Celebration, a decade in the making

Mike and I just (okay, we got back on the 4th…) returned from Puerto Rico – this was in celebration of our 10-year wedding anniversary. Other than the 80 degree difference, we are really glad to be home. We spent 8 days and 7 nights and had a spectacular vacation. It was a long time to be without the kids, but they were in good hands with grandmas and grandpas.

This was the first time I have every been to Puerto Rico. Mike has been several times for work, but this is the first time he was able to do more “relaxing” things and take some time to just enjoy PR.

We spent our time covering lots of areas in Puerto Rico, but definitely not all. Above is a map where you can see some of the things that we did and places we stayed. I didn’t add pins for EVERYTHING, but just some that we thought you might like to see on a map where they are in relation to other areas.

We had rented a car for the duration of our trip and I am so glad we did. It gave us the luxury of traveling where we wanted to go when we wanted to go there. Traffic in PR is another story, but we survived without any accidents and surprisingly didn’t lose our car in any of the insane potholes!

We started our trip in Old San Juan and the San Juan area. We stayed at a quaint little place right on the ocean. We walked the beaches and Mike attempted to open a coconut that we found on the beach. He was unsuccessful. We visited the forts and made a trek to the Bacardi Distillery and took a cocktail mixing tour.

After that we moved to the rainforest area. That is where we stayed at a bed & breakfast on the side of a mountain. The view was amazing. We hiked and hiked – all the way to the top! My fitbit registered 137 flights of stairs one of the days (we did 2 days at the rainforest).

One of my favorite places that we went was the Cueva del Indio north of Arecibo.

We fit a lot into a short trip: a crazy Tanamá River Adventure, kayaking to the bioluminescent bay in Fajardo, swimming at Crash Boat Beach, and visiting the Arecibo Observatory. Despite all of the hiking, climbing and swimming, we spent our last day lounging at the beach and getting a little bit of sun.

We had lots of amazing food and met some really cool people throughout our trip and we hope you enjoy our pictures: