
Heading back from the island paradise we took a drive to the west coast – Aguadilla was a fun town without being mind-blowing. It was somewhere that we could relax for a few days, do a little work and again enjoy the beautiful Puerto Rican beaches. We were all pretty excited to move down to Rincon – a popular surf town. However one of the highlights of this smaller town was Crash Boat Beach certainly worth the visit if you are on the west coast of the island. A beautiful blue beach with refreshingly cool water is perfect to enjoy a couple of beers and swim off the Puerto Rican heat.
After we left Aguadilla we headed down to Rincon was super relaxing, swimming every day – eating really good, healthy food and getting a little work out of the way. We relaxed in a beautiful beachside property and truly took the time to relax. Swimming every day, eating properly healthy food and getting some work done during the day while we spent our evenings doing more of the same but swapped the night swims for cards!
This was a great chance to get some respite and relax a little more and charge the batteries, not that I am complaining but it was nice to take a little bit of a break from being on the road!
Our last day/night in Puerto Rico we ventured into old San Juan, battling the traffic – and sneaking a carpark to explore the old fort. A wonderful part of Puerto Rico with history dating back to the Spanish times when it was the largest Spanish Fort in the new world. With a history of nearly 500 years this fort was a jewel in San Juan that defended the city from the British and the Dutch, and has one of the best views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Puerto Rico was a great couple of weeks to take some time off the road, travel can be a little tiring after all is said and done. Relaxing down in Puerto Rico was a great way to unwind!