When my friends brought up going to Puerto Rico, I was kind of wary. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico months ago & many parts of the island were still feeling the impact. Puerto Rico depends on tourism for a big chunk of their economy and constantly need tourists to visit. But despite all this, I still did my research. I read about a lot of recent visitors who went and said that everything was in great shape and that they had a fantastic time. So we decided to book the trip. We decided to fly Spirit (I know, don’t yell at me) because we found some really good roundtrip deals.
When we got to Puerto Rico, it was evident that a hurricane hit months prior. Buildings in ruins and toppled trees. But things changed when we drove into Old San Juan. It was beautiful, colorful and full of life.
Old San Juan
Castillo de San Cristobal
Castillo de San Cristobal is a remarkable fortress. It was originally built in the 1600s and it felt like I was in a scene straight outta Game of Thrones. Admission is cheap (just like a lot of things in Puerto Rico! Super reasonable) We loved learning the history of the fortress and enjoying the views.
We didn’t have too much of a plan for what we wanted to do and we just ended up roaming the streets and enjoying Old San Juan! The food there was so good and was super authentic to the culture. The beaches were nice and relaxing, but remember to wear LOTS of sunscreen. If you’re like me and burn like a lobster, you better bathe in that sun screen!
The nightlife is also so much fun. Bars are open super late, and prices for drinks are so cheap. We had so much fun going through the city, barhopping and exploring different bars.
I’ve gotten so many questions about my trip to Puerto Rico and I’ve told everyone the same thing: GO! Old San Juan is beautiful & open for business – & they really need our tourism dollars!