We have an evening port time in San Juan, meaning we don’t arrive until 4pm. The first time we stopped there, we were still in install. We didn’t have a lot of time, so I just got off with a few friends to find wifi, and then met up with our installers and some other cast members and for dinner. We went to Café Berlin, a nice restaurant near the main square in Old San Juan. I had a glass (or two) or sangria and a scallop risotto before returning to the ship.
Two weeks later, we returned to San Juan, anxious to do some exploring. The port is in Old San Juan, so we were able to walk straight off the ship into some excitement. We wove our way down some small streets with no real destination in mind. We stopped briefly at a Coach outlet so one of the girls could get a gift for her mom, and then continued walking.
Our next stop was outside a cathedral. There was a small park across the street, so we paused to take a few pictures. Looking down a slight hill, we saw that we were close to the water. We walked towards it, hoping to catch a good view of the sunset. We arrived at the old city walls, where we enjoyed the beautiful pinks and blues of the evening sky.
As much as I was enjoying myself, I was starting to get hungry. We had planned to meet a few other cast members at Barrachina, the birthplace of the pina colada, for dinner. Upon arriving there, we learned that there was an hour and a half wait time. We ordered pina coladas to go, and hit the street to find another restaurant. The pina colada was great, but I didn’t savor it much, as I was too focused on finding food!
We ended up at a pretty little restaurant that we had passed earlier. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the name. I ordered seafood paella, and spent the meal laughing with my friends. We had a great night out!
San Juan is quickly climbing the ranks on my list of favorite cities. I am looking forward to more evenings there over the next few months!