Old San Juan is the original town of San Juan that used to be contained by walls. In 1897, the walls came down when the people demanded the space to expand as the population had grown. We loved this area - all the brightly colored buildings and ally-ways reminded me of Europe! And there were some great patio restaurants. We walked around a couple times - you could walk from coast to the coast on the other side.
The last day we were there, we had the whole day to explore. So, back to Old San Juan (which was just a 10-15 minute cab ride away from the Hilton), we hit up both the forts that protected (old) San Juan from invaders, El Morro was built in the late 1500s to guard against invaders from the seat and the Castillo San Cristobal fortress was built later in mid-1600s to protect the city. Both forts have amazing views, catch prefect breezes and are filled with history.
I loved walking around these expansive structures, taking photos and climbing to the top for the best views. My husband loves to read every little sign and devour the maps. This is how we do our vacations - always slightly in our own ways.
So next year... I'm thinking a true vacation (no work!) to Costa Rica! Anyone been there with any great recommendations or thoughts on other places I should adventure and get some R&R next?