Hey, I’m back and sorry I haven’t posted a blog in quite a while. The internet service at the hotel was “spotty” at best so though I would have liked to share my experience during the visit, it wasn’t possible.
We stayed at the San Juan Marriott – Stellaris Casino on Ashford Avenue on Condado Beach. The beach itself was lovely, the water warm, salty and wavy making it fun to body surf everyday. Though it was supposedly the “rainy season” we got off really lucky by only having one day of rain, though other days it did sprinkle sporadically, but didn’t hinder the visit at all! I was a little disappointed there were no shells on the beach….that is one of my favorite past-times while beach vacationing, but there were little seed balls that rolled up and I brought home and immediately placed in a decorative bowl.
It was a relatively nice place…..a little older resort than we’re used to staying at, though we picked it for it’s LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Ashford Avenue seems to be “the place” to be seen — there was a lot of foot and car traffic constantly making it a mecca of entertainment! There were many restaurants to pick from instead of staying constantly in the hotel. The drinks were priced a little high, $12.00 each at most places, though the breakfasts were reasonable and so were the dinners.
They did have service on the beach at our hotel which was nice and convenient to cool us down with a frozen Mojito after a few hours in the sun. I thought run drinks might be cheaper being right near THE Bacardi Factory, but not so.
I digress, though. The Puerto Rican people themselves were very friendly, and passionate which you could tell from their exuberance while gambling in the casinos and punching, slapping, and shaking the machines. Not being bilingual sometimes caused a little struggle communicating with many locals, though it’s easy enough to get by.
We went to see Old San Juan which was enjoyable and quite a walk-about. It is quite a charming town with little streets that I would never want to have to navigate! The cab ride there was quite an adventure, with the local cab driver thinking nothing of just about sideswiping parked and moving vehicles as he got us to our destination quite admirably. The cab ride is a set $15.00 which we thought was fine and nice to know, having asked the Concierge the process, and knowing is half the battle.
There is much to see in the city, though the roads can be tough to traverse since many are an old blue cobblestone which was lovely.
The Fort — called Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, but locals just call this massive fortress El Morro was amazing. To think people 500 yrs. ago built this to protect the island from different marauders and our inner cities are falling to seed in 30-40 yrs. is mind-blowing!
There were many parks throughout San Juan to see different art while you sat down and relaxed.
That’s it for now…..so if the Travel Bug bites you, perhaps Puerto Rico is the place for you!
Evelyn Garone 6.10.13 ©