Puerto Rico West Side

Many people are aware that Puerto Rico is a great place to go on a vacation, but my favorite part of the island is the West Side. On the West Side of PR there are a lot of beautiful beaches and there are some great places to surf. People say it is like an east coast Hawaii, good waves and no wetsuit required because the water is really warm, which makes surfing really enjoyable.

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Playa Peña Blanca, Peña Blanca Beach

We left our plans pretty open and on our way to the island we looked up beaches and things to do on social media. We also asked some locals and my cousins what we should go see and we were not dissapointed. The first day we drove over to the west side but traffic was horrible getting there from San Juan, what looked like a 2 1/2 hour trip ended up being like 3 1/2 hours or more. We finally made it to Rincon but we were not able to find the AirBnb that we had reserved, there was no internet up in the hills and the address that was on the listing took us somewhere different. Finally we were given coordinates to get to the house and after some asking around we made it. Directions are difficult in Puerto Rico because house addresses rarely work so you need exact coordinates to make sure you get to the right place.

The AirBnB we stayed at wasn’t very nice so we left that morning and went on our way exploring the island. We went and checked the surf but there was nothing worthwhile so we went beach hopping to find some good places to swim and relax. After having a good day cruising around Rincon we met up with one of my friends at La Parguera which is famous for its nightlife. The small town was alive with music, outdoor/indoor dining and other things to do. We decided to eat at a restaurant which ended up being a bad decision because they took an hour and a half to even get us our food, my wife and I were really annoyed because we have never had an experience like that. We both ordered mofongo de yuca which is a traditional Puerto Rican plate and Mika and I both decided that we weren’t huge fans of the yuca plant taste.

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After our not so great restaurant experience we went and stayed with my cousins in Lajas who I hadn’t seen in about 10-11 years. Since visiting I have learned Spanish so it was fun getting to talk to them and understand what they were actually saying.

 

It was fun getting to spend time with family, they took us around showed us some pretty beaches and views. We went to a lookout above La Parguera, then we went to Las Salinas and to Playa Sucia.

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Las Salinas

Las Salinas was on the way to Playa Sucia which according to locals was one of the better beaches to visit there. The next day we went to Playa Buye which was very local but if you walk down the beach a bit the views there are beautiful.

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We then went and stayed in Aguada so that we could be closer to the surf breaks, we went to go rent boards and it was still flat so we decided to go Crash Boat Beach which ended up being our favorite beach.

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The water clarity was great and there wasn’t reef so you could go swim easily. There were several street food vendors close to the beach.

 

Finally the swell rolled through and we were able to go surfing for 3 days in Rincon. The last day I went surfing it was really fun it was about 5-8 ft and pretty clean shaped. We didn’t want to leave the west side but my wife hadn’t been to Puerto Rico so I thought it would be good to go see Old San Juan and go to El Yunque Rainforest.

 

Puerto Rico! Isla Del Encanto

 

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Bienvenidos! It has been way too long since I have written a post, now that I have some down time I thought I would post about our trip to the land of my ancestors….yes that is correct. Even though I don’t look like it I am 50% Puerto Rican and have over 400 years of family history on the Isla Del Encanto (Island of Enchantment).

My wife and I were looking for places we could visit on a discount budget and since my mom works for JetBlue we decided to use her buddy passes and spend some time somewhere tropical with surf. My wife was a bit skeptical at first because she gets nervous going to new places, especially after what happened in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

I had previously been to Puerto Rico 2 times, but I couldn’t remember too much because I was younger and probably didn’t appreciate traveling as much as I do now. Getting off the plane in San Juan coming from winter in Utah was a nice change and reminded us of a Spanish speaking Latino Hawaii. We had reserved a rental car and after all the paperwork we were on our way to the west side of the island.

West=Best Side

We both fell in love with the west side of the island because of its nice beaches and the great surf. We went at a perfect time because the swell was weak all winter and a good swell came in the week we were there. When it was smaller Mika and I rented longboards and surfed together. On the bigger days she was relaxing on the shore getting dark and I was out there getting as red as a lobster, enjoying the swell.

Since I haven’t been writing too many posts I thought it would be good to give a summary of things we did and  do separate posts (with more details) about some of the cool places we went in PR.

Here’s the quick version, we stayed in Rincon, Lares (where my cousins live), and Aguada, visited family saw some great beaches met up with an old friend of mine, went to La Parguera at night, surfed. After 5 days on the west side we headed back towards San Juan to see more sites like the fort San Felipe del Morro, old San Juan, and El Yunque Rainforest.

