Amazing honeymoon start in Condado and the best hotel in San Juan
If you’ve never gone paddleboarding or kayaking, make sure to put it on your bucket list and if possible, do it in Condado! My husband and I were completely spoiled during our honeymoon stay in the best luxury hotel in Puerto Rico, Condado Vanderbilt, and got to experience Puerto Rico in its entire water sports splendor.
We are very physically active people, so we wanted to stay in a place we could relax and at the same time, experience outdoor activities. Which is why we chose not to do the traditional “all-inclusive Puerto Rico” and stay in a place where we could go out and not be tempted to just stay in. We’ve never gone paddleboarding before, and driving to Old San Juan we noticed all the paddleboards in the Condado Lagoon.
There were several places where we could rent the paddleboard, so we chose the first one we saw. All of them seemed pretty busy so we figured they were all the same. We were warmly greeted and given the basics on how to paddleboard. The water was calm and it was 9am, so the sun wasn’t too hard on us. We both fell in the water a couple of times when trying to stand up on the board, but once we got the hang of it, it was pretty smooth!
When I started going on the paddleboard it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The 360 view of the water, the friendly fellow paddleboarders around us, the peacefulness of the lagoon… I get chills thinking about it. It wasn’t that physically challenging for us, but by the end of the two-hour session we took a break to later resume the day with a kayak rental.
We were able to explore more water with the kayak and it was cozier since both of us went in the same one, as opposed to the paddleboard (one for each). In summary, it was a really physical and fun day, exactly what we wanted.
Our night ended with an unmatched dinner experience at the Vanderbilt’s signature restaurant, 1919. We chose the 4-course fix priced dinner, $80 per person and it was worth every penny. Side note: This is the best hotel in San Juan, but I digress, back to the cuisine.
We ordered the Chayote Salad and Grilled Asparagus Salad as appetizers. It was delightful to taste the crunch of the Asparagus without the bitterness. The second courses we chose were Corn Soup and Ricotta Ravioli. The ravioli were submerged with goat cheese, and oh God, my mouth was in pure ecstasy. As my main entree I ordered the Salmon Confit – the most delicate and soft salmon I’ve ever tasted.
Throughout our entire dinner they kept bringing us different types of homemade bread that were all terrific. Our meal ended with an exquisite Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart and a selection of Ice Cream & Sorbet. It was the perfect start to our weeklong honeymoon trip to Puerto Rico.