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A Stay At Old San Juan In Puerto Rico
by Clint Leung

We spent the day and evening walking the many cobblestone streets and alleys in the area.

There are over 400 restored colonial buildings from the 16th and 17th century here. There were also several plaza squares and parks.

One of the nicest services offered in Old San Juan is a free shuttle bus which covers two different routes through the district.

There was a bus stop about 1/2 block away from our hotel which was very convenient. Riding on the shuttle buses through both routes gave us a good overview of Old San Juan

We were able to stop off at several points of interest including the huge El Morro fort.

After our visits to each attraction, we just had to wait for the next bus to come by to continue our tour.

In the evening, we did get lost while walking since many of the streets look very similar.

But with our map, we eventually found our way back to the street where the Hotel Milano was. We decided to dine at one of the nearby restaurants for authentic Puerto Rican cuisine and were not disappointed. My lady especially adored the two different plantains we ordered.

When it was time to go to the cruise ship terminal, we just took a short five minute ride from our hotel. Our short stay in Old San Juan was definitely worthwhile and hassle free. A stay in Old San Juan is highly recommended for those who will be taking a Caribbean cruise with San Juan (San Juan travel) as the departure point.

The only disappointment I had with San Juan was that I was hoping to do some scuba diving in the area but from the reports I read, the waters off the city are quite murky with limited marine life to see. This is likely the result of San Juan being such a busy port.

The decent scuba diving sites are about 2 hours east of San Juan. So perhaps in a return trip to Puerto Rico, I will plan to make a trip to the east part of the island. 

About the Author:
 Clint Leung, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 Clint is owner of Free Spirit Gallery which specializes in exquisite authentic Eskimo Inuit and Northwest Native art including carvings, sculpture and prints at below retail prices. There are numerous information resource articles on Inuit and Native art with photos of authentic artwork as well as eCards at the website (http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca)

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