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You might have gotten a clue from my January 27th post that I was in warm weather for a week.  I was  on the west coast of Puerto Rico, near Rincon.  This area is much more country and villages than San Juan and the east.  We stayed at Parador Villa Antonio,  a lovely, low-key mini-resort where I fulfilled my fantasy of warm breezes, just a few feet from the Caribbean Sea’s gently lapping wavelets, and the occasional rum-and-tonic.  Yaaaay!

Parador Villa Antonio

I stood at the water’s edge for the above shot, and our villa is at the right.  A parador is a small private hotel that is licensed under a government program created to provide travelers with these exotic locations in Puerto Rico.  Paradores are small, cozy, and the service is very personalized to each guest.  Villa Antonio had a tennis court and a swimming pool; restaurants and beach bars were comfortably available with a short walk down the beach in either direction.

The beach at Parador Villa Antonio.


Driving in the area with its narrow and winding roads was ….. interesting, but we did travel here and there for lunches overlooking other beaches.  One such spot was the Horned Dorset Inn, listed in “1000 Places to See Before You Die.”  The lunch, service, and view were lovely, and my home equity loan handled the bill just fine.

The Horned Dorset Inn


These lovely water lilies were in a sculptured pond at the Horned Dorset.

A peaceful, end-of the-day scene from our porch.


Guests at the Villa gathered at sunset every night to  celebrate another snowless day, and to watch for the green flash which we did spot one night.  The picture below is typical of the beauty we saw every night.

A few more images from the week are on one of my gallery pages.  Click here.

I was exercizing a new camera this week which includes video capability.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t tripod mounted but I wanted to be able to see and hear the early morning beach again.  For about 40″ of the beach at dawn click on the arrow below



  1. Larry Peacock Says:

    Ralph, thanks for sharing those great pictures with me….I think. Hard to go back to the prospect of scraping ice for the next three days. As always, I enjoy experiencing your adventures vicariously through your photos. Keep’em coming.

  2. Ken Klaus Says:


    Thanks for the brief respite – and free travel advice. I wasn’t aware of these Gov’t subsidized villas.

    I’m sure Mr. Obama would approve of the use our tax dollars in the same fashion, no? 😉

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Ken, I don’t think they’re subsidized, per se, although they only have to charge 7% room tax vs. 10% for regular hotels. For that tax edge they take the risk of operating in areas that might not draw a major tourist crowd, and “some” oversight by the government.

  3. Sue Says:


    I LOVE your life!
    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Marie Judge Says:

    Well now that you’ve “been there and done that” what exciting activities do you have planned for Groundhog Day? Quoting George Santayana, “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with Spring.” But what did he know?

  5. Sally Vennel Says:

    Hi Ralph – You should be well rested and warm, while we wakened to -20 degrees for the 2nd day in a row. Too cold for us to ski, but we play bridge today (and a spinning class first) so we’ll be warm too. It is beautiful here, but I am anxiously waiting for for this freeze to break. I have been in that area of Puerto Rico years ago when my sister and family were stationed there. Nice to see it again.
    Where to next?? Sally

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