48 hours is not enough to spend in the fantastic city of San Juan, let alone to explore anything else. I hope to come back later to check out Vieques/Culebra, explore El Yunque, and travel around the rest of the island.
On our second day, we took at Uber to the very tip of Old San Juan to the San Felipe del Morro Fortress.
For $5, you gain entrance to the fort and to Castillo San Cristobal. Considering that both buildings are beautiful, it’s well worth the small fee.
We started our day early, arriving at the fort by 10:00 a.m. because we didn’t want to get stuck walking in the heat of the day, plus we didn’t want to miss out on beach time. The temperature during the day was in the high 80’s but there was always a nice breeze. We never felt like we were sweltering while walking around.
All the colors on San Juan look polarized, like you’re continually wearing sunglasses to enhance the vibrance.
I can’t get enough of the tropical colors, nothing is this vibrant in D.C.
After the fort, we walked around Old San Juan, stopping at Verde Mesa (#2 on the Eater recommendations) for fish and muddled drinks call “potions.”
As soon as we left the fort, it started to pour and for a few minutes we stood in the doorway of shops in Old San Juan to avoid getting drenched. But the weather quickly cleared and we continued past the Cathedral of San Juan Batista and the Plaza del Quinto Centario before heading to Señor Paleta for popsicles (#3 on Eater)!
Seriously, there’s nothing better than a fresh fruit popsicle. Yum!
After Old San Juan we headed back to the beach before heading to Orzoco for mofongo, a Puerto Rican dish made of mashed plantains and fried pork. You seriously cannot visit without trying it.