Puerto Rico is an underestimated vacation location for many Americans. It’s a beautiful Caribbean island with breathtaking sandy white beaches and beautiful rain forests. Like Hawaii, it has it’s own culture, so visitors feel like they’re leaving the US, but still retain all the American comforts from visiting a territory of the United States (ie: US currency, 50% English speaking, no passports or visas required).

Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

1. Arecibo Observatory/ National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC): Remember that scene in Golden Eye when James Bond via Pierce slid around this giant satellite-y thing to save the world from destruction in his British-y spyish way? THIS IS IT! It’s the largest curved focusing dish in on the earth, so it’s able to collect data on aeronomy, radio astronomy, and radar astronomy. Admissions $5 Adults, $3 Children/Seniors. Open 9-4pm Monday through Sundays. Mondays and Tuesdays are open seasonally so check the website. Arecibo Observatory. Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612

2. Puerto Rico’s Architecture: Walk around the neighborhoods and take in Puerto Rico architecture. All around you you’ll find Spanish colonialism everywhere. From the bright facades to the Spanish style architecture, Puerto Rico provides colorful eye-candy for the senses. With the smell of ocean air wafting, grab your walking shoes and go explore the neighborhood. It’s not often that you’ll find a pepto bismo pink building to be absolutely gorgeous!

Suggested building:

  • Old San Juan
  • The Governor’s Mansion
  • The Promenade
  • The Department of Homeland Security… HAHAHA. jk. But it is there and it is pink.

2. Fort San Felipe del Morro: A sixteenth century fort originally built guard the entrance of San Juan’s bay, For San Felipe de Morro, or El Morro, also guarded the port from pirates. Today, it’s been named the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The view is breathtaking from here and the Puerto Rican locals definitely know it. Don’t be surprised to see local families enjoying a picnic and or flying a kite overhead. Location: Northwestern point of San Juan.


(pictures by Laura)

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