Puerto Rico – Winter Break 2016

Ever since coming back from studying abroad, I’ve had the desire to keep traveling. Since my university’s winter break is 4 weeks long, I thought it would be the perfect time to get some traveling in. Early September, I started planning the trip with my friend, Jaini. After completing a lot of research on places we could possibly go to, we decided on Puerto Rico.

We wanted to go somewhere that was warm, safe, and not too expensive; and Puerto Rico seemed like the perfect place. The trip was 9 days long. We flew to Puerto Rico on the morning of December 19th and returned home on December 28th. In order to conserve money, we decided to stay at an Airbnb in Condado, San Juan. We mostly traveled within San Juan. However, we did complete excursions to other parts of Puerto Rico as well.

Below are some pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

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First day in Puerto Rico! We spent most of the day exploring Condado and settling into our Airbnb.

Day 2 – Old San Juan

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Castillo San Cristobal, a fort in Old San Juan. Tickets were $5 and valid for entrance to both forts (San Cristobal and El Morro).
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Exploring the beautiful streets of Old San Juan
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Pina Colada at Barrachina, which claims to be where the drink was invented.

Day 3: Isla Verde

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Beach day at Isla Verde Beach. It was a 10 min Uber drive from Condado

Day 4: Excursion to Culebra 

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Took a power boat from Fajardo to Culebra. We had the opportunity to snorkel near the island and explore Flamenco beach.
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Flamenco Beach – one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

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Day 5 – Calle Ponce de Leon and Bio Bay Excursion

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Bring a book, take a book!
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Santurce has some of the most amazing street art. This one, in particular, is 3D.
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In Fajardo, taken right before the Bio Bay excursion.

Day 6: Old San Juan

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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Day 7: Merry Christmas! Jaini and I spent a relaxing day at the pool and the Condado beach. 

Day 8: El Yunque

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La Mina Falls
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Yokahu Observation Tower – Hiked up here with our Uber driver

Day 9 – Old San Juan (3rd time because 2 days were simply not enough)

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Beautiful Pastels
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