Way back in 2010, I happened to stumble upon a great deal to Puerto Rico. I was living in Sarasota, Florida at the time. The trip was for a four day weekend, included return flight, hotel, and a car rental for $500.00. I couldn’t resist.
The flight was uneventful. I arrived at the airport and went outside looking for the car rental place. The heat and humidity hit me like a sledgehammer. Turns out, there are no car rentals at the airport (although there was a closed casino). I had to take a shuttle to somewhere in San Juan to pick up my vehicle. This also meant I had to remember where this place was to return the car.
Lucky me, I got a white Toyota Yaris.
This was my hotel on the coast, east of Puerto Rico. Two short blocks from the ocean, and free parking. I had a decent room on the top floor, facing the street. On the lower left of the building was an ice cream parlour, on the left a restaurant. This was used a lot by people for an overnight stay before boarding a cruise ship. I have never seen travellers with so much luggage before. I brought a backpack.
Between the Coral by the Sea and the Ritz Carlton, this was my hangout. Wonderful owners and patrons, cold beer, good food, inexpensive. A quick search today tells me it has since been closed.
Castillo San Filipe del Morro is a Spanish citadel built to guard the entrance to San Juan Bay in the 1600’s. Construction began in 1539 by order of King Charles V of Spain. Many improvements were made over time. The original 1.8M thick walls were increased to 5.5M by the end of the 18th century. Puerto Rico was awarded to the US at the end of the Spanish-American war in 1898.
In 1961, the US Army officially retired El Morro, and the citadel was declared a World Heritage Site by the UN, and is a US National Park.
Old San Juan is mix of modern structures and also a place where time has stood still. This old hotel had been abandoned for some time.
The rocky shore of San Juan, Puerto RIco, below El Morro.