Puerto Rico Trip

July 13, 2015

You only turn 30 once and let me tell you, this year's birthday trip to Puerto Rico was such a blast! (Even topping last year's to Miami!) We ate at local restaurants (I had mofongo for the first time - yum!), went to a casino, nightclubs and of course spent plenty of time working on our tans. Check out some of my favorite sights and snaps.


I have to start by sharing photos of the hotel we stayed at - The breathtaking Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. This historic hotel was recently renovated and no detail was overlooked from the bold colors to the gold 18th century hallway mirrors. Seriously, every time I turned around I was snapping pictures! I was constantly in awe of the design.

From the moment our cab pulled up to the bold glass doors, we were greeted by the nicest staff and a glass of champagne (I could totally get used to that!). It has the most gorgeous ocean front views, 3 pools and a hot tub, a private beach and plenty of lounge chairs. I felt like a superstar staying there and highly recommend it - the whole experience was way more than 5 stars in my expert opinion.


One day we decided to get out of the hotel scene and play tourists in Old San Juan. It is such a vibrant town with cobblestone streets, bustling crowds and brightly painted buildings - my favorite! It was suggested we visit the Castillo San Cristobal which turned out to be a fascinating few hours full of history and more breathtaking views. The Spanish spent over 250 years fortifying the location, since through it, Spain controlled all access in and out of the Caribbean.


We also took a cab over to see the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, another historic landmark in the heart of the old city. It is the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere, and the oldest church on U.S. soil. The architecture alone is stunning but there is also a lot of historical information in each wing. The remains of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León are there and the church still holds mass every week!


The Condado Vanderbilt hotel also has several restaurants, so for my birthday dinner we ate at 1919, a high end restaurant where every menu item and ingredient is farm-to-table using the most fresh and organic ingredients. The Ricotta Ravioli & Chicken for 2 were delicious! And of course, I had to get dessert so I tried the salted caramel tart - yum!

We tried to set up some other fun activities but everything was booked through the month - so we'll just have to go back! ;) I could use another vacation lounging by the pool eating the most delectable fresh fruit I've ever seen. And avocados. Until next time!

Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? What was your favorite part?

I am not a travel blogger and was in no way compensated for this post - 
I just wanted to share some of my favorite parts about the trip!

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