luna de bebé: puerto rico (part two)

I know that it's rude to write multiple blog posts about our Puerto Rican babymoon when the weather back home is so terrible but really, I just want to share our photos and experience with you so please forgive me.

Día 3

Though we did haven't much of an itinerary for the trip, we had definite must-dos. One of Todd's was Cueva Ventana, which you can read about in part one of our babymoon account and one place that we both wanted to visit was El Yunque, Puerto Rico's famous rainforest. We set out after a leisurely morning and drove to El Yunque's visitor center, just over an hour from Dorado.

The park is vast and our goal was to visit some of the more popular spots and get in a good hike. Our first stop was La Coca Falls, which is literally on the side of the road. In fact, while we were taking it in, we observed one carful of people who opted out of stopping altogether and just took pictures as they drove past. Efficient.

After that we drove a few minutes further to La Torre Yokahú, an observation tower from which you can see for miles and miles. The view from the top was stunning and the photos we took don't do the view justice.

Both of these first two stops were extremely easy to access, a benefit for any pregnant woman, especially if you're nearing the end of your travel window.

After the tower, we opted for a trail hike to La Mina Falls. The thirty minute hike promised a swim below the waterfall and, while I opted out of that, Todd loved testing the waters.

The uphill hike away from La Mina left us ready to hit the beach. Fortunately, El Yunque is just minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to, Balneario la Monserrate, in Luquillo. The beach stretched for miles and the water was the most beautiful shades of dark blue and turquoise, exactly what you think of when you think of a Caribbean beach.

The temperature on the beach was perfect and the water was invitingly warm. The sun and surf were exactly what we were hoping for and after a few hours we headed back to the hotel for the evening relaxed and slightly more bronzed.

Next time: Baseball and Old San Juan

Catch up on part one here.
Read ahead to part three.

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