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The city of San Juan was officially established in 1521, making it one of the oldest cities in all of the Americas. As you stroll down the streets of Old San Juan, you can't help but be amazed at the five centuries of history that have been so beautifully preserved. Originally a Spanish colony, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War. Today, the island remains an independent territory of the United States. As such, San Juan is a pretty unique place to visit in the Caribbeans: the capital city offers all the comforts and amenities of its "big brother", but has still managed to retain a distinct Latin atmosphere and culture. You'll notice it in the general attitude of Puerto Ricans, who are are incredibly warm and friendly (except when they're driving!), and also in the delicious local dishes and drinks!!
San Juan is one of the major ports in the Caribbeans and, for this reason, many visitors only spend a day or two in the city before embarking on a cruise ship. Since the Old San Juan area is fairly small and easy to get around, a few hours will no doubt allow you to hit some of the city's major attractions. However, the San Juan area does have a lot to offer to visitors who are lucky enough to be staying for a longer period - we couldn't even fit it all into 5 days! In the end, on top of visiting Old San Juan and relaxing by the pool, we decided to go hiking in the El Yunque rainforest, we went kayaking at night in the bioluminescent bay of Fajardo, and we visited the Bacardi rum factory. We left the island thinking that we could not have picked a better spot for a quick escape from our Canadian winter!
- Pros:The weather, history, culture, architecture, nature & food!
- Cons:Many really, really bad drivers
- In a nutshell:A surprisingly great Caribbean experience!
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