Top 5 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Travel

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico

I’ve been home from Puerto Rico a little over 3 weeks now and boy do I miss it. Reminiscing on our wonderful trip got me to to thinking, everyone needs to visit Puerto Rico at least once. There’s so much to see and do that I feel like another trip is warranted just to go back and see what we’ve missed. Fall weather is now upon us, so if you are looking for a place to go to escape the cold weather, I highly recommend Puerto Rico. Here are my top 5 reasons why you must visit Puerto Rico: Scenery: What more can I say, Puerto Rico is a gorgeous place to visit. If you’ve ever wondered if God was real, just take a trip to Puerto Rico.  Between the beautiful weather, the roaring of the ocean and all that Puerto Rico has to offer, you are in for a real treat. Food: As you guys know by now, I love to eat! When traveling, it’s important that I check out the food scene and Puerto Rico didn’t disappoint. While there Danyelle and I dined at an assortment of different restaurants from mom and pop restaurants to 4 star restaurants and had an amazing time doing it. Until my trip to Puerto Rico, I had never experienced Puerto Rican food. I don’t know why, I really don’t have a good reason but all of that change when we landed in PR. Just about everything I had was amazing! Stay tuned next week for a post on my favorite places to eat while in Puerto Rico. People: Another important aspect when it comes to visiting a new destination are the locals. The people of Puerto Rico make you want to come back, they are friendly and just an overall joy to be around. Being in Puerto Rico felt more like being at home with family then being on a vacation. Cocktails: Ok, don’t judge me but I had some of the best cocktails ever in Puerto Rico. I don’t know what it was about the fresh fruit and rum cocktails, but it sure tasted delicious. I mean every since cocktail was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  I think I had more cocktails in Puerto Rico than I’ve had at home. I’m a lightweight but I just couldn’t get enough of those cocktails. Oh and the prices weren’t outrageous like when you visit other places. Relaxation: Lastly, if you are looking for a place to go to relax and actually vacation, again Puerto Rico is for you. Between waking up to the sounds of the ocean, the people, food and drinks for the first time in a long time I was able to forget about all my troubles. There were some mornings I just laid in the bed and listened to the ocean. I was able to let my hair down and just enjoy the...

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Restaurant Review: Perla at La Concha in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Food, Travel Reviews

Restaurant Review: Perla at La Concha in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat inside of an oyster? Probably not. But that is just the type of experience you get when you dine at Perla, an American and seafood fare restaurant located inside of the La Concha Resort in San Juan. It is an interesting perspective that lets you dine while being surrounded by the ocean. Perla is a moderately priced to mid-exspensive restaurant with some of your favorites. Enjoy Seafood Ceviche, Fried Oysters, Grilled Shrimp in Coconut Curry Sauce, and more for an appetizer. Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Surf and Turf, Fennel Dusted Scallops, Baked Lobster Tail, amongst other selections for your main course. There are also soups and salads to select from, and a full dessert menu. I found the atmosphere to be very tranquil and appealing. The restaurant looks big from the outside, but is small and quaint once you step in. The tables are rather close together, so you do hear the chatter of the other guests sitting next to you, but the wonderful service and food more than make up for that. The bar area is also well-stocked and accommodated, and is a nice first-stop before venturing into the dining room. Perla is open for dinner only, and reservations are recommended. The restaurant and also be rented out for events. If you are staying at or near the La Concha resort, Perla is a must-visit. Below are a few photos I took during our dining experience at Perla Puerto Rico. Sorry they are a little dark: Here’s a photo of Perla from the outside. You can see it’s “oyster pearl” shape   For more information about Perla, visit their website. You can also read my review of the La Concha Resort in San Juan...

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Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour in Puerto Rico

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Travel Reviews

Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour in Puerto Rico

As you guys know Danyelle and I celebrated our birthdays in Puerto Rico!  Our birthdays are a day apart, so we thought what better way to celebrate our then by laying on the beaches of Puerto Rico. We spent 4 glorious days relaxing, drinking and doing absolutely nothing. Which is very rare for the both of us. While in Puerto Rico we decided we wanted to see and try new things; Danyelle and I are all about experiences so we jumped at the opportunity to get a tour of the Bacardi Rum Distillery in Puerto Rico. We took a cab from our La Concha Resort and headed over to the distillery. When we arrived we were greeted by the host and given 2 free drink tickets, tours run every 20-30 minutes so we had a little time on our hands.  So, we headed to the bar! I mean, when it Rome do what the Romans do…or in this case when in Puerto Rico… We had the opportunity try different Bacardi Rum flavors or try the Bacardi Punch. I decided to try the Bacardi Punch and boy was it love at first sip. That punch is what dreams are made of…seriously!  Soon it was time to go on our tour, we hopped on the tram and off to Bacardi land we went. Our tour guide was amazing, as he took us in and out of the buildings he gave us a brief history on Bacardi Rum and how the brand got started. We learned things about Bacardi we never knew going back to when the Bacardi family started the brand back in Cuba. Next we headed got a peak at how rum is made, though you don’t get an actual tour of the distillery.  Think more like a Bacardi Rum Museum Tour versus a distillery tour. So if you are looking to go behind the scenes of a real distillery that was not an option on this tour.  We got a chance to look at some of the Bacardi Family memorabilia and then we headed into a quick session with the Bacardi Mixologist. After his session we were allowed to sample more rum. The tour lasted about an hour and at the end you are able to take pictures to email yourself or upload on social media. The tour ended at the Bacardi Rum gift shop where you are able to purchase any and all things Bacardi. All in all, Danyelle and I had a blast! Not only did we have fun but we learned something new. And by the way did I fell to mention the tour was free! Yes, free…. Tell me what is better than free Bacardi! If you plan on going to Puerto Rico and you have an hour to spare, I most definitely suggest checking out the Barcardi Rum tour....

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Glam Travel: 5 Haute Travel Beauty Picks for Fall

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Health and Beauty, Style

Glam Travel: 5 Haute Travel Beauty Picks for Fall

Fall is my favorite season. With the milder temperatures and stylish clothing options, it’s a time where I feel incredibly relaxed. I have a few trips scheduled during the Fall months this year, and I will rely on a few beauty favorites to help me look and feel fab while on the go. I already brought you my list of 5 Travel Beauty Picks for the Summer, so now I bring you a list of my favorite beauty items that have Autumn written all over them. Check out my list of 5 Haute Travel Beauty Picks for Fall: 1. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom Urban Decay’s Revolution Lip Color is creamy and rich lipstick gives amazing color and lasts all day, even through meals. This raspberry-esque color will give a Fall look to any complexion. It is my go-to color for the Fall season. $22, Urban Decay. 2. Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion Whilst in Puerto Rico, I visited  Kiehl’s boutique and stumbled across this wonderful hydrating lotion. Made with Fairly-Traded Argan Oil, it goes on incredibly smooth and gives your body a nice, healthy sheen, which is needed as the weather gets colder and your skin may be drying out. $38, Kiehl’s. (no travel size, but comes with a “pump stopper” so that it will not spill out when in checked bag). 3. OSEA Essential Hydrating Oil The smell of this product is heavenly. And just a few dabs will do. Use after cleaning your face as a moisturizer. You will love it as much as I do. $32, OSEA. 4. Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette Urban Decay is one of my favorite makeup brands for a reason. Their Vice palettes are wonderfully luxe with 20 new shades that are perfect for both Fall and Winter. You can create a bold look, or a subtle tease. $60, Urban Decay. 5. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Your hair is drier during the Fall and Winter months, so this product comes in handy for all hair types. It’s 100% Argan Oil, no fillers, so you don’t need much. Available in 15mL bottle, perfect for travel. $16.00, Josie Moran. With these five fab finds, you are sure took look and feel effortlessly glam while traveling this Fall. What are some of your favorite Fall beauty...

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Hotel Review: La Concha Resort San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Travel, Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: La Concha Resort San Juan, Puerto Rico

Last week, Raijean and I celebrated both of our birthdays by traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico for some fun in the sun. It was a trip that has been in the works for some time, as she and I have birthdays that are a day apart. We wanted to go somewhere that neither one of us had been before, so we decided on Puerto Rico. We were looking for some fun in the sun with a caribbean vibe and tropical landscape and that is just what we got. After doing some research on some of the top resorts in the area, I booked us a Junior Suite at the La Concha Resort, which is a Renaissance property owned by Marriott. The resort built in the late 1950’s (think Miami Art Deco style) has been updated and boasts ocean views and a private beach. With five restaurants on site, five pools, a casino, a bar, and much more, La Concha is a well appointed property that gives you the best that Puerto Rico has to offer. The service was top notch, and our room was fantastic and worth the upgrade charge for the view alone. La Concha is one of the busier properties on the island, so one drawback for me was that there seemed to be a shortage at the concierge desk (called the Navigator). Raijean and I were both looking to book tours and such on our visit, but never got an answer when we called the desk. The casino was rather small, but showcased a fun atmosphere, and we indulged in a few games of Blackjack and Craps. We were also most impressed with two of the restaurants at La Concha: Voga Italian Grill and Perla (reviews of both of these fine dining restaurants coming soon). The food was exquisite and priced well. Room service was also prompt, and the food fresh. I really felt pampered while there. Here are a few photos of our Junior Suite at La Concha. It was love at first sight!: Junior Suite at La Concha Resort Balcony Views Front view of La Concha Resort San Juan Main Pool Area   La Concha is conveniently located to many restaurants and shops that are within walking distance. You can’t beat the location. For more information regarding La Concha Resort San Juan, visit their website here. If you are looking for an amazing place to stay while in Puerto Rico, I highly recommend La Concha. Disclaimer: This review is based on our own experience at the property. This is not a sponsored post, and there was no compensation given to us in exchange for this...

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