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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!
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.
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.
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