A Vacation on the Island of Paradise - My Family Travels


The wind blowing my hair back, the smell of pure ocean salt, the taste of authentic Latin food, all can be found on one beautiful island named: Puerto Rico. I experienced all thee above on June 24th, 2009 to June 26th, 2009.


            Thursday began like any other day on the island. I awake to the sunrays beaming through the shades and conversations among my family. The first place my family and I love to go to in Puerto Rico is Hacienda Carabali in Fajardo. It’s the experience of a lifetime! We go horseback riding and ATV riding. We view the beautiful scenery that Puerto Rico has to offer, the one we all wish we had in our own backyards. After having an adrenaline filled adventure, we go to the kiosks of Luquillo. It is there you can find a variety of Puerto Rican food. All so delicious, it will make your mouth water and want to ask for a second plate. After eating, we all head home to San Juan. I go to sleep, listening to the famous Coqui’s sing, a sound so sweet to the ear.


Day two consist of going to the beach in Luquillo. The water is crystal blue. I have never seen a beach so pure, so full of life. The sound of the waves crashing, the noise of the children playing, a beach meant for pure fun and relaxation. I have been to so many beaches in my life, but the beaches of Puerto Rico always have stood above all them. Once a couple of hours pass by, we decide to head home once again. On our way home, I’m in my own world, in love with the breathtaking view of the mountains and the dazzling sunset.


It was my last day on the island and I was beginning to want to stay forever. On the last day on our trip, my family and I went to El Morro (The Castle), located in El Viejo San Juan (The Old San Juan). El Morro contains a large amount of Puerto Rico’s history in its fight for independence. As you go walking up the rock made castle, you will see the cannon balls used by soldiers when battling in war. You can also see the rocks at the shoreline that were used to keep enemies away. The authenticity of every site on El Morro is phenomenal. El Viejo San Juan is a major cultural center. It contains tons of little stores that sell a variety of souvenirs. There are also custom-made items sold. The feeling of being in El Viejo San Juan was one of tranquility. There is not a stress in the world that can disturb you from thee fun-filled environment. Once you begin shopping, you never want to stop. Every store contains the most extravagant pieces of work and souvenirs; you will want to take all of them home. I purchased a couple of items, but with those items, I felt like I was taking a piece of Puerto Rico with me.






As nighttime approached, I took in deeply the sound of the Coqui’s, for it would be my last time hearing them. I took in thee experience, but I knew there was one thing I could not leave without. The view of the mountains and trees, so with my camera in hand, I took one last picture of the jaw dropping scenery. That same picture is now photo framed and with one look, I remember it all so vividly.


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