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Feb. 12 – La Zanja

I’d rather look back on my life and say “I can’t believe I did that”, than say “I wish I did that”. –Unknown
Today we hiked to La Zanja (the trench). It’s located in Fajardo, on the northeastern-most tip of Puerto Rico, right along the rugged coast. The little pool is a hidden gem, but was definitely not swimmable today. It’s in Las Cabezas de San Juan nature reserve and not accessible by car. Getting there was a bit of a walk, but La Zanja is so pretty, it is worth the hike.


Feb. 11 – Fajardo, PR

“Beach rules… relax, unwind, enjoy.” –Unknown

We spent most of our first full day in Fajardo relaxing by the pool and exploring the beach across the street. We also made a run to the grocery store just as an afternoon shower moved through the area…at least it didn’t mess up our beach time.


Feb. 10 – Fajardo, PR

“Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart and nourish your soul” –Unknown

Our adventure east continued today. Our final destination was Fajardo, actually a small little place outside of there called Las Croabas. We’ve rented a condo for the week with our friends from home, John and Janice Bradley. 


Feb. 9 – Cabo Rojo, PR

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” –Unknown

Our adventure in the Rincón area has come to an end and today we headed east along the southern shore. But before we left town we stopped by the farmers market in the plaza. We did more looking than buying and enjoyed checking out what each vendor offered. 


Feb. 8 – Villa Cofresi Hotel

“May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.” –Unknown

We were in Rincon for four nights. Our home for those nights was the Villa Cofresí Hotel. This was our resort stay of the trip and it was enjoyable. In 1965, Villa Cofresí became the first hotel in the area built right on the beach. It’s been a favorite for tourist and locals since they opened. The spacious open-air lobby overlooking the ocean welcomes guests into the hotel.

Feb. 7 – Gozalandia Falls

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” –Unknown

Today we ventured over to San Sebastián to hike to the Gozalandia Waterfalls. With the help of our trusty Waze app we had no problem finding it. Parking cost $5 dollars, which seemed very reasonable since the area has nice concrete trails, stairs, restrooms and a cute little cantina to enjoy something to drink and eat once you’ve worked up a thirst hiking to the two waterfalls. 

Feb. 6 – Rincón, PR

“Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.” –Unknown

We spent today exploring around Rincón. We walked to town this morning to check out the little shops, fruit stands and restaurants. We walked along the street going to town and then along the beach on the way home. 


Feb. 5 – Rincon, PR

“Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.” –Dr. Seuss

Today we left our little piece of paradise and headed further west. We took the back roads and drove through several small towns and close to A LOT of beautiful beaches. Unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time to check them all out today. 

Our destination today was Rincon, but we stopped at several beaches in the Auadilla area on our way. We checked out Surfer Beach, Cueva Survival Beach and Borinquen Beach. They were all stunning and mostly empty…just the way we like it. We did a little beach combing and a little whale watching. We’ve been lucky enough the last few days to watch humpback whales breaching off shore. Puerto Rico falls within their migratory route to the North Atlantic, where they spend the summer. 

Feb. 4 – Cueva Ventana

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” –John Muir

This morning we left the beach to hike and explore Cueva Ventana (Window Cave). It’s a cave situated atop a limestone cliff about 10 miles from our hotel. It overlooks the Rio Grande de Arecibo Valley. The guided tour enhanced the experience helping us to understand the ecosystem, sharing history of the caves, illustrating the diverse beauty of the plants and pointing out animals, birds and insects. This cave is fairly small, only 300 meters long, at the end is a window that opens up to an impressive view of the green mountains and the Rio Grande de Arecibo…it makes you feel like you’re on top of the world as you overlook the valley.

Feb. 3 – Arecibo, PR

“It doesn’t matter where you go in life as long as you go to the beach.” –Unknown

Our first full day in Puerto Rico started with a wonderful breakfast at a place called Tostado…amazing coffee and a breakfast made from scratch. Our plan this week is to head west…making our way around the island to Fajardo next week, which is on the east coast of Puerto Rico.