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Puerto Rico!

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A March 2001 trip to Puerto Rico by Keebler

Cameron House Photo, Loch Lomond, Scotland More Photos
Quote: My trip to Puerto Rico was one of the easiest, but most rewarding trips I have been on in years. As it is a U.S. territory no passport or visa is required, and no money needs to be exchanged! One of my college friends and I decided to take a spring break trip away from the crowds, and on the cheap. We found just what we were looking for in western Puerto Rico. It was warm, it was sandy, it had palm trees, and aquamarine water. There was great surfing, great food, and we had a great time.

Puerto Rico!

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Overview

Typical Day Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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My friend Rachel and I are not "real" surfers. I had been a few times before this trip, but was no good. She had never been. We found our hostel on the internet, and made the reservation on the spur of the moment. The first day we got there, the waves were so big that we couldn't even wade out above our knees without getting knocked over. Luckily, the waves subsided over the next couple of our days and surfing, snorkeling, and swimming turned out to be quite possible. We ended up having a great time, plus we got the inside track on surfing from other hostel guests who were really "in the know". I would definitely spend as much time in or by the water as possible, but don't forget to hang out with the ...Read More

Cameron House

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Hotel | "Rincon Surf n' Board"

Cameron House Photo, Loch Lomond, Scotland
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We were a little worried about staying at a hostel in Puerto Rico, but once we pulled up in front of the Surf n' Board our fears disappeared. Fronted by a cute two story building surrounded by palm trees and tropical flowers, the place reeked of relaxation. At 2am (we took a red-eye flight) the countless stars were matched by the twinkling lights strung up around the front. Hammocks swung on breezy decks and quiet latino music drifted in the air.We found our keys taped to the office door and went straight to our room. It was clean and very private, though if we had been in the bunk room the privacy, at least, would have been different. The place is decorated beach style (palm trees, coconuts, etc),...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Cameron House
Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond, Dunbartonshire, Scotland G83 8QZ
+44 (1389) 755 565

Las Brisas

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Restaurant

Arturo's Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Within a short walk of the Rincon Surf n' Board is a pool hall/bar called Las Brisas. Attached to the front of it is Arturo's, a small taco hut. Customers sit on stools lined up around the edges of the hut while Arturo cooks inside. You can watch every step of the cooking process, and at the end you are rewarded with a delicious Mexican-style meal.

The owner is very friendly and will tell you all about the local-goings on if you're interested. This place is quick, healthy (lots of vegetarian options), and cheap. If you'd like to stay around to chat, that's fine too. Additionally, pool tables and some nightlife are usually available in the hall.

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Roadside Pinchos

Restaurant

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As we drove around Puerto Rico, we noticed hundreds of roadside stands selling grilled food and fresh fruit. However, we hadn't stopped at one until another surfer asked us, "Have you had Pinchos?" "Pinchos? What are Pinchos?" He insisted that we try some, so the next day we stopped at a likely-looking stand. We walked up and discovered that the operator was grilling what looked like kabobs - meat-on-a-stick if you're from New York. We each got a few skewers and some miniature bananas. Lunch was delicious, and best of all, incredibly cheap. I highly recommend the fresh produce available at these stands (mmm...mangos, plantains, papayas, bananas, coconuts), though I would be caref...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Snorkeling at the Steps

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Attraction

Map Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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I had been snorkeling before, but never like this. We had considered chartering a boat for the offshore reefs, but then heard that there was great snorkeling right offshore in Rincon. We went to check it out with two other guests at the hostel we were staying in.The waves were small that day, bad for surfing, but great for water clarity. With our fins on, we flopped into the water and kicked out past the break. We were quickly surrounded by coral and sea creatures. The water depth varied from about 7 to 12 feet, depending on the coral growth on the bottom. The water was a nice temperature, I never got cold though we stayed in for over an hour (I'm usually the first one to get cold.)We took t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2002

Surfing the Wilderness

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Attraction

Map Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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I sat up on my board, staring out at the horizon, hoping to see a big swell coming in. I glanced at Rachel and smiled, she had given up trying to paddle her board out through the break and was towing it by the ankle strap. She swam up to me and reeled her board in. As she climbed back on, I said, "I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to do that". "Whatever works", she answered. At the end of a small dirt road surrounded by weathered ruins and palm trees, Wilderness is one of the best known breaks on the west coast of Puerto Rico. The waves come in at just the right angle to provide good surfing. This break is about 40 minutes away from the Rincon Surf n' Board, where we stayed, and Gar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Sipping coconuts Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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Rachel and I were thirsty, so we decided to stop at a little market in Rincon to grab some drinks. As we wandered through the aisles, between cans of Guava nectar and coca-cola, Rachel wondered, "Do you think they have Coco frios?" "What's a Coco frio?", I asked. "I love them, we used to get them in the Bahamas...let's check." We asked the man behind the counter. In answer, he led us back to a refrigerator and took out two immature coconuts. We followed him outside where he hacked the tops off with a machete, added straws, and handed them to us. My grand passion was born. The cold coconut milk was delicious, and after that first taste I had to have a Coco frio every day for the r...Read More