27th Birthday and Puerto Rico Trip

The end of April I turned 27. Kevin was out of town for my actual birth day in the middle of the week, but he more than made up for it. I felt so much love from my co-workers, my parents, and even from Kevin from afar. My co-workers surprised me with some super cute, fun Lululemon yoga pants because they know I love working out and I like cute fitness gear. Kevin had gorgeous pink roses and chocolates delivered to my office and he sneakily coordinated with my co-workers to have them pick up my favorite ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. Even though my love wasn’t there, I still felt very special and I had a great day (although I was a little embarrassed by all of the attention).

Kevin and I also planned a little weekend getaway to celebrate. Since flying to Puerto Rico is such a short, easy trip, we took a long weekend and flew into San Juan. We stayed at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar resort two years ago and really liked the resort, so we stayed there again. We had activities planned while we were there so I wanted to make sure we could relax and enjoy ourselves when we were lounging around the hotel.

My favorite thing about Wyndham PR is that there is a separate, quiet adult pool away from the screaming kids. We spent an entire day relaxing in the pool and I read a whole book, Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (which is a really good mystery novel that I recommend), while drinking coconut rum and pineapple juice cocktails.

On our adventurous, activity days, on one of the days we went scuba diving. We dove with Sea Ventures Puerto Rico. We were on a boat with only one other diver and several snorkelers, but luckily they didn’t slow us down. We had two amazingly awesome dives. We saw stings rays, a manta, and several sea turtles. The sea turtles were my fav. We even spent a few minutes hanging out with one sea turtle that was taking a little rest on the bottom of the ocean floor. They are beautiful animals.

The next day wewent kayaking in the bioluminsescent bay, Bio Bay Laguna Grande Fajardo. I had been wanting to go since my visit two years ago. The first time we went to Puerto Rico we didn’t book in advance and every tour was full. The second time we were in Puerto Rico, last year, the bay apparently wasn’t glowing. Finally we were able to go this trip, and it was pretty awesome.

We kayaked about a mile through the canal to get to the bay. The coolest part wasn’t in the bay but in the canal while it was pitch black on the way back. It was kind of creepy with all of the sweeping mangrove trees, but it was absolutely amazing seeing the fish swimming beneath us looking like they were glowing blue. I have never seen anything like it. Well, in Australia we saw glowing mushrooms, but this was so much cooler because it was an actual moving animal.

Kevin and I had a blast on our three-day trip, and it was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

Check out some of the videos we took during our scuba and kayak adventures below.




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