This Christmas Season I am Thankful for…

Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Last year before Christmas, I tried to keep it a secret from Santa that I abandoned the cold Canadian winter weather for warmer climates south of the border. Yes, that’s right, I ran to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. I didn’t stay there the entire Christmas season (even though I wanted to), I returned home just in time (December 24th in fact) for Santa to find me back where I belong–on Canadian soil. This year, as much as I am longing for warmer weather, I am happy to say that I am celebrating the Christmas season right where I belong–in Canada. Continue reading

Puerto Rico’s Secret Turquoise Treasure

ViequesI spent over two weeks on the sunny and tropical island of Puerto Rico in 2013. The tranquil and humid island welcomed me as if it was my home. I think I was meant to have been born in a tropical destination; It’s in my blood. Based on my travels throughout the Northern and Eastern parts of Puerto Rico, I fell in love with one particular area: Vieques! Continue reading

I Want to Live at the Beach Forever

Instagram Monthly Monday Mayhem

Here are my top favorite and fun Instagram photos which I posted last month:

Destination: Puerto Rico

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15 Must See Sights in Northern and Eastern Puerto Rico

I recently spent over two weeks on the sunny and tropical island of Puerto Rico during one of the coldest months of the year-December. What a joy it was for me to skip some of the dreadfully frigid cold weather in Canada for a tranquil and humid stay in Puerto Rico. I’ll trade snow for sand any day. I think I was meant to have been born in a tropical destination; It’s in my blood. Based on my travels throughout the Northern and Eastern parts of Puerto Rico, here are my favorite 15 sights:

San Juan Metro

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El Yunque National Forest

Puerto Rico The El Yunque National Forest (Bosque Nacional del Caribe) watches over the beaches and towns that line the coast. The tropical rain forest has miles of hiking trails, look out towers, stunning waterfalls, and exotic flora and fauna. As much as I love the beach, I also love visiting the forest. Not to mention, I got a pretty spectacular view of the coast line from El Yunque Mountain. There is nothing better then being outdoors whether it be on a beach or in the forest. Continue reading

The Sunrises and Sunsets of Puerto Rico

After looking at many of the pictures I’ve posted on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram a friend informed me that he noticed my interest (or obsession rather) with the sky and the horizon. I guess he has a valid point! I love taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets! Second to the beach, I’ve always had an interest in taking pictures of the skyline. In every destination that I visit, I make an attempt to see at least one sunrise and one sunset. Yet, by the end of trip I’ve seen at least a half a dozen or so.
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Turquoise Thursday: Christmas Spirit in Vieques

Vieques

Merry ChristmasFrom East to West Vieques, Puerto Rico is one of the most beautiful destinations I have ever seen. The beaches on the island of Vieques are in the top 5 beach destinations I have visited. Vieques has nature preserves, pristine secluded beaches, a bioluminescent bay, culture, and a history of revolutionaries and a resistance against their land being destroyed. Vieques is a destination I need to return to. When I visit certain beaches it’s as if I leave a piece of myself there, while learning something new in return. I’ll always have this intense burning desire to go back to certain destinations where I feel as though part of me was left behind. Vieques was one of those places.  Pictures don’t even capture its true beauty. I hope that everyone has an opportunity to visit Vieques in their lifetime. I’ll be happy if I inspire one person to visit Vieques based on this post. Even with the long wait times at the ferry, the rough ferry crossing from Fajardo, and the overcrowded ship it’s worth it. Next time I’ll fly! Continue reading

Puerto Rican Christmas

 

Puerto Rican Christmas

Merry Christmas Puerto Ricans know how to celebrate Christmas! They are known to have the longest Christmas celebrations in the Caribbean and possibly in the world. They start celebrating after the American Thanksgiving and continue celebrating until late January with their largest party being from Jan 16-19 for the San Sebastian Street Festival. One of my favourite times of the year is Christmas-time which makes Puerto Rico the perfect place for me to be around the holidays. Typically, I start celebrating Christmas the day after November 11th which is Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) in Canada. I’ve been to known to have my tree still up and lit until mid-January. Puerto Rico is the perfect place for me to celebrate part of the Christmas season. Continue reading

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Puerto Rico

Carolina Paddleboarding

Isla Verde

I tried Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) for the first time in Hawaii about a month ago. After instantly falling in love with the sport, I was bound and determined to do it again as soon as possible. My second SUP adventure also happened on an island, but this time on the island of Puerto Rico in Isla Verde with Carolina Paddleboarding. Alejandro (Alex) Calaf, founder of Carolina Paddleboarding, took me on a SUP adventure of a lifetime from Isla Verde beach to Boca de Cangrejos and into Pinones lagoon and back. My half day SUP private tour gave me the best of both worlds: open ocean paddling and calm lagoon paddling. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon on the water in sunny Puerto Rico. Continue reading