The pictures have been uploaded, the bags unpacked, the laundry done, and my I’m-a-pasty-Maine-girl-so-it’s-not-even-a-tan tan has almost faded. It’s official, we’ve returned from our Puerto Rican honeymoon and lived to tell the tale. And now we’re about to share that tale with you all…well…most of the tale since I’ve been told that my mother in law is watching me! Haha! It’s a Meet the Faulkers kind of situation going on…circle of trust. Anyway…instead of writing the world’s most ginormous, long winded, photo heavy post about everything “The Campbells Go To Puerto Rico”, I’m breaking it on down into three posts. Today we’ll share with you where we staid, then later we’ll cover what we did, and even later what we ate. I already miss the mofongo!
So let’s dive into the where we staid portion of the program, first with a little Puerto Rico orientation. We flew into San Juan (#1 on the map below), which is the most tourist-ie part of the country. We staid there one night, the night before we flew back to Maine, but the majority of the time we spent in Isabela, Puerto Rico (#2 on the map), which is only about a two hour drive from San Juan.
Isabela, Puerto Rico is a much less tourist-ie area and is known for its incredible beaches and surfing. We rented a car and booked it across the highway, as fast as we possibly could during rush hour, to finally get to our apartment a few hours after landing. Welcome to our compound:
Our apartment, which we booked through Home Away, was simply amazing. We spent months searching out the perfect place at the perfect price and couldn’t resist this apartment to serve as home base for our week at the beach.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Home Away, it’s a business that hooks up property owners with travelers. Essentially, when you book via Home Away, you’re booking someone’s home. It’s kind of an entrepreneurial endeavor to hook up small scale property owners with vacation goers. It was our first experience with Home Away and we would gladly do it again! Not only was it cheaper than booking rooms in local hotels, but it also gave us a more home-like week away from home complete with a kitchen and other home amenities.
And our hosts were amazing! Huge thank you shout out goes to Maritza who was the property manager for this apartment. Not only did she think of every single little detail to make our stay more welcome (big fluffy white towels, a first aid kit, snorkels & fins, beach gear, and more), she even greeted us with a welcome bottle of wine. I love this place! Booze = Love!
Although…we spent way more time making rum and Cokes instead of drinking wine. When in
Rome Puerto Rico. We learned quickly that rum and Medalla light are pretty much the signature drinks of Puerto Rico.
The inside of the apartment was simply amazing, not to mention comfortable. I’m going on the record to say that this bed was the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in while traveling. It was almost ALMOST like we were home. Other than the sound of crashing waves outside in lieu of 5 am Goose whines and 85 degree temperatures in lieu of snow storms. Oh how I miss Puerto Rico temps (as we’re getting a little 2′ snow storm as I type this).
But what really made this apartment extra special…the decks overlooking the ocean! Yes, that’s right….deckssssssss emphasis on ssssssss. Let’s take a little deck tour. Deck #1:
And on deck #3 was the infamous sun shade which was really the reason why we booked the apartment. We saw that thing on the Home Away website and it was love at first sight…kind of like the night I met Colby (are you barfing yet from the cheesy sentimentality?!). Anyway…we pretty much lived in the sun shade. It was the scene of my assaulting three books.
On our lazy afternoons of lounging at the apartment, many of which included naps, we spun the sun shade around so it faced the ocean and we could feel the breeze. And take in the view…including
the man child my husband.
Our typical routine during our week’s stay here in Isabela started with us seeking out breakfast, then going on a little adventure (surfing lessons, watching a surfing tournament, exploring local beaches, walking the cliffs), then we would return for a little nap/reading in the sun shade, and then out for dinner. It was a real rough week…so taxing and stressful (note the sarcasm). We explored a few of the popular “must see” beaches but our favorite was the beach just outside our apartment doors.
The boardwalk was a short one, but once you crossed it, you were led to endless beach. The apartment beach was sooooo quiet…traffic wise…the waves however were quite loud.
I need to take a moment to mention the waves at this place. They were cra-to-the-zee! The pic above was taken on a “poor wave condition” day, according to the locals. A few days later they nearly tripled in size! After only experiencing Maine waves, these
toilets waves are ginormous! They’re so big and there are so many strong rip tides at this beach that most people don’t swim it. That and there’s alot of debris that comes crashing up on the beach…including massive amounts of coconuts. This is what happens when Jet Blue lets the Campbells out of Maine…coconuts come out #andtheyarenotmine.
I swear there are pictures of me on our honeymoon too. These pics were taken during the early pasty-white-Mainer-in-the-sun part of our honeymoon. I needed to tan up a bit before I would let Colby take the camera reins. No need to challenge Casper for whiteness. See…I told you:
I can’t say enough great things about our Isabela, Puerto Rico apartment. It was simply the best…(belt it out with me…make Tina proud)…better than all the rest! Now I have Tina Turner stuck in my head. Awesome. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing location out of the city and away from crazyness where we could just kick back for a week and we certainly found it. I would go back here (to Isabela and the apartment) in a heart beat. I certainly didn’t want to leave.
Pssst…In our next installment of the Campbells Go To Puerto Rico, we’ll bring you details about our surfing adventure, how we may have ended up on a Spanish television show, the five foot wide house, and my fatal shark attack (and by fatal shark attack I really mean log attack). You won’t want to miss it!
Pssssssst…Anyone else have a Home Away experience? Did you also have a great experience and felt you were home? Or anyone else travel/book some travel somewhere recently? Do tell!