I do not know what it is about islands, but there is just something so calming about a piece of land completely surrounded by the ocean. I love the coastline and its salty air – the warm wind and lapping waves crashing against the shore, pulling sand back into it’s depths, and doing it all over again.

Although I do feel like a big city girl at heart, part of me feel so at peace when in tropical places like Puerto Rico. I love carrying sand with me everywhere, getting around in just a pair of flip-flops, and letting the sun dry my hair.

Part of me feels that my life is tied to Berlin – not in some negative against-my-will sort of way, but in a way that just tells me my time in Berlin is not going to be finished for a while. Still I really hope that I get the opportunity to spend some of my life in a place where the distant sound of the ocean replaces the distant sound cars driving by at all hours of the night.

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net
The Beach in Puerto Rico - photographer: Rae Tashman - for lovefromberlin.net

photography by: Rae Tashman

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  • Looks great! I wish it was summer here in The Netherlands already!

    • rae

      Thanks so much! When does the summer usually arrive in The Netherlands?

  • what a stunning beach. love the colors of the horizon, always love a sandy beach getaway! :)

  • Aisha

    What a lovely place :) beautiful photos !! have a nice day x


    • rae

      Thanks, Aisha!

  • Violette

    I wish I could be there right now!! Have a nice day x


    • rae

      Thanks, hope you get to visit one day!

  • missgetaway

    Couldn’t agree more with you. Idk what it is but I always feel so calm and happy when I’m on an island surrounded by nothing but the ocean! The pictures turned out gorgeous – wish I could be there too now!

    Love, Kerstin

    • rae

      Thanks so much, and yes, there really is something special about island living!

  • Wow, this place looks awesome!



    • rae

      It really is!

  • Beautiful shots! I loved visiting Puerto Rico. I want to be there right now!


    • rae

      Thanks Kathrine, and yes, Puerto Rico is such a magical place!

  • Beautiful photos, Rae! I have a strange affinity with any stretch of water, back home in England I make a point of visiting the lake once a week and here in Hong Kong I just adore a pier-side amble when the weather isn’t quite there for a beachy afternoon. I think, even though I certainly thrive at times in the city, it leaves me a little jaded and rolling waves and that point where water meets the sky brings me back to ‘me’. (:

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I think that everyone is drawn to bodies of water for some reason. It must be something very primal for us humans. I totally get what you are saying as well – cities are amazing and I think over time I would get restless if I lived someplace quieter, but it is easy to get jaded when we are just going through the motions of everyday life.

  • Alona Bronstein

    These photos are just so beautiful! Puerto Rico has been on my travel list for so long now. Can’t wait to go there someday :) x Alona


    • rae

      Thanks so much, Alona! i really hope you do get to make it to Puerto Rico soon!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Great pictures, Rae. Perfection! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week.
    Much love, Len

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Len! Hope you are having a great week too!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed this visual diary! Such gorgeous colors! Too bad we don’t have views like this over here in Europe. I don’t know about Berlin but in London it has been grey and moody (but what’s new).
    Enjoy your week Rae!

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this post, and yes it’s too bad, but Europe has so many other amazing things to offer too that I do not think you can compare! Berlin honestly has basically the same weather as London, but for some reason, I feel like in London the overcast skies sort of fit and never get me too down. In Berlin though, a gloomy day can often put a slight damper in my mood.

  • So lovely, I agree I also love walking in the sand and having the sun naturally dry my hair, there is no better than island life. Shame I love in the centre of the UK where it’s cold and so far away from the coast. This is why I like your blog! Have a beautiful day! Gemma x

    • rae

      I totally understand how you feel, living in Berlin. I wish I could just transplant Berlin to the coast!

  • Puerto Rico is lovely! And just by looking at your pictures the ocean made me so calm!


    • rae

      So glad this post spoke to you, Paula!

  • That beach looks awesome! I love to be on beaches. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

    • rae

      No worries! Glad you enjoyed!

