San Juan offers up Puerto Rico’s vibrant culture and rich history, so it’s truly worth a visit. It’s a popular destination on a Caribbean cruise—and you can feel good about your vacation since tourism plays an important role in driving the country’s economy.
Here’s why Ricci thinks Puerto Rico definitely deserves a place on your vacation lineup:
Strolling Through History
“One of the things that draws me to Puerto Rico is walking the cobbled streets of Old San Juan. Amid the urban city of San Juan, there still lies this piece of well-preserved history, which make for great photo ops” says Ricci. “Every nook and cranny has something interesting.”
His favorite place is the San Juan National Historic Site, which features expansive grounds that lead to two impressive 16th-century Spanish forts, Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal, as well as the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the iconic citadel that sits at the tip of the city, is perhaps the island’s most well-known site. Many excursions reveal the site’s towering stone walls and the museum is an excellent place to dive into the island’s history.
The Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery dates to 1863, and it’s the final resting place for many of Puerto Rico’s most notable citizens. Perched high on a cliff, its sweeping Atlantic views aren’t too bad either.
And nearby is Fort San Cristóbal, the largest Spanish fortification in the Americas, gives you a taste of the “old and new city” that Ricci finds so unique here.