Wordy Wednesday #142 “In the Land of Enchantment”

Old San Juan street

Puerto Rico is the best of two worlds! As a Caribbean island it’s the smallest of the Greater Antilles yet it’s also part of the United States so you don’t need a passport. Located in the northeastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico is just a two-hour flight from Miami. The Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport is in Isla Verde nine miles from San Juan and the short cab or shuttle ride to the city is lined with modern hotels in a lush tropical setting.

Old San Juan offers a rich visual experience, where narrow cobble stone streets are lined with 16th century buildings and churches and colorfully painted 200-year old homes with wrought iron balconies. It is one of the two barrios of San Juan and located on a small island connected to the mainland by bridges and a causeway. When driving you almost won’t know you’ve arrived Viejo San Juan until you see the explosion of colors of the historic buildings. A leisurely foot tour is the best way to experience this bit of the Old World, especially given the narrow, steep streets.

Author: Joe Farace

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