Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shopping In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Here is the news about shopping in Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico is the place for shopping in the Caribbean.  Many people from neighboring islands, come to Puerto Rico to shop.  In San Juan, Puerto Rico there are many places to shop, and San Juan has the biggest indoor mall in the Caribbean, called Plaza Las Americas.   Plaza Las Americas, known to Puerto Ricans as Plaza, is located In Hato Rey, a section of San Juan.   Puerto Ricans like to shop, and Plaza is one of their favorite places.  You can visit Plaza any day of the week and you will find people shopping.   As a matter of fact, all stores in Puerto Rico are always busy.   I am not a shopper, but people in Puerto Rico love to shop, or perhaps, is a way of escaping the Caribbean heat.

Plaza is a large mall with over 250 stores , movie theaters and many places to eat.  Also, Plaza Las Americas has many entertainment activities throughout the year, for everyone to enjoy.  Therefore, if you are not a shopper, you can still enjoy Plaza.  Some of the stores at Plaza Las Americas are:  5-7-9,  Armani Exchange, Abercrombie & Fitch,  Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bebe, Caché, Façonnable, Forever 21, Gap, JCPenney, Lacoste, Macy’s, Sears, Wet Seal, and many more. 

Other areas to shop in San Juan are:  Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde.   In Old San Juan, you will find, high-end shops, small stores with more traditional items, and souvenirs from Puerto Rico.  In  Condado, there are various high-end stores along Ashford Avenue.  In Isla Verde, you will find high-end stores and various souvenir shops.

The latest news on shopping, is the construction of a new shopping complex, that will be located north of the Plaza Las Americas mall.  The complex will be called Plaza Internacional, a mixed-use development planned for the San José Lagoon waterfront, on the San Juan side of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge.  Plaza Internacional is geared toward both the local and tourist markets.

The project consists of a regional commercial center and a hotel-casino built on 27 acres.  Plaza Internacional will have 558,600 sq. ft. of shopping mall space, and two 11-story office buildings.  Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue have plans to open stores at Plaza Internacional.  This will be the first store in Puerto Rico for both of these high-end department stores.  It was announced, the hotel will be a 264-room Crowne Plaza.  No date has been given as to when Plaza Internacional will be open.

UPDATE: Plaza Internacional will now be called The Mall of San JuanThe Mall of San Juan is expected to be completed in 2014.     


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