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7 Best Places to Visit in Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Updated on February 14, 2015
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

Oh...the excitement of visiting a new Country!

Back when I could afford a vacation, I was toying in my mind about where to visit next. I narrowed it down to 2 places and then, well the reason I am writing this article, is because Puerto Rico won the vacation toss and I was so excited about my visit that I took endless photos, some of which I will share with you throughout this article.

En La Parada! (At the Bus Stop Please! - that's the way you ask the bus driver to stop the bus at your stop in Spanish.)

My day started very early in the morning waiting at the 'Parada', a little way off from my modest Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Tres Palmas Inn. The owners were very warm and accommodating and I enjoyed my stay there.

I had to wait a while, since the buses are zoned and I had to wait for a special one that would bring to another place to take a connecting bus en route to Old San Juan. I finally arrived with much anticipation in the famed Old San Juan.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent.

1st Major Stop - El Morro & Life in a Fortress

El Morro - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
El Morro - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

My first stop was at El Morro (long name, Castillo de San Felipe del Morro), a more than 400 year old fortress that was built by the Spanish, later occupied by the Americans and is still in pretty good shape after all those years!

In fact, it is actually found on UNESCO’s Official List of World Heritage Sites. And as you will see in my photos later, there are 3 flags flown side by side - the old Spanish flag, an American flag and the Puerto Rican flag - I guess, as a mark of respect to each era

There are 6 levels in El Morro and it was really fascinating and overwhelming at the same time, as I made my way to each level, through winding stairways, dimly lit alleyways, long corridors and came upon the surprising lookouts as well as hidden and common rooms.

When you consider that they did not have all the modern excavation and building tools and machinery at their disposal to build this fortress, then you will be truly impressed and awestruck with the sheer magnificence of this structure and the craftsmanship and skill that went into building it.

With the help of life sized mannequins, pictures and various aged articles strategically placed to replicate life in the 15th & 16th centuries, I was convincingly permitted to conjure up feelings of what life was like for the men who called this fortress home back then.

The grounds surrounding El Morro are breathtakingly lovely!!! One of my favourite photos is one which I took of ‘El Cementario de San Juan’ (San Juan Cemetery) and the sea in the background. I have shared it with you in the photos below which give you a glimpse, through my eyes, of what you can expect to see in and around El Morro.

There is so much to see and there are no elevators (smile). So make sure to put on comfortable shoes like me.

Just in case you are unable to do as much walking yourself, like I did, and you feel to go at a slower pace, there’s a trolley car that runs through the city.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent

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That's a sign giving an overview of the tour of El Morro.This is one view of the lovely ground around El Morro.  The day I visited there were people flying kites.A long connecting walkway at the beginning of the tour.Another beautiful outside view of the grounds.I have to admit that this is one of my FAVOURITE photos of the surrounding grounds.  That's the San Juan Cemetery in the background.An inside view of a room where artillery was stored.Once inside El Morro, this is one of the breathtaking views looking out onto the sea.Moving to one of the 6 levels inside El Morro.  No elevators.This is 1 of 4 sentry or lookout posts that surround El Morro fortress.
That's a sign giving an overview of the tour of El Morro.
That's a sign giving an overview of the tour of El Morro. | Source
This is one view of the lovely ground around El Morro.  The day I visited there were people flying kites.
This is one view of the lovely ground around El Morro. The day I visited there were people flying kites. | Source
A long connecting walkway at the beginning of the tour.
A long connecting walkway at the beginning of the tour. | Source
Another beautiful outside view of the grounds.
Another beautiful outside view of the grounds. | Source
I have to admit that this is one of my FAVOURITE photos of the surrounding grounds.  That's the San Juan Cemetery in the background.
I have to admit that this is one of my FAVOURITE photos of the surrounding grounds. That's the San Juan Cemetery in the background. | Source
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An inside view of a room where artillery was stored.
An inside view of a room where artillery was stored. | Source
Once inside El Morro, this is one of the breathtaking views looking out onto the sea.
Once inside El Morro, this is one of the breathtaking views looking out onto the sea. | Source
Moving to one of the 6 levels inside El Morro.  No elevators.
Moving to one of the 6 levels inside El Morro. No elevators. | Source
This is 1 of 4 sentry or lookout posts that surround El Morro fortress.
This is 1 of 4 sentry or lookout posts that surround El Morro fortress. | Source
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Naturalizer Women's Malvina Moon Stone Loafer

Now if you're looking for a comfortable pair of shoes to walk about, then I HIGHLY recommend these!!!

