After a long travel day, we spent the night in
old San Juan
. We walked around the old city walls and
Castillo San Felipe del Morro in the morning, then took a short flight to the island of Vieques.
we dodged horses in the road on the way to our house.
We went snorkeling off a pier and swimming in the clear
turquoise water on the north and south coasts of the island. We found a tiny private beach
on the south coast, and turtles and lots of fish off the west coast.
We paddled clear-bottomed kayaks through the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world.
We picked up a rental car in San Juan, and drove into the steep forested Central Mountains
. We stayed at a jungle cottage at the top of a steep road. We went swimming in their
local swimming hole, climbed up a waterfall, and slid down a petroglyph-covered boulder.
We hiked down to a river and floated through rapids and caves on tubes. Just down the road, we
made a quick stop to see the ruins of Arecibo Observatory.
We drove back to San Juan
for one night on the beach before heading home.