We had visited Puerto Rico in March of 2015, and really liked it, so we decided to go back in December to do some more exploring of the island. We still had lots of points with Southwest Airlines, and were able to book our flights from Nashville to San Juan for only $22 round trip. (woo hoo!)
We arrived in the afternoon, so chose to stay at the San Juan Embassy Suites for the night. It was a quick cab ride from the airport to the hotel and cost around $20. The cab fares are standardized, and the cab driver will hand you a card with the fees. They charge a set fee depending on where you are going, and then an amount for each piece of luggage.
The Embassy Suites offers a complimentary cocktail hour in the late afternoon, and we got our fill of free rum drinks (probably too much judging by the pounding of our heads the next morning). We got out and walked around the hotel strip a bit, and then went back to the Embassy Suites and ate dinner at their Outback Restaurant.
In the mornings the hotel offers a really nice breakfast buffet with pretty much everything you could possibly want. http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/puerto-rico/embassy-suites-by-hilton-san-juan-hotel-and-casino-SJUESES/index.html
After breakfast we walked the couple of blocks to the beach to check it out. Below are two views of the hotel beach strip in that section.
We had reserved a rental car from Charlie Car Rental, located just a few blocks from the Embassy Suites. So while on our walk, we picked up our car and drove to the hotel to load up and check out. http://www.charliecars.com/
We were curious about the Royal Isabella Golf Course, so stopped off along the way to Rincon to see what it was all about. It was VERY nice with gorgeous views over the ocean and Wally was drooling over their gold course. They offer luxury rental cottages and some homes are on the course, but it was way too pricey for us. http://www.royalisabela.com/home.php
This part of the resort featured a fine dining restaurant and outdoor casual restaurant and bar area. I loved the stone tower with its gorgeous iron chandelier.
From Isabella, we drove along the coast, stopping along several of the amazing empty beaches along the way. It’s just amazing how many stretches of clean beautiful beaches with no one on them!
It was time for lunch, and several restaurants along Playa Jobos look enticing. They are located right on the water and this was the view from our parking spot.
Restaurante Sonido del Mar had really good reviews, so we chose it as our lunch spot. It was casual, had a great view where we could watch the surfers try to catch a wave, and the food was pretty AND delicious. I ordered a pina colada and it was the best one I’ve ever had (and that’s saying a lot)! Here’s their Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/rest.sonidodelmar/
They make use of the old rum/whiskey barrels by turning them into tables. This was next door at the Kai Restaurant.
Our evening destination at our vacation rental, Casa Blanca House, was just south of Rincon and this was our road! Wow! Sitting on the edge of the world!
Here’s our vacation rental house – we had reserved the top penthouse apartment, and there is another unit also. https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3946436
The balcony with king-sized bed and hammocks with a fabulous view of the ocean sold us on this house.
The house faces west, and we had some fabulous sunsets during our stay.
For dinner we ventured down the road to the neighborhood restaurant, Los Pescadores, ordering up grouper bites, fries and rum drinks. The grouper bites were so good we had to go back another night! This is a very casual, laid-back restaurant with a deck overlooking the beach. Here’s a shot of Los Pescadores from the beach I took during the day, and the view down the beach from it.
Full and tired from our travel day, we called it a night and headed back to the casa. Next up we’ll begin to explore Rincon. Manana!