One of the most ferocious hurricanes to ever strike the Caribbean could not darken San Juan’s old soul. The capital of Puerto Rico and the island’s cultural core, San Juan is an ode to perseverance and preservation. The cobbled blocks of Old San Juan hide quirky galleries, bars, shops, and restaurants, and are surrounded by centuries-old architecture that has been garlanded in boisterous pastels. The San Juan National Historic Site is home to the imposing Castillo San Cristóbal and the sprawling green esplanade at Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Respite from the hustle and bustle is always within reach at the beautiful beaches that include Playa Pena and Playa El Escambron. San Juan’s verve is as evocative as ever, and the city’s arms are open.