When we did the Southern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Victory in 2012, we spent a few days in Old San Juan before the cruise since our ship left from there. It gave us a chance to really explore the area on foot. We toured the forts, ate the local fare, and enjoyed some nightlife – wandering the streets of downtown in the late hours. We walked miles and miles over the course of three days. This time, while stopping here on the Carnival Breeze, we had a day to hit the streets and explore. We walked a few of the side streets, headed up to one of the forts, took some pictures over the ocean, and headed back to the ship. It wasn’t too exciting, but we didn’t have big plans for this port. Old San Juan is a great place to visit and I highly recommend staying there for a few days if you get the chance. Lots of old culture, great food, and really nice people. Just be aware of your surroundings because there are some ‘unsafe’ areas – but Old San Juan is generally safe from what we’ve gathered throughout our travels here. A few pictures from this year’s visit :
In August of 2012, we spent a few days in Old San Juan before our first Caribbean Cruise on the Carnival Victory. San Juan was an amazing place to visit, chalked full of history and most of the forts and sights within walking distance. On our next cruise, in a few weeks, we will be spending a day back in Old San Juan. This time, we hope to visit the cemetery and some of the hidden sights that we missed the first time around. If you have the opportunity to visit, I would recommend staying downtown Old San Juan at the Sheraton; especially if you are taking a cruise because it is across the street from the port. Check out some of the local fare; the dining is amazing and the nightlife is poppin. There are a couple of forts ran by the National Park Service, still in tact and full of history. We walked all over the place, especially the old downtown with the convent, the shops, and the little restaurant bars where you can pop in and rest. Here are some pictures from 2012 – I’ll have more from 2015 soon!