Puerto Rico travel adventures#WanderlustWednesday

This season has been nothing short of a whirlwind of amazing summer weddings keeping me busy but leaving no time to travel. 🙁 My wanderlust heart is itching to get out of town as soon as I get a little window of reprieve.  Until then…I’m going to day dream about that time I went to Puerto Rico and considered never coming back!  Kidding…but only a little. If you’ve never been to Puerto Rico…people…put it on the bucket list. We were there for 4 short days and only experienced a small taste of what the country has to offer.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Day 1…fresh off the plane and still looking cute before the humidity got to my hair. I have curly wavey hair that I straiten daily…totally futile in the Puerto Rican humidity. A girl can try. I’m not much for being photographed myself…but the light and floors in this church were too irresistible.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

We rented an AirBNB in Old San Juan and this is the typical view in the area. Beautiful cobblestone roads, colonial architecture, streets dripping with trees.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer - shrimp mofongo

Run…don’t walk…to find a dish of garlic shrimp mofongo. It was my personal mission to sample every restaurants shrimp mofongo to find the best in town.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer - cobble stone street

Don’t forget to look down…often.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer - El Gapon

We stumbled upon the most charming millinery shop, El Gapon, in Old San Juan.  I loved every inch of this store.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer - Panama Hat

And of course after hearing the shop keeper talk about how he goes down to Panama and has these hats made by hand…it was inevitable that one would come home.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Then I leaned over the counter and saw this little dog pillow action…I had to buy the hat. He has to keep kibble on the table for these cuties!

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

There is seriously beauty everywhere you look in this town. Anyone want to hire me to shoot their Puerto Rican destination wedding???!!! I would go nuts in this town shooting a wedding!

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Hex tile for the win!!! I would love this in my living room!

Gay pride in Puerto Rico

Classic Car in Puerto Rico Old San Juan

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Brian’s attempt at directing and photographing me…I feel like a flamingo…lol!

Old San Juan Puerto Rico Colonial Architecture

This was one of the houses we walked by daily that I was infatuated with. Those doors and that roof top garden…amazing!!!

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

We attempted to go find a waterfall up in one of the parks…never found it. But we did find an amazing roadside restaurant and these lush palms.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Quite possibly the best Heineken ad ever.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

This little bodega was around the corner from our place and was a nightly pit stop for us. Midnight mojitos were our way of life for those blissful 4 days.

Hilton San Juan Puerto Rico

We opted for renting a house for our time in Puerto Rico but we stopped by the Hilton resort to check it out.  This may be our next vacation stop with views like this!

Hilton San Juan Puerto Rico - hammocks

I seriously squealed and went running for the hammocks when this amazing hammock village!

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

We don’t do this often enough. Our feet should cuddle more often.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer
Hilton San Juan Puerto Rico - iguana

And then there was a visit from this guy to the hammock village. Not sure if you can tell how huge this guy was…but he was pretty damn huge!

San Juan Puerto Rico beach view

San Juan Puerto Rico marathon runner

And that’s my mama…running her tail off in the Puerto Rican heat for her umpteenth marathon. Seriously…I’ve lost count.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

You’re looking at the most difficult subject in my entire career. I can’t get this woman to look at the camera to save my life. Perhaps she thinks I’m going to steal her soul or maybe she’s wanted in other countries…she is a feisty one.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Travelling with 3 generations of Mexican women and he still has a smile on his face. I married well and kept the mojitos flowing.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

I hope Ricardo has a sense of humor and will forgive us :/

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Brian didn’t escape El Gapon without a Panama hat either.

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Hand shaved Piraguas…the best thing on a hot Puerto Rican day.

Musician on street in Old San Juan

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

Old San Juan definitely has a magical quality to it. This country left me wanting more and I know this won’t be the last visit by the Burkes.

PS – All of these images were shot by my iPhone…not the best quality but it allowed me to be more present and not worry about my fancy camera.

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PSSS – If you want to see more travel adventures check out our #WanderlustWednesday post on our travels to Zion National Park and New Orleans adventures!

 

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