San Juan, Puerto Rico
While you are in Puerto Rico, the capital
city of San Juan is a must to explore with so many hidden treasures
to be found here. Not only is this city the economic hub of the
country, but it is also the heart and soul of Puerto Rico. Here
you can find many beautiful modern buildings, several art galleries,
old colonial architecture, museums and some of the best nightlife
to experience in the Caribbean.
For the more modern San Juan head to the beaches of Isla Verde,
Ocean Park and Condado, where you will find sleek tall buildings,
condos and modern high-rises. However, this city’s crown jewel
is Old San Juan with its cobblestone streets, colorful houses, wrought-iron
balconies and lovely courtyards. A walk through this area is like
taking a step back in time to an old colonial Spanish city. Here
life moves at a slow but steady pace with a calm and laid back feel.
Old San Juan offers plenty for tourists to enjoy from restaurants
and bars, to numerous clubs and lots of shopping.
There are also some museums located here. Old San Juan is the tourist
center of the city and is probably the most visually appealing area
of the capital.
If you enjoy flashy buildings and hotels head to Condado, while the areas of
Miramar and Santurce are home to more middle class families. Ocean
Park is a posh private community, with Isla Verde offering an excellent
selection of hotels and casinos to enjoy out here. One area of San
Juan to avoid is La Perla, which lies north of Old San Juan. This
poor neighborhood is not a safe part of town.
For tourists and visitors, some of the best sights in the city can be found
in Old San Juan. La Casita offers some good shopping with its weekend
craft market, while if you are looking for some history to enjoy,
visit the El Arsenal, a former Spanish
naval station, which today is home to the institute of fine and
La Princesa is another beautiful art gallery to visit, while the Museo de las Americas at the Fort San Felipe Del Morrow are both excellent places to tour as well. In this part of the city you will also find the oldest executive mansion in use in the western hemisphere. La Fortaleza or The Fortress has been in use since 1533. The Museo de Art de Puerto Rico and the Museo de Oller are superb museums in the city also worth visiting along with the many beautiful churches found here including the Iglesia de San Jose and the Catedral de San Juan.