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Old San Juan | Bucket list

One of the Caribbean’s oldest cities has a historic centre famous for its architecture and culture

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Founded by Spanish colonists in 1521 on a small island just off the north coast of Puerto Rico, San Juan is the capital of the territory, and its oldest district — San Juan Viejo, or Old San Juan — is the seat of government and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Distinctive blue cobblestones still pave the sixteenth-century streets, and many of the Spanish colonial residences, painted in shades both bright and pastel, now serve as boutique hotels and restaurants, while the great citadel of El Morro guards the entrance to San Juan Bay.

Caribbean Airlines operates daily return flights to Miami International Airport from Trinidad and Jamaica, with connections on other airlines to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan