Okay, it’s been a few days since my last Puerto Rico post, but trust me, I’m no where near done yet! Puerto Rico was such a great trip and I’m having so much fun sharing it with y’all. Today, I’m dedicating the page to the neighborhood where we stayed, Ocean Park.
Ocean Park is a quick Uber ride east from the touristy Old San Juan district. David and I are so glad that we decided to stay here. The streets were quiet and had some great restaurants and boutiques tucked away for us to explore. Plus, Ocean Park is where all the locals that we talked to lived. I felt like I was doing Puerto Rico right. Here are some of my favorite restaurants in the area:
- Kamoli Kafé Butik: This was the first stop for some eats while in Ocean Park, and what a perfect place to get started! Their specialties are acai bowls, juices, and smoothies. Aka, the healthiest place we ate at on our entire trip.
- Panuchos: You know a place is good if you stop there two times on a five day trip. Panuchos has your typical Mexican fare (think Tijuana Flats), with a Puerto Rican twist. We started with fresh made guacamole and ended with flautas. Not too shabby.
- Si No Corro Mi Pizza: This is the one place on my list of recommendations where we didn’t actually eat, but we walked by plenty of times. The place was always full of people and the smells were amazing. What more do you need to know for pizza?
- UVVA: Like the name implies, Ocean Park is a beach front community and I was looking for a place to sit and enjoy the view. UVVA fit the bill! Attached to a beachside hotel, David and I stopped their for a late afternoon snack of Sangria and Tapas. Both were delicious.
- Kasalta: Before we headed to out for our hike in El Yunque Rainforest (don’t worry- blog post coming soon), we grabbed a bite to eat from this very popular bakery/deli. The restaurant has a display of windows that starts with mouthwatering desserts and ends with hot sandwiches. It’s a wonder I only left with the essentials (and a piece of Oreo cheesecake).
Another thing I loved about Ocean Park is the different murals around almost every corner. This hibiscus mural was my favorite and looks just great with my t-shirt dress from ASOS. At under $20 this dress is an absolute steal, but is still easy, breezy, and great quality. It is literally the perfect throw on and go dress. Right now, it’s super low in stock, but I’ve linked up some great options at a similar price point.
While in San Juan, I found a boutique called Con Calma. They carried merchandise from local artists and designers. That’s where I picked up this perfect tote bag from Cabo Cado. They are originally a New England company, but they decided to dip their toe in the Puerto Rico market and I’m so glad they did. Since I’ve been using this bag around St. Pete and at work, I’ve been getting oodles of compliments. Hey Cabo Cado, let me know if you feel like making a print for my city! Secretly tucked away in the pocket of the tote bag, I found a matching postcard that David and I have hung on our wall. Such a nice memento.
If you are heading to San Juan, I highly recommend staying just slightly off the beaten path and hang where the locals live in Ocean Park. I can almost promise, you won’t regret it. If you have any questions, be sure to e-mail me or comment below.
Peace and Love from Florida,
Katie, The Coastal Stylist