Thursday, January 17, 2013
Where to Eat and Stay Vegan: Maravilla B&B
Maravilla, run by Margo - a former New Englander turned full time Puerto Rican, is a vegan's paradise. We started our stay at Maravilla at the beach location. Down a scary steep driveway the little yellow house sits perched on the edge of the beach. While the house can be split to accomodate two sets of guests at the same time we were fortunate to have the entire house to ourselves during our stay. All of the meals at Maravilla are prepared by Margo and then packaged, stored and labeled in the fridge, awaiting your leisurely hunger. Lest you think all that sunshine and ocean will let you forget your biological need to eat, Margo prepared the most appetizing meals for our stay:
Carrot Cake Waffels stuffed with chunks of Pineapple
Spicy Tempeh and Lentil Saucettes
Fruit Salad of Mango, Papya and Pineapple
Fresh Gaspacho with Cornbread
Roasted Eggplant Soup
Black Bean Chili with Rice
Fresh Salad from her garden
Chocolate Cake and Sugarfree Oatmeal Cookies
The three of us opted for the Rice and Bean Economy Meal Plan and were so impressed by the quality and quantity of food that we couldn't even have imagined getting one of the more extensive plans. Raw foodies delight too, Margo has a whole selection of delicious offerings for you as well!
Every morning Mom and I would walk the beach looking for treasure. I've never seen so much beach glass in my life. We walked by sprawling resorts that stood mostly empty and enjoyed the quiet breeze and incredibly flat ocean.
Maravilla on the beach is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We left our windows open at night, air-dryed on the sunroof after snorkeling and ate dinner listening to the waves with glasses big of wine.
The house is on the coast of Rincon, about an hour from Isabella which makes for a great day trip. If you fly into San Juan, like we did, I recommend renting a car for the week to get over to Maravilla and explore the real Puerto Rico and feast on tropical fruit.
You can't beat a view like this! All of us would recommend this beach house to travelers - veg and nonveg alike. It's been a few months now since our trip but every so often we all feel a bit nostalgic for our little dream house with the carrot cake waffles.