Visiting Puerto Rico // A Travel Guide

Paige Previvor // Serafina Beach Hotel // PR

Planning for Camp Breastie totally consumed my life - in the best way possible and it was so worth it. It was one of the most amazing weekends!!

But that combined with Justin getting a new job this year that has him also traveling a bunch, it seemed like we hadn’t seen each other for weeks. So we NEEDED a little couples getaway to look forward to and keep us going through these insane few weeks.

I love to travel and have been exploring the world for as long as I can remember. Justin hasn’t traveled much at all (his first time out of the country was a few months ago when we went to Tulum with my family!) so we wanted to pick a place that would be a good starter trip for us both. Secretly I was hoping he would catch the travel bug and want to start traveling much more - which he definitely did!

Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for seasoned travelers and those just getting their feet wet. It’s still in the US so we didn’t have to worry about passports or phone plans. It’s an easy flight and the majority of people here speak english. All helpful things for new travelers. But Puerto Rico also has some of the world’s most amazing rainforests, beautiful beaches and bioluminescent bays - it seemed like the perfect place for us both.

We spent a week here and totally fell in love. I put together a guide of a few things we did! Not going to lie - we mostly laid by the pool and ate and drank our way through San Juan but we really wanted a relaxing trip to reset, reenergize and recharge and this did just that.

As always, happy to answer any questions if you’re planning on visiting soon.

Paige Previvor // Serafina Beach Hotel // PR

Where to Stay.

We spent a lot of time debating where to stay and if we should stay at a few different places throughout the trip but ultimately we decided to stay in one spot the entire week and we were not disappointed. Initially we thought about staying in Old San Juan for a night or two, then by the beach, and then making our way to stay in the rainforest for a night or two. If you are looking for more of an adventure or diverse trip, I highly recommend doing that! For us, this trip was about relaxing and we didn’t want to worry about packing and unpacking our stuff and moving around Puerto Rico. I think that the next time we visit we will pack lighter and try this out! If you are looking to do that, the places we would have stayed are: Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan and The Rainforest Inn in El Yunque Rainforest.

Serafina Beach Hotel

Serafina Beach Hotel was by far the best pick for our vacation in Puerto Rico.

From the time we checked-in to the time we checked-out we truly felt like we were home.

(If our home was perfectly decorated, dreamy and on our own private beach with an infinity pool.)

We spent most of our time sipping piña coladas by the beach (by far the best that we found in PR) and watching the sunset at our pool. The pool vibes are ideal, they play the best music all day and its a very chill scene, both fun and relaxing at the same time. The best part? The pool is open 24/7.

The rooms are spacious, the bathrooms are amazing and the beds are like sleeping in the yummiest clouds. 10/10 when it comes to hotels. We also loved the location. Located in Condado on the beach we were surrounded by delicious restaurants within walking distance and we were a $6 uber from Old San Juan.

What to do.

El Yunque Rainforest

We booked our tour through Viator and they were amazing!! They pick you up in nice air-conditioned buses where you are able to keep your stuff all day which is super convenient. Our tour guide Jacob was AMAZING and the adventure tour was a must. You go hiking through the rainforest and they lead you to natural water slides, waterfalls, rope swings, and cliff jumping. We felt very safe the entire time and they did a great job of keeping it a fun adventure while still being responsible.

We did the all-day tour that combined the rainforest with the bioluminescent bay which I wouldn’t recommend. I highly recommend splitting up those two tours. It was a 14 hour day and we were exhausted and sooo dirty by the end and just kinda wanted to be back at our hotel. It was still a great day but it would have been perfect to split them up!!

Bioluminescent Bay

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Such a cool experience and so much fun to go kayaking at night and to see the algae light up! It was kind of like Avatar in real life. We also booked this through Viator with Bespoke and loved every second. Make sure to pack bug spray (even though they provide) it’s always good to have extra. Also make sure to pack snacks! It’s a long day and it was nice to have some along the way. Hot Tip: Try to book the 8 pm tour to ensure its really dark when you go!!

Island Hop

Puerto Rico has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take a day trip to a neighboring island like Cayo Icacos or Culebra Island with East Island Excursions or Viator.

Salsa Dancing

Two of the best places are La Factoria and La Placita. La Factoria is a speakeasy bar with multiple rooms for all kinds of dancing and specialty cocktails, like their lavender mule. Another great rec is La Placita. This day-time market turns into one of the hottest nightlife spots at night. Think lots of drinking and dancing all night long with a really fun crowd.

Walk around Old San Juan

Get lost in the colorful streets of Old San Juan. Justin and I just walked around, taking random turns depending on what looked most beautiful to us. We had a blast exploring the town and stopping in to random shops and restaurants.

Paige Previvor // Old San Juan // PR

Where to eat.

