Balneario El Escambron may not be a very big beach on the outskirts of Old San Juan, but it’s quite beautiful sight. Technically located in the Puerta de Tierra section of San Juan, this beach offers clear waters, a bit of shade, and lovely sand. I just love how the coral reef off the shore keeps the waters calm so if I had had the hankering for swimming I could have done so without worrying about being swept out into the ocean! In any case, my favorite part of the beach was the east side, which was particularly rocky then led up to a grassy hill and old military ruins beyond that.

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A San Juan photo adventure:

While in San Juan, I realized that I really wanted to go to the beach. I had just come from quite a few days of lounging on beaches on Vieques island, but I wanted to see some beaches on mainland Puerto Rico, too. I decided to walk toward Balneario El Escambron even though it was a little bit of trek along the northern coast of San Juan. In the end, I’m glad I walked it because it game me a chance to see so many neat street arts and to just feel the ocean breeze without even stepping foot on the beach yet. Besides, who doesn’t love happening upon random plazas and ruins while on the way to the beach?!?

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A San Juan photo adventure:

We went to the beach. I know, you’re thinking, wow this class goes on a lot of field trips. This is true. Most of these, however, are with other classes, which means my class generally goes along with what the general education classes have already planned. This time was different though. My class, we planned our own trip this time. Well, let’s be honest, the only planning I did was deciding was putting in a field trip request form and then deciding that we were going to take the MUNI city bus all the way to the ocean and then getting off there. What we were going to do once we got out there, that was entirely up in the air.

It turned out pretty amazing though. The students loved looking for sand dollars and drawing in the sand. they loved making strange forts and houses with the sticks. And they loved piling the sand into what they called volcanoes. Of course our ghetto school lunch picnic was also the bomb. What a great day!

A beachy photo adventure:

Vieques is a small island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. I was there the first half of my recent solo Puerto Rico trip!

On my way back to the mainland (Puerto Rico) from Vieques, I got to spend a few hours in Isabela Segunda (the capital of Vieques). Most people skip through this small town just because it seems like it’s just a transfer spot between for the ferry from Fajardo to Vieques. When in fact, there are some neat things to see in Isabela Segunda too, like random horses along the side of the road, beautiful waters and a hill above the ocean which allows for some great views. Bye, bye Viques!

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A Vieques photo adventure: