(view from room at The Condado Plaza Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico)
It’s March in New York and spring is soon approaching. I just want a vacation and
a view of the ocean. I stayed at this location for my honeymoon and loved it.
Here’s a list of fun and inexpensive things to do while in San Juan:
Old San Juan: I’m a NYer, so walking a few miles isn’t a problem for me. Also, I love the views you get while walking and the intimacy of being present in the area. The walk to Old San Juan from the Condado Plaza was tolerable; it was about a 30-minute walk. I did cab it on the way back in the rain, though!
- The houses are beautiful, bright, Caribbean painted colors and make for great photo opps.
- View old churches, the gates to the city, the governor’s house and more. There are plenty of food options as well. I suggest eating at El Jibarito, it’s definitely authentic cuisine and is extremely flavorful. Heads up: It’s not fancy dining – very casual set up, and is often crowded. But the prices are great, so that’s a bonus.
Castillo San Felipe Del Moro: A great historical place to visit; the citadel sits on the edge of the island. It takes you back to the days of Spain traveling the trade routes through the Caribbean. There’s a lot to see and learn here. While walking through the fort, you see stunning views of the city and ocean. I believe entry was around $8-$10 per person. I came here on a rainy day and enjoyed it immensely.
While you’re at it, definitely check out Castillo San Cristobal as well. Here, you’ll find more great views, learn plenty of Puerto Rican trade history, and have the opportunity to see the Cementario de San Juan, which practically sits on the water. Again, since this is a National Historic Site, it will fall in the $10 or under ticket price range.