The Siberian American: Quick Trip: 24 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quick Trip: 24 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

It has been too long since I have added to my Quick Trip series, and the weather lately has me dreaming of the beautiful water in the Caribbean. A little while before I started this blog, we went on my favorite Caribbean cruise (Alaska still wins the title of best cruise), which started and ended in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. I wish we had more than 24 hours to explore the city, and it is definitely on my list of places I would love to visit again!

What to do: 
We packed as much as we could into our short time in San Juan. First on the list was to visit the Castillo de San Felipe de Morro. It was designed to guard to protect the entrance to San Juan Bay when it was a Spanish colonial city and was later used by the United States during World War I and World War II. Though learning the history of the fort is great, the best part of visiting the fort was the views! I could sit out there and stare at the ocean forever.

We spent a large chunk of our day wandering around Old San Juan. It was such a cute area with fun, colorful buildings. Of course, we had to stop by the San Juan Cathedral, a beautiful cathedral and the resting place of Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who searched for the Fountain of Youth.

If you have more time: Next time we’re in San Juan, I would love to visit the El Yunque Rain Forest.

Where to eat:
Chris keeps telling me we need to go back to San Juan just so we can eat at Ropa Vieja Grill. It had great Cuban and Puerto Rican food. I loved the mofongo filled with flank steak, and all the meat we tried was amazing.

Where to stay:
We stayed at the La Concha Resort and loved everything about it! From the nice, comfortable rooms to the beautiful views, it was the perfect place to relax. My only regret is that we only had one night before the start of our cruise. La Concha (and San Juan), we will be back!

Have you been to San Juan? What's your favorite place to visit in the Caribbean? 


  1. So beautiful!!! Come link up today!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  2. ah, what gorgeous pictures!! i would love to go here one day.

  3. My husband and I did a cruise that left and returned from San Juan, and we loved it as well! We had about a day and a half in San Juan before we left and visited the fort too. We liked the free shuttles that went around to the popular spots. We also did a walking dinner tour which was amazing. Our tour guide was an architecture student and talked a lot about the history and architecture of the city while we walked to several different restaurants for a progressive dinner. The food is so good, and we want to go back SO bad!

  4. So pretty! I wouldn't mind that waterfront view right about now!

  5. So much fun! I stayed there a few years ago, and returned on a cruise stop a few months ago. Great island :)

  6. We just went to San Juan for the first time this year and loved it!! I would 100% go back because it was just perfect! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. Beautiful! Puerto Rico is also on my list but not sure where exactly I want to stay!

  8. I've never been but it looks gorgeous! I'm going to the Dominican Republic in September and I hope the water is as beautiful as it is in your pictures!

  9. That beach looks incredible. Puerto Rico is actually on my list of places I would like to go. They have so much wildlife there!

  10. I have family in Puerto Rico so I've been multiple times, and there's always more to see! I usually stay with family, but I've eaten at one of the restaurants in La Concha and it was delicious! You *definitely* need to go to El Yunque if you get a chance to go back! My favorite place in PR is the bioilluminscent bay and Flamenco Beach on Culebra, only a 45 min ferry ride away.

  11. Puerto Rico looks so beautiful. I'd love to go visit there.


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