I’m a planner. It’s part of having anxiety, but I wanted a trip to just BE. This was that trip for me. I spent 5 days in Puerto Rico with my young adult daughter. We spent each day on the beach with no real expectations.
Here are some of the highlights:
Condado Beach- We went each day. It was relaxing and the view was good. Our hotel provided chairs, an umbrella, and water to make us more comfortable.
Bistro Cafe- They have a good breakfast menu, but it is a bit spendy. The portions are a decent size so we shared dishes.
Old San Juan- There is so much history, the vibrant colors of the buildings, the historic sites, shopping, and more. You can spend hours walking around and exploring. Beware of the pigeon park if you don’t like them. Be sure to try a pina colada from Barrachina.
La Placita- It’s a ghost town during the day but at night it comes alive. Small shops, restaurants, and bars all play different music and with a different vibe. On the weekend some places stay open until 5 am. You’ll see police patrolling, but we did not notice any crime or issues.
El Yunque National Rainforest- it is about a 40-minute drive from the San Juan/Condado area. The views are breathtaking. You can try ATVs, horseback riding, or a rainforest tour through several reliable companies. Be prepared to get wet especially if going in the afternoon.
Ropa Vieja- This is a good place for traditional Puerto Rican and Cuban dishes.
Weather- It was hot by 9 am. Most days had a chance of rain, but the rain didn’t come and if it did it was brief in the evening.
As two women traveling alone, we felt safe at all times.
You do not need to know much Spanish as most people speak some English.
Uber is the best way to get around in my opinion. People do drive and rent cars, but after seeing the narrow roads and how people park and merge it is not something I would recommend.
We stayed at the AC Hotel in Condado. It was nothing spectacular, but it met our needs of being clean and in a convenient area. It also has a beautiful rooftop pool.
Puerto Rico is somewhere I would be happy to return to.
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