O is for OLD SAN JUAN [puerto rico]: A Colorful Photo Essay O is for OLD SAN JUAN [puerto rico]: A Colorful Photo Essay caribbean North America photo essay wanderlust SHARE Jessica , April 17, 2013 / 13210 http%3A%2F%2Fapassionandapassport.com%2F2013%2F04%2Fo-is-for-old-san-juan-puerto-rico-a-colorful-photo-essay%2FO+is+for+OLD+SAN+JUAN+%5Bpuerto+rico%5D%3A+A+Colorful+Photo+Essay2013-04-17+04%3A00%3A00Jessicahttp%3A%2F%2Fjess.guessthiscity.com%2F%3Fp%3D132 Having been to 10+ Caribbean islands, I can honestly say that Old San Juan beats the others in its charm and array of gorgeous pastel colors. Characterized by its blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings, it’s easy to see why this settlement within Puerto Rico has gotten so much attention. Old San Juan is actually a small and narrow island, which lies in the north coast, and is only connected to the mainland by 3 bridges. A 42-foot wall surrounds the city, with its abundance of shops, historic places, museums, open air cafés, restaurants, gracious homes, tree-shaded plazas, and old beauty and architectonical peculiarity inside the walls. Best of all, you don’t need a passport to visit! These European-style cobblestone streets, although gorgeous, were not built for cars. I advise you to NOT even think about renting a car, and navigate the area by foot or taxi. Cross one of the three bridges to Old San Juan, and you’ll instantly feel as if you’ve stepped into a 16th-and 17th-century Spanish colony. What is the prettiest town/city you’ve ever been to? Check out more Puerto Rico posts here! Did you enjoy this post? If so, please consider sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or via Email. Also, I’d love to keep sending you updates about my adventures around the world, so please subscribe to A Passion and A Passport via RSS or by email!