A Day in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a beautiful island in the Caribbean. A place where you don’t need a passport to get in because it's US territory. Here is how an amazing day in San Juan, Puerto Rico would look like.
Old San Juan
Old San Juan is the heart of the island. It's where the governor’s home is located, and it's full of history. The architecture of the buildings is colonial and like those seen in Spain. There is always something going on in Old San Juan. This also the main port for cruises so if you are there on a Saturday you will be able to enjoy the cruises, and there are a lot of them! If you happen to be on a cruise and have a few hours to explore these places be my guest! Click here for more ideas and a guide to things to do in Old San Juan.
To the Castle
One my favorite places in the island is Old San Juan. It's an old world charm! It has a lot of things you can do. Starting with visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro. This castle was built in the sixteen-century to defend the port against pirates. You will be walking in over five hundred years of history! You could also take the time to visit Fort San Cristobal which was built with the purpose to defend in case of an attack by land. Both are rich in history and are well maintained. You pay $5 to have access to both places. A lot of children fly kites in Castillo San Felipe del Morro. If your kids are interested, you can find some in the shops around the city.
You can enjoy a great time with your family in Balneario El Escambron. This is a beautiful and tranquil beach you can enjoy with your family. There is a parking fee of $6. We have a lot of beaches in Puerto Rico, but none compare to this one. My advice is to be careful about tourist it's safer to go to places already designated bathing. If you do find a beach, you can make use of it and enjoy it but be mindful that it might not be safe. Locals know which areas are safe and which aren’t, ask.
I love food, and the Puerto Rican food is the best! In Old San Juan there are a few places I truly enjoy. One of them is the legendary La Bombonera it's a breakfast and brunch bakery and restaurant.It’s been open for more than a hundred years, and it recently went through a renovation and a reopening in 2016. I recommend you try a Mallorca Sandwich or the traditional one with just butter. You will thank me later.For authentic Puerto Rican food there is also the Restaurant Café Puerto Rico. Try their famous Mofongo Relleno de Mariscos (Plantain mashed stuffed with Sea Food).An excellent Italian restaurant is II Bacaro Venezia, the food is fantastic and is a very cozy atmosphere. The staff is amazing.These are just a few of my favorites. Here is a list by Trip Advisor of the 10 Best Restaurants in San Juan so you can have a few more options. This is just a day in San Juan, and it's filled with many ideas and things to do. Be sure to stop by the visitor center in Old San Juan to get city maps and things that might interest you. As I said, Old San Juan has everything! You can even get Salsa lessons! I hope you visit Puerto Rico and enjoy its culture and warmth.SaveSaveSaveSave