DAY 02 Exploring Old San Juan plus | Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | After a long fun 01 Day Exploring Old San Juan, a lovely dinner at Verde Mesa, a deserved rest and early morning breakfast at the rooftop of my hotel La Terraza de San Juan, I was ready and excited to begin my second day exploring Old San Juan. What I was not aware, was that I would go beyond to the districts of Santurce and Condado, which I loved, but I was happy to always return to my historic quaint district of Old San Juan.
So after breakfast, I took the morning free to walk on my own, revisit some of the sites I saw on the 1st day, have a coffee or two and stop by The Mezzanine Lounge for a cocktail, before heading to lunch, followed by part two of my tour, this time focusing on the Fort of San Cristobal or Castillo de San Cristobal, located on Cerro de San Cristobal, literally 10 minutes walk across Old San Juan, from Fort of San Felipe.
We headed to the district of Santurce, which is considered as the SOHO of Puerto Rico. Still undergoing some development, but you can see the bohemian side of it, with the Fruit Market and some really particular restaurants. Our choice was Chef Jose Enrique, and WOW that it was a great choice. After that we walked for over 15 minutes to the district of Condado, where we enjoyed some lovely views of the beach, and visited briefly the new Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. From there we took a taxi, which dropped us right in front of Fort of San Cristobal.
We crossed the gate, and immediately I got transported to 1783. Part of San Juan National Historic Site, I walked by the underground tunnels, the dungeons featuring some original frescos. Also got a glance at the famous Garita del Diablo or “The Devil’s Guerite”. It is a very interesting site, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World.
From there we took a walk across Old San Juan, and bordering the right bank esplanade by the district of La Perla, with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean. On our way I got the chance to meet one of Old San Juan celebrities, Mr. Azucenas, who has even been immortalized on the walls of Old San Juan. Then back to my hotel, and ready for drinks at the terrace, followed by dinner at Perla, at La Concha Hotel & Casino.
Perla is a seafood restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. The wine cellar contains 4000 bottles with over 1000 labels. Located in the dramatic shell surrounded by a reflecting pool. Designed by Jorge Rossello. Eight hand blown Murano glass lamps illuminate the shell shaped ceiling. End of yet another exciting day. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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