Just look at my feet in my pictures! I walked for HOURS in these, so I can tell you about how comfortable they are.

 

2nd Major Stop - Castillo San Cristobal

Castillo San Cristobal - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
Castillo San Cristobal - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

Castillo San Cristobal (Saint Christopher Castle) is another World Heritage Site but there is less to see in comparison to El Morro. I will describe it more like a museum.

It’s worth visiting, though, as you will get to see the artillery used back then, the various military uniforms and flags and some re-enactment of life for the military officers back in those days. I took some photos to give you a sense of what you can expect to see if you love history.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent

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I'm posing on the wall outside Castillo San Cristobal :)Mannequins wearing the various military wear back in the days.Here's a re-enactment of the actual sleeping quarters.A breath-taking view of Old San Juan from the Castle.Another view of Old San Juan from inside.Down a pathway.
I'm posing on the wall outside Castillo San Cristobal :)
I'm posing on the wall outside Castillo San Cristobal :) | Source
Mannequins wearing the various military wear back in the days.
Mannequins wearing the various military wear back in the days. | Source
Here's a re-enactment of the actual sleeping quarters.
Here's a re-enactment of the actual sleeping quarters. | Source
A breath-taking view of Old San Juan from the Castle.
A breath-taking view of Old San Juan from the Castle. | Source
Another view of Old San Juan from inside.
Another view of Old San Juan from inside. | Source
Down a pathway.
Down a pathway. | Source

3rd Major Stop - El Convento

El Convento - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
El Convento - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

El Convento, which was actually a Convent that housed Carmelite Nuns more than 350 years ago, has been converted to a Hotel - Hotel El Convento.

Although it has been refurbished several times over the years, it still maintains the old Spanish architecture. There are a few paintings, statues and the grand piano which I played. LOL! Just kidding! I pretended to be playing although you can’t tell from my photo, right? (smile).

Hotel El Convento forms part of the prestigious group of 250 Historic Hotels of America which are celebrated because they have great historical significance and have maintained their architectural integrity making them true antiques.

Even if, like me, you can’t afford to stay at the luxurious Hotel El Convento right now, you can gain entry as a visitor to take a look around. Again, this is another historical site visit that will be worth your while if you appreciate history.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent

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I played the Carmelite Sisters' piano :)One of the paintings inside.Another inside view.
I played the Carmelite Sisters' piano :)
I played the Carmelite Sisters' piano :) | Source
One of the paintings inside.
One of the paintings inside. | Source
Another inside view.
Another inside view. | Source

Map of & Direction to Old San Juan Tourist Attractions

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A markerold san juan, puerto rico -
Old San Juan, San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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B markercatedral de san juan bautista -
Catedral de San Juan Bautista, 151 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, San Juan 00902, Puerto Rico
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C markerel morro, puerto rico -
El Morro, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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D markercastillo san cristobal, puerto rico -
Castillo de San Cristóbal, San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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E markerparque de las palomas, puerto rico -
Parque de las Palomas, Calle Tetuan, San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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F markerel convento, old san juan, puerto rico -
Hotel El Convento, San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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G markerPlaza de colon, puerto rico -
Plaza Colón, San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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H markerpuerta de san juan, puerto rico -
Puerta De San Juan, Cll Caleta De San Juan, San Juan, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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4th Major Stop - Catedral de San Juan Bautista

Catedral de Juan Bautista - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
Catedral de Juan Bautista - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

Well, as the Catholic Contributor you know I couldn’t wait to tell you about my visit to the Catedral de San Juan Bautista (In English, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist).

When I visited the Catedral de San Juan Bautista, it was actually a very special time since the community was celebrating the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, who, as you would gather from the Cathedral’s name is their patron saint.

