This week I am touching into fall with my palette. It’s mid summer but many people are thinking about fall and we’re getting close to the beginning of the school year. Enjoy and see you soon!
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.
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.
A view of the beach and hotel from the water. [ Love my waterproof camera! ]
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.
First stop: Bacardi Rum factory. Gotta get it right, right? A free tour and 2 free drinks [ each ] at 10 am. Sounds about right.
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.
Cheap entertainment in a souvenir shop.
After the downpour that meant protecting my camera and getting very wet we walked along the lower side of the town.
The next day we went back to visit the fort and see a little bit more of Old Town.
This guy was amazing at flying this kite!
Beautiful streets of Old Town San Juan.
The Puerto Rico Capitol building in Old Town San Juan
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!
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.
After the first one and they both enjoyed it. WAHOO!
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.
Each of us zipping.
After and guess what, they survived!
A beautiful flower from a Flamboyan tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ]