27 May Old San Juan, the real flavour of Puerto Rico
One of the most used departure ports for cruise ships in the Caribbean is San Juan in Puerto Rico. San Juan, known as ‘La Ciudad Amurallada’ (the walled city), was founded in 1521 and is the oldest city under the US flag. During the 16th century, the Spanish used it as a point of departure for expeditions to the New World. Fortifications in the Old San Juan section of the city repulsed numerous attacks from the English and the Dutch during those years. Today, Old San Juan is a charming seven square block commercial and residential area with cobblestone streets.
You can spend the whole day 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.
The evening seems to be the best moment to have a walk , when people is really spending their leisure time.
A stay in Old San Juan is highly recommended for those who will be taking a Caribbean cruise with San Juan as the departure point. The decent scuba diving sites are about 2 hours east of San Juan. So perhaps, if you have time enough, just plan a getaway to the east part of this marvellous island and practise some of the best water sports.