Last August my traveling buddy called and said, cheap flights to Puerto Rico in February—want to go? “Sure!” She’s one of my role models, because her philosophy of life it to just say “Yes!”
My Puerto Rican dream was to test-drive a Paso Fino horse. The Island of Vieques has many descendents of these famous Spanish horses grazing freely. The women at the Espenanza Riding Company took me on a great little ride; through town, up to the highlands for an amazing view, along a dry arroyo, and finally along a secluded beach fringed with coconut trees. My steed, Zorro, was very sweet. I loved his natural Paso gait! It was so smooth, like a little sewing machine. Their short stride makes these strong little guys amazingly sure-footed. We let the two horses run up the last hill – and he was fast!
I really loved Puerto Rico. There are so many environments, rain forests, desert forests, coffee highlands, and of course, amazing beaches. Beatiful Art Museums, and wonderful history and architecture. We heard unprompted from many people we spoke with that they are concerned about the schools. Families are forced to send their high schoolers off the island so they can get ready for college. The economy is struggling, so many well-educated people are leaving to find jobs off the island.
The people we met were uniformly wonderful. We drove a lot on the twisty roads, and when we got lost we received friendly help from everyone we asked, even with our limited Spanish. And the food is amazing!
If you are thinking about Puerto Rico, my recommendation? Just say “Yes!”