Puerto Rico // San Juan and around //


The working-class barrio of SANTURCE lies behind Condado, a gritty neighbourhood that offers a refreshing contrast to the tourist zones on the coast. From the 1920s to the 1950s it was a thriving commercial district, crammed with fine Art Deco buildings. Hard times led to increased crime and the steady migration of its middle class to the suburbs and by the 1980s it had become dilapidated and run-down. In recent years the area has been undergoing much needed regeneration, with a couple of excellent art museums, exuberant nightlife and plenty of cheap places to eat along central Avenida Ponce de León.