Breakfast

BA Juice

This quickly became one of our go-to places in Condado. They have amazing açaí bowls, big breakfast options like egg sandwiches and pancakes and specialty juices and shots. Highly recommend the BA shot - it has bee pollen, ginger, turmeric and cayenne.

Waffler Avenue

By far the best coffee we had in Puerto Rico - which was super random but true. It’s very strong but SO good. Highly recommend the fruit waffle and the iced coffee with almond milk. Great for a quick breakfast on the go.

The Dreamcatcher

This was one of my favorite experiences. You walk in and its like you are in a dreamy secret garden getaway. We debated staying here for a few nights but ultimately decided to just visit for breakfast. the food was AMAZING. It’s vegan and all of the plates are made with local fresh and organic ingredients prepare by elite chefs. The food is absolutely delicious. One of the best meals of my life and super affordable. You don’t want to miss this Ocean Park spot. You can also stay here, the rooms are stunning!!

Semilla

We were BLOWN AWAY by our brunch here. We ordered the sweet plantain benedict, called the semilla and it’s one of the best things I have ever tasted. Their huevos rancheros was also SOO good. Make sure to try their signature hot sauce that they make in house. It’s unreal! I also recommend trying their sour sop juice.

Barista Squared

The only complaint about this coffee/breakfast spot is that we could never figure out their hours! We tried to come multiple times but it was either closed or no one was inside. Super weird. But when we finally did get to try it - the coffee was amazing!! Highly recommend trying their version of a fig newton.

Gustos Coffee

This is a staple in Puerto Rico!

Kabana’s

I have had my share of breakfast tacos being originally from Southern California and going to college in Texas and let me tell you - these were by far the BEST breakfast tacos I have ever had. They are parmesan crusted and soooo good. We paired these with their fruit plate that comes with drizzled honey and granola.

La Coffeeteria

A great coffee spot in Ocean Park! We ordered the Americano’s with almond milk and they were delish.


Lunch

La Cocinita food truck

We had this our first day and it did not disappoint. We ordered the nachos and fish tacos and they slathered them in their special sauce. SO GOOD!!

Miramar Food Trucks

Literally every single food truck was delicious. We tried one dish from three different places to get an array of tastings and we fell in love - we came back the next day!

Dinner

La Barachinna

Home to the first ever Pina Colada we expected this to be a bit of a tourist trap but it actually wasn’t! The Pina Coladas are STRONG and the food is delicious.

Tacos and Taquilla

Located at the Vanderbilt hotel, this beachy taco restaurant is a must. Their dessert alone is worth going for - a churro ice cream sandwich. The tacos are delicious and their elote is one of the best I have ever had. Plus the views are STUNNING!!

aMare

We had an amazing meal here. From their lobster bisque, their lobster tacos to their ahi tartar and the carbonara- we fell in love with every bite!

Raices

This was by far our favorite meal in Puerto Rico. Highly recommend ordering the chuleta kan kan and the octopus mofongo with garlic sauce. Their portions are huge and their pina coladas are amazing!!

Marmalade

This restaurant came highly recommended by multiple people. We didn’t end up eating here because it was a bit pricey for us but maybe next time!!

Dessert

Señor Paleta

This is a MUST while you’re in Puerto Rico. They are specialty popsicles that are absolutely amazing. If you like chocolate covered strawberries - order the strawberry nutella popsicle - it’s life changing!

Tacos and Tequilla

They serve a churro ice cream sandwich - there is nothing more I need to say.

Chocobar

Literally everything on the menu incorporates chocolate in some capacity.

Breakdown of neighborhoods in Puerto Rico

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Some photos from our trip

lounging at Serafina’s pool

lounging at Serafina’s pool

beach time at the sarafina beach hotel

beach time at the sarafina beach hotel

Our meal at Barrachina

Our meal at Barrachina

on our excursion in the rainforest

on our excursion in the rainforest

lobster tacos and ahi tuna at aMare Restaurant

lobster tacos and ahi tuna at aMare Restaurant

exploring the beach

exploring the beach

watching the sunset in Ocean Park

watching the sunset in Ocean Park

churro ice cream sandwich from Tacos and Tequilla

churro ice cream sandwich from Tacos and Tequilla

exploring the beach

exploring the beach

our breakfast at the dreamcatcher hotel

our breakfast at the dreamcatcher hotel

tanning at serafina pool

tanning at serafina pool

cheeseburger dumplings from the foodtrucks

cheeseburger dumplings from the foodtrucks

our meal at Semilla

our meal at Semilla

the best breakfast tacos from kabanas

the best breakfast tacos from kabanas

exploring old San Juan

exploring old San Juan

sunset at our hotel

sunset at our hotel

We had the absolute best time in Puerto Rico and highly recommend that you visit!!

If we missed any hidden gems or spots - please let us know below!! xx