Ultimately, after my birthday attempt I made a second attempt to get to La Isla Del Encanto....so i did and it's just how they describe it UN ECANTO!
Puerto Rico was one of the few trips I planned and ACTUALLY followed through with. Martin a good friend of mine and I were joking around one day complaining about working so much (mind you I had just gotten back from Cancun) I remember saying "fuck it, lets go somewhere..."
Next thing you know we were looking up U.S destinations and coincidentaly we had similar off days coming up so we decided Puerto Rico was a must so we packed our carry on bags and headed off to the beautiful Island.
Surprisinly their was no airport struggle on this particular trip which was perfect because it was his first time traveling the way I do and he was nervous about the whole ordeal haha.
Once we arrived to la Isla the first thing we did was find a Taxi and while on the taxi we booked our hotel. One thing I've realized is ... no matter where I travel to taxi drivers drive so reckless it's a little freightening yet thrilling in a weird way. This taxi man was cutting people off... crossing through gas stations .. it's as if he was in the set of The Fast n Furious and we happened to be the extras that walked in during the filming LOL.
We stayed at the San Juan Marriott Resort right infront of the beach it was a nice place for last minute booking and the staff there was incredibly friendly. They had a full bar, a casino, and a great pool. No beach view this time but we did get a great balcony with a view to the city which was enough for me! After settling in we decided to check out the beach and our surrounding options for food. As soon as we left the hotel it started raining .. just my luck.. we hadn't walked much and coincidentally we were waiting out the rain infront of a chinese restaurnt so although NOT authentic AT ALL our stomachs and rain decided for us that it was indeed our best option (I don't even like chinese food). Once dinner was finished the rain decided it was done too so we made our way to the beach ... it was beautiful! The sand was my favorite! it was that brown sand that is super squishy and welcoming to all toes, walking around barefoot is my thing so this was a walk in heaven for me.
It was such a refreshing moment to be away from the routine life and to just enjoy a long walk by the beach with good company.
It was starting to get dark outside so we both agreed the beach exploring for the night would have to resume the following day along with the sun.
To our good fortune the hotel had a lot going on that specific night their was a salsa band getting ready to play and the bar and casino were in full effect, needless to say it was going to be a great night. Of course we started off the night with drinks! I always ask bartenders for their sweetest drink, I don't know what kind of drink he made me but it was blue and amazzzing!
The following morning I had set us up to go on a ZipLine excursion with Eco Tours they were set to pick us up from the hotel at 1PM. That gave us sufficent time to eat breakfast and to go explore our surroundings, this time without the distrubance of the rain. We found a lot of cool gift shops, great resturaunt options, and awesome beach views in every direction.
Our tour guide Edgar (or something like that) was punctual. He was incredibly friendly and as we headed over to the location we asked him a million questions for things to do and he graciously gave us the best tips (he was the first to introduce me to MOFONGO)! We picked up other couples from their hotels, which took about 40 minutes total.
When we finally arrived to the zipline place i was stoked! Their was so much green, i was automatically in love. Upon our arrival we had to sign in and get our equipment. We got helmets with gopros so we were expecting to take amazing pictures and videos (more to that later). The first thing they taught us was about the saftey rules and demonstrations of what to do and what not to do... it was pretty self explanitory, i was ready to get my ZOOM on!! Their was about 4 guys in our tour guide group and they were all so hilarious and friendly (they told me that next time i go to PR i need to take my girl friends LOL).
On the first line we "zoomed" i of course tried to follow the instructions of what to do .. but ended up doing the what not to do haha. I ran into the guide on the other side (!self control alondra!) but after the first time and getting embarrased i learned! The excursion took about 2 hours total the lines kept getting higher and lengthier ... i was happily recording on that gopro. We learned a thing or two about the forest as well and of course I don't recall any of it now but I assure you all it was extremely interesting! Once the tour was over we went back to the sign in area and they had meals for us! It was a classic chicken and rice with habichuelas SO GOOD or we were just SO hungry! It was at that moment where I tried my first Mojitio.... and man o man it was incredibly delicious .. i had to have more than one! Something about mojitos in Puerto Rico is so different from Mojitos in Atlanta .. i kid you not the taste is SO different!!!
