Boat Life People & Culture Puerto Rico Yoga

San Juan: In Puerto Rico
with friends

Written by Renato Matiolli

This week was about meeting old friends, shopping and resupplying the boat. Nevertheless we found time for SUP yoga class and get to know old town San Juan, as well as make new friends.

After the surfing in Culebrita we sailed west to the capital, San Juan. The arrival is beautiful and you see the old city on the top of the cliff. Unfortunately the wind started to pick up at this point, we were really enjoying out sail and ended up taking way too long to close our gennaker, and when we did, the sail didn’t close very well, forming a bag of air at the top. We had to bring it down in a hurry, both pulling like crazy and screaming at each other, trying not to let the sail just blow away. We made quite a mess. Luckily we managed to bring it down, even though it was all badly rolled up, half of it hanging loose, but we were safe, the gennaker was safe back on the boat, and we entered the harbor unscratched. This was definitely another big lesson learned.

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As soon as we got to San Juan we met some great friends of Sarah’s from her old job: Tiago, Mariana and their super sweet son, Lua. Tiago and Marina are a super cool couple, they have lived all over the world (including a 2 year stunt in China!) and are full of funny stories and could not be more welcoming! We had a great time with them, they really took care of us during our week in the capital, showed us around old town San Juan, invited us to their house several times, and even gave us a “Welcome Package” which included use of their kick ass Mini Cooper for the week, an ipad with wifi (meaning we had GPS!) and use of their CostCo card! Could we be any happier?! They also insisted we (including Feijão) slept at their house, but Feijão being so clumsy and all, we didn’t think it was a very good idea.

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On our fist day in town Tiago invited us to spend the day at the amazing St. Regis Bahia Beach, a beautiful beach-side resort. Sarah had her princess day and we really enjoyed our time with unlimited use of fresh water and a swimming pool! Ahhhhh

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By the way, this is also where we had our brand new ISLE stand up paddle board, versa model, shipped to! How cool is a SUP on top of a Mini Cooper? We cant wait to get it on the water!

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Well, since we had the car, we used our time in San Juan to get a lot of things done, we managed to buy a lot of spare parts for the boat, general “house stuff” and also stock up on food supply. Since this is America, they have a CostCo here, a true full-blown American Experience! For those who don’t know CostCo is like a huge supermarket that sells in bulk at very reasonable prices. It is amazing the amount of stuff one can buy there for a descent price. We don’t know how we managed to fit everything into the Mini Cooper.

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Amongst other things we bought at CostCo, Sarah made us buy blood pressure monitor. So now we know that we all don’t have high or low-pressure issues… including laid-back Feijão.

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A few days before we left San Juan we met Oscar, who lives in a yacht at the marina. He is amongst other stuff an yoga master and invited us to a sunset SUP yoga class in the Condado lagoon (colocar link para site dele). It was the most amazing yoga session we ever had. We were in the middle of the city, yet surrounded by water including turtles, rays and manatees. It felt like we were in another planet. We drifted from the beginning of the session until the end and finished up with Oscar singing and echoing under the peacefulness and protection of the lagoon bridge. WOW!

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Our next stop is Rincon and we are expecting great surfing there but we want to stop at Arecibo first, which is half way between San Juan and Rincon to rest.

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