About this time last year, with Spring Break looming on the horizon and wanderlust creeping into my veins, I sat Mike down in the kitchen. The kids were in bed, the Scotch was poured and it was time to talk Plans (Mike’s least favorite topic). “Babe,” I said. “I really want to go somewhere different for Spring Break. We spend most of our vacation days visiting family…wouldn’t it be nice to take a trip, just the four of us?”
He was in! Sorta. Mike started droning on about “taking a friday off work” and “road trip weekend” and “driving somewhere in the three hour range” and after much smiling and nodding on my part I interjected with, “I WANT A WARM BEACH.” Confused, Mike started looking up the average daily temp of the Outer Banks in March.
Silly, silly Mike.
Anyway, we settled on Puerto Rico by default. It turns out our passports were expired, and Puerto Rico was simply a more affordable vacation than the Florida Keys (who knew?). But what we didn’t realize at the time is how good it was for our boys to experience a different culture, how amazingly family-friendly Puerto Rico is, and how our boys would beg – all year long – to go back. And with days filled with snorkling, jungle hiking, fort exploring, kite flying, and tons of ice cream….can you blame them?
It was also the first time the boys realized that not everyone speaks english. We have friends who speak a ton of different languages (and Raines’ school is pretty diverse), but typically, most people at least try to speak English. Puerto Rico was the first time they boys were confronted with people who didn’t speak English…period. Their little minds were blown! They somehow had associated the English language with being human – like you’re born with it. Expanding their horizons has been one of my greatest joys as a mom, and Puerto Rico was a perfectly easy place to start.
Like any amazing trip, we learned a ton. Keep reading for our favorite places to stay, eat, and play while visiting Puerto Rico with kiddos in tow.