O is for OLD SAN JUAN [puerto rico]: A Colorful Photo Essay

O is for OLD SAN JUAN [puerto rico]: A Colorful Photo Essay

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?
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  • stephanie says:

    I love colourful buildings! Little India in Singapore has really bright, colourful buildings too

  • When I started reading this article and looking over the images I thought to myself, how wonderful it would be to wake up and see such brightness to liven up your day. I actually think that Brisbane, Australia or Sydney are two of the prettiest cities in the world. I love the cleanliness that are apparent in both of these cities. Yes, they are expensive to be there but you certainly get what you pay for! Great article!

  • Sandy says:

    Looks awesome, and so colorful. You don't need a passport? I didn't think there was anywhere you could go without a passport. Is language a problem? Is safety an issue? We love traveling too.Doing a bit of cheat here, as I'm visiting from one blog for a-z, but also have a travel blog so here in the text leaving you the travel blog url, with the signature section the other blog.Traveling Suitcase

  • Gorgeous photos, I've been to PR once and absolutely fell in love with Old San Juan. This post made me miss it! Cheers :)

  • Great photos! Old San Juan is a beautiful!