Blogs from Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Central America Caribbean


Both tiny phytoplankton and a gigantic telescope can be pure magic This year we spent our Easter vacation in Puerto Rico. We can actually summarise the trip in only four words: "It was damn good!" But we should probably say a little bit more than that so here comes a bit longer description of our trip. Vieques The first place we actually stopped in was the island Vieques . We stayed in the town Esperanza on the south coast and enjoyed the laid back life and the beaches for a few days. Other than relaxing on beaches there are a few things from this part of the trip we would like to write about. => On Vieques there are plenty of horses roaming around more or less as t... read more
View from the hammock
Sign in a café

A sunny day in San Juan. Breakfast of empanadas and coffee. Blogging at the pool. A nice swim. A hike to Old San Juan. Lots of chickens hanging out at the parks. Lunch at a nice place in Old San Juan. Then it was on to see Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Blisters from the 8.7 mile hike. Weather was perfect with sun and ocean breeze and temperature 80 to 84 degrees. Rest and relaxation and dinner at the hotel tonight overlooking the ocean. Bus boy's name was "Ocean" too.... read more
Chicken Checks out the scooter
Castillo San Felipe del Morro San Juan
Old San Juan

San Juan Puerto Rico They should put up a “Welcome Back, Jean and Cope” sign here. We have been to Puerto Rico many times and love this island. It has been sad to see the slow response to their needs after Hurricane Maria from the United States, but…despite this they are coming back beautiful and amazing as ever. Today we have booked a food walking tour (we were worried we wouldn’t have enough food on the ship, LOL), of Old Town San Juan through Tours by Locals. Jorge Montalvo is to meet us on the dock. What luck that we reached out to Jorge. He was the best guide ever! Personable, sense of humor, educated, perfect English and knows a lot about history. His Facebook page is @eltourguidePR if you’re heading his way. After meeting up ... read more
Jorge and Mofongo
Kites over the street
Ponce de Leon Crypt

Camera: Canon EOS M5 Lenses: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Accessories: Speedlite 90EX We got up at 4:00 am and got ready for the journey!!! It took us longer to finish packing and prep the house. The cats must have known something was up. They would not stay in the garage. Finally, Kim bribed them with some kitty treats and we got them to stay in as we closed the garage door!!! We hope they are still alive when we get back!!!! We could not tell if the roads were icy, so we took it easy and didn’t speed. We left the house a half hour late and the slow speed got us to the airport about an hour later that I would have liked, but ... read more

You spend days, weeks, months and sometimes years planning a vacation then like that it's over. Today is that day for me and Alonzo, our last day to enjoy in Puerto Rico, so we're heading to Viejo San Juan or Old San Juan which it is more commonly known as. Puerto Rico has amazing food, beaches, people, so much culture to soak up but when I visit a place I like to learn about the history. So on this day we will learn about the history of Old San Juan which is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. Today is just like every other day we've been in Puerto Rico I head down to the street to Espana to get us some breakfast and you know Alonzo is still sleep, so I get breakfast and come ... read more
Tower at San Felipe
Me and Alonzo
Old San Juan

Cruising in the Caribbean can seem somewhat anti-climactic after having visited so many exotic ports around the world. But we were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable we found all these tropical islands this time. I think that one of the biggest reasons was because the Whisper was the only ship in each port. The cruising season is over in the Caribbean by mid-April as most of the ships head to Europe or Alaska. Many of the merchants and locals seemed genuinely pleased to see the Silver Whisper arrive…potential customers! Our first port was in Bridgetown, Barbados which is considered the most British of the Caribbean Islands. It reminds me a lot of Bermuda with neat streets, a stable government and happy residents. We headed out on a sailing catamaran to follow the “turtle trail” along the ... read more

Weather is beautiful in San Juan. Visited the Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.... read more
Disney Fantasy in San Juan
San Juan
San Juan

I told my friend Harper I was headed to Puerto Rico. He mentioned that he had visited Puerto Rico many times and loved it. Harper insisted I do the following while in Puerto Rico: 1. Stay in Old San Juan mostly while in Puerto Rico. 2. Visit Ponce in the south. 3. Try the Water-Bread. 4. Try the Black Beans and Rice (at Hotel El Convento (former convent)). 5. Visit the Rainforest 6. Visit the east side of the island and check out the resorts there. I completed my mission. Truthfully, Harper also said to visit the islands of Martinique and Saint Thomas while in Puerto Rico, but I had to return early for business. We ran into an antique shop owner who said that although there is no US Federal income tax here, study the ... read more

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Todd was up at 600am, grading papers. Yes I am working on part of the trip. After I finished grading papers, I headed back to our room to make sure everyone was up. We have a tight schedule this morning. Jenny, Marcus, Michael and I wanted to run on the beach this morning. The beach is 1.5 blocks away. Everyone was up to running; Michael decided to work out in the gym. Cindy stayed back in the hotel. So Jenny, Marcus and I walked down towards the beach. I ran ahead and started running. It was super warm and humid this morning, I felt like I was back in Houston in the middle of the summer. For me, it was so enjoyable running on the beach. I was able to keep my ... read more
Lunch time, Manolin
Lunch - Mofongo Relleno con Pollo
The group at the Bacardi distillery

Prologue Prior to December 2012, I was self-employed which meant that I had more time on my hands and usually more money as well, so I qualified easily for status with American Airlines. Earlier this year, I realized that I was not on course to requalify for status. Around that same time, American sent me a 15% off coupon so I decided to make a mileage run. The next decision was – where should I go? I knew I wanted to explore a new place. I was tempted to go to New Orleans, but I found a cheaper fare to San Juan. A quick scan through the Lonely Planet led me to Posada San Francisco, a hostel offering private rooms for $30 in the heart of Old San Juan. With that, the deal was sealed. Saturday, ... read more
En Route to Condado
En Route to Condado
Paseo de la Princesa

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