San Juan, officially Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista (Municipality of the Capital City, Saint John the Baptist), is the capital and most populous municipality in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 395,326 making it the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States. San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"). Puerto Rico’s capital is the second oldest European-established capital city in the Americas, after Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.
Today, San Juan is one of Puerto Rico’s most important seaports, and is the island’s manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourism center. The population of the Metropolitan Statistical Area, is about 2 million inhabitants; thus, about half the population of Puerto Rico now lives and works in this area.
We arrived in San Juan about 11:30 AM. We planned an excursion before leaving home with Shore Excursions Group. We were to take a tour of Old and New San Juan, but the departure time wasn’t until 3:30 PM. We decided to have lunch in the main dining room since we were not in hurry to leave the ship. We met our guide/driver Frank at 3:10 and we had a private tour for the 6 of us.
Frank was quite knowledgeable and provided a very nice overview not only of San Juan but of Puerto Rico as well. After about 2 ½ hours we asked to be let out in Old San Juan and we walked back to the ship.
Not much else to tell. Dinner, the spa, watched the Sail-away from our veranda at 11 PM. A few photos are attached. We will be arriving in St. Thomas tomorrow at 8:00 AM with a scheduled tour at 9:30. Got to get some rest…
Frank, our guide.