Until quite recently, my Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) experience was limited to the tame gym pool. Now that I live on a tropical island, I am hooked on SUP! During the Women Who Live on Rocks writer’s retreat, we were invited to a fabulous morning adventure of SUP and kayaking on Condado Lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Continue reading Stand Up Paddleboard on Condado Lagoon
White Water Rafting is a great way to see the area along a river in an adrenaline fueled activity. Here is what I wish I knew before I went rafting the first time. I have asked for guidance from fellow travelers about their first trip, and advice from a few experienced rafters.
The first time that I went rafting was in Colorado with a very experienced group. They asked me if I wanted to go on a weekend trip, and one full day was going to be rafting. Without asking any questions, I said YES!
I did not know about the area, different classes of rapids, what to expect – I just showed up. Granted, I had a great time, but I was in way over my head, here what I wish that I knew before my first trip. Continue reading Beginners Guide to White Water Rafting Around the World
Our first experience with Puerto Rico was Old San Juan, and I was hooked! When planning our next visit, we knew we needed more time, and we wanted to explore several areas of the island. We started in beautiful Isla Verde, just outside of San Juan, then rented a car and headed out to Fajardo for a few days. Six months later, I find myself back in Fajardo.
Fajardo is an hour East of San Juan, at the meeting point for the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea on the Northeast tip of the island. Fajardo boasts one of the world’s rare bioluminescent bays, a must-see at night during the new moon, when it is darkest. The ferry terminal in Fajardo offers passage to the nearby islands of Vieques and Culebra and is a popular option for transportation to the nearby islands.
We stayed at the luxurious El Conquistador resort, and after several over-priced resort meals, we ventured out into the nearby restaurants for a local experience. Our first excursion was lunch at one of the small casual dining restaurants with a large patio. On the weekend, the locals have a big party with food trucks, music, and fun.
It is a foodie paradise! There are food stands and small dining options at every turn. A short, brisk walk up a street leads to Las Vistas Cafe for brunch, one of the best outdoor cafes in Fajardo.
Marina Lanais is located in the harbor at the base of El Conquistador. A short funicular ride down the mountain from the resort, or a quick drive around the resort to a large public parking lot, the marina is home to Casa del Mar PADI dive center & luxury charters.
Fajardo is home to some beautiful water perfect for snorkeling, scuba, and fishing. Don’t miss this fantastic little beach town with delicious food, water sports, and friendly people!