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Puerto Rico stole my heart! I wandered the colorful streets of Old San Juan, getting happily lost amidst the charming architecture and snapping photos at every turn. The vibrant buildings were a feast for the eyes.

History came alive at El Morro Fort. I stood in awe of the panoramic Caribbean Sea views and learned about the fort’s role in shaping Puerto Rico’s story.

But the real adventure came in El Yunque National Forest. This lush rainforest, unlike anything I’d ever seen, teemed with unique plants and wildlife. The hike to Mina Falls was well worth it – the refreshing dip in the cool pool beneath the cascading water was pure bliss.

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I walked around Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and it was amazing! The buildings were so colorful and the streets were narrow and winding. I felt like I was stepping back in time as I wandered through the historical sites. I would recommend consulting a map before you go though, because the streets are one-way and can be tricky to navigate. I also loved looking at all the fountains and sculptures.

I visited El Morro Fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built in 1539 during the Spanish rule. I took an Uber from my hotel to Old San Juan and was easily able to walk to El Morro. The entrance fee was $5, and it also gave me entrance to the other Puerto Rican fort of San Cristobal.

The fort has multiple levels, and they are all worth visiting. The top level has excellent views of San Juan and the Caribbean Sea. However, I didn’t feel the history of El Morro until I went down into the lower levels. There, I walked through a tunnel and went into the prison, which had a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea.

I visited San Cristobal Fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was built by the Spanish in 1873 to protect Old San Juan. While I didn’t find it as interesting as El Morro, it did have great views of the city and the coast. The ticket to enter San Cristobal was $5 and also allowed entry to El Morro. I recommend visiting both forts in the same day and walking between them through Old San Juan.

I took a self-guided walking tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I started at El Morro, a historic fort, and walked through Old San Juan to the San Cristobal Fort. Next, I followed the coast back to the modern part of the city. I walked close to 10 miles and felt like I was able to see a lot of the city.

The streets of Old San Juan were colorful and winding, and I felt like I was going back in time. I eventually made my way to the San Cristobal Fort by following the coastal highway, but recommend walking through Old San Juan instead. After San Cristobal, I walked back to my hotel, passing the Puerto Rican Capitol Building and bronze statues of American presidents. I also saw iguanas, lizards, and a seahorse sculpture on my walk.

El Yunque National Forest is a must-visit for nature lovers. Located less than an hour’s drive from San Juan, it boasts a unique rainforest ecosystem with waterfalls and diverse plant life. There’s a visitor center, a scenic main loop, and hiking trails like Mina Falls with a refreshing swimming hole. You can even find a secluded beach nearby!