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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE PUERTO RICO TOURISM COMPANY

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Inside Casa Blanca, once the home of the Ponce de León family; Casa Blanca’s exterior; the Pablo Casals Museum, namesake of the great cellist (inset); a lookout tower at El Morro; Plaza del Quinto Centenario.

peninsula. Built from 1539 to 1783, this massive edifice defended Puerto Rico from a slew of enemies over the years. Sir Francis last bombarded by U.S. troops in 1783. One of the few buildings in the city older than El Morro is Casa Blanca (White House), built in 1521 as the residence of the Ponce de León family. For 250 years, Casa Blanca

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Drake was one of the first to attack it, in 1595, and it was

remained in the family. In modern times, it was restored as two museums, one of which features much of the original wooden furniture. Back in the heart of Old San Juan, the buildings and historical sights are much more concentrated. Some of the best stops are the San Juan Museum of Art and History; San Juan (the original port); and the Museum of the Americas. The district’s best photo spot is probably La Garita del Diablo (Devil’s Sentry Box), which is one of the oldest parts of the San Cristóbal fort, built around 1634. With all the other incredible scenery here, digital photographers will be glad they don’t have to worry

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the Pablo Casals Museum; the San Juan Cathedral; La Puerta de

about running out of film.

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Fun Ashore -- POC (ports of call) book, which includes Carnival Cruise Lines marketing, regional articles and port information.