Tim and I spent a few days in Puerto Rico back in July, and I just realized I never shared any of our photos from our trip! We had an amazing day-after shoot that we’ll be sharing with you soon, but here’s some of our highlights from the week :)All images are from our handy iPhones, as is the usual when we travel…especially for this trip! We went hiking, snorkeling, horseback riding, swimming in the rain forest, and ate a.lot. We stayed at the gorgeous El Conquistador resort, and can highly recommend it! Probably the highlight was their little island off the coast, Palomino Island, that requires a 30 minute boat ride out to it. It was SO much fun, and crazy to be on an island with barely any people. This was an amazing breath of fresh air and relaxation in the middle of our busiest summer yet – and it was awesome to come home after 4 days in paradise fully recharged creatively for the rest of the summer.
View outside our room at sunset.
Boat ride to the island!!
Palomino Island…a little slice of heaven.
We tried to eat like locals most nights we were out, and we found this row of “kioskos”, or local restaurants, with amaaaazing fresh seafood and mufongo.
We explored El Yunque rainforest the next day. It was beautiful, but SO crowded. Not really what we were expecting, but it was definitely worth seeing.
There’s an old tower that you can climb, and this is the view from the top.
Ahhhhh, this was our FAVORITE spot. It was in the little surf town of Luquillo, serving fresh fish tacos, surfing magazines in your booth, and a perfect view of the ocean. I think we had a three hour lunch here because we didn’t want to leave! The weather was a double edged sword – typically small storms blow through Puerto Rico often, creating awesome surf breaks. The weather was too nice when we were there, so sadly no waves.
Out to dinner at a local restaurant. I loved that we stayed on the opposite side of the island from Old San Juan, so there were hardly any tourists once you left the resort.
We went to Luquillo again because we loved it so much 🙂
We spent a full day in Old San Juan before the shoot, exploring and scouting…
I’m pretty sure this is Tim’s dream home, haha. It was a surfing hut right at the base of the forts.
On our last day, we went horseback riding on Palomino Island – and of course I requested to ride a palomino horse 🙂
That little island is called Palomonito, or Little Palomino. It’s about a half-mile swim, which we did! It is uninhabited and has amazing snorkeling, not to mention we found several huge conch shells just by reaching down at our feet!
A little wedding chapel 🙂
Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? What were some of your favorite places? We know we definitely would love to go back again (this was our third time!) as we never seem to run out of places to explore.