Stepping into a virtual time machine today and taking you guys back to Puerto Rico! It's been over two months now since our dreamy vacation to the lovely island, but I'm only just getting around to sharing the very last leg of our trip spent in Old San Juan, which I have since declared as the most 'miss-able' part of our time there. Regular readers may remember earlier Puerto Rico travel posts recapping the laidback surf vibes of Luquillo, the majestic views at Cabo Rojo, the lush tropical oasis of Guavate and the beachy goodness of Culebra, but nothing prepared us for the color and charm that greeted us in Old San Juan! The oldest settlement in Puerto Rico, OSJ has retained all of the old worldly charm from when it was first established as a Spanish colony. Everything about it- the colonial architecture painted in a pastel rainbow of colors, the maze of blue cobblestoned alleys lined with flowers, the variety of local street foods and the friendly smiling faces- is a step back in time!
We set out early from our hotel in Isla Verde to reach the heart of OSJ via an easy bus ride and beelined it straight to Cuatro Sombras for some of that famous Puerto Rican coffee and an indulgent breakfast of guava sticks. Having decided on a slow and relaxed self-guided walking tour, we were able to walk through the meandering alleys and catch the historic landmarks well in time for a delicious lunch at El Jibarito, despite making several stops to gape at the gorgeous colored walls, decide on multiple dream houses and devour atleast 47 refreshingly cold sweet treats to beat the heat. Our last stop for the day- Pina Coladas at it's mothership, Cafe Barrachina.. yum! Give a girl with a sugar high the world's most photogenic city and you've got... an incredibly long blog post, of course! ;)
Not gonna lie, I gave myself quite a few pats on the back as the long humid day of non-stop walking wore on for my decision to wear this well-ventilated and comfortable combo of boho-meets-hippie chic pieces. These olive green wide-legged pants with their crochet panels and floral print are an easy pick this season, whether worn to the beach, on weekends in the city or at music festivals! They happened to serve as quite the conversation starter in my case, garnering compliments and smiles from local islanders and fellow visitors alike. That always makes for a perfect day, doesn't it? :)