First Time to Puerto Rico: 5 Essential Day Trips

Puerto Rico Daytrips

If you are like me, you like to plan ahead, especially if you’re a visiting a place for the very first time. Here in Puerto Rico there are a lot of things to see and do especially if you are willing to explore beyond the San Juan metro area, and for those visiting the island for the first time, deciding what are the ‘must sees’ can be a little overwhelming. … [Read more...]

San Cristobal Fort, Old San Juan

San Cristobal Fort Old San Juan

San Cristobal Fort is the largest Spanish fortification in the New World and along with El Morro Fort it forms the center pieces to the extensive fortifications that have protected Old San Juan for hundreds of years. Built in 1664, San Cristobal Fort covers some 27 acres of land and was constructed to protect San Juan from land attack and it is the first fort that you will … [Read more...]

El Morro Fort Old San Juan

el morro fort old san juan

Located on the headland overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay, El Morro Fort (Castillo San Felipe del Morro) was built to protect the city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. For those of you arriving by sea today, you can see just why this imposing fortress commanded the respect of those that attempted to defeat it. … [Read more...]

La Bombonera Old San Juan

la bombonera old san juan

La Bombonera in Old San Juan has been around for over 100 years, today it’s still one of the most popular places with locals and visitors to grab a quick snack or a hearty meal. Famous for its Mallorcas; a buttery bread that is grilled and sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with your choice of ham, egg, and cheese, or even plain. … [Read more...]

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Yes, It’s old and yes some areas are in need of some tender love and care, but without a shadow of a doubt Old San Juan is a MUST SEE for any one visiting Puerto Rico. Old San Juan offers something for everyone: Awesome views, beautiful architecture and sculptures, historical sites, museums, plazas (great for people watching), restaurants for all tastes, bars and nightclubs … [Read more...]

Escambron Beach San Juan

escambron beach san juan

Balneario El Escambron (Escambron Beach) is the closest beach to Old San Juan, at the Third Millennium Park , just to the west of the Normandie Hotel (and Caribe Hilton). The beach is within easy walking distance of the Normandie and Carib Hilton hotels, though from Old San Juan I'd recommend taking the local bus or a taxi. The beach is crescent shaped with calm waters … [Read more...]

2009 San Sebastian Street Festival Jan 15 – 18

san sebastian street festival

This years Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian (San Sebastian Street Festival) takes place from Thursday Jan 15 until Sunday Jan 18. As usual Old San Juan and in particular Calle de San Sebastian will be rocking to this annual street party. Daytime hours will see parades of locals wearing traditional Puerto Rican masks (vejigantes). As the sun sets the parades morph into one … [Read more...]