*YAWN* Way too early in the morning before heading to the airport for our cruise on the Adventure of the Seas leaving from San Juan.
As you can tell from the video, we did not stay in a hotel before our flight. Dan was CONVINCED that we could save the money and drive down at a silly early hour, which we did. In hindsight, I'm glad we did, even if I wasn't real thrilled about it that morning. It would've been better if I could sleep on a plane, but I'm not a plane sleeper.
I think Old San Juan may be the most beautifully charming city I've ever seen in the Caribbean. The cobblestone streets, the little shops, the outdoor cafes, just the overall atmosphere was incredible. I would return to San Juan in a heartbeat.
Dan and I got into the airport a bit after noon. Our Continental flights were wonderfully smooth and uneventful.
Columbus airport - ready to go!
I absolutely love flying over the blue, blue waters of the Caribbean. San Juan's airport is busy, but pretty easy to navigate. Everything is written in both Spanish and English. We found our luggage and made our way to the taxi station. I really liked that the taxis are pretty much a flat rate. When standing in line, a man comes to you, asks how many in your party and how many bags of luggage. He also finds out where you're headed. He fills out a ticket and hadns it to you. Based on this information, you're given your price. The airport was the only place that had this system, but we found all the taxis to be pretty comparible within a few dollars from the hotel.
We plopped down our things at the Marriott Miramar hotel and set off to old town.
Raices - downtown Old San Juan. Quiero mofongo.
The taxi ride for both of us, including tip, was around $15 - $17. My friend Marisol, who was born and gre up in Puerto Rico, told me that I must try a local dish called mofongo, made from plaintains and a choice of meat. She recommended shrimp. We asked the VERY friendly front desk and they immediately recommended Raices. AMAZING atmosphere and food. It wasn't the cheapest, but I felt the quality of food and service was worth a little extra (I think 2 full meals, desserts, an appetizer, and 2 beers was around $60, with tip.)
After eating, we walked up to El Morro, the fort which guarded the sea. It was a fun, self-guided tour for only a few US dollars. Be sure to ask for a map and show yourself around. The air was wonderfully hot and sticky.
After the fort, we hopped in a taxi back to the hotel where we spent the rest of the evening relaxing at the hotel and getting excited for the next day. We went to bed pretty early and spelt great!