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Postcard from San Juan

Postcard from San Juan

San Juan is an interesting place: as an American territory, it’s one of our country’s oldest capital cities. Despite being able to use American dollars and popular chain stores dotting the boulevards, there are roosters crowing in backyards, salsa music playing on street corners. The architecture is a mishmash of glassy modern highrises, tin roofs with cold showers, stately colorful and colonial homes: strips of hotels and fast food places along Condado Beach, neighborhoods brimming with bachata and banana trees, the carefully preserved Old San Juan historical district.

San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

There are plenty of contrasts, in the architecture and the people and the weather. We were hit with sun showers and tropical thunderstorms; some were just drizzles, others left us drenched in a matter of minutes. The juxtaposition of dark clouds and sunny skies led to dramatic contrasts and the occasional rainbow.

We stayed at Island Time Hostel, which was a wonderful way to see San Juan beyond the regular tourist track from Condado to Old San Juan. We went to a block party that featured a live salsa band and dancing in the streets, we took the local bus (for a mere 50 cents) that curved along the main boulevard. Puerto Rican staff taught us how to make coquito, a tropical egg nog made with coconut milk and pineapple rum. Located a 15-minute walk from Condado Beach, we were able to explore more of a typical San Juan neighborhood while also being able to indulge in plenty of beach time.

Condado Beach, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Old San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Condado Beach, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Old San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Condado Beach, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Condado Beach, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset   Old San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Old San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Old San Juan, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Condado Beach, Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

What’s your favorite photo of San Juan? 

 

  • Caro_PassportandaToothbrush

    Loving the film quality of these shots!

  • ksommerkamp

    Wow, such dramatic skies!

  • Sarah Holmes

    Hi, great shots! Can I just ask, how did you fly into san juan? Im looking to head there at the end of this year, and looking for flights through other cities/countries!

  • camorose

    Obsessed with VSCO editing app on the iPhone!

  • camorose

    It was crazy! So many sun showers and rainbows!

  • camorose

    We flew to San Juan straight from NYC 🙂

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