Puerto Rico 2012
To celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary we visited warm, sunny Puerto Rico (always a good time to get out of New England!)
We spent 6 nights in the capital city of San Juan which included spending 2 days exploring the city, with it's charming Old Town and it's fashionable, contemporary beach and resort area. We spent the next 3 days venturing out to see other parts of the island via day trips.
The Spanish influence, history and architecture captivated us as we wandered through the cobble-stoned streets of Old Town San Juan. And the vibrant, modern area of Condado kept us busy strolling along the hotel-lined beaches and exploring the many bars, shops and restaurants.
We visited the lush rain forest of El Yunque, the southern coastal town of Ponce and then did a beautiful scenic drive through the central mountainous region via the "Ruta Panoramica".
Then we left the main island and flew to the island of Vieques, 8 miles to the southeast. What drew us to Vieques was the Bioluminescent Bay (also known as Mosquito Bay). It is one of the only places in the world where you can experience the magical luminescence created by micro-organisms (dinoflagellates) which glow whenever the water is disturbed, sparkling like fireflies in the water!
Unfortunately, this phenomenon can't really be captured in photos so we don't have any of this awesome experience, but it was like nothing we've ever seen before!!
Another lure of Vieques is it's laid-back, isolated nature....and breath-taking beaches that you can have virtually all to yourself! This was a great place to wind down and relax before heading back to the mainland for one last night in lively, vibrant San Juan before heading back home.
These are just some of our favorite photos that try to capture the essence of the beauty, charm and history of Puerto Rico.
Hope you enjoy them!