In May, my sister graduated from the University of South Florida (grad pics to come!) with her Bachelor’s in Music Education. So, I took the week off and we went to Puerto Rico to visit our cousin, Charlotte, who had moved there a few months ago. It was an amazing trip! We went snorkeling, hiking, sightseeing and swimming. It was a short trip, and we were determined to pack in as much as possible.
Puerto Rico is a delightful mix of Island and Latin culture. Seeing the sights, the people, and the landscape made for an excellent vacation.
As we were trying to pack light, I was only able to take one camera with me- my Sony alpha a260 with a kit zoom lens, 18-55. I figured since most of the photos were going to be taken outside, low light wouldn’t be that much of an issue.
Here are some of the highlights!
On Day one, we went to Poza del Mujeres, a beach about 45 minutes away from the heart of San Juan. There were gorgeous waves and a lot of pointy rocks to climb.
On Tuesday, Charlotte and Joe took us snorkeling to Icacos island. There was a beautiful reef, lots of seaweed, and tons of fish. And as always, gorgeous waves and beach. Unfortunately, it was raining for part of it, and in order to leave the boat we had to swim, so this is the only picture from that day. Trust me, though, it was amazing.
Wednesday, we went to El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the United States. A short hike into the forest and we were at a gorgeous waterfall. It was cloudy that day, perfect for rain foresting.
On our last day, our flight didn’t leave PR until about 4:30pm, so we decided to walk around Old San Juan and tour the forts. Like any good Caribbean island, PR has a long history of being fought over by a bunch of European guys. So, naturally, they needed a few forts to defend themselves.
Coming from America, where we think 100 years is old, it’s always a bit surreal to stand in a building which was constructed over 400 years prior. Not to mention one where battles were fought and people died. Coming from suburban Florida where the average housing development is 10 years old, it’s always an eye opener.
Eight hours and one bacon burger in at our layover in CLT later, we were back home.
We hope to go back soon!