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Genie has a big birthday coming up this spring. When asked what she wanted, she replied, "A trip to the beach in Puerto Rico with the kids and grandkids." So, off we went. Genie and i flew down early and stayed at El Convento in Old Town San Juan for a couple of nights. We ate some great food with local friends, took a segway tour of Old Town. Check out the GoPro video of our Segway Tour to EL Morro.

Then, we met up with Florrie, Kevin, Andy, Alissa and grandkids at Las Casitas, part of the El Conquistador Resort at Fajardo, PR. We enjoyed the beach at the private island, the infinity pool, and the water slide. I took my GoPro to the Coqui Water Park on the resort grounds, and took some video:

 

El Convento Courtyard

El Convento Courtyard

Grabbing lunch the first day at the bar/restaurant in the courtyard of the hotel. We love El Convento, it is right in the middle of everything in Old Town.

Dinner and a glass of wine

Dinner and a glass of wine

Our first night, we went out to dinner at La Jaquita Baya. Our local friends, Johanna Rive and Chilly Garcia picked us up and introduced us to their friend, the chef and owner. We sat down, and they brought food until we said, "Please, no more." Incredible. The second night, we had a quiet meal over a bottle of wine back at the hotel.

Color everywhere

Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

El Convento is a 350 year old Carmelite Convent repurposed as a small hotel. The rooms are small, but outdoor seating overlooking the courtyard.

Wonderful Ambiance

Walking Old Town

Walking Old Town

reminds us of the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Segway Tour of Old Town

Segway Tour of Old Town

We took a two hour tour of the walls and fortifications of Old San Juan. What a fun way to tour a city.

Scooting around Old Town

Tarpon at the Docks

Tarpon at the Docks

The fishermen unload and clean the catch here. The tarpon are used to getting the scraps and gather by the boat ramp.

Beautiful Fountain

Fountains and Statues

Sentry Tower

Sentry Tower

Along the City Walls, there were turrets like this for a sentry to guard against invaders.

Old San Juan City Walls

Old San Juan City Walls

in places 70 feet high and 40 feet thick, these walls held for hundreds of years until the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Dry Moat at El Morro Entrance

Dry Moat at El Morro Entrance

Designed to be deep enough so you'd break your legs jumping down, then be easy targets for the sentries.

Cannon Port

Fortress Walls

Fortress Walls

Guarding the entrance into San Juan Bay

Ships would pass between gun emplacements

El Morro Walls

Segways at El Morro

Segways at El Morro

Old Town San Juan

Walking Old San Juan

San Juan Bay

Full Moon Rising

Full Moon behind the Cathedral

Caribbean Sunset

Rooftop Sunset View

Rooftop Sunset View

While we sipped free wine on the rooftop pool deck, the sun slowly sets across the water.

Sun Rays on the Horizon

Sunset from the Rooftop-El Convento

Night Falls

Shopping District

Shopping District

There are many quaint shops, and outlets of major brands along Fortelazo Street.

Enjoying a stroll

Castillo San Christobal

Walking the Walls

Colorful Old San Juan

Commanding Ocean Views

Commanding Ocean Views

Until modern warfare dawned with the Spanish American War in 1898, San Juan had successfully defended itself for hundreds of years.

Gun Port

Map of Castillo San Christobal

Walls and Greenspace

Water for a Siege

Water for a Siege

The forts had incredible cisterns to gather rain water in case of a siege.

Protecting the Ocean Approaches

San Juan City View

Gun Port

Walls upon Walls

Cannon balls at the ready

Swords of the Conquistadors

Genie at San Cristobal

Sentry Turret

Imposing Walls

Andy and the Girls

Andy and the Girls

Miya, Jasmine, and Annabelle check out the infinity pool at Las Casitas, a wonderful beach resort an hour east of San Juan

Las Casitas

Florrie & Alissa lounge at the pool

Resort on a Bluff

Resort on a Bluff

Looking down from the main hotel at the Marina

Cliffside Luxury

Kevin admires the scene

Marina Village

Marina Village

Conquistador Resort

Headed to Palomino Island

Headed to Palomino Island

The resort has a private island a 15 minute catamaran ride away with beautiful beaches, kayaks and jet skis, a restaurant and many fun things for kids and families

Palomino Island Beach

Beautiful Vista

Beautiful Vista

Palomino Island, Puerto Rico

Popular Spot

Popular Spot

The locals love Palomino Island too. On Sunday, many party boats moored just outside the buoys to enjoy beautiful Palomino island.

Crystal Clear Water

Andy and Alissa on the Catamaran

Iguana on the Island

Iguana on the Island

These guys were climbing on bushes to eat the flowers.

Family Gathered

Family Gathered

What a wonderful birthday celebration for Genie, surrounded by those she loves.

Sunset on a Beautiful Day

Marina View

Las Casitas

Beautiful Grounds

El Conquistador Pool Deck

Grand Hotel

Walk the Labyrinth overlooking the sea

Gazebo Deck

Many Pools for the many guests

Pretty Bird

Looking down at the Marina

Giggles, the local star

Giggles, the local star

They had several parrots in the lobby, engaging kids and adults alike.

Flowers in Bloom

Blooming Trellis

Las Casitas View

Blooming Bushes and Pastel Villas

What a place!

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