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
I 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
You Should Go There
I’m nominating 5 places in which I think ‘you should go there’. I can’t wait to return to these amazing turquoise destinations.
If you know me then you know that I am a lover of the ocean and the beach! There is nothing better than being by or in the sea. Growing up in a small fishing village on the coast in Atlantic Canada has made me extremely passionate about being close to the water. I don’t often travel too far from the coast and even if I do it’s not long before I find myself back on a beach. Hawaii is one of the best destinations to be if you are a lover of the sea. With two weeks in Hawaii, I spent every day on the beach and in the water. All of the water sports I did allowed me to get the best turquoise experience Hawaii can offer. I also tried in Hawaii for the first time two items on my 2013 bucket list: kite surfing and paddle boarding. Hawaii truly is one of the best countries if you love to be on the beach and active in the water. Continue reading
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
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
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.
From 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 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