If you walked by the Catedral de San Juan Bautista there’s nothing to attract you to it from the outside, as you will see in the photos. The real beauty of this Cathedral is on the inside. There are beautiful paintings, statues and stained glass art in the Cathedral.

There is also a photo and shrine of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Santiago which stood out and piqued my interest. He is a Puerto Rican, Catholic, layman (meaning he was not a Priest or religious Brother) who died in 1963 and was beatified on April 29, 2001. In other words, the Catholic Church recognizes him as a very holy person who has gone to Heaven and is able to intercede on behalf of anyone who prays in his name (notice I did not say ‘pray TO him, since one only prays TO God)

Many Puerto Rican Catholics consider Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Santiago’s beatification to be a great honour for Puerto Rican, since he is the first Puerto Rican and the first Caribbean-born layperson to be beatified.

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Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 1Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 2  (Shrine of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez)Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 3Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 4Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 5Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 6
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 1
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 1 | Source
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 2  (Shrine of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez)
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 2 (Shrine of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodriguez) | Source
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 3
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 3 | Source
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 4
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 4 | Source
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 5
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 5 | Source
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 6
Inside Catedral de San Juan Bautista - Old San Juan Puerto Rico - Photo 6 | Source
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5th Major Stop - A Stroll & Lunch in Old San Juan

MOFONGO - Puerto Rican dish originated from Africa
MOFONGO - Puerto Rican dish originated from Africa | Source

Whenever I am visiting a new country, I like taking the local transportation, eating where the locals eat and visiting historical sites. These are the highlights of my visit because as you travel and listen to the conversations and watch the interaction of the people, taste the food, learn about what went on eons before you existed etcetera, you get a real feel of the place, the people and the culture.

So I walked through the cobbled streets, through quiet neighbourhoods, strolled through the main streets, wandered in and out of the souvenir shops and passed in front of the famed El Alcaldia (San Juan City Hall). Then my stomach decided for me that it was time to eat.

When you visit, Puerto Rico, be sure to eat the very popular dish, MOFONGO, which is basically pounded plaintains that are seasoned and served with vegetables and some type of meat - I had shrimp. The dish originates from Africa and has become a part of Puerto Rican cooking because of some African influence in the country through slavery. You’ll be smacking your lips. It’s that good!

I guess I was too hungry, though, by the time my Mofongo came, so I did not take any photos since my brains don’t work when I am hungry. However, I found a Creative Common photo to give you an idea of what it looks like, although the one I ate at the restaurant had an even better culinary presentation.

Image credit: Eden Hensley Silverstein/flickr.com

Photo: Mofongo

Fodor's Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)
Fodor's Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)

Here's a useful guide to help you plan your trip to Puerto Rico.

You can also bring it along as your constant companion while you find places to visit, make and change plans to make the best use of your trip.

 

6th Major Stop - Parks & Plazas

Plaza de Quinto Centario - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
Plaza de Quinto Centario - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

Parks and plazas are a big thing in Puerto Rico, as seems to be the case in other Spanish-speaking countries that I have visited. There are several that you will enjoy while visiting Old San Juan. Personally, I find them very therapeutic. You can use them as pit stops in your Old San Juan tour. Just sit and rest and enjoy the ambience, like I did, while snacking on a sno cone or cold drink to cool down the heat.

In particular, I visited 2 Plazas - Plaza de Colon and Plaza del Quinto Centenario - and 1 Park - Parque de Las Palomas which, as you would have guessed by now if you know some Spanish, is so named because of the many pigeons that freely inhabit the Park.

