Leben in San JuanIyna Bort Caruso
It’s been said that if you walk through Old San Juan, you’re not likely to see the same color twice. Blue-tinged cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings and pink bougainvillea spilling from window boxes appear as a chromatic explosion.
For mainland Americans, the ability to fly freely to Puerto Rico without a passport is a clear asset.
San Juan is the capital of this United States Commonwealth and home to about half the population of some 400,000. San Juan’s international airport offers daily non-stop service to major cities in the mainland U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America.
Incentives including tax exemptions enacted by the Puerto Rican government in 2012 have worked to attract high net worth international buyers to the island.
San Juan is made up of 18 districts or barrios. Old San Juan is the hub of Spanish colonial influence and located on a little island itself. Founded by the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, its historic district includes beautifully restored buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and connected by pretty plazas.
In the metropolis of Greater San Juan, luxury communities line the coastline. To the west of Old San Juan is the exclusive area of Dorado, the island’s well-established resort town, known for its championship golf courses, oceanfront villas and sprawling estates. Condado Beach, east of Old San Juan, is as trendy an area as it is affluent. Locals refer to it as CoBe and the vibe is definitely international. The Condado Lagoon separates the area from Miramar. For the most part, Miramar is a quiet, leafy and elite community with a mix of luxury waterfront high-rises and charming art deco single-family homes. The desirability of the area reflects successful efforts to protect Miramar’s architectural legacy.