How to Enjoy San Juan, Puerto Rico

dbvirago By dbvirago, 21st Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a short piece on enjoying the beauty of San Juan, Puerto Rico

How to Enjoy San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and has a population of around half a million. It is a major shipping port and a hub for tourism for the rest of the island. San Juan enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures and rain year round. The city has two airports, a large international airport, and a smaller regional airport. It also is the fourth busiest port in the western hemisphere and often hosts many cruise ships at once. It is second only to Miami in cruise ship volume.

The main tourist destination in San Juan is Old San Juan. Old San Juan consists of many narrow cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants and is reminiscent of streets in Europe. Surrounding this area of the city are massive stone walls and old defensive structures. In addition to these fortifications, there are two large forts on the corners of the area, Fort San Felipe del Morro, and Fort San Cristobal.

There are many other old and beautiful buildings in this part of the city, including the San Jose Church and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Every way you turn in this old part of the city you are greeted with historic buildings and landmarks. It is frequently crowded as the busy cruise ship port is located on the edge of Old San Juan. For a quiet rest from walking the hilly streets, try the Plaza del Qunto Centenario for a nice lunch or just for people watching. If you have made it to the top of the hills to tour the forts and need a rest, Munoz Rivera Park is a beautiful place to rest with landscaped gardens and trees to give you some shade from the tropical sun.

San Juan is a beautiful and historic travel destination.

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Caribbean, Puerto Rico, San Juan

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I am a writer and photographer living in Atlanta Georgia. My personal expertise includes construction, photography, computers and travel. I can be reached at darryl@brooksimages for any writing needs

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