Hi There!

Welcome to my blog.

I love cities - glam - airlines  -  and photography.  All of the images on this site were taken by me on my travels around the planet.

I can't wait to have you come on some of my adventures!

 

Top Five Things To Do in Old San Juan On A Port Stop - (SJU)

Top Five Things To Do in Old San Juan On A Port Stop - (SJU)

San Juan is my favorite city in the Caribbean simply because it’s so spectacularly beautiful. Color - History - Heritage and Ocean Vistas form the fabric of the city - along with its wonderful people.

The whole place is magical - it's almost like stepping into a pirate adventure move.  Here are my top five things to do.

(And note:  The city is eager to welcome back visitors after the hurricane.  Take this opportunity to explore the city and help the local economy bounce back.)

 Old San Juan - Photo: Calvin Wood

Old San Juan - Photo: Calvin Wood

Top Five Things to Do in Old San Juan

Number 5: Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

 Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

I couldn't think of a better place to be buried if you love the sun and sea!

Right beside the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, this heavenly cemetery has some of the best views, whether your dead or alive.  Its a colorful final resting place, featuring a bright pink central building, aqua marines from the ocean, and lush greenery on the cliffs.

Number 4: Castillo San Cristobol

 Guard Tower from Castillo San Cristobol - Sann Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Guard Tower from Castillo San Cristobol - Sann Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Make sure you visit at least one of the “Castillos” - which are crown jewels in the National Park system.  Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and on the National Register of Historic Places.   You can't come to San Juan without seeing them!

Start with the Castillo San Cristobol which has gasp worthy views!

Interestingly, the fort has been in military service for most of its life. The Spaniards built this defensive post in 1783 – and it was in use until the end of WWII.  

 Canonballs - Castillo San Cristobol - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Canonballs - Castillo San Cristobol - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Make sure you pay a visit to the dungeon.  There’s nothing goulash down there  (it’s actually pretty plain) – but there’s fascinating graffiti on the walls from past prisoners awaiting execution. 

 Prisoner Graffiti - Castillo San Cristobol - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Prisoner Graffiti - Castillo San Cristobol - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 3: Castillo San Felipe del Morro

 Castillo San Felipe del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Castillo San Felipe del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

San Felipe del Morro is the bigger of the two forts in San Juan– and has more places to explore.  Youngsters will love traversing the tunnels and hidden rooms….but be warned – there’s tonnes of stairs and the place is massive.  You will burn enough calories on this visit for a cocktail or two!

 Lighthouse - Castillo San Felipe del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Lighthouse - Castillo San Felipe del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Outer Walls - Castillo San Felipe Del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Outer Walls - Castillo San Felipe Del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Inner Staircases - Castillo San Felipe Del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Inner Staircases - Castillo San Felipe Del Morro - San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 2: A Rum Stop

 Pina Colada - A Rum Staple!  San Juan    Photo: Calvin Wood

Pina Colada - A Rum Staple!  San Juan    Photo: Calvin Wood

You can't leave San Juan without sampling its most famous export: Rum.

I highly recommend making a pit stop at "The Rum House" which is just outside the cruise port.  The bar has a fabulous outdoor patio and a menu with two pages dedicated to local libations!  You have to try the home town original of course: Pina Colada!

 The Rum House - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Rum House - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Number 1: Walking The Streets and Alleys!

 The Streets of Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Streets of Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

The number one thing to do in Old San Juan is walking the streets! There's amazing architecture to admire around every corner!  Make sure you dedicate time to just wonder - and get lost in this magical city.

You'll be amazed and wowed as you explore the blue cobblestoned roads and alleys.  The colonial buildings are spectacularly preserved.

 Colorful Building - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Colorful Building - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

 Colonial Architecture - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

Colonial Architecture - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

 US Post Office - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

US Post Office - Old San Juan   Photo: Calvin Wood

My Verdict

An eight hour port stop is not enough to explore this amazing city - but you'll get a fantastic sampling of what San Juan has to offer.

The Old City is a sensational historical site - full of colonial buildings, old forts, and places to soak in the heritage and culture of San Juan!

Have fun!

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Review - Dubai (DXB)

Lufthansa Senator Lounge Review - Dubai (DXB)

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Review - Stockholm (ARN)

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Review - Stockholm (ARN)