After our relaxing week in Culebra, Katerina and I stopped in San Juan for a day before flying home. One to two days is the perfect amount of time to explore Old San Juan, to walk through the maze of colonial streets and fill your Instagram feed with brightly colored doorways. It’s hard to imagine a more photogenic place. On every street you will encounter the nostalgia of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, varying happy hues, ornate railings and doorknobs, and blooms trailing over patios and window boxes. Did I mention that flights to San Juan are almost always dirt cheap? Seriously, go. Don’t think, just book. (At least that’s my travel philosophy…)
I love this picture that Katerina took of me. You would think that a photographer had lots of pictures of herself, but it’s pretty rare I get in front of the camera. And I especially love great portraits taken while traveling, because looking at them somehow reminds me that I never want to stop exploring. Thanks Kat!
Stay: Hotel El Convento (we stayed a little outside of Old San Juan, but this looked like a charming base for exploring Old San Juan)
Eat: Caficultura is one of those cafes I instantly love. Go for fantastic coffee and breakfast before wandering around Old San Juan.
Do: Buy something with San Juan stitched or stamped onto it. You’ll have many options, from shot glasses to handbags to pillows, in the tacky tourist stores that cater to the tourists arriving via cruise ship. But mostly you should just get lost in the maze of streets and visit El Morro, the fortification that used to defend the colonial port city. Go at sunset for the best views.