There are many, many different ways to explore San Juan, Puerto Rico. You can spend your time soaking up the sun and never leave your luxe resort–for that I recommend W Vieques or El Conquistador. You can hop the islands, go snorkeling, conquer El Yunque natural rainforest and eat and drink to your heart’s desire. There’s plenty to see and do for the trendsetters too with PR’s vibrant nightlife, music and dining scene. But today, I’m going to take you on a tour of the top three we did on our recent vacay this past spring. I was born in San Juan and still haven’t seen and done it all…but you can at least do this!
This ancient fortress is an absolutely must-see for anyone traveling to Puerto Rico, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after all. You’ll want to plan to spend a few hours here and wear walking shoes as there are lots of old cobblestone steps to conquer. I wouldn’t recommend sandals either, try some cute Sperrys or a pair of Chucks.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro dates back to the 16th century and is nothing short of amazing. Steeped in history, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the Caribbean while walking the halls of a fortress which survived several attacks.
You know those movies that feature crystal clear water and white sandy beaches? Yeah, a lot of those (like Pirates of the Caribbean!) were filmed in Puerto Rico. You could easily spend your entire vacation beachside where you’ll hear plenty of music from the locals and can pick up pinchos and fresh ceviche for just a few bucks. Go ahead, pack a cooler with some cocktails and just relax!
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
A trip to PR wouldn’t be complete without spending a day in Old San Juan. The bright buildings and cobblestone streets are full of Old World charm. Spend the day perusing the small shops, enjoy some fresh fruit at one of the many open plazas and don’t leave without trying some mofongo. It’s a vibrant little European-feeling city that will easily seduce you.
Have you traveled to Puerto Rico? What are your favorite things to see and do?
Before I can share details about my birthday weekend, I simply must tell you about this amazing Target find. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous white dress, it’s an absolute summer essential. And this Mossimo pleated maxi I picked up the other day looks like a $100 dress straight out of BCBG. No joke. The fabric is so soft, so shimmery and it’s comfortable as hell. Not to mention, ridiculously affordable and breathable, which is so important in this unbearable heat! Bonus: it’s on sale right now for 25% off. Eee!
This birthday, I kept it to a few of my favorite things. A morning facial at Kalologie, a stop into To Be Continued where I may or may not have been surrounded by designer shoes (if you’ve never been you simply must check it out), followed by dinner out. We stopped into Virtu, since I’m the last person in AZ to have tried it and unfortunately, ended up pretty disappointed. Perhaps it was the hype, the monsoon or the excess salt but I left completely underwhelmed. Which is why I was so happy to have booked an all-time favorite, Zinc Bistro, for a fun birthday brunch with friends the next day.
My husband got me this gorgeous Alexis Bitter rose gold pendant necklace, this darling Kate Spade New York bangle and some other goodies. I’m lucky to have celebrated another birthday with family and friends and now, I’m looking forward to getting out of this heat! We’re off to Canada at the end of the week and I’m stoked to actually be able to step outside, relax and have the baby meet his cousins for the first time.
Any summer reads you recommend for my trip? I am all ears!