Blake planned to race his bike in Puerto Rico, but some logistical SNAFUs resulted in something he rarely experiences: a vacation without biking. Blake is an excellent photographer, so he made the most of the trip.
A week without wheels in Puerto Rico
What was supposed to be a bike race in the Caribbean turned into a vacation when the race organizers wouldn’t let my girlfriend Kelli, or any other women, into the race to help out.
I had already booked tickets to Puerto Rico, so we made the most of it and had a wonderful time.
We touched down in San Juan, PR late on a Wed in mid August. We grabbed a cheap rental car I had booked ($125 for the week) and headed to a basic Airbnb on the east side of the island in Fajardo for the night.
The next morning we headed out to Vieques by ferry. It is a beautiful, small island with the brightest Bioluminescent bay in the world. We camped two nights there on the beach, grabbed an Airbnb for one, then headed back to the main island and back to Old San Juan.
Our final full day we did a huge walking tour of Old San Juan. It was a great week abroad. Puerto Rico is pretty cheap to get to, no passport, money exchange or new cell phone plan is needed, and there is a ton of great activities to do. Just bring some bug spray and be prepared to get a little sweaty.