I took a vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico from May 20 -26, 2009. I will admit to being alittle hesitant about the whole trip because I was going by myself. But... I had the time of my life!
When planning this trip, I didn't realize that it was Memorial Day weekend so there was plenty to do and lots of people to do it with.
Things I learned on this first trip to Puerto Rico:
1. The Intercontental Hotel & Resort in Isla Verde is wonderful and I look forward to returning one day.
2. People drive crazy! I wanted to rent a car, but was scared to drive there! Next time I will rent a car so I can travel around the island.
3. The city bus (a21 or c35 i think) were both quick and safe routes to and from Old San Juan and Isla Verde. Not to mention a cheap option at only 50 cents. But...the bus drivers drive crazy too, so hold on!
4. Hard Rock Cafe is the same anywhere you go (LOL)
5. Old San Juan has beautiful streets and buildings, well worth the day I spent walking around in high heat and humidity to explore. Note: wear comfortable shoes.
6. Touristy souvenirs are very expensive in Isla Verde, but way cheaper in Old San Juan.
7. Isla Verde is actually very American. I mean they have Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Applebees, etc. It was difficult to find a good Puerto Rican restaurant close by.
8. The El San Juan Hotel has alot of night life with live salsa dancing in the lobby area nightly (i think).
9. I spent alot of time on the beach outside the Intercontinental. I learned a bottle of Corona cost me $10 if I order from the outside bar (or inside bar for that matter)... but keep your eyes open for the beach hustlers. They sell Medalia (not even really good beer, but COLD!) for $3.00 and you can usually get then to give you 2 for 5. LOL
10. The forts are amazing! I only visited El Morro, but it was so great to walk thru and learn all the history behind it.
11. The cemetary next to El Morro is also amazing... I'm not one of those people that would typically explore a cemetary, but I did walk through this one. The details on the gravesites were amazing.