Puerto Rico is a hot destination for US travelers. It’s one of the places that you do not need a passport to visit. In my previous blog, I shared the eight reasons one should visit Puerto Rico. Many see PR as a good destination for groups, couples and families, but Puerto Rico is actually a great solo destination. My last trip to Puerto Rico was a solo travel trip, and I had THE best time.
My trip consisted of a couple of nights in San Juan, followed by a couple of nights in Rio Grande. Both destinations were enjoyable for their own reasons.
Where I stayed:
Sheraton Old San Juan: I love the location of this hotel. It was right in the heart of Old San Juan, and it was easy to get around on foot. I asked for a room with a view, and boy was the view gorgeous! My room overlooked the cruise terminal, so I could see the ships coming in from the comforts of my bed. If I’d had more time, I would have relaxes at the beautiful rooftop pool!
Melia Coco Beach: Beautiful does not begin to describe this place! It’s out in the middle of nowhere, but once you get there, you have no reason to leave. The rooms were huge, with some overlooking the ocean. My room had a patio, where I enjoyed multiple cups of coffee, provided by the hotel. When I was there in February, the hotel was pretty secluded, so I was able to grab a chair on the beach and relax. I ordered room service a few times, and the food was delicious! I would definitely stay here again when visiting Rio Grande.
What I did:
Flavors of San Juan Food Tour: I always recommend group tours to solo travelers. It’s a great way to see the sites without feeling completely alone. You also have a built in photographer. On this tour, we made 6 different stops. At each stop, we were treated to a bit of history and a taste of Heaven. I really enjoyed the Rum Bar. Which is pretty strange, being that I don’t drink. I found this history of how they make the rum quite fascinating. I also had a great time making mofongo!
El Yunque Rainforest: I rented a car while in San Juan, so I was able to drive out to wherever I wanted. (SN: I’d only recommend renting a car if you plan to go anywhere other than OSJ. Driving was very confusing in Old San Juan, and parking was pricy). Anyway, while I was staying at Melia I took a morning drive out to El Yunque. One has the option of doing a guided tour, but I just drove up on my own. The views were magnificent! I will be back the next time I’m in town, just to see them again. Tip: Go early, as it gets VERY crowded once the tour buses roll in.
Luquillo Beach and Kiosks: Luquillo Beach is a beautiful beach near Rio Grande. Just outside of the beach along the streets are little restaurant kiosks. Mostly seafood, and there were a lot of things I wanted to try. Unfortunately, I was there early, so nothing was open.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort: I drove out here to go to the casino. I gambled a bit, and nosied around the hotel. This hotel is GORGEOUS. I checked out the large pool area and beach. The thing that I love about PR is that each beach is so distinctive, and has it’s own look and feel. I may stay here next time to check out the rooms.
Where to Eat
Mi Vida Cafe: I ran across this little cafe on Yelp! It’s a small spot, but I knew I’d hit the jackpot when my waiter had on an H-Town hat. I had the fish taco and fries. The fish was so fresh! This looks like a popular spot for locals to come in and grab a beer. Everyone was so warm and welcoming.
Barrachina: Barrachina is known for being the home of the pina colada. I opted for the shrimp mofongo and the virgin colada. Both were divine. I really liked the atmosphere in there. It was like being outside, but inside. Super cute. Tip: Sit at the bar. Service was great and fast!
Bistro Cafe: I stopped here on my way to the airport. It reminded me of brunch back home in Houston. I had the Dulce de Leche waffle, and boy was it delicious. The wait staff was on top of their game! I ordered some coffee, stating that I wanted to warm up a bit (it was cold inside), and they immediately offered to move me to a warmer section of the Cafe. Top notch food and service all the way.
There’s so much more that I plan to check out on my next trip. What are some of your favorite places in Puerto Rico? Comment below.