Hello hello my fellow people, I am back with another travel blog.
I celebrated my 25th birthday in February en La Isla del Encanto (the island of enchantment) and it was an amazing getaway. I went with my husband and 2 of my closest friends.
I was only in Puerto Rico for about 3 days, and I wish I could have stayed longer because it is seriously stunning. Puerto Rico is now a MUST on my “visit again” list.
If you want to see what I did in PR you can check out some of my adventures here: https://youtu.be/5fYuBXXaM_8
and here: https://youtu.be/4DUqaJAcRHE
So let’s start with the basics! What should you know about traveling to Puerto Rico?
You don’t need a passport: PR is a U.S. territory. All you need is your ID.
The currency? Dolla dolla bills.
People in Puerto Rico speak both Spanish and English. You will find most of the English speakers in the bigger cities like San Juan. But I do suggest to brush up on your Spanish skills, Spanish is everywhere.
Uber is the best way to travel! It is very inexpensive if you’re traveling within San Juan.
WEAR SUNBLOCK AT ALL TIMES. The sun in PR is pretty strong. I don’t burn at all, but I did feel a bit of a facial burn after a beach day. So watch out if you have sensitive skin.
Weather: I traveled in February and the weather was perfect. It was a nice 80’s degrees the whole time we were there.
Now comes the Do’s! Although I only spent a weekend in Puerto Rico, we managed to do quite a lot in those 3 days. So what should you do?
Visit La Placita: La Placita is like a party block located in San Juan. It’s a market in the morning and it comes alive at night with many bars and restaurants. Even if the party life is not for you, it is pretty fun to people watch or just grab a bite to eat. We went to a bar/club that mainly played old reggaeton classics, talk about a throwback! And of course, Bad Bunny was playing at every club we went.Try all the variations of plantains: We ate mofongo, tostones and platanos maduros (sweet plantains) almost every day. I already loved plantains, so Puerto Rico was food heaven for me. P.S. try arroz con gandules!
Have a mojito and a piña colada! Bacardi Rum is made in Puerto Rico, so there are mojitos and piña colada deals everywhere you go!
Visit Old San Juan: Old San Juan is a historic neighborhood with 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial buildings. It is a wonderful place to walk around, shop and grab a bite to eat. It also has a good night life.
Do a day trip to Culebra: Culebra is a beautiful small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. You can take the ferry from Fajardo but you have to get there pretty early (6:00am) and I hear that it is pretty unreliable. We decided to do a tour, so we were picked up from our Airbnb and taken to Fajardo where we took a high-speed catamaran to Culebra. We spent our day snorkeling and sun-bathing.
I hope this post gives you some ideas on what to do on your next Puerto Rico trip! I am very happy that I chose Puerto Rico as my first caribbean island to visit.
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