San Juan and Vieques, Puerto Rico Vacation

I just came back from an amazing week-long vacation in Puerto Rico. For the first three nights Kevin and I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The hotel was really nice, and time flew by while we were there. On Saturday Kevin and I went on an all-day snorkeling excursion. The snorkeling actually wasn’t that great; there weren’t many coral reefs and fish, but overall the experience was fun. We had a really great boat crew that was a lot of fun and had a good sense of humor. We were basically on a party boat because even though we were there to snorkel and we went to two different spots, the majority of the people just hung out on the boat drinking rum punch and pina coladas.

On Saturday night, Kevin had a really sweet, romantic dinner scheduled for us. We had dinner on the beach and he planned ahead of time to work on a 4-course vegetarian dinner for us. The food was delicious, champagne was flowing, and Kev and I had a good time together.

On Monday afternoon we flew about 25 minutes East to a small island in Puerto Rico, Vieques. The plane ride in itself was a really cool experience. We flew with Cape Air from the main San Juan airport to the tiny Vieques airport (You don’t even have to go through security at the Vieques airport!) on a little 10 person plane. On the way there it felt like it was our own private flight because it was only Kev and I and one other couple along with the pilot. It was such a tiny plane that you could literally reach out and touch the pilot.

For the rest of the week in Vieques we just hung out and relaxed. We stayed at the W Hotel, and it was really nice. There were two large pools and easy access to the beach. It seriously felt like our own little paradise because there weren’t many people there.

Besides being lazy and ordering a lot of room service and sipping on drinks poolside, we played tennis one afternoon and on our second to last day on the island we rented a car to explore the rest of Vieques. Unfortunately we weren’t able to check out the Bioluminescent Bay because apparently the bay hasn’t been glowing as much so they’ve limited trips to the bay to weekends only, but we still had a good time driving around exploring the island. We went to the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge down a narrow trail to a secluded beach. It was quite beautiful. We also saw the 300 year old Ceiba tree. It’s cool because wild horses just roam around freely. We passed many horses while driving around. For lunch we stopped at a little spot for fresh, delicious veggie tacos and frozen daiquiris.

I’m really happy I got to stay on Vieques. The W Hotel there is fabulous. Though, if you want a little more action then you might want to stay in San Juan. I was very pleased with the Ritz. After an entire week-long vaca, I can say I am thoroughly relaxed, but I was definitely ready to get back to work by the end of our trip. Puerto Rico is only a short four hour flight from NYC, so if you’re looking for a quick getaway to a warm destination, I recommend Puerto Rico.
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