Travel Diary: Puerto Rico |

“Vamos a ver si el gas pela” – Let’s see how the gas peels.

If you are looking for an easy and affordable getaway, Puerto Rico should be on the top of your list. With its vast range of beautiful beaches, the island is a destination in and of itself. I honestly cannot wait to go back.

My boyfriend and I started our adventure in Old San Juan. We spent our first day exploring the city, bopping in and out of little café bars for tapas as we walked. San Juan is filled with colorful houses and hilly cobble stone streets. If you want to explore a little further out of the heart of the city, an amazing place to see is the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. I know what you are thinking, visiting a cemetery may not sound like a vacation ‘must’, but trust me it’s good!

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After our first night in San Juan, Sam and I hopped in a car and headed to our next destination—a beach house we rented in Isabela. As we drove, the scenery of Puerto Rico was everything you might imagine it would be. With road side fruit and empanada stands every couple of miles, how could you not fall in love with this place?

Our beach house came fully furnished—including a friendly dog we affectionately named after a nearby surf shop, Pelicano. Every day the three of us (Sam, Pelicano and I) spent hours relaxing on Isabela’s beach, a quick walk up the road from where we were staying. At night, Isabela had a great local music and restaurant scene. Our favorite spot to eat and hang out was One Ten Thai.

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One of our last days on the island Sam and I drove to Cabo Rojo, another great local beach with gorgeous cliff tops, just a few hours away from Isabela. We packed a lunch and some drinks, then enjoyed an easy day by the water. Lounging and swimming for most of the time, eventually hiking up the cliff to the lighthouse to see the notorious view.

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I can truly say Puerto Rico was one of the most fun and authentic trips of my life. This place will always have my heart.

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