San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 27-July 1, 2017

What better way to spend the 2 weeks between 3rd and 4th year than a luxurious beach vacay? Yeah, I know, I couldn't think of anything either. So beach vacay it was! I didn't think it was possible to find a place more humid than New Orleans, but I did. However it was extremely beautiful here, perfect for a beach vacation. 

Day 1: hotel check in + lounging by the pool:

-Our resort, Condado Vanderbilt was gorgeous, we stayed in a suite with an amazing oceanside view
-On arrival we were greeted with champagne and once in our room our butler came by to introduce himself and give us more info on the resort and city
-Ate at Tacos and Tequila on the resort which had the BEST grilled shrimp tacos
-Most of the afternoon was spent lounging by and in the infinity pool which had amazing oceanside views
-We had authentic Puerto Rican food that night at Cayo Blanco, I ordered the paella! The food was hot, but the wait was a tad bit long.

Day 2: 

Old San Juan + Spa:
-We ventured to Old San Juan and decided to drive down there, big mistake. Super difficult parking but we managed to find very reasonable pricing in the garage. Decided we would uber next time, lol!
-Brunched @ Caficultura which was delicious but tends to be a bit packed
-Amazing couples massage on the resort that afternoon
-Spent the rest of the evening lounging by the pool
-Had dinner at Oceano's (highly highly recommend), oceanside dining, delicious churrasco egg rolls, fresh scallops, excellent service and ambiance. 

Day 3:

El Yunque Zip-lining/tubing + Old San Juan
-went hiking through El Yunque Rainforest
-did 7 different zip-line courses over/through the rain forest, a couple even went over the water, such an exhilarating and fun experience!
-jumped off a cliff into a river in the pouring rain (will never do that again!)
-tubing was cancelled due to rain :(
-Returned to Old San Juan that afternoon and toured Castillo San Cristobal, a fort built by Spain in 1783 with beautiful views of the ocean and city 
-learned a great deal about the history of San Juan and Puerto Rico
-had dinner that night at 1919, we did a chef's tasting which is a seven course meal all of which are surprises
-the food was extremely delicious and rich, and the service was IMPECCABLE but 7 courses is a bit overwhelming, I'll admit!
-dinner was followed by salsa dancing in the hotel lounge 

Day 4:
Catamaran Tour to Icacos + Snorkeling
-Enjoyed a sunset catamaran tour to Icacos Island
-The catamaran had a good amount of space, bbq, and an open bar!!
-It was my first time snorkeling, I saw some of the most beautiful fish, it was amazing but a bit harder than I imagined
-Icacos had beautiful sand and was very peaceful, great place to spend quality time with your significant other or family  and relax
-The views of the sunset setting over the ocean were breathtaking and romantic on the ride back
**if you are the slightest bit seasick ever take something, I never get seasick but felt a little nauseous on the ride 

Day 5:
Flight back:
-Arrive EXTRA EXTRA early because SJU is extremely packed and there are few more steps than the airports in the states. 

Overall this trip ended way too soon, we literally had the time of our lives! We would recommend San Juan to anyone!! 

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