When Blogger Son #2 told me that he and his family were renting a house in Puerto Rico I was very happy for them and a little envious that I wasn’t going along – after all, who doesn’t love a little spring breaking? I must have said something to Blogger Daughter who, a few weeks later announced that she and her family were also going to Puerto Rico and would I like to come with them. Would I – what a silly question.
Blogger Son had rented a home through Home Away right on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico which is on the northwestern coast of the island. Blogger Daughter was able to rent one a few doors down. Being with two of my three children, three of my four grandchildren plus son’s mother-in-law (who I really like to spend time with), her husband and their 14 year old nephew – it sounded like this was going to be a fantastic family trip.
How We Got There
We were able to find tickets on US Airways for about $300 roundtrip from Richmond, VA to San Juan via Philly. We were all going to be on the same plane from Richmond to Philly but then Blogger Son and his family were scheduled to take an earlier flight from Philly to San Juan than we were. We just didn’t feel comfortable with a 45 minute connection and traveling with a 10 month old. We all arrived at the Richmond Airport at 6:30 AM to find that our flight to Philly would be late…. late enough that we would miss our connecting flight to San Juan. They quickly rerouted us through Charlotte, which just made more sense to us anyway. The problem was that the flight was leaving in about 25 minutes but they didn’t want to load our luggage since we had less than their required 30 minutes. Son was able to get on just fine but they gave us some difficulty. I mentioned to the agent that we were all together – all eleven of us. I think that did it because before you knew it, a supervisor okayed it. I was disappointed that we didn’t receive an email, text message, tweet or smoke signal letting us know of the situation. We could have arrived earlier, reserved our seats or have them protect us on this earlier flight to Charlotte. Disappointed in US Airways.
We, and at least 3 others including one in a wheel chair, raced to security and made the flight just fine. We all breathed a sigh of relief as we got settled into our seats. Once in Charlotte we found that we had about an hour connection before our flight. That gave those of us who didn’t get the boarding passes in Richmond time to get them. All the time we took when we booked the seats to get the seats where we wanted and with whom went out the window. We were just glad to get seats.
All the kids were good on the flight and it was a faster flight since we were now on a much larger airplane. There was a time when we had some turbulence. Two in our group were in the aisles changing seats and the flights attendants told them to sit in the aisle and to hold on. It was really rocking – going up and down and side to side. After about 7 minutes it was over and was smooth sailing the rest of the way to San Juan.
After getting our luggage (mine was easy to spot with the decorative duct tape) and picking up the rental car, we were on our way. Our first stop was Fort Buchanan so I could stock up on groceries at the Commissary. If you travel with any active duty or retired duty military personnel, I always advise stopping off at a military installation to get groceries, liquor/beer/wine or discounted tickets to local events. The base is about 15 minutes from the airport and was on our way to Rincon.
Rincon is about 2 1/2 hours from San Juan and there is a closer airport to it, Aguadilla, which US Airways doesn’t fly into. I understand that Jet Blue does and so does United though after a quick look, it seems like all the United flights arrive at 1:30 AM.
Next up, our homes on the beach.