I also met an old Colombian man who told me he had been living in Puerto Rico for a long time now and that he visits the Park every day to feed the pigeons. He wanted to take a photo with me, so you’ll see him here too.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent

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One of the beautiful sculptures of a renowned Puerto Rican artist - Jaime Suarez.Another Jaime Suarez. creation.The entrance to Parque de Las PalomasInside Parque de Las PalomasA photo with the Colombian old man inside Parque de Las PalomasPlaza de Colon
One of the beautiful sculptures of a renowned Puerto Rican artist - Jaime Suarez.
One of the beautiful sculptures of a renowned Puerto Rican artist - Jaime Suarez. | Source
Another Jaime Suarez. creation.
Another Jaime Suarez. creation. | Source
The entrance to Parque de Las Palomas
The entrance to Parque de Las Palomas | Source
Inside Parque de Las Palomas
Inside Parque de Las Palomas | Source
A photo with the Colombian old man inside Parque de Las Palomas
A photo with the Colombian old man inside Parque de Las Palomas | Source
Plaza de Colon
Plaza de Colon | Source

7th Major Stop - Puerta de San Juan & The Waterfall

Near the Waterfall - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico
Near the Waterfall - Old San Juan - Puerto Rico | Source

At some point, I took the Ferry going to Catano but I will have to say that I honestly cannot remember at what point in my tour but you will see me getting ready to get on board in my photos.

I also visited Puerta de San Juan which is a humongous door or gate in a wall near the sea that was actually closed every day at about sunset during the 18th century, in order to protect San Juan from invaders and which opened again each morning.

Then to end my exhaustingly great tour of Old San Juan, I walked along a lighted sea wall and along a really lengthy avenue with huge lighted art every few feet and ended up at the beautiful waterfall you see in the picture where I took a nap for the night.

LOL! Just kidding! I was super exhausted by then so I did take a break there watching the stars in the night sky and listening to the soothing sound of the water falling in the waterfall before heading back to my accommodation.

Image credit: All photos are compliments Heidi Vincent

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Taking the ferry.Lovely night time view along the sea wall.Where I dropped asleep for the night after a day of touring Old San Juan.....just kidding :)
Taking the ferry.
Taking the ferry. | Source
Lovely night time view along the sea wall.
Lovely night time view along the sea wall. | Source
Where I dropped asleep for the night after a day of touring Old San Juan.....just kidding :)
Where I dropped asleep for the night after a day of touring Old San Juan.....just kidding :) | Source

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Thank you so very much for your endorsement, techygran! I am glad you had an "exhaustingly great tour" (smile) - I love your expression. Have a blessed weekend!

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear Heidi-- an "exhaustingly great tour"- lol ! This was a very informative article and gives the right amount of detail for anyone planning a trip to San Juan. Loved all your pictures and your inclusion of foodie details as well! Voted up and shared! ~Cynthia

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Richard Binary: De nada! Viejo pero bonito. Gracias por visitar este lens y que tengas una buena semana!

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      Richard Binary 3 years ago

      Hola, muchas gracias por el lens Heidi. Puerto Rico es vieja.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      @Heidi Vincent: Sorry, I must have had the World Cup Soccer on my mind as Costa Rica were playing.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Richard1988: You're sure to enjoy yourself there, richard1988. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Richard 3 years ago from Hampshire - England

      I've not been to Puerto Rico yet, but it looks like an incredibly interesting place! Looks like a great holiday!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @JimHofman: Thank you so very much jhohman! I wish you a SPEEDY return to San Juan :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @DebMartin: Most definitely, DebMartin! There's a lot to see. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      Excellent travel lens...I agree with you that taking the local transportation, eating where the locals eat and visiting historical sites is the best way to explore a city. Well done! I'd like to get back to San Juan to see more of it someday.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I've only been to Puerto Rico briefly, on my way to another adventure. I see I need to return and spend more time. Thanks for the visiting tips.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Sylvestermouse: I most certainly did, Sylvestermouse! Glad you enjoyed my photos :) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      You look great in all your photos, Heidi! Glad you had a wonderful time. Congratulations!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      It looks like you have a fabulous time in Puerto Rico! I enjoyed looking at all of your wonderful pictures.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Charito1962: Thanks Charito! Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @delia-delia: Thanks for visiting and your congratulations on my LOTD, d-artist. You're lucky to have had the opportunity to visit Old San Juan. I am glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I am also happy that you do not leave God behind when you go on vacation :) Have a very blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Dave Lynch: It's in Puerto Rico, davdlynch :) It is indeed interesting. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Well written and great photos...My husband's family is from Puerto Rico and Hawaii, our visit to old San Juan was the highlight of our trip...very interesting and historical place. I also carry a small Bible or daily devotional on my travels.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Old San Juan in Costa Rica looks like an interesting place to visit!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ChocolateLily: Thanks ChocolateLily! Oh, it was! Hope you'll share those interesting places with us. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @snowy12: Thanks snowy12! Glad you got to see a bit of PR through my eyes. Blessings.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD! Your trip looks like a lot of fun. I haven't been to Puerto Rico or any other Spanish-speaking country, but I've been in some other interesting countries. :)

