I visited Puerto Rico for the first time during Easter Weekend and I loved it so much that I came back a month later. If you haven’t read my first post about spending a weekend in Puerto Rico, click the link and read it first. It goes over a lot of pertinent information.
This time around, my cousin and I snagged a $105 roundtrip ticket with Frontier Airlines. We arrived after 11 PM on Thursday evening and left around 3 AM on Monday morning.
We rented a car at Enterprise. Our reservation was at the location in Isla Verde near our Airbnb, but they were out of cars. Luckily, they drove us to the location near the airport where we picked up our Nissan.
PS. If you’ve never used Airbnb, I’m giving you $40 off your next rental above $75.
As soon as we got the car, we drove to Carabali Rainforest Park where we rode horses for an hour. Yes, after riding a horse one time, I am now an equestrian. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk.
We were super tired afterward and went home to shower and rest. We then headed to La Placita to grab dinner and drinks. I recommend Ubering there because parking is a nightmare! La Placita is where the locals turn up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It’s a big square with live music and many restaurants and bars.
We ate at Asere Cubano Kitchen & Bar. Their skirt steak and ginger mojitos are amazing! Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay out late because we had to wake up early the next day to head to Culebra island.
Last time I was in Puerto Rico, I took a day trip to the inhabited island of Icacos. This time around, I decided to visit the award-winning Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island. There are 3 options for visiting Culebra:
- Fly (most expensive / quickest)
- Ferry (least expensive / slowest)
- Catamaran/Boat company (middle of the two)
We didn’t fly because it was too expensive and didn’t take the ferry because you have to get up super early in order to stand in line to get a ticket, and it takes two hours to get to Culebra.
We decided to do a power boat tour with Snorkel & Beach. It cost $95/person + tax and includes lunch and unlimited drinks. The lunch is not impressive and is basically cold cuts, bread, and macaroni salad. There is food available for purchase as well on Culebra.
In order to get to the boat, you must drive 50 minutes from San Juan to Fajardo. If you don’t rent a car, the company offers San Juan pickup for an additional charge.
Once you head on the boat, I recommend you stay away from the sides. Go where it’s covered or sit upstairs. We got SOAKED from head to toe on the way to Culebra.
Before we docked on the island, we stopped in the middle of the ocean for 30 minutes of snorkeling time. We then headed to Flamenco Beach where we had a couple of hours to swim, lounge, and explore. It was BEAUTIFUL! The water is very clear and felt amazing. I highly recommend going there.
Afterward, we headed back on the boat where we were served chips and salsa, fresh cut fruit, and sweets while we made our way back to Fajardo. On the drive home, we stopped at Bebo’s BBQ.
It’s an authentic Puerto Rican bbq restaurant frequented by the locals. The staff barely spoke English and the line was very long, both of which encouraged us to try it. The food was by the pound and super cheap. I encourage everyone to try it!
We were supposed to go to a trap reggaeton party that night but both my cousin and I fell asleep. #washed
We went to Isla Verde beach for brunch at my favorite place, El Alambique. We then returned our rental car and took an Uber to Old San Juan to shop for souvenirs.
There are tons of souvenir shops on every street so it does not matter which one you go to. After this, we took another Uber to Casa Bacardi to take the Mixology tour. We got a tour of the Bacardi factory and then headed into a building where we learned to make the Cuba Libre (rum & coke), a mojito, and a daiquiri.
It was very interactive and I felt like a real bartender.
We also got extremely lit and took the party back to El Alambique before passing out on the beach for a nap under the sun. #superwashed
A few tips:
- We bought our tickets for Casa Bacardi on Gustazos, which is like Groupon for some Latin American countries. The normal price was $60 each and we got them for $20 each.
- At the beach, you can and should negotiate the price of the umbrella and chairs.
Headed to Puerto Rico soon? Let me know your plans in the comments!