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Run to the Sun: San Juan Edition

My time in San Juan, PR has come to an end and I must admit I'm a little sad. I wish I made my stay here longer, but just like the saying goes hindsight is 2020. When I started this journey, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was a little scared putting my life in storage and embarking on this journey, so I only planned to stay for a couple months in the off chance I hated it here. Once I got here my fears went away. I’ve been happy and at peace here. San Juan has been amazing from start to finish (minus destroying my phone. RIP to my phone and 2 months of pictures :( ). I felt welcomed here.

Me in Old San Juan
Exploring Old San Juan

The past couple months in PR has been great. The people, food, beach, weather all of it has been wonderful. Puerto Rico was already one of my favorite places but being here longer made me love it even more. Being here alone pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. Although, I didn’t have a problem doing things solo before. I’m the queen of fuck it I’ll go by myself lol. It was just different not having friends or family close by. It pushed me to go out meet new people, communicate more with friends and family and reach out to people. I noticed that I like phone calls and FaceTime call as oppose to texting. Hearing peoples voices just hits different.

Old San Juan

All in all San Juan was wonderful. There's something about being in close proximity to the beach. I like being by water. I think it put a new battery in my back. I need to work extra hard to be able to own beach front property (donations for my beach house are welcomed lol).

San Juan is a great place to visit so to help you plan a trip I put together a guide to assist you with planning.

  • Pinky’s Calle Loíza (Breakfast)

  • Marmalade (The best food experience I’ve ever had!)

  • Tostado (Breakfast/Brunch)

  • Abracadabra (Breakfast/Brunch)

  • Alcapurria

  • Whole Red Snapper

  • Mamposteao Rice

  • Pasteles

  • Empanadas

  • Mofongo

  • Luquillo Kioscos

  • Tripleta (food cart in Old San Juan)

  • Pannes (Brunch)

  • La Preña Arepas

  • Areyto by Chef Jason Gonzalez

  • El Nuevo Acuario

  • Dos Cafés (Breakfast/Brunch)

  • Pirilo Pizza

  • Señor Paleta (ice cream in OSJ)

  • Kasalta (Obama visited this place)

  • Eter Rooftop & Lounge

  • Zajori (32 ounce mojitos)

  • Cueva del Mar

  • Raices

  • Piña Colada from BarraChina (it was created here)

  • Miramar food truck park

  • Visit the Kioscos in Pinones

  • Casita Miramar

Check out my google Maps list here

Check out my yelp collection here

Things to do in Puerto Rico:

  • Visit El Yunque Rainforest (Plan ahead! go to to reserve a ticket, it’s $2 per vehicle so perfect if you have a rental car or you can purchase a tour that offers transportation from San Juan)

  • Horseback Riding at Carabali

  • ATVs at Campo Rico or Carabali

  • Casa Bacardí tasting tour

  • Architecture tour of Old San Juan (don't pay for a tour)

  • El Morro and Castillo de San Cristóbal forts

  • Bioluminescence bay

  • Snorkeling Tours

  • Day trip to Culebra’s Playa Flamenco (flying over is best way to maximize your day or take a ferry from Ceiba)

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

  • Distrito T-Mobile

  • LIV Fitness

Areas to stay:

  • Ocean Park (My personal favorite)

  • Condado

  • Old San Juan

  • Isla Verde

A rental car is recommended if you stay anywhere outside these areas.

Ways to get around:

  • Rental cars (best way to maximize your trip. Reserve early and be prepared to pay more than average rates. There’s a rental car shortage. Costco travel has the best prices.)

  • Uber

  • Taxis

  • Scooters

Bars & Party scene:

  • La Placita

  • Calle Loíza

  • Condado

  • Old San Juan


  • Ocean Park beach

  • Condado beach

  • Playa Flamenco in Culebra (one of the world’s best beaches)

  • Luquillo (Closer to the rainforest)

  • Escambrón

Please be respectful of the island and it’s people when visiting. San Juan now feels like home and will always have a special place in my heart. Next up is a road trip to my next destination New Orleans. Hello Beignets and Po’boy!

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Jul 31, 2021

Thanks for the guide! Definitely using this for my trip to PR!! Awesome


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