San Juan, Puerto Rico is the largest city on this gorgeous Caribbean island which is an unincorporated US Territory. Waterfalls, mountains, and a rainforest. Plentiful beaches, bars, and restaurants with colorful buildings and huge fortresses. San Juan is a great change of pace if you frequent Florida or another southern beach destination.
Beaches, Plantains, & Slot machines
Puerto Rico has it all. Sandy white beaches, crystal clear water, cuisine inspired by cooking traditions from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, a colorful downtown area full of history and rich in culture, and a plethora of local hotel casinos. Puerto Rico was peaceful and beautiful.
We stayed in an area called Carolina, located in eastern Puerto Rico. Carolina was intermixed with white sandy beaches, restaurants, and hotels all walking distance from each other. Carolina was not a far taxi ride from Old San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. In Old San Juan, one can take a stroll amongst the crowded, music-filled, cobblestone, narrow streets lined with historic museums and colonial buildings, restaurants, and galleries, and local vendors selling handmade crafts, local food, and hand-rolled cigars.
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We were feeling lucky one night so we headed over to San Juan to check out the casinos. We were pleasantly surprised by casino scene in Puerto Rico. Although the casinos were much smaller in comparison to a Las Vegas or Atlantic City casino, the casino set up and the vibe was exactly the same (just on a smaller scale). There were table games, roulette, craps, blackjack, and of course slots. Like Las Vegas and Atlantic City you are served free drinks if you are playing, however, in Puerto Rico, you only have to be 18 to play.
Traveled December 2012