Greetings! I am back with more of Puerto Rico as I am still not over my trip. Earlier this month, I spend 3 wonderful days in Puerto Rico. Even though, it was short, I enjoyed every bit of it. Puerto Rico is a must visit for everyone. There is no passport required for U.S. citizens, English is widely spoken and of course there is no need to exchange currency. It’s like a paradise in your own backyard. Now that you are convinced, here is a 3 days itinerary for Puerto Rico trip.
Rise and shine bright and early, walk over to the beach to view the sunrise and listen to the sounds of the waves. There is no better way to start your vacation! Next head over to Kasalta Cafe which is located within 5 mins from the beach for a delicious cup of coffee and some breakfast. Enjoy some people watching while you are there, this will give you an idea how the locals start their mornings before work. After that, grab your favorite read and sunscreen and head back to the beach. Ocean Park beach is conveniently located and is not too crowded. Get your tan on as you relax in the sunshine. Ready for some lunch? Pirilo Pizza Rustica is located a block away from Kasalta Cafe, all within walking distance from the beach. The croquetas de mamposteao are to die for! Head back to the beach for some windsurfing or paddle boarding. Squeeze in a nap before dinner. Santaella is an extremely popular celebrity chef restaurant in the area, just make sure you have a reservation well in advance because seating is limited and it is always busy. As far as the food is concerned, it is on the pricier side compared to the other restaurants in the area, however, I would give it a 10/10! In my opinion, it is one of the best restaurants I have been to in the world, possibly top 3! You have to check out Santaella. And don’t forget to dress to impress.
Today’s Agenda —->>> #Relax
–Watch the sunrise at Ocean Park beach
–Breakfast at Kasalta Cafe
–Back to Ocean Park beach
–Hungry for some croquetas, lunch at Pirilo Pizza Rustica
–Learn new skill, windsurfing or paddle boarding here.
–Dress up for fancy dinner at Santaella, don’t forget to make a reservation.
Start your day with breakfast at your Airbnb, courtesy of the wonderful host, Sylvia. After your deliciously healthy breakfast, make your way towards Old San Juan. Learn all about the history of Puerto Rico from your first 2 stops at Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The forts date 500 years back and were built by the Spanish to protect the city of San Juan. The views from the forts are simply breathtaking! Once you are done, take a short walk and visit the colorful Old San Juan. Here you can explore the many restaurants and shops on your own or take a Food Tour. Don’t forget to take lots of photos! For dinner, you can definitely find tons of options in Old San Juan or you can try some fresh tacos from a food truck. La Prena Food truck had some of the best tacos and my favorite mango smoothie to go with it. After dinner, get ready to dance the night away with some good music and mingle with the locals at La Placita. A market during the day and the hottest nightlife scene in the evenings, this historical market plaza is the most happening spot in town from Wednesdays- Sunday. It has the best bars and restaurants, people meeting up, music all around, all making it one big street party. I would highly recommend visiting La Placita if you are looking to party with the locals.
Today’s Agenda —->>> #Explore
–History lesson at Castillo San Cristobal
–Walk over to Old San Juan for a Food Tour
–More history and beautiful views at Castillo San Felipe del Morro
–Yummy tacos for dinner at La Prena Food truck
–Grab a drink and enjoy the nightlife with the locals at La Placita
Grab a quick bite from Kasalta Cafe, your bathing suit and some sunscreen to spend your day cruising in the waters, snorkeling and exploring one of the most beautiful beach in the world! There are several trips provided by East Island PR, however, the Culebra snorkeling trip is a must do! You are taken on a catamaran to gorgeous Flamenco Beach where you can snorkel or enjoy the beach. Lunch and snorkeling gear is included in your trip. Check out their website for pricing and timings here.
If cruising is not your thing and you are looking for another option to stay on land, you can visit the El Yunque National Forest. This is the only rain forest in the United States and is very biologically diverse and has some beautiful waterfalls. Several tours are available which include a full day visit along with hiking and zip lining. For dinner, enjoy some fresh seafood at El Pescador, another local favorite. Hope you have enjoyed your 3 days in Puerto Rico!
Today’s Agenda —->>> #Adventure
–Quick coffee and breakfast at Starbucks
–Drive or get picked up by tour company for a full day Snorkeling trip
–Or zipline through the rain forest El Yunque National Forest
–Fresh seafood as last dinner at El Pescador
– If you are planning to stay within San Juan, Uber is the best option, it is very reliable, the drivers are extremely friendly and helpful and the short rides won’t cost you more than $15! Click here to estimate your fares.
-The excursion companies also offer pick ups and drop offs to certain hotels.
-I took a cab from the airport to my Airbnb which cost me $20.
WHERE TO STAY– 3 DAYS ITINERARY FOR PUERTO RICO
-I stayed at this Airbnb which was conveniently located in Ocean Park. The host was super friendly and helpful throughout my stay. The Ocean Park beach is one block away and there are several restaurants within walking distance from the house.
–La Concha Resort is a great alternate if you are looking for a hotel in the area.
–Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel is conveniently located in Old San Juan