Our quickie trip to my new favorite place– San Juan, PR!
It’s a busy time of year. Not too many words here. Many pictures. Enjoy.
After getting bounced off our flight to Texas last Christmas, Delta gifted me and Vinny two $400 travel vouchers. They were expiring fast, so I started punching in locations to see where we could go for under 400 bucks in December. We never had plans to go to Puerto Rico last week, but that’s where we ended up. Sometimes life is serendipitous that way, because Puerto Rico is my new favorite place.
Turns out, a trip to PR is CHEAPER and FASTER than a flight to visit my parents in Texas. Plus, because we traveled in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, our resort’s rooms were slashed by a whopping 40% and the place was nearly empty. I felt bad for the single 20-somethings who clearly came to party, but it was absolutely lovely sitting by a practically private beach and pool. We stayed at Gran Melia and it was fantastic.
Resorts are lovely, but it’s Old San Juan that really sold me on the place. With the old buildings, narrow alleys and cobblestone streets I felt like I was in Europe! (A three-hour flight to feel like I’m in Europe? Sold!!). The people were warm and lovely, and there were tons of cool shops and artisans selling homemade goods. It was extra cool to visit San Juan during the Christmas season, as it is clearly a very sacred and special time of year in Puerto Rico. There is a clear emphasis on the religious rather than commercial aspect of Christmas in Puerto Rico, and that was very refreshing and lovely to see. We ended up stumbling on a free concert to kick off the Christmas season in the middle of town, and people were dancing and singing in the street. It made me so happy I cried.
I’m going to do a food post too, because the eats there are OFF THE CHAIN. Mofongo–you’ve ruined other foods for me forever.
Also, don’t be surprised if you get an email from me next November inviting you on an early December trip to PR. I’m bringing everyone with me next year. I drank the coquito, and I liked it.