Happy Tuesday folks. In today’s Tuesday Review, I’ll talk about my trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico in April 2016.
Like much of the Caribbean, flights are fairly inexpensive to San Juan due to it being a “Zika infected” place. I didn’t experience any issues but if you go take bug spray just in case.
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory so you won’t need a passport to go.
I stayed at the Condado Hilton. The hotel had a beautiful view and lots of amenities on the actual property. They had several restaurants and a great gym and spa. I did utilize the gym.
The great thing about this hotel is that you could easily walk into Old San Juan. It was about a 30 minute walk with great scenery along the way. But be prepared because it can start raining at any moment. (Yes it happened to me. But it only last 5 minutes)
Old San Juan is the heart of everything. This is where you will find the best restaurants and bars on the island. It’s filled with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. (See picture on main page on site) You will also find some of the best pina coladas around. I will admit that food on the island is a bit pricey though. I guess that’s expected since it’s a US territory.
As far as excursions the one that I recommend is the tour of El Yunque rainforest. Our tour took us on a short hike through the rainforest, to see several lookouts over the rainforest, and we ended with seeing the waterfall and eating from an authentic Puerto Rican restaurant/food truck. This food was less pricey than food on the main island. After our tour of the rainforest we headed to a beach. It was a pretty quiet beach with one little food shop that offered frozen treats and drinks.
Overall San Juan is a beautiful and lively island. The people will literally party and celebrate anything. On our last day there the taxi drivers went on strike against Uber coming to the island. They parked their taxis along the streets, gathered in front of the main government building, and played music and danced. Although it was a protest it seemed more like a party. There was also a parade through old San Juan in protest of some shady practices going on at the local university. Once again, instead of people being angry, they danced and partied going down the streets while holding their signs. It was pretty fun to watch.
If you are planning a trip there, I recommend no more than 4 nights. The island isn’t super big but you will be able to see and do a little of everything within that time frame. There are always fare sales there so you can easily find flights from almost anywhere on the east coast for under $300 roundtrip.
As always, Happy Traveling ✈️