  • What a wonderful way to live! Love the photos girlie.

    XO, Jessi

    • rae

      Glad you enjoyed, Jessi!

  • Wow, I think this is where heaven is located..Seriously looks so nice! Wish I was here

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

    • rae

      Hope you get to visit one day, Keri!

  • That beach is beautiful! Since I’ve always lived within a relatively easy reach of a beach, I think I take them for granted.

    • rae

      You are so lucky to have the beach so near. I am sure I would take it for granted too though, if I lived right next door to it!

  • The beach looks so serene…I’d love to take a nap right there! I think even if you feel tied to a certain place, new/other places are just a plane’s ride away ;)

    xo, Alice || a l i c e / T Y P E N U

    • rae

      So true, that is what I love about being in Europe too, it is so easy to travel even over a weekend.

  • sileas

    Beautifully written and photographed! I’m totally with you, I love the tropics and the ocean just as much!


    • rae

      Thanks so much!

  • Nadia

    I couldn’t agree more. There is just that special something about how soothing the ocean is… Mmmm. Can’t wait to go away to an island on holiday. We are currently planning our summer and a few amazing spots are on the lists, including Puerto Rico. Exciting stuff! Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts and this beauty, hon.
    xox Nadia

    • rae

      Agreed! Sounds amazing too – if you do decide to go to Puerto Rico you should def. stay at the Dreamcatcher! And if you do end up staying, do tell them I sent you too (I don’t make any commission or anything, just think it would be great to let them know if any LFBers were so impressed with seeing how beautiful the place was that they ended up wanting to book with them!) What are some of the other locations on your list?

  • im such a beach bum and nothing makes me happier than looking out onto the sea! The pictures are beautiful : ) thank you for checking out my blog btw xx

    • rae

      The beach bum life is the best. <3 Thanks lady!

  • I think beaches have a wonderful soothing and calming effect, tropical or not. I can understand feeling at peace in Puerto Rico. When you’re immersed in natural beauty and water (I LOVE bodies of water), it’s easy to shut out everything else that’s going on and really feel the moment. As always, gorgeous shots here.

    • rae

      Oh yes! There is just something about that hypnotic sound of the ocean, I think! Thanks, Alyse!

  • megsiobhan

    What a gorgeous place! And I ADORE the ocean. Well, to look at and just take my mind off of stuff…not really to go in, especially over here in the UK!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

    • rae

      I love the water to just look at as well, although I do love going in too, but I think the experience of the ocean and what you get out of it is different, depending on if you are in it or just watching it ;) I totally understand what you mean too about the water over in the UK, as I have been to the Baltic Sea a few times but have never gone in as the water is just too cold there!

      • megsiobhan

        Absolutely agree with you that the two experiences are totally different!

  • Puerto Rico seems like a dream. That sunset is so pretty :3 and especially pretty with a palm tree in the picture, hehe. I’d love to visit Puerto Rico in my lifetime.


    • rae

      It really is such a magical place! Thanks, Deasy!

  • I’m the opposite, I like looking ast beaches but I don’t want my cold body in it haha, I’d rather be in the mountains,Awsome photos, great post, great photos,xoxo BING.
    Go get some awesome.

    • rae

      I am a sucker for all nature to be honest, and love mountains as well. Thanks, Bing!

  • What a wonderful and bright sea ♡

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    • rae

      Isn’t it though?!

  • Love that last photo! Psh, a city girl can unapologetically love the beach :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Audrey!

  • I’ve spent most of my life living near the sea and it’s such a peaceful place to be. It’s not quite a tropical paradise beside the sea in Cornwall but I’d love to move abroad and experience living somewhere warm right by the beach!

    Issy | MissIsGoode xox

    • rae

      Oh wow you are so lucky to have grown up by the sea. I would give anything to live by the ocean!

  • Sophie Lee

    Lovely beach, these pics look so peaceful <3

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  • So serene! Great photos! I would love to live near the beach or on an island!!

    Pop over to my blog :)