We made a blazing fast trip through part of Old San Juan on our last day before we flew out for home. As we drove in, I snapped pictures from the car, so here’s a few “drive-by” photos of some of the important sites we didn’t have time to visit…
Two hours in and out was all we had time for before flying out. I navigated us to the parking garages noted on my map, and when we missed our turn into the garage and had to loop around the block, realized we were at the cruise ship port and there were several in port! Uh oh… people everywhere ~ Wally’s nightmare!
So we got our parking ticket stub and figured out we had to take it with us and then pay at the main floor before going back to our car.
I was actually pretty happy I was able to get some nice snapshots from the parking garage out over Old San Juan towards one of the fortresses. The fortress is the farthest of the buildings on the horizon.
We hit the streets moving fast, and I was snapping at everything along the way. We did about a six-block loop and having spotted several restaurants just across from the parking garage, made a mental note to come back there for lunch. I loved the Caribbean colors, architecture and ornate iron balconies, lamps and accents. There were tons of shopping spots/tourist traps, restaurants and local businesses, but we didn’t have time (or Wally’s patience) for me to do any shopping. Here’s our whirlwind tour…
The famous blue cobblestones that were ship ballasts
We were in the mood for seafood and La Cueva Del Mar was packed with locals, so we knew it must be good. We picked a winner – service was great, the drink specials quenching and our meal was delicious. https://www.facebook.com/lacuevadelmar
Done with lunch we walked across the street to pay our parking garage fee to leave. There are public restrooms there on the same floor for those that might be in need.
Now, note to self, place paid parking ticket in secure place. I lost ours between paying and getting to car – *%$#%$^@#$! Wally pulled aside by the check-out gate and I ran back to the pay lobby in search of our ticket (no luck), but they were super nice and remembered me paying and gave me a replacement – whew!). So now off to say goodbye to his sister and only a few wrong turns on the way to the airport during a traffic jam (more &^%*$^$) and up, up and away… home to Nashville!
It was a great trip to Puerto Rico and would recommend for other travelers. Why? The scenery is amazing with diverse mountains and valleys, endless turquoise beaches, rural farmland, and all the amenities of home. Add to that a wide variety of delicious local food offerings governed by our U.S. FDA laws (so no tummy ailments), history, culture, boating, fishing, surfing, diving, golf, tennis, riding and many other sports, most of the locals speak Spanish AND English – and there’s great retirement perks.
So, yes, go. Rent a car and explore. And for those that can’t unplug, our cell phone service was spotty, but still considered U.S. So basically, you feel like you are in an exotic Caribbean island, but have all the perks of home. No passports, no hassles… It’s a U.S. territory!