Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean rich with history, culture, and tropical weather all-year long.  While vacationing in Puerto Rico there was so much to do, and very little time. So we squeezed as much as we could in a two weeks time frame. 
From enjoying the beautiful beach of Flamenco, and learning about the history, and culture of Culebra, to checking out my Mom's hometown in Florida, and  taking a look at the schools in Puerto Rico.  I was also on a quest to learn more about our Taíno ancestry and we visited the famous Cara del Indio.  
Now, please sit back, and enjoy this two  part series of our kid-friendly vacation in Puerto Rico.  With a 5 yr. old in tow, and with a strict budget we focused on kid-friendly, and frugal outings to do with our child.



Beaches! 

This one is an understatement! Of course, beaches! Puerto Rico is surrounded by miles, and miles of sandy white beaches.   During our stay in Culebra, Puerto Rico (small island off the mainland Puerto Rico) we visited Flamenco Beach.  In the words of our son, "This is the most beautiful beach in the world!" I have to agree! Beaches have free-public access so no need to worry about paying to go on the beach.




El Parque Forestal La Marquesa 

Is an arboretum situated in the middle of Guaynabo City, El Parque Forestal La Marquesa. It's an eco-friendly tourist attraction surrounded by trees, and the forest featuring a butterfly exhibit, an aviary and our favorite of all a dinosaur exhibit.  We rode on the cable car to get to one side of the forest to another. However, to see the dinosaurs we had to hike up a steep and very long, long hill. Both hubby, and my son were real  troopers.... unfortunately, I can't say that about me. The least fit of all I struggled to hike uphill, but it was worthwhile. You can see by the pictures that we had a ball!

The entrance was very cheap just $6 for adults, and children $3.  We parked in a designated parking area, and a trolley drove us up to the forest. I highly suggest visiting El Parque Forestal La Marquesa but make sure you're fit to climb up that steep hill! :)


El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan) 

El Viejo San Juan is full of history, and breathtaking architectures.  You can visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro for only $5 adult, and children 15 and under are free. We walked through the cobblestone streets, and little one chased the pigeons. There's also an area in Old San Juan called el Parque de las Palomas (where you can feed the pigeons).  You can also fly kites right in front of El Morro. It's a popular spot, and children and adults alike fly their kites.  You will see street vendors selling kites close to El Morro.  You can also ride the trolley for free around Old San Juan.  


Walkway of the Presidents 

As you head out of Old San Juan you can drive through the port area towards Santurce, and Condado, and it will take you straight to El Capitolio (Capitol building). A marble building with a huge dome majestically overlooking the ocean.  I was pleasantly surprised at the life-like bronze statues that were aligned right across the Capitol building.  The Walkway of the Presidents is a homage to all of the presidents that have ever visited Puerto Rico.  You can also visit the Capitol building, and admission is free.

Hope you enjoyed our kid-friendly outing in Puerto Rico, and see you on our next installment of our Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico (Part II).

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