Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Local Guide – Viejo San Juan
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico (Viejo San Juan)
Upon entering El Viejo San Juan, XVI and XVII century Spanish influences reflected in every cobble-stoned street command your attention. Referred to as the Old City, Viejo San Juan district of San Juan affords a unique lifestyle. This contribution imparted by the Europeans is the 2nd oldest City in the Americas, to date. Consisting of 400+ restored buildings, this "historical district" enjoys a rare area-property tax exemption on buildings deemed of historical value.
Old San Juan has shops specializing in high-quality jewelry, unique souvenirs, local fashion designer, all your favorite brand names and an array of excellent art galleries. Shops are mainly concentrated on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets, however, walking to see what you can discover is recommended.
An innovative gastronomic space where chocolate plays the starring role. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, the restaurant celebrates the rich history of Chocolate Cortés, a family-owned company that has been making chocolate from bean-to-bar in the Caribbean since 1929.'
Castillo San Felipe del Morro also known El Morro
Sitting atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to the San Juan Bay, you can gaze over 60 foot walls to the ocean and aim your camera on the cannons and that still guard the harbor today. Stroll on the lawn where soldiers once marched and watch kites flying in the afternoon trade winds.