Port of call: Puerto Rico

View of San Juan from atop of Castillo San Cristobal.

View of San Juan from atop of Castillo San Cristobal.

As soon as I walked onto the balcony, I knew it was going to be a wonderful day.  The sky was a clear light blue with just a few puffy white clouds and calm seas.

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We ordered cabin service and enjoyed a light and delicious continental breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, juice and coffee.

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We made arrangements to take a tour of old and new San Juan but the tour was not until later in the afternoon.  So, what to do in the morning?  I love trying foods that are typical to the places that I visit and set about to find out what restaurant would be fun to visit and get a really good Puerto Rican meal.

Look, a Starbucks!

Look, a Starbucks!

Included in the port shopping map we were given as we exited the ship, were three restaurants.  There were three but only two were stood out for their authentic Puerto Rican and colonial-Spanish cuisine.  The restaurant that caught my eye was Restaurant Barrachina.  What stood out for me was the fact the restaurant was the birthplace of the famous piña colada.

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The restaurant was in the old section of San Juan and a very pleasant walk from the port.  We both enjoyed walking down the narrow, brick streets.  The buildings were very narrow and painted a beautiful array of colors.  We learned that most of the buildings while narrow were as long a city block with courtyards in the center.

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PR 3Puerto Rico 2Barrachina’s was a lovely, small restaurant with the bar area in the courtyard with umbrella tables.  A smaller, brightly painted room with walls covered in fun paintings was tucked just to the left of the bar.  Of course, I ordered a piña colada while Randy ordered a cervecera of Puerto Rico, Medalla.

 

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DSC02701After looking over the extensive menu, I chose the Chicken Camprestre.  The dish was marinated chicken breast breaded with shredded plantain, covered with a special creole sauce.  The dish also came with wonderfully steamed white rice and beans in a very light sauce, and a small portion of sweet plantains.  Randy ordered the Grouper Fritters.  Grouper fillet strips breaded with coconut and served with pico de gallo.  Both dishes were delicious.  Of course, the piña colada was yummy too.

 

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We had a little time before we had to board the tour bus so; we took our time walking back to the port stopping in some of the little shops looking for a magnet for Kristine.

Cemetery Maria Magdalena de Pazzis

Cemetery Maria Magdalena de Pazzis

DSC02734The tour guide decided to take us on a tour of the new part of San Juan first giving us a little history along the way.  I loved the tour.  We saw so many interesting sites along the way, statues, monuments, buildings, beaches and all beautiful.

 

 

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DSC02785DSC02750Our one stop was the Castillo San Cristóbal.  What a massive and beautiful fort.  We walked all over the fort including traveling through several tunnels and a dungeon.  The views of the city, and coastline from the top of the fort were breathtaking.

 

View of the shoreline from top of fort

View of the shoreline from top of fort

It was time to board the ship and prepare for dinner.  After eating such a large and wonderful meal at Barrachina’s, I was not very hungry and settled for a Caprese salad and bowl of chilled strawberry bisque.  The choices and sizes were just perfect and wonderfully delicious.

Randy spotted this Senor Frogs car just before we got back to the port.

Randy spotted this Senor Frogs car just before we got back to the port.

It had been a long day and we had seen the star of the headliner show so decided to just walk around the ship for a bit and then settle in for the evening.

Tomorrow we dock at Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.

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Mary

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15 Responses to Port of call: Puerto Rico

  1. Genny says:

    The frog car is cute. I loved Old Town Puerto Rico but only saw part of it; would like to do a more in-depth tour.

    • Hi, Genny–Yes, it was. We will definitely return to Puerto Rico and spend more time roaming around Old Town. As always there is never enough time to see everything. But, that’s okay that just means more cruising!

  2. Dee manin says:

    great pictures

  3. Lana Halpern says:

    OMG Randy and Mary, Barry and I were just in Puerto Rico for a getaway. We ate in the same
    restaurant. Our table was the one closer to the wall from where Randy is sitting. Too Funny.
    It rained almost the entire week in Puerto Rico. We only had 4 hours of sun. When are you coming our way?

  4. Lana Halpern says:

    We went in the same Fort, in the Tunnels and also the Dungeon. We miss traveling with you guys.

  5. Connie says:

    Puerto Rico looks quite lovely in your pictures. Sounds like you had beautiful weather and enjoyed the time you spent there. Yes, you two can always cruise again!! Blessings, Connie and Ron

    • Connie–We loved our day in Puerto Rico. I’m sure we will go back another time. There is another restaurant I would like to try. Also, I would like to spend some time at the beach there. Mary

  6. Mary, the last time we were in PR we did the Segway tour of Old City. It was the first time we were on a Segway and had a great time. My hubby wants to do it again on our next cruise, but we will be docked in PR from 4 – 11 p.m. so we aren’t sure if we can do it. Maybe we will try this restaurant.

  7. Keep this going please, great job!

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