Puerto Rico – Old San Juan

I didn’t mean to go to Puerto Rico, I really didn’t, it just sort of happened. A group of friends were on their way, tickets from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan were only $70 one way on JetBlue Airways, all 8 of us could share a house for $300 for the week and could split two cars, and as a friend remarked, all of that = a no brainer. It wasn’t a photographic trip in the way I normally travel, but I was able to make some images along the way.

For a few hours on my first day, and a couple hours of my last,  I was able to get to old San Juan. It is fascinating to think that I was in a city that was founded a century before the Mayflower first anchored off American shores. This post will present my impressions of Old San Juan.

Along the walls of the old city

Along the walls of the old city

A room in the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, the second oldest cathedral in the Americas

Votive candles inside San Juan Bautista Cathedral



An ancient city gateway

An ancient city gateway


Tunnel to the old city cemetery

A grave marker in the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

A grave marker in the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery



While I tried much of the local food, this little burger joint in Old San Juan was the best food on the island

While I tried much of the local food, this little burger joint in Old San Juan was the best food on the island. No, it wasn’t just me, there wasn’t a foreigner in the place. The locals raved about it.



The sea is reclaiming its share of old San Juan

The sea is reclaiming its share of old San Juan

This says Puerto Rico

This says Puerto Rico

More to come from Puerto Rico…

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12 thoughts on “Puerto Rico – Old San Juan

  1. I very much enjoyed these photos! I especially like the one with the votive candles…there was something quietly beautiful about it. It seems like close-ups of candles, fires, lights, etc. are photos everyone tries to take but are actually difficult to pull off. Yours doesn’t look cheesy at all. I also think the design of the cross with the stick figure Jesus is neat, different from what you normally see. And I definitely want to try those burgers!

    • Oh my goodness, there was a Puerto Rican guy next to me who now lives in Ft. Lauderdale. He said he’s been to burger joints all over south Florida but that he’s found nothing like the El Hamburguer, and he visits it with every trip back to PR. It’s a great little diner. Thanks for the comments regarding the candles too!

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