Touching down into Puerto Rico I was baffled by the sites from my window. The sections of trees looked like wet grass imprinted with a giant's footsteps and the blue tarps covering where roofs once were looked similar to pools littering American backyards.
However, the rest of San Juan seemed months ahead of this destruction. San Juan is more than ready for you to visit and the tourism revenue will help repair the rest of the island.
Thinking about visiting or want to know what’s really going on? Here’s what you need to know.
(As of 12/30-1/2)
- We had hot water, electricity and Air Conditioning at all times and more importantly plenty of Pina Coladas and Cerveza.
- The beaches and water are both beautiful and clean.
- Old San Juan is such a vibrant city with incredible history and Maria seems to have only made it more enjoyable
- The food – OH MY GOODNESS – the food.
The Not So Good:
- All stop lights were out – this didn’t bother us at all since we Ubered the whole time and the.
- The rainforest was open, but from what I heard the main views and attractions remained closed so we skipped this.
- One beach we tried to go to remained closed, but our Uber driver wasn’t even sure if it was because of the Hurricane.
- Looking at some of the high-rise building on the beach you can see boarded up windows, broken air conditions, but most seem to have been repaired.
- One girl I spoke to at the airport said her family had just received electricity after 3 MONTHS without it!
Now that I’ve convinced you, here is what you need to do.
Stay: The Dreamcatcher
I’m a hostel girl, but my mother was not so happy about this trip and forced me to stay at a real hotel and I’m happy she did. The Dreamcatcher was by far my favorite place I’ve stayed anywhere in the world. It is a guest house so I had a shared bathroom, but there are also rooms with ensuites. The location was perfect – steps away from the beach and a very short drive to Old San Juan.
-Yoga everyday at 6pm at the hotel and 9am on the beach
-Outdoor showers, AMAZING (I only used these and it was really sad to go back to my NYC apartment that for some reason only has an indoor shower.)
-Hammocks, lounge chairs everywhere
-Incense, fountains and other GOOD VIBE inducing décor.
-Everyone who worked there were so friendly and helpful
Pinky’s in Ocean Park - get the Mallorca Sandwich & top notch coffee
Jose Enrique in Santurce - It has a Michelin Star and deserves 10 more
On the beach, duh. They have alcoholic capri suns…
Barrachina (Old San Juan) – home of the first Pina Colada
La Taberna Lupulo (Old San Juan) – 50 beers on tap
La Placita (Santurce) – enjoy drinks & dancing outdoors
But wait there’s more! Check out the gallery and let the pictures do the talking!