Beautiful beaches, pretty palm trees, and yummy streetside piña coladas were all things that made me fall in love with Puerto Rico almost instantly– but that was expected. What truly made this vacation so memorable was that I faced my fears and pushed my limits by physically exerting myself more than I ever have before. In addition to relaxing, there were three main activities that my husband & I planned on doing during this trip which included zip lining in the mountains, kayaking to the Bioluminescent Bay, and hiking in the El Yunque Rainforest.
It was my first time ever zip lining and I’m so glad I didn’t back out because nothing could ever compare to the feeling of the wind blowing in your face while taking in the incredible views as you’re soaring the skies.. to feel as if you’re flying is just awesome. In total we did eight lines and each line progressively got longer, higher, and (of course) scarier. While we were waiting to do our eighth line, it started to rain and in a matter of seconds it started to pour. At this point we were so high up that we could literally see the clouds and rain move towards us– it was equal parts cool and scary. And that’s when we zipped through a sea of dark clouds and a rainstorm. It was INSANELY amazing and by far the most exhilarating thing I have ever done.
Next on the itinerary was kayaking in the Bioluminescent Bay. Although I don’t have pictures of this activity, it’s something I will never ever forget. Imagine kayaking at nighttime, through a pitch dark lagoon and not being able to see anything around you and also not knowing what creatures are lurking in the swampy water and branches on either side of you. For someone who is afraid of the dark, doesn’t know how to swim, and gets easily freaked out by anything creepy or crawly, this definitely seemed like a recipe for disaster for me. But trust me when I say that the fear I felt was so worth the magical waters I was about to encounter. Once we reached the bay, whether it was the paddle in the water or your hands, you could see the water around it glowing. The illuminated water was mind blowing and seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie… by far one of the coolest life experiences ever.
And finally, hiking in El Yunque Rainforest! I don’t have as much to say about this aside from the fact that for my first ever hike, a rainforest was definitely a cool location and even cooler was the fact that my hike ended with the most beautiful waterfall ever.. and a big bag of Doritos.