Bayamón is not only part of the metropolitan area of San Juan, but it’s also the second-most populated city in Puerto Rico, which means there’s plenty of stuff to do here to keep you busy for a day. Whether or not that day sends you into bankruptcy depends on how careful you are with your budget.
Begin the morning with a quick stop at Panaderia y Reposteria Madrid for some great Spanish treats and soup for less than $10. From there, make your way over to Luis A. Ferré Science Park. This 42-acre park contains numerous recreational areas, museums and even a zoo for only $10 a person.
You’ll likely spend the entire morning exploring there, so when lunch rolls around seek out Luis Pizza Palace. A slice here will run you roughly $5.
In the afternoon check out City Hall, a sprawling building that crosses overtop five lanes of traffic. When passing over the corridor to get inside you can actually see the cars flying by below you. Inside you’ll find some pretty spectacular architecture and history. Entrance is free.
Next, seek out Santa Cruz Cathedral, a monolith built in 1772 containing some of the island’s most stunning architecture. You can have a peek around for free.
In the evening you’ll want to grab a bite to eat at Aposento. The meals here are affordably priced and the mahi mahi is cooked to perfection. For an appetizer, make sure you get your hands on a plate of sweet plantains, a staple in the Puerto Rican diet. Throw down $30 for a meal here.
Finally, spend what you have left of the day walking the streets and checking out the local shops for deals on clothes and trinkets.
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Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
I lived in San Francisco during college so coming to visit the city and see all the changes was exciting. The Hotel Zeppelin was built in a once slightly shabby area that has since come alive with new hotels and restaurants for travelers looking for something different. We arrived at noon on a Friday afternoon and were immediately greeted by the hotel staff at the front desk. They were able to accommodate an early check-in, completed in just a few minutes. The lobby is as hip as the hotel name sounds, but it also offered a cozy atmosphere, with a roaring fire and comfy couches and chairs in the lounge area. Unique wall art, statues and lighting remind you of the cool factor.
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.