Friday, January 21, 2011

Old San Juan

The streets of Old San Juan are gorgeous
Did you know that Old San Juan is the second oldest city in the western hemisphere and the oldest city under the U.S. flag?

If want to go to explore the history of Puerto Rico, just spend some time in Old San Juan! Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy the architecture, the language, the foods, the sunsets!

Old San Juan is a 465-year-old neighborhood originally conceived as a military stronghold. Its 7-square-block area has evolved into a charming residential and commercial district. The streets here are paved with cobbles of adoquine, a blue stone cast from furnace slag; they were brought over a ballast on Spanish ships and time and moisture have lent them their characteristic color. The city includes more than 400 carefully restored 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial buildings.
Each turn brings a surprise!

Streets are paved with blue cobblestones of adoquine.

Below is a list of plazas and their statues, should you come across them during your exploratory walks!

Plaza de San José 

Plaza de San José features bronze statue of Ponce de León

Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Plaza del Quinto Centenario (Quincentennial Square) features a sculpture by one of Puerto Rico's foremost artists, Jaime Suarez,in black granite and ceramics symbolizes the earthen and clay roots of American history.

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas (arms square) on San José Street features four statues representing the four seasons.
Plaza de Colón
Plaza de Colón (Columbus square) features bronze tablets at the pedestal of the Columbus statue record important episodes in the explorer's life.

Plazuela de la Rogativa
Plazuela de la Rogativa  features a modern sculpture depicting a procession of religious women commemorates an event that took place on the site in 1797.

Plaza de Hostos
The Plaza de Hostos is located near La Casita, which includes artisan displays, snack stands, and traditional piragüeros.

There are also small parks throughout Old San Juan which are just as beautiful as the plaza and many with just as much history!

El Parque de las Palomas 

El Parque de las Palomas (pigeon park) is located at the top of the city wall, this park overlooks the restored La Princesa Jail, now a government office with an attractive art gallery.

The Muñoz Rivera Park
The Muñoz Rivera Park is an spacious ocean side park with large trees, landscape gardens and wide walks, located on Jesús T. Piñero Avenue. Open Tues-Sun 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Martí Coll Linera Park
Martí Coll Linera Park, can be accessed from 3 different places: right next to the AquExpreso terminal in Hato Rey, from a corner of the Parque Central, and from the San Juan Park. Perfect for if you’re a runner or a biker.

Puerto Rico's CentralPark
Central Park has facilities for jogging, baseball, calisthenics and tennis.

For photos and information on Puerto Rico's Forts, click here or click on the archive on this blog called El Morro
El Morro

Old San Juan is really quite amazing and gorgeous and very easy to spend a day walking and window shopping. If you're not comfortable walking about on your own, you can always do the tourist thing and book a walking tour.

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  1. A friend referred me to Yvonne & Nelson and I got to stay at their place for 4 days. I loved it, my first trip to Puerto Rico and I already want to go back. Old San Juan reminded me of the trendy places in NYC - but 10x better because of the sunsets, the beaches and the great weather. Their place was spotless - the best part - no rushing to check in or out. I can take my time and turn in the keys at my leisure. I can't wait to go back!

  2. Old San is my all time favorite destination or also want to know all kinds of things about this place that i found in this superb post..This is very historical destination or there are some things that are not in the mind of all people...This post is helpful for them..!