One thing we love to do as a family is travel! My husband's family is from Puerto Rico, so we spend lots of time there, exploring the island and beach hopping. This year, we took the family to the Southwest side of the island, to a small town called Cabo Rojo - where Dre's father was born and raised. We don't usually go for more than 3-4 days, which is just enough time for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of New York. We stayed at Dre's uncle's house (which is sitting on the same land that he grew up on!), which is spacious and comfy - perfect for our family of 4. The best part is that we can go to the grocery store, pick up some fruits and other easy items to have breakfast & cook dinner at home.
We had about 3 days to explore, so our plan was to veg out on the beach for 2 of those days and explore for one. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans, so we ended up with only 1 beach day. Womp womp. That one day, we started off at the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, which is an easy hike up to the southwestern most point of the island. It is incredibly beautiful, and definitely something I recommend to everyone who visits this side of the island. The day was a bit cloudy, but we made the most of it!
After taking a walk through the the Lighthouse, we went down to Playa Sucía and spent the rest of our day relaxing at the beach. It's one of those off-the-beaten-path places where you won't find too many tourists, but worth the extremely bumpy road and 10 minute walk (with beach chairs & cooler) to get to the beach. Beautiful views, soft sand, calm waters that are perfect for kids and inexperienced swimmers, and lots of secluded shaded areas for families to relax.
On our last day, we took a drive to Ponce and spent the day exploring. It reminded me a lot of Old San Juan with its colorful buildings and small town charm.