Centuries of history, rich culture, impressive forts, and incredibly friendly people makes Puerto Rico a must visit destination, even if it is for just a day. Puerto Rico makes for a perfect travel destination. Here is how to go about it.
The easiest way to get to Puerto Rico is by flying into the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. Most major airlines have flights to and from San Juan, so finding a flight should not be too difficult.
Taking a cruise from the Panama Canal to San Juan is also a popular option, and while you are at it you can explore other islands and territories. If you are traveling as a Panama Citizen, be sure to carry the correct travel documents on your journey as most of these cruises visit multiple countries at a time.
Cruises from San Juan are always something special as they double up as a visit to this top vacation destination as well as unlocking some beautiful places on the south side. Without a doubt, a Puerto Rican cruise can be your gateway to some incredible shores in the Southern Caribbean.
Assuming you have arrived the night before or early on your one-day trip, start the morning with a hearty local breakfast at any of the bistros near the Condado district or Old San Juan.
Your first stop after breakfast will be one of the most iconic landmarks of San Juan, El Morro, a historical fortification with stunning views. Constructed in 1539, the fort survived attacks by the British, Dutch and even the US, but managed to protect the city all the time.
After you leave El Morro, stop by at the Casa Rosa where you will come across an unmissable bronze sculpture at Plazuela la Rogativa. Right next to La Rogativa is a well-known street in Old San Juan called Caleta de las Monjas. You will find some awesome photo spots here.
Another popular street that leads to the doors of the Old Town is Caleta de las San Juan. Where you will come across the oldest church in the US, Catedral de San Juan Bautista.
The church will take you further to the original red doors that once served as the gateway to San Juan. The doors are massive and are worth stopping for photos and walking through them.
With all the walking you have done, you will be famished by now. Stop at Barrachinae before you stroll down to Umbrella Street to see many colorful umbrellas and further to La Fortaleza, a stunning mansion in its own right.
Less than a minute away is Capilla del Santo Cristo de La Salud, a gorgeous chapel that makes for amazing photos.
Your tour ends at the city doors. You can keep exploring San Juan, but don’t try to pack too much in a day as the city is too beautiful to rush through.