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A Weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico

This year, my boyfriend and I attended five weddings. Four of which we had to travel to. Needless to say, we are a bit worn out now by all the travel, but we couldn’t help but be excited about our last trip to Puerto Rico last week. We attended a gorgeous wedding at Casa de Espana, had scrumptious drinks and late-night snacks at La Factoria and enjoyed a day of windsurfing with Sotavento Water Sports. Since photos speak louder than words, I’ll skip ahead to the photos.

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puerto rico

puerto rico

puerto rico

We had such a lovely time and we that we had an extra few days. I was dying to spend more time on the beach and to make it up in to the rain forests.

Have you ever been to San Juan, Puerto Rico?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

A Beautiful World: Puerto Rico Edition

Most of the time, I’m ogling some sort of lip gloss or touting my favorite new eyeshadow palette here on beautyXposé.  But it’s also nice to pause and examine the beauty of the world around us.

This past week, I had the pleasure of vacationing in Puerto Rico (my first real vacation in over two years!), and I simply can’t keep the beauty of  what I encountered to myself. I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I enjoyed my trip!

We kicked off our trip at the Wyndham resort for a couple of days of R&R
We kicked off our trip at the Wyndham resort for a couple of days of R&R
I went largely makeup-free during this trip, with the exception of SPF and Pond's BB Cream.
I went largely makeup-free during this trip, with the exception of SPF and Pond’s BB Cream.
Iguanas kept us company at the pool, and pretty much everywhere on the island.
Iguanas kept us company at the pool, and pretty much everywhere on the island.
Speaking of the pool.....
Speaking of the pool…..
We enjoyed our first night gazing at a beautiful moon  framed by palm trees.
We enjoyed our first night gazing at a beautiful moon framed by palm trees.
The resort at night was breathtaking to behold.
The resort at night was breathtaking to behold.
And isn't my husband a breathtaking sight to behold too? ;)
And isn’t my husband a breathtaking sight to behold too? 😉
Next, as we made our way to Old San Juan, we stopped along the road to enjoy secluded beaches.
Next, as we made our way to Old San Juan, we stopped along the road to enjoy secluded beaches where only a few locals go.
My new happy place. Tranquility!
My new happy place. Tranquility!
Just passing by. This guy thought I was a nutso tourist for taking his pic.
Just passing by. This guy thought I was a nutso tourist for taking his pic. (Which I was.)
Then we made our way into Old San Juan. The city is encircled by a wall and old fortresses to protect it.
Then we made our way into Old San Juan. The city is encircled by a wall and old fortresses to protect it.
Another view of the water surrounding the city.
Another view of the water surrounding the city.
One of the small lookout towers on the wall.
One of the small lookout towers on the wall.
Just one of the many statues in the city, encircled by beautiful foliage.
Just one of the many statues in the city, encircled by beautiful foliage.
Old San Juan is filled with art depicting saints and other religious figures.
Old San Juan is filled with art depicting saints and other religious figures.
We never figured out what this place was, but there are marionettes hanging above the doorway.
We never figured out what this place was, but there are marionettes hanging above the doorway.
Translation: Park of the Pigeons.
Translation: Park of the Pigeons.
The reason for the park's name.
The reason for the park’s name.
The pigeons parked out in these cubby holes.
The pigeons parked out in these cubby holes.
Our Lady of Guadalupe was a common religious symbol in the city.
Our Lady of Guadalupe was a common religious symbol in the city. Fun fact: My birthday is that Saint’s Day.
A stunning fountain marked a charming square where city dwellers stopped for morning coffee.
A stunning fountain marked a charming square where city dwellers stopped for morning coffee.
An up-close look at an example of the iron work that lines virtually every building in some way or another.
An up-close look at an example of the iron work that lines virtually every building in some way or another.
Old San Juan's roads are cobblestone, making it hard on high-heel-wearers (note: I was not one of them).
Old San Juan’s roads are made of centuries-old cobblestone, making it hard on high-heel-wearers (note: I was not one of them).
No boring colors allowed in Old San Juan. All the buildings seem so vibrant!
No boring colors allowed in Old San Juan. All the buildings seem so vibrant!
The San Juan Cathedral housed the tomb of Ponce de Leon.
The San Juan Cathedral housed the tomb of Ponce de Leon.
A VERY important landmark, which clearly needed a plaque of commemoration.
A VERY important historical landmark, which clearly needed a plaque of commemoration.
This is the inner courtyard of our hotel, which used to be a convent. Fitting, because I'm so nun-like.
This is the inner courtyard of our hotel, which used to be a convent. Fitting, because I’m so nun-like.
The hotel was a really interesting mix of indoors (the rooms) and outdoors (the hallways were basically balconies overlooking the inner courtyard).
The hotel was a really interesting mix of indoors (the rooms) and outdoors (the hallways were basically balconies overlooking the inner courtyard).
When's the last time your hotel room had a legitimate metal key? This is what opened our heavy iron door.
When’s the last time your hotel room had a legitimate metal key? This is what opened our heavy iron door.
Who are these happy travelers? Oh, it's me and my hubby!
Who are these happy travelers? Oh, it’s me and my hubby!
A view of the city from our hotel's rooftop.
A view of the city from our hotel’s rooftop.
The city becomes warm and inviting at night.
The city becomes warm and inviting at dusk.
Small lizards were as common as flies.
Small lizards seem as common as flies.
The intricate old garden at the Ponce de Leon residence.
The intricate old garden at the Ponce de Leon residence.
This looked ancient...and smelled just as ancient.
This looked ancient…and smelled just as ancient.
The Ponce de Leon peeps really knew the beauty of nature!
The Ponce de Leon peeps really knew the beauty of nature!
Another vibrant view from the Ponce de Leon garden.
Another vibrant view from the Ponce de Leon garden.
We ventured out to El Yunque rainforest, which was ... rainy.
We ventured out to El Yunque rainforest, which was lush and … rainy.
A stunning waterfall in El Yunque rainforest.
A stunning waterfall in El Yunque rainforest.
Ever see a horse go swimming in the ocean? Me neither until this day.
Ever see a horse go swimming in the ocean? Me neither until this day.
I couldn't believe how happy this horse seemed to just swim along.
I couldn’t believe how happy this horse seemed to just swim along.
It was a rainy day right before we left, but it produced the most vivid, beautiful rainbow I've ever seen in my life.
It was a rainy day right before we left, but when the sun peeked back out, it produced the most vivid, beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life.  A promise that I will one day return to Puerto Rico!

 

Photos:  Anne Houseman/beautyXposé