After nap time we made our way to the hotels pool (it was getting dark outside so it was pretty cold to get in the beach).While hanging out at the pool bar we met this guy from Honduras, he randomly started talking to us and he seemed pretty cool. We got our drinks and said our goodbyes since we were headed to the pool... tell me why this guy later found us and would NOT stop talking ... (apparently he was there for his birthday weekend and his friends weren't ariving until the next day so he was looking for someone to hang with ..and of course we happened to be the chosen ones..). I decided to get in the pool and let Martin handle that one .... he ended up telling giving him false info and told him we'd meet him later for drinks (lies).
That night we took an Uber to "La Placita" which is a place that has hella bars and restuarnts basically the "Buckhead bars" but with a lot more bar options and a lot more people. We started off the night eating of course and it was there in a nice little restuarnt called "El Churrasco" where my Mofongo obsession began! The food and Mojito's were PERFECT! I didn't want it to end .. but i wanted to finish it all.
Once dinner was over we tried out the bars and weren't really feeling them. One of my friends had just been to Puerto Rico the week before me and I saw she went to this club that looked like so much fun .... so I assured Martin it was going to be hella fun (I just wanted to dance)... So we take this long Uber ride to the other side of town LITERALLY and the surroundings look hella sketchy I was automatically thinking *abort mission, let's go back* that's when the Uber driver says "we are here" and uh.... I was not ready to get off!! But we did since we made this long drive might as well give it a try, right? So we went in ... and the place is a complete disaster, however, the music playing was pretty good. Invision the most ghetto quincenera you've ever been to... now think of it as being 10xs worse... yeah that's how bad this place was STRIKE 1!! Still trying to give it a chance.. we made our way to the bar and i asked for a mojito.... they didn't have any STRIKE 2. I asked for a sweet drink and she made it, he was going to pay for the drinks with his credit card... BUT they only took cash STRIKE 3!!!!! Needless to say we got the hell out haha... the Uber man left us his number and we called him right back .. funny thing is he arrived in less then 5minutes since he knew we'd call soon LOL!
Besides the Mofongo the night out was a fail... the lesson i learned is Instagram posts can be deciving haha. Regardless of the fail attempts it was a fun night, next time I visit puerto rico I'll have to do more in depth search for a better night life experience!
The next day we went to Old San Juan and everything about it was facinating. The colorful buildings the friendly faces it was the perfect atmosphere to go exploring. Of course food first and like i said i was mofongo obssesed so I had to have it again and it just kept getting better and better, my taste buds were in heaven! After lunch we visted Fort San Cristobal ... it was originally built by Spain to protect attacks on the city of San Juan, it's a historical site and its a MUST see if you ever visit the Island. A lot of people go there to take engagement and wedding fotos, we actually ran into a lof of those during our tour. I myself took about a million pictures, the view is phenomenal pictures and videos do no justice.
The remainder of that day we spent it walking around town, visiting gift shops, and admiring landscapes and eating!! We stumbled upon a protest going on ...I tried to get closer to find what the protest was about but my overprotective friend didn't think it was a safe idea lol so i didn't really figure it out. They were very passionate about whatever it was they were protesting and i'm hoping it was successful!
Puerto Rico... ES UN ENCANTO... if you guys ever have the chance to visit i encourage you to do so, it's so worth it! Save up your pennies and find yourself heading to new destinations ;) !!
PS: sorry it's taking me forever to post but the semester is finally over and my life is going back to normal. 2016 is coming to an end and im SO excited for the new year and whats to come.
Im thinking of adding video footage along with my blog stories... Let me know if you guys would even find that interesting!
As always THANK YOU, for continously coming back to support me. It means the world to me!