I just got back from Puerto Rico, and even though it was cloudy and rainy impeding me in working on a darker tan, I had a lot of fun spending time with family and friends. Here is a recap of what I did on my trip, and Instagram pictures to inspire you to choose Puerto Rico as your next getaway destination. Keep reading to find resources like car rental, hotels, restaurants and towns to visit!
Day 1: We arrived at the airport, picked our rental car at Hertz and headed to my dad’s apartment in Condado for a home-cooked meal of Seafood Paella, Guacamole, Sorullitos and Margaritas. This is the view from the balcony. Love being able to see the ocean and a pretty sunset!
Day 2: We woke up and met with my BFF for a late breakfast at Los Cidrines, a local bakery that’s well-known for its delicious loaves of bread and Quesitos (flaky pastry stuffed with sweet, creamy cheese). This is a box of pastries we picked for dessert after our Mallorca breakfast sandwiches.
Day 3: We picked up my mom and headed to Patillas to have lunch at Mar de la Tranquilidad restaurant. Above is the view from the table. We even spotted a manatee swimming nearby! We had Sorullitos (below), fish fritters and ordered stuffed Mofongos (second picture below). Mine was stuffed with crab meat. It is not in the menu, but they’ll prepare it if you ask for it. They also have a cocktail menu and bar, but to celebrate my graduation we brought our own bottle of Champagne.
Later that night, I headed to the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde to celebrate even more with my BFF who was also graduating that day.
Day 4: We were staying in Vega Baja for the first couple of days, so we stayed local and drove to Dorado for sushi, cocktails and a movie. We headed to Ikebana (they also have other locations in Puerto Rico) for sushi and I got to try a Dragon Ikebana Martini (above), so sweet and delicious! Afterwards we headed to Caribbean Cinemas to watch The Great Gatsby.
Day 5: I have friends who live in Dorado, so we headed to Dorado del Mar (where the Embassy Suites Dorado is located) to go to the beach (above), and then meet up with another friend for a BBQ and cocktails at her place.
Day 6: We made our way to Old San Juan to have a late breakfast with a friend and her husband, to catch up and check out some pictures from their wedding. We met up at Caficultura for Aranitas (above), delicious coffee and Flancocho (a hybrid dessert made of cake and flan). We ordered the carrot one with a side of ice cream (below). On a sunny day, Old San Juan is perfect to take a nice walk and enjoy their walkways (check out the beautiful seahorse sculpture below) and to buy souvenirs. My boyfriend got himself some cigars and Puerto Rican coffee.
Day 7: The morning was spent being lazy around my aunt and uncle’s house in Rio Mar. Today was the first day that I was finally able to get some sun. In the afternoon, we met with my mom’s side of the family for an early dinner with a side of Sangria (below) at Yaya’s Cuisine in Guaynabo. They also have a second location that is perfect for lunch and weekend nightlife called Yaya’s Wiken.
Day 8: This was our last day in Puerto Rico. Our flight was at 6pm, so we had the morning and early afternoon to enjoy ourselves. We decided to stop by the Rio Mar Beach Resort for breakfast, daiquiri and some beach/pool time. It rained on us, so our agenda was cut short to breakfast at Marbella (inside the hotel) where I had delicious Puerto Rican Stuffed French Toast (above) (they are stuffed with guava and Cotija Cheese), and then sat down by the Tiki Hut for a Mudslide (below). Then, it was back to the house to watch TV, pack and head back to NYC.