Happy New Years, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Cruise

Happy 2017 New Years Everyone!

Justin and I went on a family vacation with the Johnsons to Puerto Rico for the new year’s and a Caribbean cruise the following week that visited St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. While in Puerto Rico we swam in the salty ocean, hiked in the rainforest, and swam under a waterfall. The waterfall was a top spot, for the nice 55-degree (perfect for swimming) water temperature and the fact that it was fresh water. We viewed the new year from our hotel balcony, which provided excellent views of many fireworks.

PR reminded us of Naples a lot, the colors and materials of buildings, many similar words, the downtown San Juan buildings were built similar to 1700’s Spain style, which is similar to Naples, only newer. Naples wins on attractions and food hands down, though. I personally was not a fan of the fried and plantain-rich food. PR is much nicer, no trash everywhere, cleaner air and water, even passengers clapped when the plane landed safely. I thought that was a Naples only thing.

While cruising, we learned pretty quickly that the islands themselves do not have much going for them past a couple viewpoints here and there. The main attraction is the beach and other water-related activities. In St. Kitts and St. Lucia we took island tours, which progressed from shanty-town-like residences and got a little nicer by each island. Each port has nearly identical shops, centered around duty and tax-free jewelry and flowy beach wear. In Barbados, we took an excursion to a submarine voyage. We went 148 feet down at the deepest and saw millions of various fish, a couple turtles, a stingray, and plenty of coral. There was also a sunken ship we subbed around…quite interesting.

The beachy hot weather is not Justin and I’s preference and with a lack of historical sites, we can easily say we have no interest in returning to the Caribbean. The vacation was more so about spending time with Justin’s family, so in that regards, it was a success. Please enjoy the photos. You can click on them to enlarge or save. There may be more to come if other family members send us their shots.