When Puerto Rico comes to mind, most people imagine the colors of Old San Juan. From the bright buildings to the blue cobblestone streets, to the vibrant ocean water peeking through the cityscape, every inch of Old San Juan is bright and happy and bursting with life.
We stayed at an AirBnB on Calle San Sebastian, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the location. I highly recommend staying in Old San Juan for your first trip to Puerto Rico because it eliminates the need for a car, which is great because parking is next to impossible in this area. The red building above is home to my favorite bar, Aquí Se Puede. One evening Victor, his father (also named Victor), my dad and I had the whole place to ourselves. The bartender was a phenomenal mixologist (he made best old fashioned I’ve ever had) and even played Sam Cooke upon my request.
Getting lost in Old San Juan isn’t so bad when the view is like this. Every corner is filled with color, and check out the blue cobblestone! There were a few places we visited more than once, and La Taberna Lúpulo was one of them. It’s an open-air dive with an impressive beer list and laid back vibe.
Another hit on the trip was Las Palmas Restaurant which was about ten feet to the right of our front door. The food was amazing – I fell in love with crab and rice and tostones on this trip. The alley between the restaurant and our apartment featured picnic tables, umbrellas, and music and every Sunday locals gather for a block party.
Up Next: El Yunque!