When I first wandered on the streets of Old San Juan Puerto Rico, I visited the famous sites in the city and that walking tour definitely made me hungry. Good thing I have passed by some place where I can find local Puerto Rican street food. But I would have to suppress my appetite for Puerto Rican street food until our next call.
Aside from Forts that are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other remarkable landmarks along its streets, Old San Juan is also a foodies’ heaven. From authentic Puerto Rican food to Spanish inspired and international fares even food trucks, every corner and every turn has its own culinary delights. There are budget dining options to upscale restaurants that will fit anyone’s budget.
As soon as I set foot on San Juan Puerto Rico's pier, I saw a rush of tourists who were already on their way to different destinations. There were sidewalk vendors that sell all kinds of stuff from souvenirs, food and drinks and what not. I can hear the loud voices of the tour operators as they holler on tourists to avail of their offers. There is also a 4-star hotel and a whole strip of modern shops, boutiques, others being high end brands that are easily accessible. Amidst the highly urbanized city of San Juan in Puerto Rico still lies the walled city of Old San Juan. Here are some of the places that I have stumbled upon when I went on a walk on the streets of Old San Juan.
I have been to 3 of the major Forts that defended the City of Old San Juan. These defenses are made of solid stone walls that had kept the city safe from invaders since the mid-1500s. Today, these forts are a part of the San Juan National Historic Site and recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seeing these defensive walls and especially the guerites (in Spanish, garita), sentry boxes or watchtowers made me reminisce of something familiar from back home, it reminded me of our very own Intramuros, “Walled City” in Manila, Philippines.