SAN JUAN


San Juan is a charming example of stress-free blending of omnipresent antiquity and rising modernism in Puerto Rico. It is a major port and tourist resort of the West Indies and is the oldest city under the realm of United States of America. Since its inception by the Spanish settlers in fifteenth century, the city has evolved as the largest processing centre of the island nation with facilities for petroleum and sugar refining, brewing and other methods of industrialisation. Adding to these features, the conglomeration of financial institutions, historic artefacts and cultural centres promoted San Juan to be enlisted as the capital of Puerto Rico. Nowadays it is the busiest anchoring base and is the second largest seaport in the Caribbean area after New York City.


The Perla de San Juan

San Juan, with the passage of time, grown out of its old city limits and has expanded to the suburbs of suburban Miramar, Santurce, Condado, Hato Rey and Río Piedras. It started out from the location of Caparra in 1508 when Juan Ponce de León founded it. It was relocated and christened as "San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico" before arriving to its present form. The city was extensively fortified by the Spanish authorities to safeguard the business houses and public accommodations from the pirates. The 465-year-old neighbourhood of Old San Juan brings in the charms of bygone era when you walk over the cobble stoned streets winding the Spanish colonial accommodations. Many travellers enjoy the personal touch and unique charm of the small hotels and a wide variety of bed and breakfasts available in this area. The modern metropolitan region of San Juan is linked to the old city by bridges and one can easily access the modern facilities here. El Morro castle, San Cristóbal castle, San José Church, Casa Blanca and Cathedral of San Juan Bautista are other places of interest in the city. Apart from the luxurious hotels, tourists in tight budgets can manage a comfortable stay in San Juan by boarding in the hostels or taking any apartment for rent.


Fort San Felipe Del Morro


Old San Juan


 

 

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