San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. There are several historical buildings in San Juan; among the most notable are the city’s former defensive forts, Fort San Felipe del Morro and Fort San Cristóbal, and La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion.
Today we present to your attention seven reasons why you should visit San Juan.
- On the east side of Old San Juan there is Santurce, a hot spot barrio full of energy and culture. Its main street, Calle Loiza, has a lot of restaurants, bars, bakeries. For example, El Bar Bero is a barber shop by day, and a barber-themed bar by night.
- Visiting San Juan, do not forget to taste sweet and spicy food, outdoors and in stationary food truck form. In La Alcapurria Quemá, taste the island’s traditional alcapurrias and pastelitos with a variety of delectable fillings. Pernileria Los Proceres, known for its simple and satisfying pork sandwich, serves its cuisine out of a silver bullet Airstream.
- Concalma is a local female-owned business that provides jobs for women. Each handbag, and fanny pack is created ethically, for both locals and tourists.
- Old San Juan has a lot of various landmarks. You can see the magnificent facade of La Perla, Santa Maria Cemetery, and famous forts like San Cristobal and El Morro.
- You should also visit The Mezzanine. Try the Boricua Breeze, a rum-based ever-refreshing cocktail, and accompany your drink with savory appetizers such as pineapple shrimp skewers or black bean hummus and pita.
- You can visit Old San Juan and walk along Plaza de Armas with a cafe con leche, and cathedrals, parks, museums, and ports. Dip into any restaurant along Calle San Francisco for a traditional lunch of rice, beans, plantains, and meat.
- In San Juan, La Placita is the center of nightlife. Taberna La Vazquez has live salsa music more nights of the week. If you don’t like Latin music, go to La Factoria in Old San Juan with different music styles.