My Adventure in Puerto Rico!

TGIF WordPress loves! How has your Friday been? Mine has been pretty boring, other than almost dying trying to get to the Post Office to send my boyfriend a little care package!! Haha, but anyway, I’m procrastinating writing a psychology paper, so I am going to tell you all about my trip to Puerto Rico!

My family and I left on Sunday, October 11. Unfortunately, our plane was two and a half hours late, and I later found out through the news on the television our original jetBlue plane we were supposed to leave on had severe technical issues, and they switched our plane, which then caused every jetBlue flight for the whole day to be switched. Nonetheless, it was the first time I ever flew jetBlue, and I have to say, the seats were pretty roomy! The flight took about four hours, and here is a picture out of my window I took 25 minutes before we landed!

Puerto Rico Flight

My view when we were preparing to land in San Juan.

We landed in San Juan around 6:30pm, and we rented a car and drove about an hour east to Fajardo. We checked in to El Conquistador (a Waldorf Astoria resort), and let me tell you all – it was absolutely beautiful!! Not only was it huge, it is tucked into the side of a huge cliff, so the views are absolutely breathtaking. If you stay in the main part of the hotel, you have to take a fun trolley down to the docks, and to get to some of the MANY restaurants the resort offers. Here is a photo from the pool area!

El Conquistador

The view from the pool level.

Then, to get to the beach, you board a ferry boat which travels three miles in the ocean to a private island called Palomino Island! The island is about a mile to two miles around, and guess what? Numerous scenes in the first and second Pirates of the Caribbean movies were filmed there!! I love me some Jack Sparrow, so I was so excited to be in the same area as my favorite pirate! Here is a glimpse of the beauty that is Palomino Island!

Palomino Island

Only part of Palomino Island!

Not only was the island naturally beautiful, there was so much wildlife! Huge iguanas and roosters were roaming around the island. The island also offers horseback riding, so there were beautiful horses walking around, and in addition there were many hermit crabs of various sizes and conch! The iguanas sort of freaked me out, haha but they were really cool to look at. My family and I even fed one of them a plum.

My family and I stayed for four days and three nights, and spent the last day in El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan). We explored an old military based that was built in the late 1400s, early 1500s, and was used in a lot of wars, including World War I and World War II! I love history, especially learning about the Second World War, so this was really fun for me and my dad and brother (they love history too). It started raining while we were there, but that didn’t stop my brother and I from running around, jumping through windows and places we weren’t supposed to be, and exploring every secret tunnel and lookout.

Old San Juan

Old San Juan Castillo San Cristobal

I ate so much wonderful food while I was in Puerto Rico, and drank many delicious drinks! As I mentioned in a previous post, the drinking age in Puerto Rico is 18, so I was able to indulge in all the benefits of being considered a full adult, haha! I have to say, there was not one meal I had on vacation where I was not completely satisfied. Each meal was incredible, and I ate a lot of fresh seafood! I also have to say, I have always loved sangria, but I had some of the best sangria in Puerto Rico!

I hope you guys enjoyed my recap of my vacation, and I hope you all if you ever decide to travel to Puerto Rico, take a look into El Conquistador! My sister actually found the deal for this vacation on Travel Zoo, so if you are interested, look at Travel Zoo for some deals! It is worth the money, and if you can find a deal like we did, it is totally worth doing even a mini four day vacation like we did.

Studying Palomino Island

I had to bring my textbooks on vacation because I had homework, but what a place to study!