Several spring breaks ago my family took a trip to Puerto Rico. My mom’s family is from Puerto Rico, and at the time her cousin still lived there. So we booked a trip to visit her. It was a gorgeous trip. We stayed in Old San Juan and our hotel was right on the beach. The picture above was the view from our hotel room. It was incredible! We could just open the door and feel that salty island breeze fill our hotel room.
Luckily for us we had a very knowledgeable tour guide, my mom’s cousin, who was a local. Although my mom also remembered a lot about Puerto Rico since she used to spend summers there as a child.
We spent our days lounging on the numerous beaches and coves that line Puerto Rico, eating delicious street food, and discovering Puerto Rico’s main attractions. One afternoon we went to visit the forts in Old San Juan. Puerto Rico has a rich and varied history beginning with Columbus’ discovery of it.
One of my favorite memories is when we visited El Yunque, Puerto Rico’s rainforest. We hiked up the mountain and passed by many exotic and beautiful plants. I remember it being very hot, but it really felt like a rainforest.
After hours of hiking, we finally reached the top. It was a little cloudy, but the view was stunning. I could see mountains and beaches everywhere I looked.
The blue caribbean waters, yellow sandy rocks, and green mountains made every view of Puerto Rico picture-worthy. The people were friendly and the food was delicious. My mom frequently makes Puerto Rican food at home and I love it. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend you do. Tostones are my favorite.
Every restaurant we ate in provided a view like the one below. Open windows everywhere, completely surrounded by water. I wish I had even more photos to share, but this trip was years ago, before iPhones. I visited Puerto Rico so long ago that it feel like a dream, but it left me with distinct and warm memories.