Our World Tuesday - Puerto Rico

Doing something a little different today, joining up with other bloggers for Our World Tuesday.  

Our World Tuesday is Blog Hop, or Link Party, or whatever you might call it.


That's something new for me, but also I'm sharing something new, photos 
of a vacation in Puerto Rico some years ago.  
It doesn't seem it, but that "some years ago" turns out to be 2009!

Isabela, Puerto Rico

Isabela is in Northwest PR, nowhere near San Juan.  The nearest airport is in Aguadilla, Rafael Hernandez, just about 10 miles away.  
I'd never done anything as brave as planning, and following through with this trip with my youngest son, my daughter, and her then boyfriend (wish we could go back in time and go without him!), all teens.

 This was my first view of the beach.


 Another first view with my first coconut palm.

 

 The only ocean I've been in with warm water!


 Lots of palm trees.


 The left hand view.


 Waves on the rocks at the right end of the beach.


 Looking back at the apartment building, Isabela Beach Court, where I rented a unit.
As you may have noticed, the beach was all our own!  
According to a man who worked at a pizza take-out (as well as the only person we encountered who spoke English) this end of the island is (or was in 2009) where the wealthier people of San Juan would spend their weekends.  So, weekdays the beach was empty! 
 

The outdoor plants were ones I was used to as houseplants!

Croton and Gold Dust Plants


 Allamanda, or Golden Trumpet



Plumeria, I think


The town square in Isabela with St. Anthony of Padua church and The Lovers sculpture.


 The view of Jobos beach from our table in Happy Belly's restaurant.  Not outdoor seating, this was from inside!
The weekend before we came this was the location of a big annual surfing competition.


 Isabela, Puerto Rico

That's my peek at Our World Tuesday.
 

Comments

  1. Looks like it was a lovely trip. Do you want to go back sooner rather than later?

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    1. If I could transport myself there like on Star Trek, I'd choose soon! But, the flight really got to me. I don't "do" air flight comfortably! Also, circumstance changed, so the budget would be a bit strained. I think that was my one and only trip.

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  2. ...almost 60 years ago I when to Puerto Rico with our church youth group, what an experience!

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  3. Lucky you! I've never been to PR but have been to other warm and tropical places. I'm in Seattle now so all that bright light sounds very good to me. Love the photos.

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    1. I wanted a warm and tropical place that was not Hawaii. I happened to have seen an ad in a magazine for PR a few years earlier, tore it out and saved it. The selling point for me, besides not being Hawaii (where I've never wanted to go), was it being a US territory so no passport. I'm in Oregon, but not the rainy part people always picture when they think "Oregon."

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  4. Looks like a great trip that you had. I have heard that Puerto Rico is a major underestimated vacation destination.
    I had to laugh at your remark about wishing, retrospectively, that the daughter's boyfriend wasn't there. You see i have started scanning old film photographs and my eldest niece, when she graduated from high school, had a boyfriend she was devoted to so almost all the graduation photos have him in it. So I scanned them and I am contemplating ways to to electronically eliminate him.

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    1. I think it is underestimated. People forget it's a US territory, so travel to and from is as easy as visiting another state. Except it's an island. One of those islands "...surrounded by water. Big Water. Ocean Water."

      My son is able to take things out of photos and replace with the same background, but it doesn't work in a lot of photos. We have one nice one of all of us with the horses we rode on the beach (a stable does beach trail rides!), and all we could do was add a digital sticker face over the ex. I should try something else, digital manipulation has come a long ways since I tried last!

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  5. Beautiful photos of your country, the beach is great with the beautiful blue water!
    Greetings Elke

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    1. Thank you. My part of the country, Oregon is nothing like that! I do have beautiful blue water, but it's cold and not for swimming.

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  6. Hi Lisa ... loved this look back and I’m so glad you shared it. We flew into and out of San Juan years ago ... on our first out-of-our-own-country adventure. We had six hours there and enjoyed every minute of it, always thought we’d like to go back someday and really explore the country, but never did (other adventures instead).... I remember the awe of seeing “houseplants” blooming outdoors and the palm trees ! How you know you’re not in Oregon any longer)))!

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    1. A week wasn't nearly long enough. There are so many things to do, even skipping San Juan (I wasn't eager to visit a big city). There are the caves, and observatory (although it broke a cable just Monday that damaged the dish) that is searching for extraterrestrial life! We did ride horses on the beach. The Bacardi rum tour!

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  7. Hello,

    What a wonderful trip, beautiful memories. The Beach looks beautiful, I love all the plants. The Plumeria is a favorite. I have been to Puerto Rico and San Juan on a cruise, we were only there for a day. It was not long enough to really see anything. Take care! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great weekend!

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    1. The beach was amazing. It was shocking that there were no other people.

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  8. A dream trip! (except for that one thing of course) When my daughter graduated high school we went to Kauai and it was wonderful. The road doesn't go around the whole island so there are wild areas. What I noticed, and maybe you did too is the way the scents hang on the warm humid air. Lovely. But not the fish market. Our air is going to be a little warm this weekend!

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    1. It's already 105 or 106 (depending on whether you look up 01 or 02). I usually put 02 since I'm so close to the edge of town.

      I remember the humidity when we got off the airplane. I thought as the time that I would never be able to breath and it would be a horrid trip! But, nearer the water it was fine.

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    1. It is good. I don't get fresh ones very often.

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