While we do enjoy playing under the Florida sun, it’s always nice to grab your travel buddy and go on an adventure. Earlier this month Sage and I hopped on a plane for a weekend stay in Puerto Rico. It was something we did on a whim because we scored round trip tickets for only $87 each! Yes you read that right, $87!
After our 2 1/2 hour plane ride, the only thing I could think of was the BEACH. Puerto Rico seriously has some of the clearest and prettiest water. We spent the afternoon of our first day walking along the shore, and I with my camera in hand.
We started our beach trek at Casi Pesca, and walked all the way down to where that little lighthouse in the distance is. It took us about a half an hour to reach it.
My favorite kind of beaches are the ones that have rocks. That normally means there’s a lot going on and a lot of cool things for me to photograph. Poza del Obispo is the beach that’s local to Arecibo. Which was around a 10 minute drive from where we were staying. Or anywhere to be honest. The good thing about Puerto Rico is you’re never a far drive from the ocean. When the waves drew back it revealed all of these beautiful rocks that lined the shore.
So how cool is this spot! These huge rocks protect everyone from the rough waves that lie beyond them. It’s kind of this tide pool turned swimming pool. The water was like looking through glass, and because it’s so shallow it was the perfect temperature! Every few minutes the waves would burst upon the rocks and create an amazing display.
On the side of the beach is a huge rocky hill where the lighthouse is. Not so tiny anymore. I didn’t think twice about climbing it, because I knew the view was going to be so worth it! But it wasn’t the greatest idea to have in flip flops. When we got to the top I was surprised by how windy it was. I could barely keep my body, let alone my hand steady when I was trying to take a photo! Wind + giant hill + tiny girl in flip flops = Sage yelling it’s time to go because he’s not trying to see me fall over the edge and down into the deep depths below just for a picture. So I begged to have 5 minutes and tried to shoot as much as I could. Not gonna lie, it was SO worth it!
As much as I love the ocean, I was also drawn to the mountains. If you’ve ever been to Florida then you know how flat it is. We don’t even have hills! It’s just one straight shot from top to bottom. So for our second day we ventured into the mountains and took in the sights.
One of the most interesting things I learned was on our trip to Lago Dos Bocas. Could you believe that this valley used to have a little town at the bottom. Although it is now engulfed in water. When the water level goes down (which is controlled by the dam), you can actually see the cross from the church sticking up through the water! While we didn’t get to see that personally, the whole area definitely has an amazing view to see and take in.
Right next to the bridge that we were standing on, was a man selling local fruits and veggies. Which in all honesty, seemed a little weird to me. I figured he wouldn’t have a lot of customers at that location. But I must be wrong because by the time I turned back around, Sage’s grandpa had a hand full of fruits!
I really enjoyed going up and through the mountains. The landscape and view was like no other. There are so many small towns and cities nestled into the mountains and it’s almost as if they are one.
And on the evening of the second day, our adventure was coming to a close. We spent that night sippin on frappes (deliciouso Puerto Rican drink. Pretty much like a milkshake but with crushed up ice), and walking along the beach in the moonlight with his family. But I’m not gonna lie, sometimes going to the beach at night can be a hit or miss for me. Sometimes it feels exhilarating and other times I am creeped out. I’ll let you guess what happened, and it probably didn’t help that we were talking about zombies.
At 5:00 in the morning we boarded our plane and were back in Florida by 7:30 a.m. We both agreed that we should do these little weekend trips to Puerto Rico more often. If you’re thinking about going, I say do it! Everyone there is super friendly and there are enough beaches and palm trees to keep your little ocean heart happy for a long time.
I really do love visiting Puerto Rico. Sage was born there and lived there for a while. He still has a lot of family living there too. So it’s really nice when he shares that part of himself with me. I enjoy seeing how excited he gets when showing me all of the old places and faces he used to visit. While this was not my first time there, it always feels fresh and new. There are so many unique adventures Puerto Rico has to offer. It is a beautiful place filled with beautiful people. I’m already looking forward to our next visit!
– Salty Kai // Renée