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Travel Blogs from San Juan
... dialed up to eleven.
We arrived in Old Town around 10am, and immediately set off on a walking tour. Unlike the rest of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico has a real colonial Old Town, complete with a turreted, oceanside fort, and a lovely walkway along the fort's walls. Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" was filmed here on its magnificent bluffs overlooking the sea. But it's also the Caribbean, so despite the 90F heat and the June offseason, it certainly featured its share ...
As I approached the venue I noticed the massive line
circling the park. Luckily for me I had a VIP pass, thus skipping the line and
promptly entering the fair grounds. Judging by the sheer amount of people I
could already tell I was in for a great night.
After passing friendly security I
found myself inside a massive carnival tent. This lead out and into a series of
... so I head out early into the very quiet streets of Old San Juan and hunt out some sustenance. Coffee!!! Grown locally (and also imported to appease the masses) – locals really know their coffee beans and all around town places are advertising which beans they use and how they are roasted. Big competition! On a recommendation, I headed to Café Cultura to test my coffee tolerance, opting for a very strong macchiato – ...
... s located on the port with a HUGE frog hanging from the roof. This place must be at least 3 floors and it's painted a beautiful bright yellow to attract tourists, and their wallets. But we kept on walking and found a nice little flea market that featured a variety of handmade jewlery, crafts, and paintings.
As we continued to shop along, we noticed a variety of American stores and shops, that we did not expect! For example a Marshall's?? How odd, yet very intriguing hence ...
... wearing helmets), hike, hike, hike. And then we arrive. It's only about a 28 foot rappel but 28 or 128 it's still scary. They give us our instructions and then the first guide goes down to the bottom of the cliff. I am the 4th one to rappel and the instructor tells me my form is quite good. That is until I slam into the cliff. Oof. It doesn't seem to bad and since you can't really quit in the middle of a rappel, I continue downward. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking