Exploring Old San Juan

The first stop on our honeymoon was Old San Juan, which is one of the most charming places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. It’s quaint, authentic and was filled with culture – a few things that make it a must visit! Though small, there’s a ton to do, and our 3 night, 2 day stay was the perfect amount of time to take it all in.

Care to explore my favorite parts of Old San Juan with me? Let’s go!
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1. Tour Castillo de San Cristobal & Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

From the top of the fort, you can see for miles and miles.
It’s probably the best view of Old San Juan that you can get!
A panoramic shot at the base of Castillo de San Cristobal.
The famous San Juan Cemetery is right near Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

2. Explore the city streets. Get lost. 

Stop into random coffee shops and enjoy a cup. It’s strong, but delicious!
We stayed at Casa Blanca Hotel. I highly recommend it – Not only is it absolutely adorable, but it’s right in the heart of Old San Juan.
The streets reminded me a lot of Europe – a lot of cobblestone alleys with adorable apartment balconies above.
On the second day we were there, Doug and I threw away our maps and got lost. We ended up finding some really cool, old sites to explore. 
The beaches are filled with sea glass! I collected a ton to make a DIY project out of in the future.
Plaza Colon was a favorite for us to hang out in. It had a ton of street vendors who were selling cool local art.

3. Visit the San Juan Gate and San Juan Cathedral

The beautiful San Juan Cathedral

4. Drink from a fresh coconut

…My first time straight from the source! There are street vendors everywhere who sell fresh coconuts for people to drink from. I thought that was just the coolest. 

5. Read a book in the gardens of Casa Blanca

Okay, so I admittedly didn’t get a chance to read here. But if we had more time, I would have spent a day just sitting and enjoying the garden! It was stunning and felt like you were transported to a faraway land.

6. Eat, eat, eat!
Our favorite place was El Jibarito. We had read that it’s where all the locals go to eat authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. I’m not kidding when I tell you that I start drooling thinking of our meal in hindsight. It was so good. 

7. Salsa dance with the locals
I wish I had a picture to show you here, but I was too busy enjoying dancing! I will tell you this: at first Doug and I looked like we had two left feet. After some practice and lots of mimicking the pros around us, we weren’t half bad!

8. Observe & admire all the color

Be sure to swing by tomorrow for an outfit post that was taken while exploring the city streets!

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6 thoughts on “Exploring Old San Juan

  1. Alyssa

    Getting lost is the best way to explore, if you ask me! You always end up finding something amazing (and finding your way back…usually.)

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  2. Kristen

    I so needed this post! I will be going to San Juan for a wedding next month, and now you have me pumped! I’m def pinning this post for reference.

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