Puerto Rico–Day 3

Puerto Rico 2

This morning we woke up at 4 AM (sorry family!), got ready, and headed to the ferry to go to Flamenco Beach. The line for tickets looked short and we were hopeful that we would be able to get on the ferry. Unfortunately, when we spoke to one of the guards, we learned that they had sold out of return tickets for the ferry, which meant that there was no way for us to get home later. So sadly we had to bail on the Flamenco Beach trip. At first I was bummed, especially since it was my “plan” to go and I love to stick to a plan. As a planner, I tend to get upset when things don’t go according to plan, but I have been working on not letting it get to me. So instead of dwelling on the change of events today, I decided to use this as an opportunity to go explore more of the main island. Everyone but Adam wanted to just relax at the hotel, so Adam and I hopped in the car and went on an all day adventure around the island.

We had 3 hours to our first stop, so we fueled up halfway in Ponce, which is a town in Southern Puerto Rico. We went to a cute little coffee shop called Con Leche Coffee Bar & Bistro and got some coffee, which was much needed after getting up at 4 AM, and a delicious waffle and omelette. Unfortunately we were too hungry and tired to snap a pic, but it was delicious!

We then continued on our way to Playa Sucia in Cabo Rojo. Playa Sucia is this cove off of a peninsula in the Southwestern tip of Puerto Rico. When we got there, we were the only ones at the beach. It was so neat to have it to ourselves. We had to get a little creative to snap the pic below. 🙂 The water was nice and clear, but the beach didn’t have much laying out space, so we swam around for a tiny bit and then explored the lighthouse and cliffs. The cliffs were super cool and unlike any other part of Puerto Rico we saw during the trip. Next time we will wear the right kind of shoes so we can hike more!

Our next stop was 1.5 hours up the west side of the island in Aguadilla. I had heard about a nice beach called Crash Boat Beach and wanted to check it out. The beach was so beautiful! The water was crystal clear and the backdrop was stunning. The only complaint we had is that the sand was burning hot. We had to keep running back and forth from the water to our spot on the sand. The beach also had some cool food stands, which worked out great since we needed lunch. We bought two chicken pinchos from a truck and also got two of the sorbets we had yesterday. This time we got both coconut and a mixed fruit one. I am officially hooked on these sorbets and I can guarantee I will have more before we go.
Although most of the day was spent in the car (I think 8 hours total?) we had an awesome time exploring. We have officially driven the entire exterior of the island!

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