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Puerto Rico – Part 3 [ Travel ]

Last and final post of Puerto rico filled with Beaches and Old Town San Juan! On Wednesday we decided we wanted to try to take the ferry to Culebra and see Flamingo beach (ranked 3rd in the world for most beautiful) and the island. We had heard to arrive early to the ferry port, but 2.5 hours wasn’t enough time to snag tickets. So, we visited a few beaches that day.

First was Seven Seas beach with very calm water. 

Seven Seas Beach. Fajardo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

The we went to the public beach outside of the Wyndham Rio Mar that had a few sea turtle nests. We stayed there for the afternoon and then sunset.

Luquillo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

A view of the beach and hotel from the water. [ Love my waterproof camera! ]

Luquillo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Luquillo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

The first night we went to a restaurant where the owner gave us some tips for our time in Puerto Rico. One tip was to take route 187 from Rio Grande to the coast all the way to old town. And we heeded his advice and an adventure it was. I almost got our little Kia Rio stuck in the sand on a beach. Thankfully it was a small enough car that we were able to push it out. Either way it provided some lovely beach pit stops en route to San Juan.

Route 187 to San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Route 187 to San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Route 187 to San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

First stop: Bacardi Rum factory. Gotta get it right, right? A free tour and 2 free drinks [ each ] at 10 am. Sounds about right.

Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bacardi Rum Tour, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

After Bacardi we ventured around Old Town San Juan filled with beautiful buildings and some sporatic rain downpours. Which lead to hiding in restaurants or stores until it stopped and hovering over my camera bag so it didn’t get wet. Some cool unique doors from the area.

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Cheap entertainment in a souvenir shop.

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

After the downpour that meant protecting my camera and getting very wet we walked along the lower side of the town.

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

The next day we went back to visit the fort and see a little bit more of Old Town.

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

This guy was amazing at flying this kite!

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Beautiful streets of Old Town San Juan.

Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

The Puerto Rico Capitol building in Old Town San Juan

Capitol Building San Juan, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Puerto Rican’s celebrate the 4th of July by getting the day off and heading to the beach. Sounds familiar, right? They take it up a notch with huge gas grills and scaffolding to store their food for the day. The beaches had lines for hours and when we arrived home, our parking spot was taken!

July 4 Luquillo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Puerto Rico was a beautiful home for a week. To see more, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2!

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Puerto Rico – Part 2 [ Travel ]

This post really only covers one day! One full day of total fun. I am still not quite sure how, but I convinced Bob to go ziplining on the edge of the rainforest and it was a BLAST! All 3 of us loved it. The company, Yunke Zipline Adventure, we went through was amazing. We had the owner as our guide along with a trainer/builder/inspector of ziplines. So we were safe! They can’t technically set up zipline courses in the national park, but the area is basically the rainforest and it was so beautiful.

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

After the first one and they both enjoyed it. WAHOO!

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

I had permission to take photos while zipping, and this is a view as you’re going and the next photo is a view to my left. What a sight! Stunning rainforest.

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Each of us zipping.

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

After and guess what, they survived!

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

A beautiful flower from a Flamboyan tree.

Yunke Zipline Adventure Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

After ziplining we headed to the national rainforest, El Yunque. We made a few stops including a tower with quite a view and then we chose the Palo Colorado trail to arrive at La Mina falls for a short swim in the chilly water. 

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
La Mina Waterfall. El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
La Mina Waterfall. El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
La Mina Waterfall. El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 3!

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Puerto Rico – Part 1 [ Travel ]

The week of 4th of July my mom, sister, Bob and I went to Puerto Rico to celebrate my upcoming birthday. I had too many favs for one post, so there will be 3! Woot. We stayed in Luquillo, a small town right on the edge of the rainforest and it was a perfect place to call home for a week.

A few of the mornings we got up and worked out on the beach. Let me tell you waking up with a caribbean beach 1 block away is quite a treat. This was out view.

Playa Azul Beach in Luquillo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

We went to visit Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Preserve. Las Cabezas has a mangrove forest, lighthouse, a lava beach and the bioluminescence bay that we visited.

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
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This is when we went on an adventure and found “Las Paylas” natural waterslides. The website I found said to travel along a road and watch for las paylas signs along the road. Pay $5 to park in a guys driveway/yard and hike down. And an adventure it was but SO worth it. This was one of the [ many ] highlights for me.

Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

When we turned around at the bottom of the slide we saw these rocks. Over the hill was another waterfall and a large pool of water with rocks to jump off of. This area was stunning.

Las Paylas Natural Waterslides in Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Bioluminescence bay evening! Before, during and after. I’m pretty bummed that my camera wasn’t able to pick up any of the glow but it was incredible. The adventure included a 45 minute kayak, in the complete darkness across an ocean bay and through a mangrove forest. Needless to say, it stressed Bob out! We arrived in the bay and got to touch the water, interact with it and explore a little bit. Then another 45 minute kayak back out, against the tide coming in.

Bioluminescence Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bioluminescence Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]
Bioluminescence Bay in Fajardo, Puerto Rico [ Megan Wendt Photo + Design ]

Be sure to check out Part 2 and Part 3!

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Soft Pink | Fern | Champagne [ Color Inspiration ]

A soft, elegant palette is always a welcome palette. This one is no different. This one uses the elegant soft pink and fern green and of course a lovely neutral of champagne. May you be inspired by todays palette. [ Enjoy ]

Soft Pink | Fern | Champagne [ Color Inspiration ] via Megan Wendt Photo + Design

Cake and Shoes by Vitalic Photo via Wedding Chicks

Table Setting by Sarah Winward via Ruffled

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