My Trip to Puerto Rico
My First Trip to Puerto Rico
My very first trip to Puerto Rico was a business trip. We had just opened up a new center down there and I went down there to visit the employees there and build relationships.
I was down there for about a week.
I invited my mom to go along as my son was young at the time and it was a way to bring him along so that he could travel and see new things.
It worked it because it was during the summer so he wasn’t in school and my mom could spend time with him while I was at work.
We didn’t see a whole lot this trip, nor did I take any pictures.
It was a business trip so I was focused on business. Also, the first day that I was there, I shook hands with somebody immediately before he explained he was on his way home with the flu. Unfortunately, I caught the worst flu of my life that trip and was very ill by the end of the trip.
A few years later, my parents actually moved to Puerto Rico to retire in paradise. So, at that point, I knew I’d eventually go back.
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My Second Trip to Puerto Rico
My second trip to Puerto Rico was purely for fun. I had planned a 10 day vacation to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. While I had discovered Roadtrippers for planning trips, I didn’t really use it for this vacation.
I did plan stops out and send them to my parents as a bucket list. But when we arrived, we went where my parents wanted to show us. We were there to visit them, after all. Unfortunately, our 10 day vacation had a tragic incident on day 6 which extended our vacation to a full month… but also significantly altered what we could do while I were there. I broke my ankle. It was rest and relaxation for the rest of the trip.
While we stayed there a full month, there were really only 6 or 7 days that we actually went somewhere besides hospitals and doctor’s appointments. The rest of the time was spent at home resting and visiting.
While Puerto Rico wasn’t exactly a road trip since we had to fly to get there, we took many day trips while we were there and visited many places so I count it as a road trip.
Places We Stopped
My parents were excited to show us certain places in Puerto Rico, so we humored them and played along with their plans. They were letting us stay at their house for free, after all. We mostly visited various beaches but we saw a few other things while we were there.
Our Puerto Rico Road Trip Stops:
- Boiling Nuclear Superheater (BONUS) Reactor Facility
- Boquerón Beach
- Camuy Cave Park
- Combate Beach
- La Parguera
- Las Salinas
- Los Morrillos Lighthouse
- Playa Sucia
- Rincón Lighthouse, Park & Beach
My Next Trip to Puerto Rico
To be completely honest, there probably won’t be another trip to Puerto Rico.
Maybe in the future when I’ve seen everything I want to see everywhere else, I’ll consider planning another trip here.
But the first two times didn’t end well and I have a little bit of a feeling that the island doesn’t like me very much, as it hasn’t treated me kindly.
I know that’s silly. But there are so many other places that I want to go and see, this one has really just fallen to the bottom of the list.
Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island which caused my parents to move back stateside. That took away any excuse to go there, honestly.
Maybe one day…
Planned Road Trip Stops
That said, I do still have the trip I planned, even though we didn’t follow it. There were some stops I was interested in seeing. So if I did go back one day, these are the stops I’d be interested in making.
Stops I Planned:
- Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo
- Arecibo Lighthouse
- Mar Chiquita
- Catillo San Felipe del Morro
- La Fortaleza
- Cathedral of San Juan Bautista
- Wildlife Museum
- Casa Cautiño
- Parque de Bombas
If you’re looking to plan a road trip, be sure to check out the Roadtrippers Trip Planner to see what all may interest you and get it added to your trip. It’s amazing how many hidden treasures are out there just waiting to be explored. Driving several hours to see one place just seems like a waste to me. Why not see what else is along your route and make the most of the trip? Just, please… do me a favor and travel safe.
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