The gf and I had been planning on going on a vacation for a while, so I requested the time off way in advance, and we decided to just monitor airfare to various central american destinations and figure it out. We wanted to try and go to either Costa Rica or Belize. Surprisingly, however, tickets from SF to San Juan Puerto Rico were several hundred dollars cheaper, so we decided to go there. I didn't know much about the place (including its complex relationship with the United States). I was incredibly surprised. It is a beautiful, beautiful place. We stayed on the south side of the island, near Patillas, and there were very few gringos. Other than at our small hotel, we didn't see any others at all on the beaches on the south. The locals were incredibly friendly.
We travelled to an island off of the coast, Vieques, and stayed there for a night, and while there were a lot more tourists there, boy was it worth it. The snorkeling was amazing, and we went swimming in a bioluminescent bay at night. Tiny creatures light up when the water is disturbed, so the water actually glows around your limbs as you swim. I had never seen anything like it. The beaches were beautiful, and there were wild horses wandering around. We almost missed our boat back to Puerto Rico, but some locals picked us up and gave us a ride. Gracias hombres!
Church in Patillas
Sunset from our hotel:
Wild Horses on Vieques:
Arriving in Vieques:
Lighthouse outside of Patillas:
Beach in Vieques. Ahhhhh......
GAWD I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK. BOOOOOOOO.