San Juan Puerto Rico, Travel Spotlight!
While I was pregnant with Kingston we took an amazing family vacation on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We we fortunate to be able to stay a couple of extra nights in San Juan. Our time in San Juan Puerto Rico was phenomenal. We toured the Famous cobblestone streets, shopped, Gambled in the casino, and really enjoyed our trip to one of the famous forts. It was affordable yet fantastic. I can’t wait to return to see the rest of this beautiful Island.
San Juan Fun Facts:
San Juan is the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, the fourth largest island of the Caribbean.
It is located on the north side of Puerto Rico. Its coastal borders are the Atlantic Ocean and the San Juan Bay.
San Juan suffered many attacks from English and Dutch forces during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Spanish-American war took place in 1898. After this war Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which was signed later that year. From that moment to the present day Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States of America and San Juan continues being the capital.
San Juan Culture
- Puerto Ricans are a mixture of native Taíno Indians, Spanish Conquistadores and African slaves.
- Happiest people in the world! – as indicated by The University of Michigan’s World Values Surveys (WVS).
- Very festive and warm.
Language: Spanish, English and Spanglish!
Food: Typical Puerto Rican food is very similar to Cuban food. It has Spanish/European, Taíno, African and American influence. Locals call this blend comida criolla. Main dishes are elaborated with grains, plantains, meats and poultry, vegetables, root vegetables, etc. Some of the most common dishes are the traditional arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans), arroz con pollo (rice and chicken), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles, alcapurrias, mofongo, etc
San Juan National Historic Site
The San Juan National Historic Site (World Heritage Site) is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal, most of the city walls, the San Juan Gate and Fort San Juan de la Cruz just across the entrance to the bay. The Spanish spent over 250 years fortifying the prized location of Puerto Rico, since through it, Spain controlled all access in and out of the Caribbean.
Puerto Rican dishes
Puerto Rican Red Beans and Rice
Empanadas (Puerto Rican Style)
Great Books for the Kiddie club with Puerto Rican influence