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Postcards from Puerto Rico

Thursday, February 2, 2017
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Years ago, I remember the Puerto Rican Tourism Company running an ad campaign with the slogan “You’re Not Dreaming. You’re in Puerto Rico.” With New York City blanketed in clouds for the foreseeable future, I’d like to go back to my dreams. In September, I headed south for a long weekend at El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria property located in Fajardo. The getaway is on the eastern tip of Puerto Rico, set atop a 300-foot bluff that overlooks the converging waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. With 23 restaurants, bars and lounges, an on-site water park, and access to tropical sports, El Conquistador is true to its tagline—#ItsAlwaysSummerAtElCon.

Time to Escape

Puerto Rico boasts crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Las Casitas Village

Las Casitas Village is El Conquistador’s private escape, offering individual rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Amenities include a 24-hour butler, as well as a personalized grocery service, vacation planning and private check-in.

Let It Rain!

The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S.’s national forest system. El Conquistador provided our group with a guided tour, where we explored the lush landscape. Covering 29,000 acres, the park is one of the smallest in the forest system, but we spent hours meandering along the trails, and even jumped into a waterfall to cool off!


Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of my all-time favorite activities. It’s a total body workout that strengthens your core muscles. I was so pumped to see that you could rent stand up paddleboards at Palamino Island, El Conquistador’s private island offering water sports and an on-site café. I spent a few hours just paddling around the blue Caribbean waters. I SUP a lot—even in New York City!—so when my mom wanted to try, I hooked us together using the leash so that she could enjoy all the benefits of being on the water without worrying about drifting off!

Pool Time

If salt water’s not your thing, El Conquistador has you covered on the pool front. In addition to a lap pool—perfect for keeping your beach bod in tip-top shape!—the resort features a pool with a swim-up bar. Now that’s true vacation living. 


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