Principal, director of engineering services, AG Architecture Inc.
Anthony Luciano, director of engineering services for Wauwatosa-based AG Architecture, recently traveled with his wife to Puerto Rico, where they spent time in both San Juan and more rural parts of the island.
“We flew Delta (Air Lines), from Milwaukee to Atlanta to San Juan. From Atlanta to San Juan, the flight is about three-and-a-half hours. In San Juan, they now have Uber; it’s just getting started. The streets are really narrow in parts of Old San Juan. When you’re in the city, I’d recommend renting a tiny car or Uber. I rented an SUV for the more rural areas of the island. It was good to have a bigger vehicle for areas where the roads are bad.”
“We started in San Juan for a few days – where our big agenda was to lay on the beach and stay by the pool. Then we spent time on the far southwest side of island, which is more remote and away from the big city. We went back to San Juan for a long weekend – we saw castles, forts, Old San Juan, and Casa Bacardi. Condado Lagoon is a very nice area where you can paddleboard and kayak. We went to Castillo San Cristóbal and saw the forts that were built in the late 1500s/early 1600s. To learn the history of it all was very interesting.”
Accommodations and Food:
“We stayed at the InterContinental while in San Juan. Then we stayed at Copamarina (Beach Resort & Spa) in a town called Guánica on the south side of the island. The south side is very different than the north side of the island; it’s much more rural and where we were staying was right on the ocean.
“We found a restaurant that was absolutely to die for: Punto de Vista Rooftop Restaurant. It’s on the top of an old hotel (Hotel Milano) in Old San Juan. It overlooks the cruise ships and the city. The food was incredibly good.”
“For the most part, unless in the (most remote) areas, people speak some amount of English so you can get by without being fluent in Spanish.”