Eastern Caribbean Cruise – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Part 4 of 5

Pulling in to port, the first thing you pass is Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan. It’s a 16th century citadel. Photo was taken on our way out though.
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Since when we arrived in San Juan, it was very gloomy with off and on rain. We ended up having a nice day though.
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There are some pretty beach area’s here we just didn’t get to see them. And the dock is on the city side. We didn’t have much of a game plan at this stop.
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We decided to wing it, but there was one area we wanted to see. The umbrella’s (more down below).
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Looks to be a pretty busy area, busy airport. Very much big city like. Not the small town feel like the other ports.
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Just looking in the opposite direction from where we docked.
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This side, appears to be the newer more built up side. To me it looks like a mini Chicago in the middle of the ocean.
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You do need to be mindful if you aren’t following one of the cruise lines excursions. Use common sense if you venture out on your own as there are safe, and not so safe areas.
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Side of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
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Just stepping off the dock ! Here we go.
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Some of these faces don’t look happy, but I assure you they were having a good time. There was a lot of walking and it was hot too.
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Iguana in a straw hat !
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As we walked by, they were inserting these glass pieces and filling in grout to decorate their benches. Neat idea.
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San Juan had all those little stands that St Thomas used to !!!!  This is what we’d been looking for ! Found them. They did not disappoint. Found a lot of neat stuff. Some is hand made some is not. Everyone was so nice. Well, not everyone. One guy was a complete asshole, so we didn’t buy his stuff obviously. But two lady’s were so very nice and they made such neat bracelets, we stopped and shopped their tables twice ! I could have bought even more but ya gotta use restraint just like at home. Someone in the photo below appears to be getting a bit grouchy at all my photo taking.
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Stand after stand after stand. So glad they had them here since we were a pinch disappointed that they weren’t in St Thomas. I think we felt better about our shopping needs being fulfilled after this stop.
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Old San Juan still has mostly cobblestone streets. And quite narrow !! Gotta be a little careful. When they are driving and you are walking…have you ever played Crossy Roads? It’s kind of like that.
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Working our way to the umbrella’s still.
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On Fortaleza Street, in Old San Juan, the colorful umbrellas have been installed during the summer season, giving this street a festive air. They are on the block that leads to the Governor’s Mansion.
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In 2017, San Juan was hit with Hurricane Maria. One of the worst storms in this area in 90 years. It was a category 5 and one of the most deadliest.
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I read it’s a symbol of hope and inspiration after such a terrible storm. Bringing color and happiness to those around the area.
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Was pretty neat to see. Something very different.
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Glad we made the walk to find it. I didn’t time it but I’d guess it was a 15-20 minute walk from the cruise ship area.
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Here is the opposite side of the Governor’s Mansion that those umbrellas lead to.
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Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Carnival Magic Travel & Cruise Ship – Part 1 of 5

Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Amber Cove, Dominican Republic – Part 2 of 5

Eastern Caribbean Cruise – St Thomas, US Virgin Islands – Part 3 of 5

Eastern Caribbean Cruise – San Juan, Puerto Rico – Part 4 of 5

Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos – Part 5 of 5

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