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A Tropical Family Visit

May 19, 2017 0 comments

Hooray!

A family visit! What could be more exciting than reuniting with the ones you love after you haven’t seen them for seven months? Dave and I were over the moon when we found out my family had booked flights to visit us in Puerto Rico. You see, we had been trying to get them to make plans to see us since we left New Jersey in October. The Bahamas, USVI and BVI were all potential options, but things never seemed to line up. Schedules, work, outrageous costs for flights and mainly our unpredictable timeline all put a damper on my family cementing plans to visit.

Then, we arrived in Puerto Rico.  We fell in love with the island and even had tentative plans before we got there to stay long term.  I told my mom about our ideas to stay for a while and she took action to finally book accommodations and flights.  Puerto Rico is affordable to fly to, doesn’t require passports for US citizens and it’s warm and tropical.  Seemed like a no brainer.

My mom, dad and brother Eugene had never been to PR before so we were excited for them to experience this island for the first time.  One of my biggest hopes during this trip was that my family would be able to visit us at some point so I was pretty pumped when the plan was in action!

Aside from spending time with my loving family, all I wanted to do was lounge in our giant, clean, hotel room.

From the left: Mom, Dave, Me, Dad and Geno.

Accommodations

We spent a wonderful four days with them at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan where Dave and I felt like royalty. Apparently this is where the pina colada was born. How cool is that? Of course we indulged in a few of those to check their authenticity. They were pretty spot on!

The hotel was GLORIOUS. Our room was a sanctuary. Air conditioning, a king sized bed, clean sheets and an endless supply of running water.  Oh, and there was a Starbucks downstairs, too. We were in heaven. Aside from spending time with my loving family, all I wanted to do was lounge in our giant, clean, hotel room and marvel at the spaciousness. “There’s so much room for activities!” Oh, and let’s not forget all the delicious food and drink we indulged in as well.  My family completely spoiled us during their entire stay and we can’t thank them enough for it.  It was sooooo amazing! 🙂

A Tropical Family Visit

A view of the grounds.

A Tropical Family Visit

Mom testing out one of the many hammocks on the beach.

Our agenda

We did a little bit of everything – trekked through the El Yunque Rainforest, explored the streets of Old San Juan, relaxed on the beach and even spent some time on Alli Oop. Now let me overwhelm you with tons of photos from their stay. 🙂

Tropical Family Visit

El Yunque

Tropical Family Visit

La Mina Falls

Tropical Family Visit

A bucket of beers on the patio!

Tropical Family Visit

Picking up or dropping off? Dinghy dock at San Juan Bay Marina.

Tropical Family Visit

Preparing to board Alli Oop at our anchorage in San Juan Harbor.

Tropical Family Visit

Love this crew!

Tropical Family Visit

Tasting local beers at La Taberna Lupulo.

Tropical Family Visit

At the top of Yokahu Observation Tower in El Yunque.

Tropical Family Visit

Looking out from the tower.

Tropical Family Visit

I’m always trying to sneak into interesting spots.

Tropical Family Visit

Walking the streets.

Tropical Family Visit

Looking down from our patio.

Tropical Family Visit

Roof top dinner in Old San Juan.

Tropical Family Visit

Cocktails at the Caribe.

We wished we could’ve had more time with them, but we’re so glad the Cooney’s were able to make it to Puerto Rico! Thanks again for visiting, guys.  We hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we did! We love you and we’ll see you soon! 🙂 xoxo!

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