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, I’m more visual when it comes to directions. Oh, this was a solo trip and I didn’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 you’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!