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We had a great time and really enjoyed what the Isla del Encanto had for us. We both were sad to leave and go back to freezing weather but we made a deal that we would go back.

Surf en Hawaii!

En Hawaii aprendí a surfear y fue la mejor experiencia de la vida, Agua calída, todos los dias soleados y si eran nublados igual eran perfectos para poder estan en la playa, con lluvia o no para mi era el paraiso, aguas cristalinas….. Imposible decir que no a Hawaii me sentia culpable si no salía y no conocia lo maravilloso que era y estar bronceada wow!

A veces sentia que vivía en la playa y como no! casi siempre iba a lugares donde estaban los pricipiantes uno se llama Castles, ese lugar es bueno para aprender queda cerca de laie donde yo vivía aun que de todas maneras no me gustaba mucho.

el otro lugar se llama Pua´ena Point, me encantaba ir para allá las olas eran perfectas siempre iba con mi esposo el iba mas adentro porque las olas eran mas enormes y yo quedaba al medio porque las olas eran perfectas para mí.

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Otro lugares que son bueno es waikiki beach que queda en Honolulu la ciudad de Oahu las olas son geniales, igual es depende en que epoca vas porque en verano es mas grande de lo que se. Pero la mayoria de las veces surfiaba en North Shore porque quedaba mas cerca a mi casa y obvio era mejor.

freddies beach surfíe cuando era pequeño porque cuando es grande da miedo y las olas me derrotaron bastante, era practicamente un trapo en las olas en ese lugar cuando era grande ahaha.

Llevo recién 5 meses aprendiendo. Fui aproximadamente 12 veces, tuve a un buen maestro (mi esposo) que me enseño y siempre tuvo paciencia aun que sigue teniéndola porque sigo siendo principiante, fui su primera aprendiz a la que le enseño y hace un buen trabajo hasta ahora.

mi esposo surfea en los lugares geniales de north shore ya que el ya sabe surfear como ya saben vivío en hawaii ya algunos años 🙂

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Viviendo al estilo de Hawaii!

La vida en hawaii la ame fue una experiencia increíble poder vivir con mi esposo y tener una luna de miel por casi 8 meses fue maravilloso tuvimos excelentes aventuras, conocimos gente muy maravillosa de la cual creamos nuevas amistades que podremos ver de nuevo .

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Wow! No se como comenzar a explicar todas las cosas que vivimos porque es sin palabras solo puedo decir que queda en mi corazón , pero si quieren saber sobre alguna caminata les casi prometo que la vamos a saber porque prácticamente vivíamos de aventuras y surf. Tengo por seguro que van a pensar “estos niños no trabajaron o estudiaron”  les cuento que si lo hicimos mi amado gringo se a graduado de la universidad, a pesar de todo siempre teníamos tiempo para poder vivir la vida en hawaii al 100% hawaiian style!

 

Una de las cosas que les aconsejo que hagan cuando vayan a cualquier isla de hawaii pero principalmente en Oahu porque yo lo hice allí es nadar con delfines es una experiencia increíble no tienen la necesidad de pagar a un tour que cobran casi 150 dolares, ustedes solo necesitan las ganas, la suerte de encontrarlos y un kayak(pueden nadar sin nada pero yo preferí llevar un kayak porque fue mucho mas cómodo y rápido), traten de ir temprano en la mañana tipo 6 a 7am al lado Oeste de la isla (west side) porque el océano en aquel lugar es mil veces mas transparente! La playa se llama electric beach o pueden ir hasta el extremo de Yokohama bay.

Y si les da miedo estar en el océano bueno tienen también demasiadas caminatas de la cual podrán ver miradores que no olvidaran jamás o unas cataratas enormes que son de película. últimamente han cerrado muchas caminatas, ahora son ilegales por culpa de algunas personas que son irresponsables, que mueren o se lastiman; Sean prevenidos.            Yo tuve la suerte que nunca me pillaron y me dieran un ticket pero hay gente que no tiene la misma suerte.

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Y se me olvidaba no piensen que por cambiamos a chile no tendremos aventuras… es al contrario tendremos mil mas por contarles asi que sigan aquí para poder decirles mas de nuestras aventuras!!! Nuevas aventuras comienzan yujuuuuuuuuu!!