A Day in Old San Juan

If you are like me, you didn’t know that Puerto Rico’s capital of San Juan was an island. In fact, the only ways to get there are to go over a bridge or take a ferry. The ferry only costs 50 cents and helps to avoid traffic on the small island, so we took that route this time. It was a long day of walking but the views were well worth it!

Out beyond the sea is the beautiful island city of San Juan.

Walking through the city it felt like I was in a tropical version of Charleston, SC with the colorful homes, narrow streets, humidity, and coast.

Castillo/Fuerte San Felipe del Morro

My favorite part of the day was walking around the Fort of San Felipe del Morro. We weren’t able to go inside this fort, but the views were incredible. The forts were created by the Spanish to help protect them from potential threats that came by boat.

Note to self: bring a kite next time I visit Old San Juan!
The view from the castle to the fort (the structure in the top left corner).

The view from the castle to the cemetery and coast.

Castilla de San Cristobal

I so many pictures here, but we were lucky enough to go in and watch a movie that gave us a good background story that starts with the Spaniards taking over the island. I will write more about it in the future so stay tuned.

The Spanish vice royalties flag (Cross of Burgundy), the Puerto Rican flag, and the American flag.

Fortaleza Street

Ellie, Madgda, y yo.
Shameless selfie under the umbrellas.

Other fun things about PR I learned while in San Juan:

  • Wendy’s Frosties come in the flavors of Strawberry, Nutella, Dulce de Leche, and Coquito (Puerto Rican egg nog).
  • Jimmy Fallon, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Bad Bunny were in Old San Juan at the same time as us and we missed them!
  • Mofongo is a big deal here. I haven’t eaten it yet, but it is basically a fried plantain made into a bowl with meat in the middle. I cannot wait to try it.
Christopher Columbus.
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