Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1 The Good Life

A year ago we were leaving for Puerto Rico for our destination wedding.  We stayed and were married in Rincon, Puerto Rico at Casa por Fin, Dogman's Beach.

We rented two other houses next to Casa por Fin for my family and my husband's family (Tres Amigos was across the street and Villas at Tres Palmas was next door).  The houses were bordered by a marine reserve to the south, so there was a ton of privacy on the properties.  Our wedding party stayed in the same house as us, Casa por Fin, but we had an apartment separate from the rest of the house on the top floor with its own entrance.

I'll share more wedding details on our anniversary, but for now some fun things to do in and around Rincon!

Rincon is on the western side of the island, a couple hours drive from the main airport in San Juan.  A large portion of Rincon's locals are Americans who came for the surfing and never left.

One of our adventures was visiting the Camuy Caves, which were an hour or so drive from Rincon.  The natural beauty of the caves was awesome!

Camuy Caves, Puerto Rico

Part of our wedding party at Camuy Caves, Puerto Rico

Waterfall in Camuy Caves, Puerto Rico

Camuy Caves, Puerto Rico

Another outing the entire group went on was to the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera.  I have to admit, I was skeptical the entire time.  It was an experience that sounded amazing . . . if it really worked the way it was supposed to.  You take a boat at nightfall to a bay that has microorganisms called dinoflagellates that produce a chemical spark of light when disturbed in the water.  It's supposed to be as if the bay is glowing.  So the whole boat ride out I'm nervous because this whole crazy thing was my idea, and we've got a long car ride back to Rincon where I'll hear about it!

But, the bay was just as advertised!  None of it shows up in the photos, but when I would move my arm across the water it was as if there were diamonds all over my arm sparkling - really cool!  Oh, and I can;t forget to mention how good the empanadas were that were provided on the boat ride... yum (that's what I'm stuffing my face with at 3:44 in the video at the end of this entry)!

Boat ride to the bioluminescent bay in La Parguera

Bioluminescent bay in La Parguera

Bioluminescent bay in La Parguera

We spent most of the rest of our time preparing for the ceremony, lounging at the pool, and as you'll see in the video below eating great Puerto Rican food (mmm, beans and rice, mofongo, and empanadas!)

My friend and bridesmaid Caroline brought her camera along and got enough clips together for this video.  It makes me so happy and sad to watch it!  I want to go back!!

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