My friends and I took a 5 day vacation to Puerto Rico. According to my friends, we had an eventful plane ride. A guy passed out, they had to find a doctor on the plane, they had to do all of this stuff to help him... but I can't tell you if it actually happened or not. I slept through the whole thing. I mean... even the part where we landed and they had to escort the man off the plane. Needless to say, I should never live alone.
Anyway, after we landed, we rented a Jeep Wrangler and took off exploring. We stayed in an AirBNB house that had an "open" layout. You know what that means? Most of the house didn't have WALLS! There was a cute little cat that came in and out and a LOT of mosquitos, but no other creatures found their way in... that we know of. Not only that, but most of the staircases didn't have railings or anything preventing you from falling 5+ feet onto a marble floor. 10 college kids on spring break in this house? What could POSSIBLY go wrong?! Luckily, nothing did. It was a little bit terrifying because I'm paranoid, but it was a good neighborhood and we had no issues.
We stopped by a few different beaches and but my favorite spot was Luquillo. It wasn't too busy or too lonely. It was a nice place to relax for awhile. The sand is a gorgeous, deep gold, which made for some amazing pictures. Most of our time was spent in San Juan. We stopped at whatever local restaurants we passed, and every single one was incredible. Out of all the stops, my favorite had to be Old San Juan. All of the buildings are colorful, there are restaurants where you can eat in the road (it's blocked off so it's safe), and the best part? Shops and art galleries around EVERY turn! It was a dream come true for me.
Now to the fun... As college students, we were traveling on a budget. One of our first nights was spent at La Placita de Santurce. It's basically just two blocks worth of bars and nightclubs. The drinks were well priced, but not as strong as I typically like them. There was a bar or nightclub for every kind of person. Different music, different scenes, but everyone seemed to be friendly. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you're ever in San Juan.
Our next stop was the Bacardi Distillery for a rum tasting tour. The guide told us about the history of Bacardi and the process of making the rum. I would love to tell you all about it, but after the "tasting", I forgot most of it. If you're going to go and do the rum tasting, make sure you take an Uber or have a ride lined up because you will be DRUNK! Granted, you aren't required to finish every sample... but hey, if I'm paying for the whole sample, I'm drinking the whole sample. There were 5 different glasses and our guide walked us through the correct way to taste the rum. From what I remember, you have to smell it and swish it around a little, and then take 2-3 sips. Our guide was helpful, the facilities were amazing, and the group we had was so fun! Another thing to be aware of... the gift shop is conveniently located at the exit. So if you choose the rum tasting, beware of drunk shopping.
The most fun I had on the entire trip was ATV riding. We all drove individual ATVs, but you can double up. Our tour was at 5 p.m. so we had the blessing of watching the sunset as we whipped through the Carabali Rainforest. They ran through all of the safety measures with us and we were on and ready to go within 15 minutes of our appointment. They also offered horseback riding, but we only had time for the ATVs. I'm not going to say I'm a pro... but... I was allowed to ride in the back (giving me more space to go at my own speed), so basically, I'm a pro.
The trip itself was amazing and I am so lucky to say I've been there. You can find pictures on my Instagram (@adventureswithanna_) and the video on my Youtube (Adventures With Anna). Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? What was your favorite part?