La Isla del Encanto

It is so easy to get from cold and gloomy New York, to sunny and gorgeous Puerto Rico! We had such an early flight, we almost missed it, only the fact that you don't need a passport to get to Puerto Rico  saved us. A mere 3 hours later I found myself in the back of a taxi on my way to La Concha, a gorgeous retro hotel in the Condado section of San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital. Since La Concha was originally built in 1958, it's one of the few hotels in San Juan that can almost guarantee a breathtaking ocean view. We were greeted to the sounds of waves crashing through the windows as soon as we stepped in to our room.

We spent our first day wandering the streets of the capital with no particular destination in mind. Except one: Ajili Mojili Restaurant. I heard that they supposedly had the best criolla food on the island. We checked out Ajili Mojili for lunch and I had the daily special, a salmorejo (crab stew) that was delicious. But the true test came when I had a scoop of arroz con habichuelas. Sorry abuelita, but these were the best I'd ever tasted!

The gluttony continued the next night when we found ourselves in the courtyard of one of San Juan's colonial Spanish style buildings at Ostra Cosa. Since we were looking for romance we figured this place would be perfect since their entire menu is rated by it's aphrodisiac level. We were not disappointed. We spent a long leisurely meal dreaming about buying a house in PR and letting the coqui's lull us into a food induced stupor. Eventually we found our way back to the hotel but it was easier said than done.

From the hustle and bustle of the capital city we made our way over to the west coast to Rincon. We were looking for some true peace and quiet and when we arrived at The Horned Dorset we found it. Nestled in the hills of this quaint town known more for surfing than solitude we found the ideal escape. With a two story villa, a five star restaurant, and complete privacy there was absolutely no reason to leave. Except to catch our flight home, unfortunately. After spending that last day and a half lounging by our own private pool we packed our bags and headed back to the hustle and bustle of the city, amazed by how easy and relaxing a romantic weekend getaway to Puerto Rico could be.

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-Mariela Rosario