Bienvenidos!! Its time to pack up your cutest sundresses because we’re headed to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico!! Puerto Rico is home to stunning pastel streets, sunny skies, and beautiful beaches — could it get any better! If you haven’t yet experienced Puerto Rico this guide includes the perfect suggestions for navigating through these magical pastel streets!
WHAT TO PACK
Puerto Rico’s average temperature is around 75 degrees or higher. As a Florida girl this kind of weather is typical, so I packed my millions of shorts, flipflops, and bathing suits. To me the only drag about traveling is packing for a trip. When too many things are going on I always forget to pack at least one important thing. On past trips I’ve forgotten to pack tooth paste, contact lenses, socks, etc. For anyone that is a scatter brain like me, then I suggest using this packing list. This specific packing list not only helps you check off needed items it also helps you plan exact outfits day by day.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel El Convento
This charming hotel sits right in the heart of Old San Juan. Hotel El Convento was a former Carmelite convent dating back from 1652. Once it was vacated by the nuns in 1903 the building was left until 1962 when it was converted into a Spanish-style luxury hotel. Each room has a view of either the vibrant pastel streets or the beautiful bay. Right outside the hotel you will see the historic Cathedral of San Juan Batista. El Convento is the perfect starting point for wandering the streets of Old San Juan since many beautiful spots are within walking distance.
PLACES TO VISIT
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
I think its safe to say that El Morro is the most well known spot of Puerto Rico. If your a history buff or just want to immerse yourself in local culture you have to make this a stop on your trip! Its also a great spot for looking out into the beautiful water, which also makes for a great photo backdrop!
Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery
Right outside of El Morro is were this breathtaking colonial-era cemetery can be found. This spot is the final resting place of Puerto Rico’s most prominent residents.✦ Personal Story– For those of you who don’t know, I am half Puerto Rican and many of my family members currently live in PR. The first time I had ever visited Puerto Rico was when I was 8 years old. I had just lost my loving great-grandmother. My family flew down to Puerto Rico for her funeral. The day after her funeral our whole family took a trip to El Morro as a way of celebrating her life and our culture. When walking around I came across this cemetery. I was overcome with emotion and grief. I thought about the families of the people who laid here and what they must have gone through. Even though I was overcome with sadness the beauty of this spot reassured me that even though she was gone she was in a beautiful place just like everyone laying in this cemetery. Now every time I go back to Old San Juan I lay flowers on her grave and in this cemetery since it is so special to me.✦
Cathedral of San Juan Bautista
The Cathedral of San Juan Batista is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in San Juan and the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere. The tomb of the famous Ponce de Leon can be found in this cathedral. If you find yourself in Old San Juan this is a stunning destination you should definitely visit!
Thank you for reading! I truly hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me and Puerto Rico! If you have any questions about any other places to visit feel free to leave comments below, I have plenty more to share 🙂