This is the colonial part San Juan. It's walled and colourful, and the ground is covered with cobblestones. It's worth walking along the Paseo de la Princesa, on Fortaleza Street and Parque de las Palomas, among other things. You can also go to the outlets between these streets to purchase good American brands at very good prices.
This gorgeous place is at the end of the El Morro peninsula in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. In fact, it's Puerto Rico's National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by Spanish. It's very well preserved. It has many levels, which means there are many stairs to go up, and you can take them to see everthing, but you'll need no less than three hours. Before the entrance there is an esplanade that was the scene of a great battle with the English. It has been invaded several times, but always without success. You can reach the gate of the fort with the little train that runs through the city.
I loved Old San Juan. I can remember the castle with its cannons and the streets with their colourful houses. It's a nice place. The only thing I didn't like was a dish that a restaurant (whose name I don't remember) recommended. It was like a lobster stew. Uggg!! I didn't like it at all.
Flamenco Beach is beautiful and quiet, and it has an area where you can camp with your family and friends, the water is clear, a unique transparency, with its white sand /pink sand. It is a must visit, if you decide to walk around the beach you will see 2 tanks left there when the Navy was in Culebra
The only Tropical Rain Forest that forms part of the Federal Forest Service. There is an extensive system of forest trails (many start on Rt 191, between the 8.6 and 13.4 kilometer markers). The Portal is the visitors center (open daily from 9am-5pm). It offers 3 interpretive pavilions, a theater, a library and a nature trail. You can reach the La Mina waterfall on the Big Tree Trail (Kilometer 10.4) or La Mina Trail (Kilometer 12.2). The Yokahu Tower and La Coca Falls are a must-see. The recreational areas have picnic areas that are covered, restrooms and trails. Guided tours are available. From on top of El Yunque there are spectacular views of the forest and the east coast of the island.
The Former Park of Pumps has the distinct honor of being located right in the city center, next to the cathedral, is the building, with its black and red colors, but Ponce original. It was built in 1882 being the main pavilion of the Exhibition Fair. Later it was the seat of the fire department and is now a small museum and tourist information center.
Next to [poi = 511701] Crossarm del Vigia [/ poi], on a hill north of the city, is the mansion of Ponce. It was built in the 30's by the Serrallés family, traders and founders and the Serrallés distillery. Today, it is a museum with information about the sugarcane industry.
After parusing the center of the city and visiting the [poi = 511691] Old Firehouse [/ poi] and [poi = 514251] Guadalupe Cathedral [/ poi], we wanted to spend some time at the beach. Ponce beach didn't allow me to say no to it, so the best thing I could do is walk along the shore of the Caribbean Sea and have a few beers and eat a little fish in this spring-boardwalk.
The Crosshead of the Vigia isn't just spectacular, but it's quite possibly one of the best vantage point of the city of Ponce. During the eighteenth century it was the site of a pole used by one Juan (The Watcher), to notify the village merchants nationality and cargo ships that docked at the port. Nearby you can visit the castle museum Serrallés.
One of the best parts of Puerto Rico is curiously outside the island: Vieques. Until less than ten years ago, it was a U.S. military base and partially occupied by our country's navy. Due to some popular protests in 2003, the navy pulled out and the only thing left were beaches without tourists development of any kind. In other parts of the world, you could find some huge, all-inclusive hotels right next to to beaches like this, but here you'll find yourself practically alone. For a touch of adventure, you'll need a 4x4 to access many of the most beautiful beaches of Vieques and you'll have to go off-road. Vieques is also famous for its coast and some of the best bays of bioluminescence in the world. What is a bioluminescent bay? It is a natural phenomenon caused by a high concentration of one particular type of light-generating plankton. The result at night is absolutely surreal, almost like someone was setting off fireworks under water. I'd really suggest a night visit to this bay on a kayak. A place to get lost in the Caribbean, no doubt.
This is one of the best beaches in southern Puerto Rico. Located just below the lighthouse Morillos, and despite its name, the water is clear and warm, the sand is white and because it is in a bay, it does not usually get a lot of garbage from the rest of the sea . If sunbathing bores you, like it does for me, you can jump right into the clear water and give yourself a little tour of the National Wildlife Refuge Cabo Rojo.
Right behind the [poi = 511691] Old Firehouse [/ poi], is where you'll find the most important Catholic church in Puerto Rico (even standing out above the Cathedral of San Juan). Originally this cathedral was built in the 1830s, was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1918. Later rebuilt with its current facade (between 1931 and 1937). In 1924 it was declared a cathedral.
It seems a little strange touring cemeteries, but if you are walking around Old San Juan, you can not avoid taking a look at this old cemetery. It is next to Fort San Felipe del Morro, and its color and the fact that it stands on the edge of the cliff, make it quite unique.
Although San Juan was one of the most important ports of America in times of conquest, it didn't have his first lighthouse until the year 1843 (the fortress which houses it is from the 16th century). It was destroyed by warships of the U.S. Navy in the year 1898 and they themselves rebuilt in the year 1908. If you like visiting lighthouses, I recommend lighthouse of Morrillos, which is in Cabo Rojo.
In front of the City Hall of Ponce which is divided into Degetau Square and Muñoz Rivera Square is where you can find the [poi = 511691] Old Firehouse [/ poi] [poi = 514251] the Cathedral of Guadalupe [/ poi], the Fountain of the Lions and the monuments to Luis Muñoz Rivera and composer Juan Morel Campos.
The afternoon was rainy, and I didn't want to go out, but I knew there was something interesting to be seen, and it was. After a long walk by County and Ashford Avenue, I saw a small fort in the distance, by a road full of lanterns and surrounded by water. Already the path was very nice, leaving behind hotels and the bustling area, I walked through a small pedestrian street that led me to this fort, definitely a place to go to think, away from city noise of San Juan. This place is not a secret, there were a couple of people, but nothing loud, as the rain drove them off soon. I sat down to imagine the place over 300 years ago, with wooden boats going through it, and the guns pointing towards the sea, a bastion of protection over Fort San Felipe del Morro. I could only marvel, and hear the cannons roar again and again, while soldiers with their heavy coats ran from place to place, perhaps while fending off a pirate attack. No more than I could imagine. It is a small fort, a nice, quiet place to think about the past.
This huge beach, just 15 minutes from San Juan, is a favourite for surfers in the area, but you don't need to be a surfer to enjoy it. It's perfect for children who want to learn the sport, or for anyone who simply wants to take a dip in water that's almost always crystal clear. In the morning, you can spend a few hours watching the surfers and occasionally going into the water, then later wander around the kiosks and restaurants. Sunday is the day when you'll find the best ambiance, but also the biggest crowds. Just off the beach is Boriqua, a great spot where you can try freshly-made Puerto Rican specialties and quench your thirst with a coconut water (I recommended adding rum ...). You'll have to queue to order, especially at the weekend, but believe me, it's worth it. These are simple, no-frills kiosks, but it's a great experience.