Founded as a brewery in 1883 but resurrected as a cultural and culinary destination beginning in 2002, The Pearl has been heralded as “the crown jewel in revitalization efforts of Downtown San Antonio,” striking the fancy of tourists and even of hometown-averse San Antonians (my boyfriend included).
Old San Juan owes its charm to the wealth of sights, restaurants, and shops within its 7-block area, and it can be a struggle to prioritize what to see and do in the old town, particularly if your time there is limited. This was exactly the situation my boyfriend Alex and I faced when he and I visited Puerto Rico for 4th of July weekend. With some pre-trip research, I’m proud to say that we planned a stay in Old San Juan perfectly reflective of the old town’s eclectic mix of cultural and historical vibrancy. Here’s how you can do it too.
This year, I spent 4th of July weekend in Puerto Rico. At the risk of sounding cliché, while I knew what to expect about the island after having seen countless pictures of the old town’s buildings, being there in the flesh was just increíble. Old San Juan is located on a small islet connected to the main island by bridges, and its colorful facades provide a fascinating juxtaposition alongside the imposing, ancient presence of the forts that punctuate Isleta de San Juan. At just 7 city blocks, the old town is definitely densely packed with sightseeing and activities!