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Ending Our Trip in San Juan

The next day was Christmas, so most restaurants and attractions were closed, although the city was still filled with Santa-hat wearing tourists and most souvenir shops were open.

We followed Lonely Planet's walking tour of the old city, which took us around the stone wall that juts up against the ocean. The Castillo, normally open to tourists for a fee of $5, was closed, but we were still able to walk along the outside structures.

View from the wall of El Castillo

The tour also took us past several fountains, churches, and the fanciest hotel in Puerto Rico, El Convento. We ate dinner at Yeyo's, a no-frills rice and beans joint that was one of the only restaurants open.

The next morning, we returned to El Manolin, which we had patronized four times in half as many days. Their breakfast sandwiches were almost as good as New York's, and came to under $9 for the both of us with cafe con leche.

Colonial street in Old San Juan

We returned to El Castillo, where we paid the fee and were granted entrance to the structures built in the 1600s. Don't miss the free explanation of the fort's history by the bilingual park ranger.

All in all, as we sit in the airport getting ready to depart, Puerto Rico was an easy destination that seems perfect for families. Those seeking adventure and a very 'foreign' feeling culture may want to try another island in the Caribbean, or venture further off the road in Puerto Rico than we did.

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