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by | 2017 | The Lills, Travel

Every wedding anniversary, we take a trip and mark another year of our marriage. In 2016, we were unexpectedly gifted with tickets to anywhere in the U.S. and chose beautiful Puerto Rico as our sixth wedding anniversary destination. The moment we arrived we felt like we were on island time. We unpacked in a private balcony studio at the home of a wonderful couple and their 3 year old grandchild in San Juan. Immediately, they felt like family and we felt at home. We stayed outside on the balcony late into the night, taking in the city and stars.

We were located just a block from the beach, so the next day we headed straight there. Ocean Park beach had such a cool backdrop of palm trees and cityscape. We were in walking distance from amazing food and enjoyed incredible empanadillas at Pirilo Restaurant and crazy-good rice, beans and classic Tostones (twice fried plantain slices with salt) from Kasalta Bakery.

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After a day or two soaking up the sun and exploring the city, we took a drive to historic Old San Juan. It was absolutely stunning with colorful buildings, active cobblestone streets and island air. We took a walk through Liga De Arte, a non-profit art league that offers workshops in drawing, ceramics, sewing, metalwork, sculpture and more. Each classroom had a beautiful view. We then had an absolute blast flying kites with everyone at El Morro Fort, followed by trying traditional Mofongo (mashed garlic plantains) at La Danza Restaurant.

We took a stunning 2 hour drive to La Parguera, where we stayed in a very cool ocean view hotel room at the Villa Parguera. We rented a private little boat, provided by Gina’s at Johnny’s Boats, went snorkeling and fell in love with the crystal-clear water. It was so peaceful and a wonderful private adventure. Later on, a friendly guy at a pineapple stand told us we needed to drive to Boquerón Beach, a spectacular beach that has calm waters, perfect for jetskis and other water sports. It was so tranquil and showed us yet another beautiful side to Puerto Rico.

We couldn’t miss going to the rainforest and met a very cool woman who took us straight to her friend’s home, deep in the El Yunque Rainforest. The couple has been living there for 20 years and we can see why. Life seemed simple surrounded in the thick foliage and the sound of water continuously moving from the river was spiritual. They made us an incredible vegetarian home-cooked meal and told us to take a walk up the rocks, alongside the river, where we would find beautiful waterfalls and lagoons. About 15 minutes up we heard the sounds of happy locals enjoying the day at the lagoon. We jumped off of a swing-rope and off a cliff into the beautiful rainforest water. It was a magical part of our trip.

Our favorite moment occured just across from where we stayed. There was an Ashtanga Yoga studio we could see from our room. Our design client, which happened to be an Ashtanga Yoga instructor, is the person who gave us the tickets, so it totally felt like a sign. It turned out, right across from the studio we stopped dead in our tracks at an image of a lost dog posted on a telephone pole. The dog was an exact replica of our dog, Captain, who passed away in October 2016. It was like we were meant to be in Puerto Rico. See what happens next on our adventure here!


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