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A Glimpse of Condado

Before we tour the streets, buildings, restaurants & bars of Old San Juan, I want to give you a glimpse of Condado, the residential area east of the colonial village where we stayed. In the 1920s it was the summer playground of American industrialists like the Vanderbilts; today, those historic homes are surrounded by hotels and high-rise condominiums.

Here's the view from our room (out the front door; you'll recall our beautiful ocean view out the back):

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At the bottom right of the above picture is a row of stores including Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Gucci (très chic!). But our favorite was a little shop called Pina Colada Club; the owner is a fabulous woman who not only hooked us up with fab clothes/accessories, but also with two hot restaurants - Dragonfly and Parrot Club - which are part of her husband's OOF Restaurant Group. More on that later.

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Lastly, if you looked out to the right, you could see the cruise ships docked in Old San Juan:

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We'll head there next.

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