Family travel to Puerto Rico

The first time we traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico I had just barely started my job working in the airline industry. It was just Gabriel and I and we had no idea how to fly standby or what all the terminology meant. We were just winging it, and affectionately refer to this trip as our trial by fire.

We had a stop over in NYC, got caught in a cancellation, and instead of relaxing on the beach in the Caribbean we spent the better part of a day and night in Manhattan taking in the bright lights. It’s definitely not the worst way to spend the weekend, but not exactly what we had envisioned. When we finally got to San Juan, Puerto Rico we had just shy of 24 hours before we had to immediately turn back around and get back on a flight.

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Glass Sand Beach

The time we did have was spent at the Caribe Hilton in a posh suite we snagged off Priceline last minute for under $100 a night. The hotel, located on a 17 acre peninsula with a private beach, was pure bliss. Our short stint in Puerto Rico was as romantic as could be as we spent our time walking around Old San Juan and swimming in the ocean under the stars.

Ranking: #cleandiaper

Reflecting on this experience, I’m not sure why exactly it took us eight years to head back to Puerto Rico, but we just returned from our second time visiting the island. This time we took our family with us, discovered Vieques, kayaked in the bioluminescent bay, sunk our toes in the black sand of Playa Negra and decided that we can’t up and move everything we own and teleport our family to this tiny island fast enough.

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D’Frozz

For Kids: Family travel to Puerto Rico is a great venture into the Caribbean for families that are a bit hesitant to leave the United States. Though definitely possessing a unique culture all their own, visitors can expect many similarities to the United States and though Spanish is the dominant language, English is spoken everywhere.

Sites and Attractions in Puerto Rico:

Bioluminescent Bay
Black Sand Beach
Balneario El Escambron
Experiencing Tragedy on Family Vacation
Puerto Rico Fast Ferries

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Mahi Bites at Bananas

Restaurants and Eateries in Puerto Rico:

Los Pinos Café
Restaurante El Hamburguer
Bananas Beach Bar and Grill
D’Frozz Ice Cream

Worldschooling Worksheets for Puerto Rico:

Ecology ≡ Bioluminescent Bay
Geology ≡ Black Sand Beach  
Meteorology ≡ Hurricane Maria  

More about Puerto Rico:

Hyatt Place City Center San Juan
The Wave Hotel

Luquillo Beach with Kids
10 Best Things to do with Kids in Puerto Rico
Top Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico with Kids

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Black Sand Beach

Have you visited the island of Puerto Rico with your family? What was your favorite thing to do while soaking up the sun and playing on the beach?  

Nap-Time Version: The highlights of our family travel to Puerto Rico, including the best activities and restaurants on the beautiful islands that make up this slice of heaven.

Check out our other Caribbean adventures in Aruba, St. John (coming soon), and St. Maarten.

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