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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Puerto Rico Vacation

Derek and I went to Puerto Rico to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. It is crazy to believe we have been married 10 years. We had a great time together and enjoyed ourselves so much. It was a truly perfect vacation. It was so relaxing and we had so much fun just being together! Puerto Rico is beautiful and the culture is so unique. It is an island filled with history.(Warning- there are alot of pictures! I tried to scale down, but we took over 400 pictures, so it was hard).Here's a recap of our trip.
We arrived in San Juan on Sunday evening and headed to Old San Juan where we were staying at El Convento Hotel. It was an old convent and it was so unique. There was a courtyard in the middle with a giant tree. We went to a late dinner and then back to our hotel for some rest.

Our hotel
Courtyard view

In front of our hotel
On the terraceMonday was spent walking around old San Juan and looking at the fort and city walls. We saw so many cool views and sights. It was beautiful! We enjoyed a wine and cheese reception on the terrrace of our hotel where we could overlook the city. It was so relaxing. We went to dinner at a wonderful place called the Parrot Club. And they had yummy rum drinks too(Puerto Rico is known for their rum.)
San Felipe entrance
El Morro wallsArmory at El MorroEl Morro lighthouseRelaxing at the fortPreparing for battlesentry station at EL MorroOn top of El MorroBy the canon ballsOld city wallsAlong the coast
Puerta de San Juan(where people entered the city by boat)Taking a break
Lunch at Barrachina- birthplace of the pina coladaYummy pina colada Its so fun being together

Tuesday we ate at this delicious place for breakfast where the locals hung out. Then walked around and looked at some more sights and shops. We went into San Juan and went to Isla Verde beach and ate lunch in a little shack- it was yummy.

The streets were blue cobblestoneHouses in townColumbus StatuePigeon ParkGate into the cityCatedral de San JuanPonce de Leons grave
Isla Verde BeachDinner at Aquaviva
Wednesday, we left San Juan and went to the El Yunque Rainforest. We hiked down to a waterfall. It was beautiful and the water was so clear. It was also really cold in the water and under the waterfall. The rainforest was full gorgeous. We then went to Luquillo to Luquillo Beach. It was so pretty and peaceful! After the beach ,we caught a ferry to the tiny island of Culebra, off the coast of PR. It was a quaint, rustic little island. And it was beautiful. Our cottage was on a bluff overlooking the water and it took my breath away. The whole island is so cute and secluded. It was very romantic.
On our way to the rainforestReady for some fun!Hiking the trailOn the trailEl Yunque rainforestAt the waterfall
Muscle man The water was so cold!La Mina trail

Luquillo Beach Hanging on the beachSo pretty!Soaking up the sun! Having fun!Dinner at Mammacita's
Thursday, we went to Flamenco Beach and the water was crystal clear and serene. We took a hike to Carlos Rosario beach to snorkel. It was a little cove and we were the only people there. The snorkeling was great there! We hiked along the coastline back to our place. It was such a pretty view. We went to the little town for dinner where we ate right next to the water. In the water there were huge tarpon swiming around right beside us.
Our cottage

View of wildlife refuge island from our room

Relaxing in the shade

Strolling along the beach


My honey in the clear, blue water


At our cottage on Culebra

My hubby!

Dinner on the waterfront

Friday, Derek took off to snorkel again and I headed to the beach at our hotel to catch some rays and read. We both had a relaxing morning before catching the afternoon ferry back to Puerto Rico. While waiting for the ferry we ate chicken on a stick, cooked right in front of us on a little grill, and it was terrific.
Along the reef right off the beachView from the beach at our hotel
We arrived back in Fajardo and got off the ferry and headed back to Old San Juan. We walked around the square and looked in some cute shops. We ate dinner in a local place,Raices, that was incredible. All of the food and drinks we had were terrific.

Puertorican show on the waterfrontAlong the harborEating some mofungo
Puerto Rico is a wonderful place. It is beautiful, relaxing, there are lots of different things to do. It was an amazing vacation. We most enjoyed hanging out together and relaxing. And eating delicious food .