9/24/2018

Southern Puerto Rico Travel Guide & Photo Diary

Hi Loves,
Finally, I got a chance to come around to writing my Puerto Rico travel post. Now, this is not your typical San Juan travel guide. I got the opportunity to venture out to the Southern region of Puerto Rico and it was beyond beautiful, beyond amazing, and filled with so much culture.
The south coast of Puerto Rico is so untouched, super relaxing and the beach is beautiful. I loved that it wasn’t crowded and packed with tourist like San Juan. This was my second time visiting Puerto Rico and I actually genuinely fell in love with Puerto Rico this time around.
Links to what I'm wearing throughout the post: Tahiti one-piece, lace-up one-piece, pom-pom cover-up, striped cut-out dress, woven circular tote, white mules (on sale), floral split leg beach pants, white bodysuit, Birdies songbird slides, sunnies, sunnies, Fenty Lipstick in Freckled Fiesta
My fiance and I spent three nights in the Guanica area and we stayed at Copamarina Resort. It was about 1.5 hrs drive from Aguadilla airport (where we came in) and two hours drive to San Juan airport (where we departed to return home). Copamarina was a gem, beautiful, and so serene. When we got there we could feel life’s hustle and bustle of city life in Los Angeles vacating my our mind and soul. It forced us to relax in an unforgiving way and we weren’t mad at that. It’s a family owned property which makes it intimate and intentional. The food was beyond amazing at both of their restaurants. The drinks were so good we couldn’t get enough. Try the ceviche with fried green plantains or mahi tacos at Las Palmas cafe and try the fried snapper at Restaurante Alexandra. Literally try EVERYTHING. The staff was so warm and kind, it’s literally a heavenly getaway.
On our first full day we ventured out to Caja de Muertos beach. It’s on an uninhabited island with the most gorgeous beach. We departed from La Guancha and we went with Island Venture Water Excursions catamaran. They served beer, water, sodas, and also light sandwiches and cookies for lunch. It was about 30 minutes boat ride on the beautiful Caribbean sea. It was hot but so pretty out. The water was glistening with perfection. We literally lounged and swam ALL day. We made it back to hotel, ate dinner, and crashed.

On our second day we ventured out to the town of Ponce. Ponce is filled with so much culture and rich history. We did a walking tour with a tour guide for about 1 hr and it was informative and insightful. I love learning about the culture and history wherever I travel to. Once the tour was over, we had lunch at Lola’s Restaurant located in the town of Ponce. The food was so good. Try anything that has friend green plantains. You will not regret it.
Once lunch was done we made our way to Castillo Serrallés mansion. It sits overlooking the entire town of Ponce. It was built during the 1930s and has so much history. The Tour Guide was exceptionally informed and answered our questions. we couldn't take any photos inside but it was beautiful and had a lot of the original items on display. I won’t spoil it for you, just make sure you take a tour. After the tour we made our way back to Copamarina and, we enjoyed the yummy cuisine at the resort.


It was such a fun, soothing, relaxing, and informational trip. Yes-all of that. I’m so happy I got the chance to go back to Puerto Rico and explore the southern side. It's been a year since hurricane Maria destroyed so much of Puerto Rico and took so many lives (almost 3 thousands lives-factual). The people seemed so resilient and warm despite the tragedy. I was also surprised to see how beautiful southern Puerto Rico still is considering the fatal hurricane. I totally fell in love with it and I’m sure you will too. I recommend you check out Discover Puerto Rico for more information on all that Puerto Rico has to offer.
Here’s breakdown of an easy travel guide:

Day 1:
Fly into Aguadilla or San Juan Airport
Check in to Copamarina Beach resort & Spa (they can help you arrange transportation)
Relax at the resort- they have day chairs laying in the actual ocean and also cabanas
Have dinner at Alexandra Restaurant (on Copamarina Resort & Spa property)

Day 2:
Day Trip to Caja de Muertos
Dinner at Las Palmas at Copamarina Resort & Spa

Day 3:
Visit Ponce- Do a walking tour
Lunch at Lola’s
Visit Castilla Serrallés
Dinner at Umami Restaurant (we didn't eat there but we heard it was good)

I hope this post encourages your next vacation to be Puerto Rico. Let me know if you have any questions. Additionally, if you go to my Instagram page, you can check out my Puerto Highlights to see all the mini videos and stories from my trip.

Links to what I'm wearing throughout the post: Tahiti one-piece, lace-up one-piece, pom-pom cover-up, striped cut-out dress, woven circular tote, white mules (on sale), floral split leg beach pants, white bodysuit, Birdies songbird slides, sunnies, sunnies, Fenty Lipstick in Freckled Fiesta

Xoxo

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