Located on a small island just east of the main island, Old San Juan, while technically part of the Puerto Rican capital, is a small town all its own. Cross one of the three bridges that connect it to the mainland, and it’s as if you have stepped into a 16th-and 17th-century Spanish colony. European-style cobblestone streets – which were, of course, not built for cars, make navigation by any vehicles other than taxis difficult. Wander its quaint paths, stop into one of its boisterous bars, or visit any one of the restaurants collectively considered the vanguard of the Nuevo Latino food movement. The old fort that guarded the entrance into the original “Rich Port” still stands guard over a white-capped Caribbean, and glimpses of old Spain through an American lens are everywhere. Best of all, you don’t need a passport to visit what is arguably the Caribbean’s most enchanting capital city.
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