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:
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.
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.
El Convento is a 350 year old Carmelite Convent repurposed as a small hotel. The rooms are small, but outdoor seating overlooking the courtyard.
reminds us of the French Quarter of New Orleans.
We took a two hour tour of the walls and fortifications of Old San Juan. What a fun way to tour a city.
The fishermen unload and clean the catch here. The tarpon are used to getting the scraps and gather by the boat ramp.
Along the City Walls, there were turrets like this for a sentry to guard against invaders.
in places 70 feet high and 40 feet thick, these walls held for hundreds of years until the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Designed to be deep enough so you'd break your legs jumping down, then be easy targets for the sentries.
Guarding the entrance into San Juan Bay
Old Town San Juan
While we sipped free wine on the rooftop pool deck, the sun slowly sets across the water.
There are many quaint shops, and outlets of major brands along Fortelazo Street.
Until modern warfare dawned with the Spanish American War in 1898, San Juan had successfully defended itself for hundreds of years.
The forts had incredible cisterns to gather rain water in case of a siege.
Miya, Jasmine, and Annabelle check out the infinity pool at Las Casitas, a wonderful beach resort an hour east of San Juan
Looking down from the main hotel at the Marina
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, Puerto Rico
The locals love Palomino Island too. On Sunday, many party boats moored just outside the buoys to enjoy beautiful Palomino island.
These guys were climbing on bushes to eat the flowers.
What a wonderful birthday celebration for Genie, surrounded by those she loves.
They had several parrots in the lobby, engaging kids and adults alike.