destination: puerto rico

Anywhere in the Caribbean is worth the trip, but if you've never been to Puerto Rico, you haven't seen the best of the best. It's a beautiful island with incredible people, scenery, food and of course, fabulous beaches. Ponce, Rincon, El Yunque, and La Fortaleza are only a few of the places you should be sure to visit. Don't forget to keep your eyes open to spot a coqui frog.

According to the Puerto Rico Culture website, Puerto Rican cuisine "is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences, using such indigenous seasonings and ingredients as coriander, papaya, cacao, nispero, apio, plantains, and yampee. Locals call their cuisine 'cocina criolla'." During the short time I was there, every meal included fresh tropical fruits, plantains, and always rice and beans.

This is one place I would hope everyone visits sometime in their life; and not only for the beaches, snorkeling and food. Talk to the locals to find the best places to visit, and the best beaches. Some of our friends told us of a place people call 'the ugly beach'; it was the most beautiful beach I've ever been to.

click here for a recipe using plantains that comes straight from the caribbean.


Nicole said...

We just came from the Caribbean and one island we went to was PR. I recognize that food in the bottom picture. We ate their when we were their. very authentic and yummy. we had the same dishes as you. it was right while you were driving up into El Yungue Forrest right? Glad you had fun

jen said...

it was that restaurant exactly! :)
the shop owners even pulled out their guitar and started singing for all of us, it was neat.
hope you enjoyed the experience, isn't it a beautiful place?