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Fort San Felipe del Morro  was built by the Spaniards and named after the Spanish king Philip II. A mighty fortress (6 levels, dungeons, barracks, warehouses) protected the Old Town and the entrance to San Juan Bay.  This Fort was built and completed within 1539-1765. But...
This is the continuation of a small photo report about visiting San Juan , the capital of Puerto Rico.... After a short walking, the track led me to a small field in front of the Fort: I'm really not quite understood if it is so on every week-end day or only on special holidays, but on the...
On the third day of the voyage, the ship visited Puerto Rico, the island's capital San Juan . This state is associated with the US, it is almost another one state. The connection with the mainland "boss" is in a common currency (us dollar), shared citizenship, and common armed forces. And of...
After striking out on our first day on the beach because I was tangibly sun-burnt, I decided to spend lunch-time taking a walking-tour around  Philipsburg – the capital of the Dutch part of the island… View of the first line – hotels, restaurants and bars: People walking back and forth...
The last stop on this cruise was at the  island of St. Maarten . This island is remarkable for tourists for three famous reasons: 1. Officially the island is divided into two parts, the upper part belongs to France, and the lower one is Dutch. In reality, there is no border, so you can...
Oranjestad  is the capital of the island and port of Aruba. The city was named after the Dutch ruling family Oranje-Nassau. Sunset: Wilhelmina Park. The singing birds make up part of the wildlife on the island: Monument of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina. Birds both large and small...
Eagle beach. The climate of  Aruba island is dry, tropical. There are no rivers. Rain is rare: Aruba Eagle beach: Seeking shelter under beach huts during a rare rain spell: The sun makes an appearance once again: The water is roughly 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees...
Below, the  California lighthouse . A ship named ‘California’ went down here, near the coast, thus giving the lighthouse its name. It is situated on  Aruba island where you can view both sides of the  coasts. Buses are full with tourists. A dancing session: A...
Below is a former plant where gold was processed and was built when gold was found on  the island of Aruba . It was disguised as a fort so as not to be visible from the sea: The ruins of the plant from the tour bus: The plant overlooks the sea: The  lighthouse "California...
Further along  Aruba island is the  Baby Bridge, where the ocean has gradually eroded parts of the island: Tourists arrive in colored jeeps: The sea: Black stones are scattered all over the island: Going towards the shore. Stones are stacked everywhere: A...
The Garden of Stones ( Aruba ) formed from huge blocks: One of the giant blocks of stone: Some visitors climb the formations for better views: Narrow passageways through the rocks: At the very top, a spectacular view: In the distance you can see our liners. And from the right...
From the map below, Aruba and Curacao are close to each other. First on the list is the  island of Aruba . The island was discovered by the Spaniards, but quickly disregarded the island because they did find anything of value. Then the Dutch arrived...
'Departure!' So, the morning of the third day in  Miami  turned out to be inclement. Not even that inclement, but slightly stormy. When I went to the terrace for breakfast, I saw that one umbrella tipped over because of the strong wind and was going to fly off the roof of...
Second day in  Miami  began as cloudlessly as the first one had finished. The weather was nice, so I planned to go to the beach for the first half of the day, and after lunch I made a trip to downtown. Because I booked the hotel a walking distance from the beach, it took me only one...
After arrival and a quick transfer to the hotel, I threw my baggage in the room, changed and left... of course, I went to the beach! It's the middle of April, but in  Miami  it is always warm, and today is not an exception - it's 84 degrees (+29 Celsius). White sand, blue sky -...
We arrived at the port of  Maho Beach . We walked around the local shops. And aboard the liner. No rain or fog. Leaving the island of  St. Martin at 5 p.m. We really enjoyed Maho Beach, especially watching the planes land. However, we didn't have the same luck...
The island was discovered by Columbus in 1493 and named in honor of St. Martin. The northern part of  St. Martin  belongs to France and the southern part belongs to the Dutch government.   The French part of the island has French as its official language and the Euro as its...
So, we arrived on the French side of  St. Martin  island. It started raining again. The biggest historic monument on the island is Fort Louis, named after the King of France. We went to see it.  You can see the fort atop.  Of course, we also climbed up there....
After the tour around  St. Martin island, we took a taxi to Maho Beach . The  Princess Juliana International Airport was situated near that beach, with planes landing just over the heads of holiday-makers. Schedule of the planes’ arrival were written on a board on the beach...
The second part of the photo report about the capital of the island of  Grand Cayman  contains more photos taken on the streets of George Town . And this one is from the local inhabitants. I’ll tell you later about it. First, let’s return to the beach where we finished the...
Our next stop during the cruise is the island of  Grand Cayman , known for its snow-white emerald beaches, iguanas and off-shore zone. To my surprise, only during my visit I’ve realized that it is one of the wealthiest and prosperous states of the Caribbean…  the annual average salary...
We arrived at the  Botanical Garden . Here is a flowering banana. This is now no surprise. It turned out that there are also miniature bananas with crimson fruits. Ok, first things first. It's not just the Botanical Garden. Little children can ride donkeys there. And there are horses...
Guadeloupe island has the shape of a butterfly.  "Butterfly" belongs to France. It is French overseas territories. The island is well developed and there are even traffic jams :) Columbus discovered the island in 1493 and named it Santa Maria de Guadalupe - d'Estremadura (in honor of St....
St. Maarten was not only the name of our plane but also, a really interesting place :) Today, I will show you some of the inhabitants of the local zoo, situated on the  Dutch side of the island. The zoo is small but very cute. An hour is plenty of time to walk around and see...

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