There is nothing as exciting as being whisked away from your daily life to a tropical destination and that is exactly what my husband, Lucas, and I were doing to celebrate our first anniversary. We had been invited to visit Dominica in the West Indies by Rosalie Bay Resort and Discover Dominica, however flights to and from the Nature Island required an overnight stop and San Juan, Puerto Rico was our layover city of choice. I had visited Puerto Rico once before when I was twelve years old, as one of the port of call’s on a cruise with my family. I could not remember much about the place, but I do recall leaving with the hope that I would one day return.
From our plane’s window it was quite easy to see why Puerto Rico is nicknamed “la isla del encanto,” or the island of enchantment, since it is a landmass decorated with colorful houses and coconut trees surrounded by turquoise-colored, picture perfect beaches. Lucas is Argentinean and I American, thus the fact that both Spanish and English is spoken by locals greatly intrigued us. We had less than twenty-four hours in San Juan, so the second we landed we went straight to our hotel, El Convento, dropped off our belongings, and set off to explore without a map.
We were instantely greeted by Spanglish, smiles, and stunning photographic opportunities abound! It was definitely love at first sight, in fact we even found ourselves fantasizing about what it would be like to live there.
Imagine waking up and planning your day over a cup of coffee on this beautiful balcony every morning.
We only had time to wander around Old San Juan, which is the oldest settlement on the entire island. It is a historic and colonial area characterized by cobblestone streets and architecture dating back to the 16th Century with a heavy Spanish influence. It is united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by three bridges.
Once the sun began to set, we returned to our hotel’s rooftop bar where we enjoyed too much sangria. Before you even have the chance to think that it is impossible to drink too much sangria, let me assure you that, yes, it is possible, as it took us until about 10:30PM to be able to sober up enough to go looking for a nearby restaurant.
Surprisingly, for a Friday evening we could not find one place open and just as we were about to give up and return to order room service, we stumbled upon one of the best restaurant’s I have ever eaten at. I am blessed with a photographic memory and normally I can remember every detail of a trip without having to write anything down. However, thanks to the sangria, the name of the restaurant escapes me now, which is heartbreaking, because I would love to encourage others to eat there. All I can remember is the taste of the sensational lobster with butter and champagne sauce that we devoured. I could not imagine a better way to began our anniversary trip!
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