// There is something fresh and crisp about the first hours of a Caribbean day, a happy anticipation that something is about to happen, maybe just up the street or around the next corner // Hunter S Thompson, Rum Diary
A sentiment that rang true on my recent trip to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. It’s a place that you still feel like you’re in on the secret of the magic happening there, before the rest of the world finds out how special it really is. Rough around the edges, but still refined. Unspoiled, local beaches paired with a Brooklyn-before-it-was-Brooklyn vibe in San Juan. Fresh coco frios, custom designed Panama hats at Ole, sipping mojitos at the famous Condado Vanderbilt, salsa music playing at a beach birthday picnic in Luquillo, the palpable wetness of the air at El Yunque rainforest, and sweet love notes carved into bamboo stalks – all on this special little island in the sun.