Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

by Roni

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I was in San Juan, Puerto Rico a couple of summers ago and I really enjoyed the beautiful buildings in Old San Juan. I wasn’t staying there, I was about 15 minutes east right on the beach. Old San Juan is accessible by public bus but the bus system isn’t reliable so I wouldn’t count on that. I was there with my family and we rented cars which was a great way to see the city.

 

I spent couple of hours wandering through the streets of Old San Juan. It’s a charming city, dating back to the early 1500′s. It was very clean and the people are incredibly nice. I was standing in the middle of a street trying to take a picture and a man gently took my arm and led me to the curb. There was a truck backing up that I didn’t see and he kindly got me out of the way. And as I was standing on the curb taking the pic, a couple in a truck pulled up beside me and asked if I was having fun. I told them I was enjoying their city and we chit chatted for a bit and they waved and moved on. People are open and lovely, and it makes the heat totally bearable.

Old San Juan isn’t where I would recommend you stay while in Puerto Rico, it’s a great place to visit but I think staying by the beach is much better.  If you do make your way to Puerto Rico, be sure to make your way into Old San Juan, it’s beautiful.

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There is a trolley that is free to ride that takes you from the visitors center to the main sights you want to see, as the city is a bit hilly so if you don’t want to navigate the few steeps hills they have, you can hop in the trolley.

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Have you been to San Juan? What’s the oldest city you have visited?

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Luis January 24, 2014 - 9:51 am

Been to San Juan and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic which is the oldest city in the Americas. The people in both cities are extremely friendly.

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