Honey I’m home… It’s me again! *waves*
If you follow my Instagram you’ll of course know that I’ve just come home from a sun, fun and food filled trip to San Juan in Puerto Rico. From here on Tortola, it’s a mere 30 minute plane ride over to Puerto Rico so it’s been tempting us since we arrived. We’re lucky enough to be nestled among many glorious and unique little islands and I hope to visit as many of them as possible for as long as we’re over in this corner of the world.
It’s been 6 months since we moved to Tortola (Sweet Home Tortola) so there were little pangs of island fever starting to kick in. It’s entirely wonderful here but you do find yourself missing things. Puerto Rico was the little droplet of civilisation we both needed. Well, AND they have a Zara.
I feel so blessed to be able to visit such beautiful places and San Juan has been like no other. It’s knocked a couple of other cities off of the top spot and it’s certainly in the lead in terms of FOOD! Oh yes, the food was exquisite practically everywhere we went. We were fortunate enough to bump into a couple here in Tortola that live in San Juan and they jotted down lots of nifty and quirky little spots to try. In fact, if you visit you’ll notice how eager most locals are to share their favourite food hubs. It’s a big deal there and I am totally on board with that, I just wish there were more meal times in the day. Mofongo, being my biggest obsession, which I never in a million years would have ever guessed I’d enjoy. It’s a combination of crushed plantain mixed with garlic, oil and salt all mashed up in a pestle. So simple, yet so delectable, and I think we ate this at least once a day. Here it is…
We stayed in Old San Juan which is notorious for it’s rainbow coloured cobbled streets. As the name would suggest it’s the oldest historic core of San Juan and so the vibe is very different from the main city. Don’t panic, I’m not about to start a history lesson, as many of you already know, I’m a photo kind of gal. So when I can’t locate the words in my brain to string together the sentence I want, you still get the idea of what I saw through my eyes 🙂
And so, we left our small honey badger behind and flew off to start our adventure in San Juan…
Before our exploration started we needed to check into our cheeky little abode for our stay 🙂
Thank you West Indies Vacation Rentals, your little loft was exactly what we needed. The perfect little space to retire at night with weary feet from a day exploring. Then after a splash under the shower and a costume change everything was close enough for us to skip out the front door to our choice of bar or restaurant.
AND WE’RE OFF
… IN SEARCH OF BREAKFAST …
We were informed there was the ultimate breakfast spot just walking distance from the loft that would satisfy our famished tummies and cater for our desire to try the infamous Puerto Rican ‘Mallorca Bun’. So, we found ourselves outside LA BOMBONERA.
The Mallorcan Bun was just as wonderful as we thought it would be 🙂 after a good feed and multiple cups of coffee, we were ready to start our day of exploring.
FYI! To all my friends and family that never believed they would see the day… this is a tan, people! It’s a real life, real leg, full on TAN!
Day one exploring over, we headed off for an early dinner at JOSE ENRIQUE
Just a heads up, this was the one restaurant that EVERY single person we spoke to about food in San Juan recommended. That’s quite a compliment 🙂 and it really, really didn’t disappoint!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked BUT, I got so distracted with the food and drinks ha! Also, I do think it’s important when you’re on holiday not to document absolutely everything or you’ll miss moments, the real ones, happening at that very moment. In fact, Christian and I make a pact when we’re away to have our phones off and we only take the camera out in the evenings a few times. Suppose it might feel we’re on a three-way-date with a camera otherwise. Not fun, I want Christian all to myself 🙂
P.s., just before bed, I want to take a moment to appreciate how amazing my pyjamas are, I don’t know if you can tell but they totally have dinosaurs on them ❤
SHORT SHOPPING INTERVAL
Due to the fact we are now living on a pretty small island with the luxuries of home an ocean away, we thought we would treat ourselves to a day shopping. Under any usual holiday circumstances this would never happen but since we’ve away from shops for so long, it was well needed, where else can a girl get some decent God-darn underwear? We needed some more bits and bobs and there is so much we’re unable to get on Tortola. There are no photos from this spree as they would be incredibly boring for me to take and you to look at, trust me! I’ll tell you one thing though, it tired me out…
So, swiftly moving on: to the next day!
Breakfast and coffee at HACIENDA ISABEL COFFEE BOUTIQUE
We even treated ourselves to a bag of their own brand coffee. The owner, Alfonso, told us all about their coffee process and to be honest, it was the best coffee I’d tried on our whole trip to San Juan and trust me, I love my coffee!
Cheeky morning mimosa… I won’t tell if you won’t 🙊
Time for some more culture… FORT SAN CRISTÓBAL
En route to PARQUE LUIS MUNOZ RIVERA PARK
We felt honoured to meet the ex President of the United States, Barrack Obama. Between you and me though, he wasn’t as chatty as we thought he might be, if anything he was a bit off, quiet and a bit rigid…
Off to drink the best piña colada in town.
This is what happens when you try and take a nice pre-drink selfie when you’re both in a completely ridiculous mood…
Also, I’m sure nobody noticed but umm… slightly embarrassing incident. I bought a top that was too big for me and I was unable to sit normally without it slipping down AND I had no bra underneath sooooo… #classicemma
We also visited the famous bar El Batey
We wanted to get our names on the walls somewhere… anywhere!
More breakfast: La Terraza San Juan
We actually had breakfast here twice! Just a small pointer for any future visitors…
They have a different chef at the weekends and we LOVED this place so much more on the weekend as the food was truly out of this world. We then visited a couple of days later on a weekday and it was drastically different. Gravely disappointed and I just wanted to highlight this to anyone thinking of visiting this place for a spot of brekkie.
When you’re married to a complete chocoholic, there are some places you’ll simply never be allowed to just walk past…
In case you were wondering… Christian successfully consumed every item in these photos!
Just, one final smooch…
AND TRA-LA, there we have it! An amazing adventure to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I can honestly say that I just can’t wait to go back there. Watch the blog for more though because there was a little something secret that we found that I feel needs a whole post all to itself… Santaella.
It’s been a pleasure.