When Rob first asked me where I wanted to go on my honeymoon, I immediately responded with, "Maldives! Fiji! Paris!" ... I quickly learned that such a trip would be hard to accomplish for a honeymoon. Rob could only take off so many days and a flight to Maldives would require a whole day and a half of travel time. This brings me to my first honeymoon tip: Go somewhere that is easy to get to. You really won't care where you are ... all you'll care about it laying out in the sun and eating bad. San Juan required one easy stop in Atlanta proceeded by a 3.5 hour flight to Puerto Rico.
My first travel observation was noted at 4:25 the morning after our wedding: Life is Expensive! Okay, since when did Delta start charging FIFTEEN dollar per checked bag? I travel a good bit every year and have never encountered such fees as we did on this trip. I heard a rumor about this baggage fee, but I never believed that it would actually happen. Oh yes fellow bloggers, if you intend on bringing a suitcase (which all travelers do) be prepared to pay fifteen dollars for you "excess baggage" ... I love how they call it excess, like you taking a suitcase on a trip is so out of the ordinary? In addition to our suitcase fiasco, we arrived back in Atlanta earlier than anticipated on Saturday afternoon hoping to get on an earlier flight to Memphis. Instead of waiting on our scheduled 3 hour layover, we noticed the exact same Delta flight was leaving for Memphis in 10 minutes... we ran over to the desk to see if the earlier flight was full (it wasn't) and we were told that there were plenty of empty seats on the flight. Great! we thought ... we wouldn't have to sit in the Atlanta airport for three hours. Oh no, don't worry ... it's fee time! To get on the earlier empty flight to Memphis, we would have to pay TWO fifty dollar "Re-booking fees". Um, I don't think so. We decided we would just people watch for three hours (which I love to do in airports). But seriously, 50 dollars just to get on an earlier flight that wasn't full? bogus!
Okay, so all of this rambling brings me to my second honeymoon tip: Be prepared to spend A LOT of money (unless your resort is all-inclusive).
We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria El San Juan, which was a fabulous five star resort that was full of posh decor, lounge music, and a salsa band that provided live entertainment every night. I absolutely loved our hotel.
On the second day as I was lounging in our beachside cabana, my nosey ears honed in on someone talking about how Marc Anthony and J Lo were staying in our hotel. "WHAT!", I screamed to Rob. I took it as a mission to celeb-stalk. I immediately told Rob that we were going to post up in the lobby, because if there were celebrities staying at our hotel they would surely have drivers and black cars would be parked outside our hotel. We rushed to the lobby only to find no cars in our hotel drive. Dissapointed, I insisted that we sit around for a bit to take in the surroundings and see if I noticed anything suspect with the hotel workers indicating that a celebrity was there. I noticed an unusual short man sitting in the couches by the doors. He was holding a VERY expensive camera and was constantly checking his cell-phone. Instantly, I thought "PUERTO-RICAN PAPARAZZI!!!!!". I followed the little man to another couch near the entrance to our hotel. He started to look excited and got up and ran out the door. I snapped at Rob to "GET YOUR CAMERA READY" and what did I see? Well, first I saw a caravan of black escalades roll up to our hotel... and then MARC ANTHONY AND ENTOURAGE walking into our hotel. This man travels with a pack ... he must have had at least 20 people with him. Let me tell you, I have trained my husband to be a paparazzo, because without instruction, Rob walks right up to Marc Anthony and SNAPS a picture right in his face. Sidenote: I got Rob a Cannon DSLR Rebel for a wedding gift, so naturally, he looks like a paparazzi with a camera like that. Marc and his entourage all gave strange looks to Rob ... that, my friends, is how we became the Marc Anthony stalkers on our honeymoon. From that point on, I swear, we saw Marc & Co at least 10 times in our hotel and they always gave us weird looks (probably because they thought rob was a pap). I personally did not see J Lo even though I heard several people say that she was there as well. I was hoping to see her and proclaim my love for her acting career (Maid in Manhattan, THE WEDDING PLANNER, Enough) ... yes, I am a sucker for awful movies.
Third honeymoon tip: Pray that you see a celebrity ... it was fun!
Okay, back to the second tip about money ... luckily we had several people that gave us "honeymoon spending money" and good thing we did ... our dinners were about 150 + each night. Also, we got a grand idea to get a "Couples massage" one day. Not so much ... it ended up being 300 dollars and honestly, it wasn't that great.
Okay, I am sorry this post rambled A LOT, but I just knew that you all would be excited for my Marc Anthony story ...
NOW ON TO THE PICTURES!
Our poolside cabana:
A portion of our hotel:
Hotel Lobby and blue bar:
Marc Anthony Pap Shot:
Outfit Shot (Ellen & Ollie Dress, Cynthia Vincent wedges, Chanel purse):
Rob and Mojito:
Dancing to the 24/7 techno music in our hotel:
El Morro and Old San Juan:
Bacardi Rum Factory Tour:
Dinner one night:
Beach shot (I'm not sure why I look so pale in this picture, I was actually sunburnt):