This was our second time traveling to PR. We absolutely love it there. Our itinerary both times was arriving to Old San Juan, then flying to the island of Vieques and then back to Old SJ. Only 3.5 hours away from New York and still a U.S. territory, this place is a Caribbean gem. SJ is beautiful and has a very relaxing pace. Not slow, just relaxing. The island of Vieques is breathtaking – an eye candy. The La-La land.
Isla de Vieques is an island with many gorgeous beaches, breathtaking views, snorkeling and fishing areas and the famous Bio-Bay. For these reasons, the island is gradually becoming a main attraction for Puerto Rico visitors. But few know that it is also a former Navy land and now a National Wildlife Refuge. Abundant in population of wild horses and birds and adorned with lush exotic trees and flowers, the island is a true beauty.
I was hoarding this little post, sorry. I think the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most beautiful, calm, and underrated places in Brooklyn. The tourists (thankfully) rarely make it there, although they are also missing out on the wonderful Brooklyn Museum nearby. I love visiting the garden when it rains because there is barely anyone there and you can see all of its beauty in black, white, and grey tones. You can breathe nature and make it through the garden in slow pace and in peace. You enjoy gazing at Magnolias, Orchids, Rhododendrons, Tulips, Roses, Lotus, Peonies, Water-Lilies and so much more. The Japanese garden really brings out the vivid colors during sunny days and stands still in gloom during moody ones. It is enchanting and playful to the eye to see large, colorful fish swimming around in the pond and small turtles hiding behind the rocks from the lazy eyes. It is a heavenly place for people who love nature and who are crafty with their cameras. The lily pool terrace is magnificent when colorful tulips are in bloom. Of course if you can make it to see the Cherry Blossoms, you should. If you need to think about something, pick a rainy weekday and go make amends with your brain.