Tulum is everything!

These blogs have great recommendations and info (1, 2, 3 )


Puerto Rico Color and Palm Trees

I miss that colorful, palm tree filled island.


Puerto Rico Engagement

My sister got engaged during our family trip to Puerto Rico.
I led her to a cabana by the water pretending like I wanted to take some pictures of the beach before dinner and I needed a model.
Her (now) husband, jumped out of some bushes and got down on one knee.
Once she realized it was Ruben and not a homeless bush dweller, asked how he got all the way to Puerto Rico, and if he was staying for the rest of the trip, she said yes!
My hands were shaking so much trying not to cry, I'm surprised any of the 500 pictures were half way in focus. Ps. Notice my dad's very firm hand shake ;)
We then re-grouped and took some less emotional/ugly cry pictures on the beach.
And then some more around colorful Old San Juan.
A pretty beautiful place to get engaged!

Half Moon Bay

(*Back in Novemeber 2014) Half Moon Bay is an hour drive from San Francisco and a perfect day trip from the city.
We're always looking for dog friendly weekend activities and Half Moon Bay is a very dog-friendly city.
A jaunt on one of the dog-freindly beaches, a walk around town and then warming up with clam chowder and beer under the heaters at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
A great Sunday!


Puerto Rico

 Puerto Rico:

Where we stayed: (Obviously we didn't stay in one place, what kind of family vacation would that be?!)

  •  Old San Juan - Condado Palm-Best Western - Stayed here for the first few nights so we could explore Old San Juan. The hotel isn't in Old San Juan but we could walk (a long one) into Old San Juan.
  • Rincon- we rented a condo right on the beach in Rincon. Unfortunately this wasn't the right place for our family. Not able to walk to restaurants/places, stories of recent burglaries, and the water not being very swimmable, my mom was on vrbo and doing her thing.
  • Palmas Del Mar- Another 4 hours in the car and we made it to Palmas del Mar in Humacoa. This was our jam!! A great last minute deal on a beautiful ocean view condo in Marbella. The pool and hot tub were amazing. The beach club next door was perfect! The boys thought they were in an actual water theme park. Palmas Del Mar is HUGE and everything is incredibly clean and well maintained. There are restaurants, golfing, tennis and even casinos on the property. Definitely not a locals experience of Puerto Rico (more country clubby) but it was perfect for us for the last week of the trip. 


  • The fish tacos at the Beach Club... OOOMMMGGGG
  • My sister got engaged! 
  • Swimming in a waterfall in El Yunque Rainforest
  • Old San Juan
  • Luquillo Beach Kiosks- yum!
Wish we had: