It's been two weeks since we spent a fabulous weekend in Puerto Rico with family to celebrate my sister's 50th birthday, and I miss it so much. I find myself longing for the serenade of the coqui in the evenings, the sight of the smiles on the faces of my family, the cool feeling of the crystal blue water on my skin, and of course, the taste of the food. Though, gratefully, I am pacified knowing that I will be back again and again over the years ahead.
My little brood only got to spend a long weekend there this time, but we managed to fit quite a bit in! Here is a recap of our weekend in Puerto Rico.
My little traveling tots were more than ready for the adventure ahead
Oh, the places you'll go...
My sister booked a fabulous mountain home with a beach view on HomeAway in Bayamon (only $100 a night!). I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a secluded respite with all the comforts of a home, while still being within traveling distance from the airport and San Juan city. Renting a car is recommended if you stay outside of town.
The view from the terrace of the rental home in Bayamon
The property had amazing foliage, including banana trees
The sunrise over San Juan
Saturday - Viejo San Juan
When the boys heard there were old forts to explore, they couldn't wait to see San Cristobal and El Morro. We spent Saturday morning exploring the history and scenery of Old San Juan. Fortunately we were there during National Park Week and could enter El Morro for free!
My little curly top peering out into the Caribbean blue
Family gathered together to celebrate #LinasBig50
With my two oldest sisters posing at iconic San Cristobal
My cousin Wil captured some beautiful photos of the city. Thanks for sharing with me, prima!
G taking a rest while walking between the forts to admire the ocean view
Cousins having fun at the fort
An interior view of El Morro
When you walk nearly four miles before lunch, you pass out on the table before your food even arrives!
Sunday - La Playa
On Sunday morning we drove to Fajardo and climbed aboard a few of our family's boats for a day of fun in the sun. After checking out a few small islands as options, we opted for Cayo Icacos, where we spent the entire day in the sand or the water.
Two out of my three cool dudes...
...and my third cool dude!
The water at Cayo Icacos was a surreal shade of blue
Do I look like the female version of Daniel Craig in this photo? The beach soon filled with boats and other beach-goers
With my big sis, soaking it up!
The weekend went by far too quickly, but it just means we will have to go back soon. Thanks so much to my wonderful family in Puerto Rico for being such gracious and fun hosts, and thanks to everyone else who made the journey and added to the experience.