Karla - VERY well put! That is exactly how I wanted to come across, but apparently I did not!
Yes the beaches were nice from what I saw of them. I was on the road looking down towards them. B/c my tour guide, (Hector his name was), just stopped on the street and took pictures for us, we never got to actually go onto the beach.
I am EXTREMELY open minded! I just do not like to be scammed and taken advantage of. I too was taken to a poverty stricken area, and saw all the aabove that you listed! That just so happens to be what MY first and last impression of what San Juan was. I'm sure there are nicer area's (Resorts/Casinos), however I did not see any.
If you re-read my above post, you will read a little more of what I saw in San Juan. Maybe then you will understand better!
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