Puerto Rico

Recently had an end of summer weekend getaway to Puerto Rico! Given that September is hurricane season, flights and hotel prices were reasonable and lucky enough, there was not a single hurricane in sight.

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My co-workers and I flew into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. Isla Verde, where the Intercontinental San Juan Hotel is located, is a 10 minute cab ride from the airport. There are several hotels in the area, including the Intercontinental, that have direct access to the beach.  We were able to soak up an hour of sun before having to get ready for dinner. Old San Juan is about a 20 minute cab ride from Isla Verde. We enjoyed traditional Puerto Rican food at Punto de Vista. I had fried pork mofongo with garlic sauce, a mojito, and fried plantains.

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We had our ziplining excursion at Campo Rico the following morning. As part of the package, the company picked us up from our hotel. We had fun on 7 ziplines and 6 canopy bridges. We spotted the native Puerto Rican frog, the coqui, on our hike. A delicious lunch plate of chicken, rice, and macaroni salad was provided at the end of the adventure. After returning to the hotel, we spent the rest of the day at the pool and beach, sipping on afternoon mojitos. For dinner, we headed back to Old San Juan, to the Parrot Club and for a night of salsa dancing and live music at Nuyorican Cafe.

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On our last day in Puerto Rico, we enjoyed an oceanside brunch at La Playita and an early dinner at Metropol. Both restaurants are walking distance from the hotel. Metropol is next to a large cockfighting arena, which is I heard is popular in Puerto Rico. If we had more time, I would have loved to visit San Juan Fort. I guess that will have to wait for my next visit! And of course, I picked up some rum cake for my flight home.

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Photos by CH

 

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