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      snowy12 3 years ago

      I haven't visited Puerto Rico. But from here I know that it's a nice place. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @nursingstudentb: LOL! Blessings nursingstudentbeth!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Just back to say congratulations on your Lens of the Day!! Very well Deserved :)

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      nursingstudentb 3 years ago

      Play that piano! Looks amazing :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @mommyplus3kids: I had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico jmom! This is only a part of the good things that I experienced in Puerto Rico. I am glad that as a Puerto Rican you liked my review. I definitely plan to visit again. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much esmonaco! Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks nancycarol! Glad you liked my photos. Well at least you got to meet a lovely Puerto Rican. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @clouda9 lm: Thanks clouda9! You are indeed lucky to have seen these wonderful site. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @LampsPest: I hope you get to go sooner than you expected LamosPest. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @PromptWriter: Indeed BigGirlBlue! Blessings!

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      I'm so happy you enjoyed visiting my country. Let me say that if you think San Juan is great the south west side of Puerto Rico will blow you away. The beaches are far cleaner and prettier than San Juan. It's also less crowded. Hope you come visit again and go to Rincon ( is great for surfing), Cabo Rojo, Isabela, San German has one of the oldest church's in PR. Thanks for the good review.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have not visited Puerto Rico, but it sounds like an interesting place! I had a good friend while I was in the Army, who was Puerto Rican. She was sweet, funny and I really enjoyed talking to her. Thanks for sharing this. I love your photos!

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      clouda9 lm 3 years ago

      Back in the 80's I was stationed at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico. Fortunate that I was able to see most of the sites of Old San Juan that you highlighted on here. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Jerzimom: Thanks CherylFay! Glad you loved my pictures. I haven't been to Mexico as yet. Thanks for sharing your spanish-speaking country visit with us. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @VioletteRose LM: Thanks VioletteRose! You are very welcome. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: Thank you so very much poetvix! Glad you liked the personal quality. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks BearTale! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I was hoping people didn't get bored seeing too much of me :) Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @TonyPayne: You must go for vacation poddys to make up for your other work trips. You will enjoy it as much as I did! Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @topclimb lm: Thanks topclimb! LOL! Glad I enticed you to go. You won't regret it. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: Thank you so very much esmonaco! Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Ibidii: Thanks ibidii! That's the idea with the photos, Glad you enjoyed them. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks Upon-Request! Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @astevn816 lm: Indeed astevn816! Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Dressage Husband: Thanks StephenJParkin! Sound like you've done some travelling yourself to some lovely destinations. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @BunnyFabulous: Thanks BunnyFabulous! I made plans to go to El Junque but it did not materialize on that visit. I have it as a priority next time. Glad you had the opportunity to visit Old San Juan and have some fond memories. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @katiecolette: Thanks katiecolette! I hope you get to visit PR soon. travel guides do help, especially when you have to change plans mid-vacation because of weather or something else happening. Blessings!

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      LampsPest 3 years ago

      Not i have not made it yet but it is enticing maybe one day i will make it.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @anonymous: Thanks rauspitz! Make it your next vacation stop. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Art Inspired: Thanks Artinspired! I most definitely will. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @favored: Thanks for the compliment on my lens AND smile, favored1 :) Glad you enjoyed it. Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Mary Crowther: Thanks MareeT! I hope it is soon. You will enjoy it! Blessings!

