As of today, almost three weeks after Hurricane Maria, only 9% of citizens have electricity, and only about half of them have access to drinking water. These people are bathing in the streets, living in the dark, and are without the most basic necessities.. that continues to blow my mind. We visited in January and I've been recognizing a lot of the names of towns and beaches on the news, restaurants we went to and houses we walked past are destroyed. We stayed in an amazing little bed and breakfast near the rain forest and the pictures of their damage breaks my heart. I just haven't been able to stop thinking about this beautiful place and I want to help in any way I can.
I'll be donating 100% of the proceeds from my slightly imperfect enamel pin sales for the next few weeks to Save the Children, who are on the island and providing much needed relief to children and their families. (Slightly imperfect pins means there might be a little air bubble here and there, things you can barely see but are cause for a discount.) You can purchase pins and donate to PR from my shop here.
Normally this would be in the same "Go Here" format as my other travel posts, where I list our favorite places to eat and things to do. But in this case I just want to post these pictures to remember what a beautiful place it was, and hopefully will be again one day.
At El Yunque Rainforest, the main waterfall La Mina was super crowded. We went across the street and found Juan Diego falls, aka the secret falls, and we had the place to ourselves. It was beautiful.
This is the magical little bed and breakfast, El Escondido Guesthouse, that we stayed at. (Before the hurricane on the left, after the hurricane on the right)
Mofongo. So good.
Ocean Park beach, right down the street from our Airbnb. (link here, pictured below)
Day trip to Culebrita, the most perfect little beach I've ever seen.
Old San Juan charm.