This plaza features a totem pole sculpture and fountain, just above El
|In the morning we headed over to El Morro, San Juan’s largest and oldest
fort. They've reserved a large portion of green space out front for a
park, in which a busload of school kids were flying kites.
|El Morro is not much different than San Cristóbal, so if you’re interested
in history and/or fortifications just see El Morro and skip San Cristóbal,
despite the discount they’ll offer you on seeing both. In the late May
heat, we almost wished we'd skipped both in favor of something climate
controlled, or at least shaded, but El Morro does offer some great views
of the sea and bay.
|El Morro also features a lighthouse
that is still in use, according to our guide.
The displays inside the fort, telling the
history of Puerto Rico, San Juan, and it's fortifications, are
identical to those in San Cristóbal.
Drenched in sweat, we headed for lunch at Amadeus, sort of a mix of Puerto
Rican and Italian foods. Decent, but way over priced. The A/C felt divine,
however, giving us the gusto we needed to toss our bags in the cab and
head for the airport.
Back home, after a lovely
weekend it’s all the sudden sixty degrees and raining. What the hell? I’d trade
the 90 degrees and humidity at the beach for this. If only I could find a
job down there. But then that’s what a lot of folks are saying Puerto
Top 10 (+1
to grown on) Good
and Bad Things about Puerto Rico, in no particular order:
San Juan – pretty, European, small enough to walk around in a
Tourists everywhere, and the tourist traps that feed off them.
jungle/rainforests covering the northern half of the island.
size of the island (100x35 miles) makes everything seem close.
Something that appears way on the other end of the map is only a
couple of hours away.
||Assuming you can get past the construction, the traffic, and
find the place due to the lack of road signs…
of corner/neighborhood bakeries and cafés with tons of tasty
||The lack of these in the States.
and clubs that stay open late, like the 6 AM closing time
mentioned at Pink Skirt in Old San Juan.
redundancy of either endless Latin jazz or endless electronic/Eurodisco.
Oh, and smokers. Why don’t you just hurry up a die and stop poisoning my
ability to buy liquor in the grocery store or corner drugstore,
constant reminder that I live in the Bible Belt. Apparently God
hates it if you drink a beer after midnight on His day, even
though, technically, it’s really Monday.
skinned, dark haired, scantily clad women.
||Seems like most of the hotties are too young, hitched, or not my type.
Catholic school girls roaming the streets.
English spoken by most locals.
||Tourists who expect everyone to speak it
and don’t know a lick of español, or even carry a Spanish/English
||The amount of American currency everything costs,
particularly in San Juan.
Beaches, beaches, beaches!
||What could be bad about the beach?
(Well, there’s the overdevelopment that’s on the way, but there’s still
plenty of seclusion to be found – if you hurry.)
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