• La Perla is the waterfront section. The buildings behind this are inside the city walls along the Calle Norzagaray.

La Perla: Colorful slum of San Juan

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La Perla (The Pearl)
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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(Description from Wikipedia)

La Perla is a slum neighborhood outside of the northern historic city wall of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, stretching about 600 meters along the rocky Atlantic coast immediately east of the Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery and down the slope from (north of) Calle Norzagaray.

La Perla was established in the late 19th century. Initially, the area was the site of a slaughterhouse because the law required them - as well as cemeteries - to be established away from the main community center; in this case, outside the city walls. Some time later, farmers and workers started living around the slaughterhouse and established their houses there.

In spite of its amazing oceanfront location (in most cities such properties would be home to the wealthiest individuals), in recent years La Perla has become more known because of the high rate of illegal drug trafficking and crime.

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  1. runsanibel [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colors and seaside, but sounds like it's turned into a terrible drug area. Too bad, cause it's so lovely to look at and I would think to live by the sea would be wonderful, normally. Thanks for sharing.

  2. MrSander 75 months ago | reply

    Your photo deserves a Ruby

    Please add this photo to the The Ruby Awards group
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  3. W&Ps Photos 66 months ago | reply

    Good capture of a bad area.

  4. Howard33 62 months ago | reply

    And the cruise docks are on the other side of the peninsula? I've been there four times. Three times on cruise stops and once to begin a cruise. I'll be there to begin another cruise early next month.

    The entrance of that harbor makes my imagination go wild. I can just see Spanish Galleons sailing in and out of there centuries ago.

    Old San Juan

  5. artland 59 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. bozenqa© 55 months ago | reply


    It is a very interesting capture. It has a very cool perspective and wonderful tones! I really like the framing and composition here. Well done.

    Have a good day!

    Seen on your photo stream

  7. coco♥rose [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!

    Seen at the group:

    fabulous view

  8. riordanNH 51 months ago | reply

    Searched for Sanibel Island(Sea Oats)and viewed this shot...incredible colors, vista.

  9. Harold. 49 months ago | reply

    good shot!

  10. Eduardo Segatto 48 months ago | reply

    Lindo registro.

  11. Milagrosa Films 45 months ago | reply

    Ahhhh puerto rico, que bonita tierra. Esta foto tan colorida de la playa lo demuestra.

  12. katularoon 42 months ago | reply

    i stayed in la perla, it wasn't that bad

  13. Francisco Aragão 37 months ago | reply

    Lovely view and colors !!!

  14. here is my world 36 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colors

  15. MGA66 36 months ago | reply

    Nice pic.

  16. LesMarCyd 32 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot! Where you on a boat?

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