Where the Old Meets the New in San Juan
Passengers clapped and cheered as we landed at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It wasn’t a difficult landing; there weren’t even any “dragon lizards” this time to block the tarmac and cause delays like there often are.
What filled the plane with applause was simply the joy of arriving in the proud little territory, and it happens every time a plane lands in Puerto Rico.
As the capital and most populous city in Puerto Rico, San Juan has something to offer visitors from every corner of the globe.
Every day people come and go by car, boat, and plane funneling in and out of the city like the tides of the Caribbean. Each day there was something new to do, whether it was shopping at the Plaza Las Américas, swimming at Ocean Park Beach, or sightseeing in Old San Juan.
On my trip I visited Old San Juan and Rio Piedras, the oldest and youngest districts of Puerto Rico’s capitol city.
“Old San Juan is a lot of Puerto Rico’s past, whereas Rio Piedras is more modern,” explains David López, a Puerto Rican native and resident of Rio Piedras. David has lived in Rio Piedras for two years and showed me around San Juan and Rio Piedras.