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Visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico For a Weekend Getaw...

Visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico For a Weekend Getaway

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Tired of your daily routine? Looking for fun under the sun or impromptu romantic time? Visiting San Juan is a splendid idea for a weekend getaway.  The beau and I decided to venture to Puerto Rico for just that.

Things to know pre-travel:

  • Familiarize yourself with Puerto Ricans nickname: Boricua
  • Currency: USD
  • No passport needed – It is a US territory (If you are traveling from anywhere in the US)
  • Phone + Wifi are a GO (It’s just like visiting another state)
  • Do NOT trust Google Maps blindly
  • Most people speak English
  • Must try: Mofongo

Old San Juan

Visiting San Juan Puerto Rico - In Between Pictures

Visiting San Juan is like using a time travel machine back and forth. On the first day, we explored Old San Juan; so much charm exuded by colonial architecture in colorful pastel tones. Although very touristy, it is a fun place to snap some momentous photos. My recommendation is to go have lunch,  explore the streets and shops before making your way to the Fort. – Yes, Fort!

Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro

 

Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro, has a lot of history and as a military nerd, I loved learning about it. It was built by Spain to protect San Juan against attacks, also serving as a strategic point to guard access to the Caribbean islands. It is part of San Juan National Historic Site.

El Yunque

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Aside from visiting San Juan and enjoying the historic flair, one can definitely enjoy outdoors activities as well. EL Yunque – an amazing rain forest nestled amid residential suburbs. We spent the day hiking (in flip flops) while massive amounts of H2O poured from the sky.

Pro tip: Never, ever hike in flip-flops…

It was my first time visiting San Juan and exploring El Yunque; indeed as beautiful as you can imagine. Driving from the city was a 45 minute drive. If you’re not planning on renting a car during your stay, I recommend renting one for a day to drive to the rain forest…especially since it will probably rain! Post rain, the weather was surprisingly nice and the vast vegetation crops allowed for us to enjoy crisp air.  During our hike, we encountered waterfalls, rivers, and animals. You could hear the different birds chirping while flying around.

Tip: I do NOT recommend renting a car if you are planning to stay in San Juan. Google Maps is not your friend here and parking was very difficult to find. Roads in San Juan are constantly changing and Google Maps is not up to date. So when it tells you to exit at “name” Exit and you don’t see it, just exit anyway. Also, don’t listen when it indicates “one way only” and you are already heading the opposite way.

Icacos

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To end our weekend getaway, we spent the final day at pristine Icacos cruising on a catamaran. Our original plan was to visit Culebra but it was cancelled and we had to switch to Icacos. Local’s suggestion: If you go to Culebra, stay for at least one night at any Bed & Breakfasts available. The day was beautiful and I’m still dreaming of the catamaran we took from San Juan to Icacos. The beach was almost only ours, aside from two other catamarans. The water was crystal clear and impossibly blue.

Foodie alert

There are many restaurants in Old San Juan. We ventured into Punto de Vista. All I have to say is…their Mofongo was the best I had in Puerto Rico. We also tried “Mexican” food in San Juan since it seemed so popular. El Vagon: I won’t judge on authenticity but the food sure was delicious!

If you have a chance, make sure to take a walk along the bioluminescent bay!

Have you been to Puerto Rico?


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  1. Christie

    3 November

    Sooo pretty!! I loved PR so much. I never had planned to go but my friend bought me a ticket spur of the moment and I was so glad I went. I need to go back!

    • Diana

      4 November

      Glad to hear you liked it! Me neither, my BF and I wanted to go somewhere close for the weekend and he suggested PR. I’m glad we went 😀 Next time I go, I’ll definitely visit Culebra. Did you anywhere else aside from San Juan?

  2. Willy Soto

    12 November

    Hi Diana!
    My name is Willy and you’ve done a wonderful job so far but I’m sorry by having to
    correct you.
    Again, i am so sorry but those photos are from “El Castillo the San Felipe del Morro”
    and I know this because I was born and raised there and so I apologize but the “San Cristobal”
    Is not. If you remember seeing the capitol building, the”San Cristobal” is situated not exactly across the street but at upossite side of the capitol building about a block passed it and before the “El Morro” and “La Perla”. Not trying to be a smart ass but just wanted you to know.

    • Diana

      25 January

      Thank you for the clarification! 🙂

  3. Cassidy

    13 January

    How many days were you there for total?

    • Diana

      15 January

      Hi! I was there for 4 days but I would have loved to stay longer!

  4. Taylor

    28 January

    Hi Diana!

    A group of friends and I are planning to go this summer, did you book the catamaran through an excursion site? Was it a private catamaran for you and your bf or did you have to share? Do you remember the prices? Sorry for all the questions!

    • Diana

      2 February

      Hi Taylor, Sorry for the late reply as I was traveling and Internet was hard to come by. That sounds like fun! It was a tour company and we had to share it but it was low season so there was just 5 more people aside from us. I’m sure if you reach out to them asking for a private tour, they can work something out for you and your friends. This is the company we used http://snorkelandbeachtour.com/?page_id=3574 It says $75 per person.

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