November 12th, 2009 – by: jimanddavid
I loved this statue that represents the birth and history of Puerto Rico.
On to San Juan
to round out our amazing visit to Puerto Rico - and to celebrate our 16th anniversary! Again, big thanks to Katrina at La Finca for recommending the Hotel La Playa in Isla Verde for the end of our trip. She also provided us with some recommendations for accommodations in Old San Juan but we were torn between the charm of Old San Juan and the convenience of staying slightly outside the old city where parking would be much easier. Guess which won out! In fact, we decided after driving to the hotel that we would just leave the car parked and take the bus into Old San Juan rather than try to hassle with driving and parking around the narrow streets of Old San Juan. This worked out beautifully.
This modern art sculpture was on the art museum grounds just across from El Moro.
Hotel La Playa, although at the end of a strip of high rise hotels that make you think of Miami Beach, is a smaller older hotel that has been beautifully maintained and renovated and, best of all, it's right on the beach. We had a very comfortable room with a king sized bed and a nice view of the beach. The hotel has a very nice restaurant that is right on the water for perfect views while you eat your breakfast.
It was an easy jaunt down the street to catch the bus that takes you right down to Old San Juan for 75 cents. It's about a half hour ride including stops, and is a great way to get a sense of how the locals live. As many of you know, I'm sure, Old San Juan is a beautifully preserved example of old world architecture and walking the paths along the walls up to El Moro is well worth it. Lovely fountains, charmingly narrow streets as well as fun and interesting shops where you can find lots of locally produced artwork made Old San Juan a terrific way to end our time in Puerto Rico.
Hopefully we'll have an opportunity to return in the future, but until then - hasta la vista and thanks for the Mofongo!!