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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

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How this Nigerian Abroad is living her best life | The Caribbean Island

How this Nigerian Abroad is living her best life | The Caribbean Island

Puerto Rico is known for its Islands (Puerto Rico, Mona, Culebra, and Vieques), history, tropical climate and natural scenery. In late September 2017, the Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico causing devastating damages and provoking the largest power outage in the history of America. Good gracious, Eloho Sido, an ardent traveller and Nigerian Abroad, explored the Island for 6 days before the hurricane. I followed her trip and was red with love :), not green with envy :). Read her experience below and be inspired!

Day 1 - Tour Puerto Rico

I had planned to visit Puerto Rico months ago and bought my ticket early to get a good deal.

The week of my trip it was on the news that Houston ,where I stay, was going to experience a very bad weather, Hurricane Harvey. The airline had called and said that my flight would be cancelled or delayed. So, I asked my boss if it was okay for me to take a half day on Thursday to enable me fly out before the storm. He agreed and I just had to get a new reservation for the hotel since I was arriving earlier than planned.

I got a rental and drove around and realised that all the street signs were all Spanish! Haha! Thank God for the Waze app and anyway, Iโ€™m more visual when it comes to directions. Oh, this was a solo trip and I didnโ€™t know anyone in Puerto Rico. I had made reservations for an adventure trip on the Friday morning but because I arrived a day before I went into the city and did a little exploration; visiting old San Juan.

There was a free concert at a Salsa place, La Placita De Santruce, were everyone was dancing happily. Oh what a night! I danced with total strangers (locals and fellow tourists). Drinks were quite cheap too! Generally, it's a great place to enjoy a block party type experience. 

Again, I had my big hair and everyone was fascinated with it. Let's just call it, the African magic. haha! 

Tip: I used an Uber to the salsa location and found that if youโ€™re only going to be in the San Juan area, uber will be your best and cheaper option. It only cost like $16 to and from my hotel. Yeah, that cheap! 

 Old San Juan | The Ajala Bug

Old San Juan | The Ajala Bug

Day 2 - Adventure tour in San Salvador Rainforest

The tour company picked me up from my hotel and boy..... it was an awesome adventure! Zip lining, hiking and riding the quad bikes. At the end of it all, we were fed with a traditional Puerto Rican meal and I was dropped off at my hotel afterwards.

I later drove to another city, Fajardo. It was so beautiful! The drive down there and all the views were so beautiful, I could cry! Lol. My hotel had free karaoke and free drinks, but after the adventure I had, it was wise to call it a night!.

  Quad biking in Puerto Rico

Quad biking in Puerto Rico

 Adventure in  San Salvador Rainforest

Adventure in San Salvador Rainforest

 Ziplining & Rappelling 

Ziplining & Rappelling 

Day 3 - Drove to another city, Farjado, for a catamaran party cruise and snorkelling

I met the crew at Villa Marina in Fajardo in the morning and checked in. The boat and the guests on the boat were very pleasant! We went to another island which had clear water, It was extremely pretty. And the water was just perfect! We finished and made it back to shore. Realised that my sunscreen didnโ€™t work. I was extremely sun burnt!!! Drove to my hotel and decided to go for a cool swim. 

 Isla Cacos | burning ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ on a catamaran

Isla Cacos | burning ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ on a catamaran

  Catamaran party cruise

Catamaran party cruise

 Serving Nigerian body goals

Serving Nigerian body goals

Day 4 - Isla Palomino

The hotel I stayed at, El Conquistador -A Waldorf Astoria Resort, was the only hotel that had access to Isla Palomino. This island is so so beautiful, water so clear and island so peaceful. Since itโ€™s only open to guests of the hotel and private property owners around, the guests on the island are only a handful. Boat ferryโ€™s from the hotel go to and fro the island every 15 mins. They have restaurants on the island, you can eat and drink.. No cash or card is accepted here, they only make charges to your room.

On Isla Palomino, my tour guide Juan took the beautiful photos, he said โ€œhand over your phone, donโ€™t text and ride.โ€ Haha.! When travelling solo, just smile and ask a passerby โ€˜can you take a picture?โ€™

I later checked out and drove back to San Juan because my flight was leaving the next day. Checked into another hotel which was on the beach.

 My tour guide took all the pictures. It was supposed to be a full tour, but I was the only one that showed up. So it meant more time and places for me. Hehe

My tour guide took all the pictures. It was supposed to be a full tour, but I was the only one that showed up. So it meant more time and places for me. Hehe

 The place (chapel is opposite) where Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got married and took their vows

The place (chapel is opposite) where Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got married and took their vows

 Isla palomino

Isla palomino

 At a stable on Isla palomino with my horse, Chocolate

At a stable on Isla palomino with my horse, Chocolate

  Isla Palomino

Isla Palomino

 Ferry leaving isla palomino

Ferry leaving isla palomino

Day 5 - Tour Old San Juan

I was pooped and just wanted to sleep, while at it the airline calls and says the Houston airport has been shut down for the next 3 days, and another hurricane, Hurricane Maria was about to hit Puerto Rico. I had to get on a new flight leaving the next day to Dallas, forcing me to extend my hotel stay. I used that opportunity though to visit old San Juan and do a city and food tour. It was really nice, but very sore on my skin, after the sunburn of the cruise. haha!

 Old San Juan | Puerto Rico

Old San Juan | Puerto Rico

 Old San Juan | Puerto Rico

Old San Juan | Puerto Rico

 Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 6 - Reminiscing about Puerto Rico

I slept in and left in time for my flight. Oh Puerto Rico! I love you!!! The people, the culture, and the food! Beautiful!! So much love!

I'm so happy I experienced Puerto Rico and itโ€™s beauty before Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey. 

 Views from Puerto Rico

Views from Puerto Rico

FINAL WORDS ON PUERTO RICO

It felt so good exploring my backyard. I loved the beaches and wandering round Old San Juan which was filled with colour. The vibe was unbelievable; good music, food, and art. The city buzzes day and night.

The official language in Puerto Rico (pronounced Porto Rico) is Spanish and San Juan is the capital. The old San Juan neighbourhood features colourful Spanish colonial buildings and definitely worth a tour. The islands are quite enchanting and breath taking. 

Good news....if you have a valid US visa, you donโ€™t need a visa for Puerto Rico. I just used my drivers license in and out. You can use any form of ID because Puerto Rico is one of five inhabited U.S. territories, along with American Samoa, Guam (I wouldnโ€™t visit here now, too unsettled), the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I did. Sincerely, before this blog post, I had no clue where Puerto Rico was, neither do I remember seeing pictures of the islands. This travel curating life is definitely exposing me to much more than personal trips.

Had any idea about tourism in Puerto Rico or ever visited? Please feel free to share your stories with us, either in the comment section or as an article on the blog.

We appreciate you, Eloho Sido, a web & media developer expert all day and an explorer every other day, for sharing your experience with us.

NB: She is a Nigerian Abroad, resident in America, but travels on her green passport!.

Till our next adventure, be kind to one another.

Margaret.

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