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      Moe Wood 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      No not yet. Beautiful architecture.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Never visited there but have been to Tijuana, Mexico long time ago once. Congrats on LOTD! Great Lens - Great vacation! Your pics were awesome!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Great pictures and information, thanks for sharing!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Major congrats on the LOTD, most deserved! Love the personal quality here.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      What a wonderful vacation. I really enjoyed the pictures of the cathedrals.

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Been a while since I was in San Juan but you certainly saw more sights than I had an opportunity to. I spent 4 individual weeks working there, and although the office was on the edge of the old town, other than several drives through mostly all I saw was on the Condado where my hotels were.One day for lunch I was invited to this restaurant that everyone liked - the girls all wore little shorts apparently. So off we went and ended up at Hooters. What a disappointment...

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      Great lens.Congratulations on LotD! Now I really want to go and visit Puerto Rico...

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Just back to tell you Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!! Very Well Deserved :)

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD Heidi! I love the photos! I have not been there so this is a treat to see the area with your photos!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Super travel lens! Congrats on LotD

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      a beautiful place with a lot of history

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Spain , Las Canarias, Ibiza, Gibraltar. The Spanish are really friendly and laid back people. I loved all of these places and would love to be able to return. Well written lens and deserved LOTD!

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      BunnyFabulous 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I went to Puerto Rico in college, and loved Old San Juan. My favorites were El Morro, Parque de las Palomas and just walking around the streets. I've got some hilarious photos of pigeons perched all over my friend's and my big floppy hats. There's so much to see near San Juan too. Did you get to go to El Junque? Hiking in North America's only rainforest was spectacular. Congratulations on a beautiful and informative LOTD!

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

      What a fun travel destination. Would love to go to Puerto Rico one day! And you are right, it's always a good idea to pick up a travel guide when planning your visit - it pays for itself by saving you time and helping you make the most of your vacation. I had ordered guides to DC and to FL/ Disney World in the past, and they were a tremendous help in vacation planning!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I've never visited Puerto Rico but it certainly looks like a destination. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Art Inspired 3 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens of the day! Thank you for sharing your wonderful journey. Make it a great day!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Not yet, but you make it sound interesting. Love your photos and great smile. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Congratulation on LotD. Nice job.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Congrats to you on LOTD!!!! I hope to visit Old San Juan someday!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: You're welcome, Susan52! I hope that you get to go yourself very soon. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Puerto Rico would be a wonderful place to visit. I'd love to go! Thanks for sharing your trip!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @MelanieKaren: I must confess that at first I was shying away from including photos of me while searching through my collection but I couldn't really find a lot of those. So then I just gave up and included them hoping that people wouldn't get bored of seeing me in nearly every photo LOL! So I am glad that you liked the photos of me, melaniekaren. Thanks for visiting and have a truly blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Margaret Schindel: Wow! Thank you so much for visiting and sharing my joy for my trip and lens awards, MSchindel! Have a very blessed week.

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Your trip looks like it was great! I haven't been to Puerto Rico yet, but I know a few people who have and enjoyed it very much, especially Old San Juan. -love all the photos of you! It's nice to see fellow Squids in photos enjoying real life :)

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      No wonder this wonderful article won a purple star award and was promoted to the Best of Squidoo Travel! You're a natural storyteller, your photos are terrific, and you shared your joy and enthusiasm for this very special place. Congratulations!!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @esmonaco: You are lucky to have visited Old San Juan, esmonaco! Glad you liked my tour. Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience there. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Rhonda Lytle: It is! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Wow! Glad you liked georgepmoola. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @WriterJanis2: You've travelled to some nice destinations, Writer Janis. Thanks for visiting and I hope you get to visit soon! Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @avidepot: Thanks avidepot! I am glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks for a wonderful tour, I've been there and to many of the places you visited. You have taken such beautiful pictures. I remember buying cigars form a local man who was hand rolling them on the street.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I've never been but you make it look like so much fun!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      A hugely interesting lens!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I have visited Mexico and parts of Central America. I would love to see some of the sites you have visited,

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      avidepot 3 years ago

      well i just don't have that extra time right now BUT it looks beautiful!!! the page setup itself with the added pictures and descriptions to every stop. just a great job!