Puerto Rico is a paradise for pleasure seekers. Arriving at this colourful, Carribean island you’ll be swept away by the stunning beaches, buzzing nightlife and cultural ambience. Regardless of your tastes or travel preferences, this tropically-coloured destination will make you fall in love.
The cobblestone streets are lined with old, colonial houses on the right, whilst the glowing, turquoise waves of the Atlantic Ocean break along the shore that runs parallel to the other. Every corner of the capital city is Instagrammable, so arm yourself with time and a camera.
When to visit Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico experiences warm, tropical weather all year through. The best season to go would be during the winter season – when the rain is minimal and the days are hot and sunny. This peak tourist period lasts from November until March. During this time the country erupts in celebrations and festivals. The rainy season typically starts from April and runs up until November. It is still possible to visit during this time as the rain is intermittent and doesn’t affect the entire island at once.
Our Romantic Weekend in Puerto Rico
When you have a family and a busy life, sneaking away for those romantic weekends can be hard to come by. That is also why it is even more important to make them happen. My husband doesn’t always have a lot of time off work, when he does, we always make good use of it.
This particular time, he called me on a Wednesday afternoon and said, “I can get Friday off, where can we go?” I quickly checked for last minute deals and found a killer deal to the romantic island of Puerto Rico. We planned it so that we could fly overnight on the red eye so we could maximize our daylight hours there. We arrived in the early hours of the morning to a dreamy sunrise over white sand beaches. Pretty much the paradise escape we were hoping for. We had heard about the deserted beaches of the small sister island of Vieques and decided that is where we wanted to stay.
We hopped on board a hopper plane for the 15-minute flight there. We stayed at the cutest little Bed and Breakfast that was situated upon a beautiful hilltop with panoramic ocean views. It was pretty quiet up there and we enjoyed the peace and tranquillity. They had the nicest staff and our host was incredible to offer assistance. We walked around the local town and visited the local beaches for the day, including the black sand beach and sea glass beach. That night we went on an excursion with a private group to kayak in the incredible bioluminescent bay that is there. Seeing as both my husband and I are outdoor adventure lovers, this was right up our alley. There was something so magical about being on the water in the pitch black, a million stars in the sky and seeing the glowing water with each row of your paddle. It was an incredible site to see. After that, we ate dinner at a local hole in the wall restaurant that felt so local and cosy.
Regardless of your tastes or travel preferences, this tropically-coloured destination will make you fall in love.
The next morning, after a homemade breakfast by the staff, we set out on an adventure to see the secluded beaches that are deserted since the United States Navy used to be there. We needed a car to get there and all of the rentals on the island were sold out. Our host was nice enough to find us a local that rented us their personal car for the day. The car itself provided a quite memorable experience all on its own, to say the least. From seats that were held down with bungee cords, to windows that didn’t roll up and a backfiring engine, we were quite the site cruising in the “El Zika” mobile, as it said on the windshield. We still laugh about it though because it was a great story that contributed to our adventure. Once we reached the beaches, they were purely picturesque. We didn’t see another soul while we were out there. We went to several different ones where we snorkelled and lounged on the beach all day, with just us, the white sand and crystal clear water!
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It was amazing! Nothing says romance better than secluded beaches, a fabulous ride and endless ocean views! We finished that day off with some snorkelling at the pier where we swam with sea turtles and lots of different sea animals! We love any adventure having to do with water and seeing these creatures in their natural habitat is so fun. The next day was Sunday and our final day there. We returned our awesome automobile to its owner and hopped on the first ferry of the morning, to head back over to the main island of Puerto Rico. We had a rental car waiting for us at the ferry terminal. Don’t worry it was your normal rental sedan at it’s finest, working seatbelts and all, which was an upgrade for our “El Zika” mobile! Our flight didn’t leave until later that night so we headed straight for the National park, El Yunque. We love hiking and exploring waterfalls so we were so excited to see what this had to offer.
Nothing says romance better than secluded beaches, a fabulous ride and endless ocean views!
Getting Around Puerto Rico
We love visiting places that offer multiple options for activities and places to explore. We downloaded a local guide to the secret spots and drove up the long winding road into the lush tropical rainforest. We stopped at a few lookout sites and more our way to an “off the beaten path” trail that led to a secluded waterfall. Once again, all to ourselves. We swam in the waterfall and explored the area and upper falls before heading back down the muddy and slippery path. We headed down to a local beach spot that had some shops and restaurants and walked around and relaxed on the beach for a few hours. When it was time to head towards the airport we took the scenic route through downtown San Juan to see the city. We happened to be there the same time a cruise ship was at the port so the crowds were terrible, but we liked seeing the historic downtown district. We headed to the airport just in time to catch our flight and flew home during the early nighttime hours. I want to add that our home base is in Northern Utah so it clearly wasn’t a short flight.
Picking Flights to Puerto Rico
We chose to plan our flights during the night so that we could still make the most of the time we had there. While it was a short trip, it was the perfect weekend getaway! We had just enough time to relax and do everything we wanted. We chose a place that our main activities were just relaxing or exploring together and we had plenty of time to just enjoy each others company. We were there during the winter months so it was the perfect escape from the cold weather and we came back feeling reconnected, refreshed and ready to take on reality. If you ever have the chance to visit Puerto Rico, definitely do it! It is full of adventures and memory making moments that you will remember forever!
Words and pictures by Jessica Dana of One Swell Adventure