Como estas! That’s all the Spanish I could learn in my two days in San Juan. This beautiful old town is only 3.5hrs on a direct flight from New York City. I went from gloomy to sunshine in paradise real quick. Soon after dropping my luggage at the hotel I “ubered “over to Old San Juan for lunch at Cafe Puerto Rico where I had a delicious mofongo and Pina Colada cocktails obviously.
I also made a visit at Castillo San Cristobal, which was built in the 18th century by Spain and used during the Spanish-American war. It’s a huge fort with a lot of creepy tunnels underneath but ooh so worth the visit. So much history inside and beautiful views of old town and shoreline from the top.
And what would a visit to Puerto Rico be without hiking the famous El Yunque (pronounced ‘El Junkay’) rainforest? I had to go. It is a beautiful ride up the mountain through lush jungle, the rich perfume of the tropical flora wafting through the bus as we admired sweeping views of El Yunque. The tour bus dropped us at the beginning of the trail for an easy 30 minute hike to the beautiful La Mina Falls. I was a bit wiped out at the end of the day only because when you use a tour company, there is a lot of stopping and waiting. I would recommend renting a car and driving up the forest by yourself. I don’t drive so my choices were limited.
The night life can be good here as well. We didn’t explore that much except for a rooftop dinner in old San Juan and drinks at La Factoria. But according to some of our friends and our uber driver you really can’t go wrong with La Placita, if you want to experience San Juan nightlife at its best.
After two days in San Juan, we were ready to hop to the next Island :). See the next post.