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Place: San Juan Puerto Rico

Scintillating San Juan
By Caitlin Moore

Though it is known as “La Ciudad Amurallada” (the walled city), San Juan can hardly be described as uninviting. The city’s rich history and its status as a busy and ideal port make it an intriguing destination for thousands of tourists each year. From its old Spanish buildings to its stunning beaches, the sights of San Juan are not to be missed.

Located on the Northern coast of the island of Puerto Rico, San Juan is divided into three different areas. Old San Juan is nearly 500 years old and was originally built to serve as a military stronghold. Today, visitors are welcomed to wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the imposing architecture that now serves as the façade for residences and shops. Guided tours are always available, as the narrow roads and alleyways are best traversed by foot.

Old San Juan’s famous plazas make for great photo-ops and meeting places, and history buffs will delight in the commemorative statues of Ponce de Leon and Christopher Columbus. Puerto Rico played an important role in the expansion of colonialism and New World exploration, and as you soak in the atmosphere of this centuries old collection of squares it will be impossible not to feel affected by the strong vibes of culture wars and aspirations for land acquisition.

El Morro, the six-level fortress that has come to serve as a symbol of San Juan’s strength as a city, is located right on the coastline. The tunnels, barracks, and ramps make for a veritable maze, and the view from the top level is a stunning one. In other words, to truly appreciate all that San Juan has to offer, be sure to make time in your schedule to visit this historical landmark while you’re here.

Dozens of other buildings, museums, and cathedrals will make visiting Old San Juan worthy of spending a substantial amount of time in, but you’ll doubtlessly be interested in seeing the beach and resort area, as well. Restaurants, nightclubs, shopping areas, and casinos make this a fun-filled adult’s playground. This is the place to enjoy a rum cocktail at a beach bar or head into the ocean for some surfing, swimming, or snorkeling. Night owls will find the vibrant after-dark scene more than satisfying, so be prepared to dance the night away.

San Juan also has a few suburban areas around it for quieter exploration, and located about 45 miles away you’ll find the lush and enthralling Yunque Rain Forest. Home to the famous coqui frog and brimming with flora and fauna of all kinds, this rain drenched area is like no other place on earth. Achieve a true Caribbean experience by checking out all that this beautiful island has to offer by taking a day trip here, and then return to the city in time to watch the sun set over the Pacific.

If this charming and vibrant location has caught your imagination and left you hungry to experience it firsthand, then start planning your trip as soon as you can. As far as lodging options, there are a number of hotels available. For a unique vacation, however, consider reserving a vacation rental within the perimeter of San Juan or nearby. Being close to all the action is important, as is having all the space and amenities that you need to make this trip truly worthwhile.

Imagine the level of relaxation you’ll achieve by choosing to stay in a villa located in the heart of Old San Juan. Every morning you’ll begin your sightseeing as soon as you step out of your door, and after stopping for breakfast at a nearby café you’ll be ready to start off on a walk through the town. Or, just ten minutes away is the beach, so if you’d prefer to get your sun tanning in early then grab your towel and head towards the sea.

As far as the property itself, high ceilings, ocean views, and modern furniture will make you feel pleased to simply spend some time relaxing indoors. Leave all your cares behind for a while as you live the life of a stylish world traveler, and be glad that you elected to stay in a one-of-a kind dwelling in a one-of-a-kind city.

Go online to start searching for the San Juan Vacation Rental that will match the adventurous spirit of this colorful destination, and prepare yourself for a different kind of vacation.

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