Vacation Plans in Puerto Rico – East Side- Part 2

Now that decisions have been made to visit the east side of Puerto Rico and the Island of Vieques, specific details can be planned on where to stay, eat and do.

My cousins will land Saturday and take a taxi to (our) condo in Condado. Saturday night it will be fun to visit Lote 23 in Santurce- the perfect place for a group of all ages and with different culinary tastes. Lote is an outdoor food park with a vibe like no other. Your options range from delicious tacos to noodle bowls to southern fried chicken, a rare find in Puerto Rico, but the creativity behind this festive experience is makes it a must visit for all.

Sunday (funday) should be always be spent at the beach! Breakfast at Sobao is easiest from our location, but Ocean Park Cafe is also really good. Beach day essentials include: a cooler full of beer & water, beach chairs/towels, sunscreen, and a really good book. (This is pretty much how I spend every single weekend). You can also rent jet skis, take surfing lessons or hop aboard a mini-catamaran from Jimbo’s boats which is free with a good tip 🙂 Continue reading “Vacation Plans in Puerto Rico – East Side- Part 2”

Vacationing in Puerto Rico in July 2018

There’s nothing I love more than helping friends and family discover the best things to do when visiting Puerto Rico! And just this week I learned my cousin Jordan and his family are making the trip (over dangerous Cancun- thank God) this July (21-28). Jordan’s wife Barbara asked for some recommendations so instead of sending her a six page itinerary I thought it might be easier to see everything from a birds-eye-view on this interactive map.

However, the first thing to decide when visiting Puerto Rico is what part of the island you want to see. The west coast (Isabela, Rincon, Aguadilla and even as far south as Cabo Rojo) are AMAZINGLY beautiful and a totally different vibe than the east. If you surf, fish or a set on some really great snorkeling I would say the 3 hour drive is worth it. Or if you’ve been to Puerto Rico before and are looking for a taste of something different and new. Continue reading “Vacationing in Puerto Rico in July 2018”

50,000 Miles Bonus Offer with Delta Skymiles Credit Card

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I am a big fan of airline cards because of the bonus miles they offer (only the first time you sign up, so after you use them it’s hard to earn many if you don’t travel often), plus the perks you get when flying.

Delta/Amex currently has 50,000 miles bonus offer that expires June 31st so if you have good credit I would apply now! A roundtrip flight from Little Rock to San Juan is just around 50K miles- I went to and search flexible dates by miles instead of cash and found the following offerings:

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The first one is a bit more expensive because of the travel time, but if you want to fly for under 50k miles you’ll have to wait a bit longer or endure more connections. Take a laptop and watch a movie- it’s not that bad once you get here.

If you want to get here faster, you may have to earn more points in other ways. I think I signed up for some of their partner rewards programs and earned 5k miles here and there for simply purchasing something one time.

Terms: For a limited time: Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months† and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.†

$0 Introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.

They usually tell you if you’re approved and provide the card number immediately so you can start making purchases quickly. It does take a while for the statements to clear so I’d spend that $2,000 ASAP in order to get the miles in time for the wedding.

Another option is just to purchase the ticket to San Juan on the Delta card- because you get your bonus miles (eventually) plus double miles on the purchase since it’s with Delta. So when you come back next year, you’ll be fully equipped to fly for free:)

117 Days Away!

It seems as if everyone has received their travel brochure/wedding invitation and I’m so excited that some people are trying to make the trip. We know how much of an expense and inconvenience it is to travel to Puerto Rico for a week, but we also know everyone loves a good vacation and this island offers some of the best beaches, food & cultural experiences anywhere in the world!

Here are some suggestions for those of you looking around at flights and places to stay:

According to this site, the best day to buy your ticket is on a Tuesday and prices vary by the hour. I always use Kayak and set up a price alert, as well as the flexible travel option that shows you airline prices 3+ days before and after you might want to come. If I was booking today, I would go depart 10/2 or 10/3 and return 10/8 or 10/9- but play around with the dates and pick what works for your schedule.


(Also check airline reward cards for bonus offers like this one through Delta/Amex. It’s the best because you don’t have to use just points, you can subtract your points and pay the difference in cash. 50,000 bonus miles is a GREAT offer so I’d apply for it ASAP and put all your bills on it for a month or so… That’s what Broc and I did the first time we visited and only had to pay $220 total for both us of to fly roundtrip after using points) Continue reading “117 Days Away!”