San Juan – Puerto Rico – May 2014

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It is about 3.5 hour flight from Atlanta. If you visit Puerto Rico from the U.S., no visa is required.

The most popular place to visit in Puerto Rico is Old San Juan – “The city is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. – Wiki”

Transportation: It’s highly recommended to rent a car in Puerto Rico. Otherwise, be prepared to pay $15 for every single trip by taxi no matter the distance (they don’t run by meters). Public transportation is extremely unreliable (almost non-existent). We made a mistake of not renting a car after reading reviews about how bad the drivers in Puerto Rico are. The truth is: Yes, they are reckless but they are slow. If you can drive in Atlanta, L.A or any other big cities, this should be a piece of cake (statement coming from a bad driver).

Old San Juan

Old San Juan 

El Morro Fort - Old San Juan - the locals like to play kites here

El Morro Fort – Old San Juan – the locals like to play kites here

San Juan has many sandy beaches, clear and warm water, perfect for swimming. However, be ware of rip currents. The waves are strong and unpredictable here. I've lost my Ray Ban and my hubby lost his prescription glasses. When we went to LensCrafter to make new prescription glasses for him, the staff there said that a lot of people lost shades/ glasses too; hence, the 1 hour service for glasses is very popular here.

San Juan has many sandy beaches, clear and warm water, perfect for swimming. However, be ware of rip currents. The waves are strong and unpredictable here. I’ve lost my Ray Ban and my hubby lost his prescription glasses. When we went to LensCrafter to make new prescription glasses for him, the staff there said that a lot of people lost shades/ glasses too; hence, the 1 hour service for glasses is very popular here.

About 1 hr from Old San Juan is The El Yunque Rain Forest. There are many hiking trails to explore within the forests.

About 1 hr from Old San Juan is The El Yunque Rain Forest. There are many hiking trails to explore within the forests.

One of the many waterfalls inside El Yunque rain forest.

One of the many waterfalls inside El Yunque rain forest.

Natural swimming pool inside El Yunque.

Natural swimming pool inside El Yunque.

Famous food in Puerto Rico: Deep fried fish, Mofongo (a fried plantain-based dish) and Lechon (slow roasted pork). The best meals that we had were at "Lechonera Los Pinos (for the roasted pork)" and "José Enrique"

Famous food in Puerto Rico: Deep fried fish, Mofongo (a fried plantain-based dish) and Lechon (slow roasted pork). The best meals that we had were at “Lechonera Los Pinos (for the roasted pork)” and “José Enrique” (be prepared for at least 1hr waiting time)