We just got back from our second annual winter getaway with Erin’s parents. This year we escaped to Luquillo, Puerto Rico. A week on a tropical island is exactly what these vitamin D-deprived Vermonters needed (although, Erin may have been a bit too diligent in applying sunscreen to her fair skin; she looks like she could have spent the last week in Iceland).
Day 1 – Beach Day
We didn’t get into Luquillo until about 10 pm on Saturday night, so there wasn’t much to see in town except for some horses tied up outside of a bar (I guess DUI’s don’t apply to horseback riding…). The first thing we did when we woke up was head straight for the beach, which was about 30 steps from the entrance to our condo.
We had dinner at the Kioskos – a strip of about 6o little ramshackle food huts along the beach. This place epitomizes the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover.” We all had absolutely wonderful meals.
Day 2 – Beach Day Round 2
Later in the afternoon, during Henry’s nap, Erin and I snuck out with Julian to check out Luquillo’s very modest downtown. The locals LOVED Julian (I think his eyebrows spoke to them). Day 3 – Old San Juan
Old San Juan was about an hour from Luquillo. Once we had parked, we jumped on one of the free trolleys and got off at Castillo San Felipe del Morro (this is the place I had always pictured when thinking about Old San Juan).
We had another great meal at a quirky little restaurant right in the heart of Old San Juan.
After lunch, we strolled through town, and bought the obligatory tourist t-shirts and onesies.
Day 4 – Beach Day Round 3
We took Henry down to the beach with the big waves, and held him up as the waves crashed around us. He loved it and couldn’t stop laughing. We had a late lunch at this place called Boardriders where we could watch all the surfers (while drinking frozen mojitos, of course).
Day 5 – El Yunque Rainforest
El Yunque was only about 15 minutes from where we were staying. We actually had views of the rainforest summits from our condo and at night, Henry and Grammy would sit out on the balcony listening to the frogs peep (a coquí frog came home with us from the gift store; Henry’s slept with it every night since). We opted for the driving tour (so much easier with two small children) and hit the major photo opps. I would love to come back when the boys are older and really explore.
Day 6 – Beach Round 6 (and a sick boy)
We got up early to catch our last sunrise on the beach.
Henry was feeling sluggish, so he stayed in with Grammy while the rest of us stayed on the beach. It was not as much fun without him. Erin and I would have looked pretty silly pretending to be sharks all by ourselves.
Henry was still not feeling better by lunch time, so Erin’s dad went out to buy a thermometer. The poor boy had a temperature of 103.5! And then, the vomiting started. We called his pediatrician’s office, and the triage nurse told us to keep him on Tylenol every four hours, only give him fluid for 24 hours after vomiting, and that we were to stay put (our flight home was the next day) and get to the nearest clinic if he was still vomiting and his fever hadn’t broken by the next morning. Fortunately, his fever broke over night and he didn’t throw up again after the first incident. Both boys did great on the plane, and it sure was helpful to have four adults to keep Julian entertained (I think 2:1 is the golden traveling-with-kids ratio).