Published on December 30th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut

New iPhone app for San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan Insider is a new iPhone app, now available through iTunes.

A journalist colleague of mine, Julie Schwietert Collazo, recently introduced a new iPhone app, San Juan Insider. A collaboration between Schwietert and her husband Francisco, the app has 99 entries representing what they consider to be the best restaurants, hotels and experiences in San Juan, Puerto Rico. You’ll also find a photo gallery for each entry, as well as a Google map, Website, phone number, price and service information. 
The download price on iTunes is $1.99, and subsequent updates are free. 
Schweitert said that the inspiration for the app was “curiosity, primarily. I wanted to see how app writing differs from, or is similar to, guidebook writing, and how the app is used by travelers. I also wanted to take what I consider to be the best of San Juan and package it in a single product. I didn’t want to simply produce an app that was essentially a listing of every business in San Juan. Rather, I wanted to include only those restaurants, hotels and experiences I’ve actually done and recommend, which is particularly important in San Juan since service and quality are often quite uneven.” 
Schweitert knows what she’s talking about; she lived in San Juan from 2005 to 2007, and continues to return regularly. 

Julie Schwietert Collazo has written about Puerto Rico for Fodor’s Puerto Rico and Latina Magazine, among other publications.

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The founder and editor of, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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