The second half of our vacation we checked out a few different beaches (keep reading to find out why some were a bust!) We also went to TPC Dorado Beach, Old San Juan, and checked out Plamas Del Mar.
Anyone who knows my husband and Dad knows we weren’t going to Puerto Rico without them trying out a new golf course. They picked out TPC Dorado Beach and claimed they picked it for us ladies too. We laughed at first knowing they really only cared about the golf, but after our day there we were in heaven too! The guys went golfing and we received days passes to the property, including the Ritz-Carlton Reserve which had the most gorgeous beach and pool area!
Everything on the property was beautifully groomed. The paths, beaches, pools, and parks. Gorgeous! There was also a waterpark on the “golf course” side of the property. It had a huge lazy river, water slides, splash pads, waterfalls, a number of pools, and sandy play area . It had something for every age which was great for us! We also learned that Ricky Martin (we heard is super friendly to everyone) and a few other celebrities live on the property too!
Mid-week we all woke up early and drove down the coast to check out beaches. I hate to say it, but it was a fail. Not so much on our part, but we came to the conclusion that you get what you pay for in Puerto Rico. There’s a reason resort beaches were the best, because they are clean and kept up. We stopped at at least ten beaches during our vacation and every one of them was run down, with trash scattered including broken bottles, stray dogs and cats wandering, (it was heartbreaking) and abandoned restaurants. It was depressing to see these could-be beautiful places turned into dives and dumpsters. Has anyone else traveled to Puerto Rico and found this? We also looked the beaches up online before we headed there and they all had decent reviews and immaculate pictures! I’m not saying we were looking for a fancy beach either, just one that we weren’t all going to get Tetanus from.
On Friday we drove into Old San Juan, I think this was one of my favorite things we did. It was so beautiful, full of character, and had a lot to see. We first went and saw the El Morro Fort. I highly recommend it if you’re ever there, it was only $5 a person and the kids were free. The Fort’s construction started back in 1539 and I still cannot fathom that!
El Morro Fort Old San Juan
After Walking through El Morro Fort, we wandered through the city and explored the old buildings and went into some of the shops and restaurants. My favorites were a small Gelato shop and a fancy waffle and coffee restaurant.
Downtown Old San Juan
On our last full day we took a drive to a different part of the island, Palmas Del Mar. My sister and parents stayed there a few years ago and loved it. We stayed at Plamas Del Mar Beach Club for the day and enjoyed the pool and the views of the ocean (the tide was too high to swim there.)
We had a blast on our vacation and I’m so proud of how the babies handled traveling! I’m feeling grateful for the experience, but now I have the “travel bug.” Our next stop is Myrtle Beach, SC this spring, and we are already counting down to time until we can head out there! Any tips for South Carolina? For more future travel plans, the husband and I are obsessed with Sweden and hope to someday visit there! Where have you traveled to and recommend?