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15 Photos That Offer a Glimpse into Life in Puerto Rico’s La Perla

Picture of Mariela Santos
Updated: 13 January 2018
La Perla (Spanish for “the pearl”) is a neighborhood in Old San Juan, the historic district of Puerto Rico’s capital. Located near Fort San Cristobal, El Morro Castle and other famous attractions in the area, its beauty is something for residents of this socio-economically disadvantaged community to be proud of. Take a look at these oceanside photos to see the beauty for yourself.

Parts of La Perla are visible from the Calle Norzagaray, which extends from Fort San Cristobal, past historic buildings like the Cuartel de Ballajá and the Old San Juan Cemetery, which has the official name Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. It is at this cemetery that a lot of Puerto Rico’s biggest thinkers and most accomplished people are buried. The street then ends in front of El Morro Castle and the college, School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Sahani Photography/Shutterstock
La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Sahani Photography/Shutterstock
Old San Juan Cemetery Puerto Rico | © Tinapat Kotumrongsak/Shutterstock
Old San Juan Cemetery, Puerto Rico | © Tinapat Kotumrongsak/Shutterstock
La Perla Basketball Court | © Harvey Barrison/ Flickr
La Perla basketball court | © Harvey Barrison/ Flickr

Various music videos by contemporary Puerto Rican artists have been filmed in La Perla, perhaps most notable among them one for the song “La Perla” by Calle 13, featuring Rubén Blades and La Chilinga, and another by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for their track “Despacito” .

La Perla in front of El Morro | © Harvey Barrison/ Flickr
La Perla (front) and El Morro | © Harvey Barrison/ Flickr
La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Sahani Photography/Shutterstock
La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Sahani Photography/Shutterstock
La Perla between El Morro Castle and Fort San Cristobal | © Breezy Baldwin/ Flickr
La Perla between El Morro Castle and Fort San Cristobal | © Breezy Baldwin/ Flickr
Palm tree in La Perla | © Breezy Baldwin/ Flickr
Palm tree in La Perla | © Breezy Baldwin/ Flickr
La Perla Buildings | © Jose/ Flickr
La Perla buildings | © Jose/ Flickr
La Perla (center-left) and the Coastline | © Jeff Gunn/ Flickr
La Perla (center-left) and the coastline | © Jeff Gunn/ Flickr
La Perla behind Old San Juan Cemetery | © vxla/ Flickr
La Perla behind Old San Juan Cemetery | © vxla/ Flickr
Beautiful typical traditional vibrant street in San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Dennis van de Water/Shutterstock
Beautiful typical traditional vibrant street in San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Dennis van de Water/Shutterstock
San Juan Puerto Rico | © Dmitry K/Flickr
San Juan Puerto Rico | © Dmitry K/Shutterstock
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Erik Larson/Flickr
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico | © Erik Larson/Flickr
San Juan, Puerto Rico old city wall on the Caribbean Sea | © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
San Juan, Puerto Rico old city wall on the Caribbean Sea | © Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
Puerto Rico - street of San Juan | © mikolajn/Shutterstock
Puerto Rico – street of San Juan | © mikolajn/Shutterstock