San Juan Travel Guide
San Juan is a
place to park the car and walk. The terrain is hilly and the sidewalks steep,
but walking is safer than driving under these conditions, and there is so much
to see! There are many charming cafés at which to stop, rest and enjoy a cup
of fine Puerto Rican coffee or a meal along the way.
The newer part
of San Juan is a thoroughly modern, bustling city of more than a million people.
A series of bridges link the inlet with the resort areas of Condado and Isla
Verde as well as the residential communities of Santurce and the suburbs of
Hato Rey and Rio Piedras.
Music is a special
source of Puerto Rican pride, and the bold Latin beat is best characterized
by the music and dance form known as salsa, which shares not only its name with
the Spanish word for "hot sauce" but also a zesty, hot flavour. This
fusion of West African percussion, jazz (especially swing) and big band and
other Latin beats produces mambo, merengue, flamenco, cha-cha, and rumba.
San Juan is also
home to more cerebral culture including ballet, fine drama and symphony orchestra
performances. It is also the scene of many lively and colourful festivals, which
can take place at any time due to the warm, sunny weather that is present year
round. Government regulated casinos operate in the larger hotels, and provide
enjoyment to many visitors. Most are open 20- 24 hours a day. Horse racing is
another favourite sport on which to wager.
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