Considering this neighborhood receives many of the millions of annual visitors who travel to Puerto Rico, some might say it’s a tourist area, not a city neighborhood. But just a few blocks from the meetings and conventions, Old San Juan offers a taste of a dramatic journey spanning 500 years.
Most visitors who’ve traveled thousands of miles to share the beaches, history and spicy cuisine of Puerto Rico discover the island’s oldest, most interesting neighborhood. But despite the history and architecture, Old San Juan is also a working neighborhood with students, artists, craftspeople, retailers, government workers and restaurateurs.
Parks and leafy walks connect a ring of historic fortresses with beautifully restored, colonial government buildings next to cafés and museums. Up the steep cobblestone streets reside some of the best restaurants and hotels in the city in an interesting patina of restoration.
You won’t need a car when exploring Old San Juan. Its parks and cobblestone streets beg to be walked. A walking tour takes you between two of the oldest forts in the Americas. In contrast, you’ll pass designer shops like Coach, Polo and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as El Convento, formerly a convent and now home to one of the city’s most luxurious boutique hotels and fine-dining restaurants.
Beginning at the San Cristóbal Fort, Old San Juan stretches through the walled city to another fort, El Morro, and then back around the bay to La Fortaleza and the governor’s mansion. Dine along the way on Fortaleza Street and experience the fusion of Caribbean and global cuisine.
Visit the Paseo de la Princesa promenade, a major destination that comes alive at sunset with gushing fountains and views of the bay. Stop in for a salsa lesson, shop for a locally crafted souvenir or browse a gallery for original Caribbean art. Enjoy a mojito, a local rum cocktail, at an outdoor café. Many cafés feature live music and are perfect for people-watching. There’s no need to be in a hurry.
This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.