At any rate, I’ve finally popped back up into existence and having just returned from a trip to Puerto Rico, I think the most appropriate topic is a brief recap.
My Dad and I stayed at the wonderful El Conquistador resort, another one from the Waldorf Astoria collection, which also lays claim to the resort we stayed at in Maui. While the Grand Wailea remains the measuring stick that I compare all other resorts and hotels to, the El Conquistador was also a beautiful place. Built hillside, it’s comprised of about seven pools, a nightclub, a casino, a spacious golf course, and more.
After riding the “funicular” down the hillside to the Marina, we took the ferry over to the privately owned Palomino Island where we had lunch and spent time on the beach.
There’s a waterpark on the resort’s campus called Coqui Waterpark with several slides, a Lazy River, and a couple pools as well. My dad and I spent our final day in Puerto Rico there before heading to San Juan to catch our flight.
Speaking as to Puerto Rico itself, I can’t say much. The only things I saw outside of the resort were roads, the airport, and a venue called La Hacienda Siesta Alegre. The housings once we left the grounds of the resort weren’t the best and it wasn’t an area that I would have felt comfortable walking around in.
Nope. Not even to buy a bottle of Puerto Rican rum.
The resort’s food was thankfully delicious and the portions were great. And in keeping with the tradition that I mentioned a long time ago, I did try something new: blackberries and raspberries (in a delicious cream). No, I really didn’t eat them until now. But I liked them enough that I’m now sitting with a plate of fruit in front of me for breakfast.
There was the usual awkwardness in traveling with my youthful father. I’m considering dying his hair gray in his sleep. I think there might be less confusion that way.
Otherwise I had a nice time tanning, relaxing, and essentially returning without my ridiculously pale pallor. But unlike when I went to Hawaii, I was actually happy to be returning home.