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You’re Going to Love San Juan

A fascinating historical site, a tropical beach paradise, a world center for cocktail making, and one of the most welcoming cities in the Caribbean — it’s amazing that more people haven’t discovered San Juan.

If you want to get away from the climate of mainland USA, there’s no better place to escape. Travel back in time by taking historical tours of sites like the Castillo and the Governor’s Mansion, both of which date back to the 16th century. Live a life of decadence and pure enjoyment with the finest mojitos you will ever taste. Dine on the island’s unique fusion of world cuisines, and relax during the day on beautiful beaches like el Condado.

San Juan is the kind of city where you really can get away from it all. The colorful architecture, superb food, endless array of beaches, and compact, walkable core make it one of the most enticing city break destinations around.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit San Juan

Beaches

San Juan is in the Caribbean, which usually means sandy, palm-fringed beaches, and the capital of Puerto Rico doesn’t disappoint. Spend lazy days on a towel at Condado, paddle with kids in the shallow water at Escambron, or enjoy the spacious private beaches at Playa Peña.

Food

Puerto Rican food is a unique mixture of indigenous Taino, African, Spanish, and American cuisine — with a strong Asian and Italian influence recently added to the mix. Try the Asopao (fish stew) at Barrachina in Old San Juan and the sticky rice and fruit desserts at El Jibarito.

Cocktails

San Juan is the modern home of Bacardi rum, and there’s no better place in the Caribbean to enjoy rum-based cocktails like mojitos, pina colada, and coquitos. Head to the Mezzanine at St Germain in the Old Town or El Bar Bero in Condado for the best drinks in town.

History

San Juan was founded in the early 16th century, soon after the Spanish decided to settle (and conquer) large areas of the Caribbean. This has left a legacy of stunning architecture, from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist to the elegant Governor’s Mansion and the impressive fort of San Cristobal.

Sailing, Kayaking, and other Watersports

The Caribbean is a playground for tourists who love to get out on the water. Charter yachts, head out on fishing tours, get friends together for a paddleboard excursion, or strap on a scuba tank and descend to local dive sites like Cayo Raton.

Beaches

San Juan is in the Caribbean, which usually means sandy, palm-fringed beaches, and the capital of Puerto Rico doesn’t disappoint. Spend lazy days on a towel at Condado, paddle with kids in the shallow water at Escambron, or enjoy the spacious private beaches at Playa Peña.

Food

Puerto Rican food is a unique mixture of indigenous Taino, African, Spanish, and American cuisine — with a strong Asian and Italian influence recently added to the mix. Try the Asopao (fish stew) at Barrachina in Old San Juan and the sticky rice and fruit desserts at El Jibarito.

Cocktails

San Juan is the modern home of Bacardi rum, and there’s no better place in the Caribbean to enjoy rum-based cocktails like mojitos, pina colada, and coquitos. Head to the Mezzanine at St Germain in the Old Town or El Bar Bero in Condado for the best drinks in town.

History

San Juan was founded in the early 16th century, soon after the Spanish decided to settle (and conquer) large areas of the Caribbean. This has left a legacy of stunning architecture, from the Cathedral of St John the Baptist to the elegant Governor’s Mansion and the impressive fort of San Cristobal.

Sailing, Kayaking, and other Watersports

The Caribbean is a playground for tourists who love to get out on the water. Charter yachts, head out on fishing tours, get friends together for a paddleboard excursion, or strap on a scuba tank and descend to local dive sites like Cayo Raton.

What to do in San Juan

1. Viejo San Juan: Cobblestones to Castles

San Juan’s Old Town is the most picturesque part of Puerto Rico’s capital city, and the preservation of 16th and 17th-century homes has been prioritized in this neighborhood. Today, walking the blue cobblestone streets is as atmospheric as its ever been. Boutiques and open air cafés are found left and right, interspersed with historic houses, museums, and plazas. Don’t miss the Castillo de San Cristóbal or the colonial Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery for a historical fix.

2. Castillo San Felipe del Morro: «Key to the Antilles»

At the entrance to the Bay of San Juan, this 16th-century fortification looks over the water from atop a craggy hill. Explore the expansive citadel for yourself to understand how the fort protected the island from seafaring enemies. Cannons still face the horizon from the battalions, a sinister reminder of the past. Outside the walls, lush green fields welcome visitors to relax after a historical tour.

3. Condado Beach: Sun and Sand in the City

This is the ultimate urban beach — it’s just far enough from the bustling blocks of the city to be a getaway, but close enough to play host to city-slickers eager for some fun in the sun. Besides swimming and sunbathing, this stretch of sand along the Caribbean is full of thrilling activities too. Gear rentals and water sports galore take over the blue ocean, while on land activities from beach volleyball to sand castle building keep everyone happy for hours.

4. Catedrál de San Juan Bautista: Centuries of History

One of the oldest buildings in San Juan is also one of the oldest church in the Americas — the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The historic landmark is time-worn but beautiful. Visitors can enjoy elegant stained-glass windows, religious relics, and the fascinating tomb of the explorer Juan Ponce de Léon. More than just for sightseeing, the church is still active and frequented by locals and tourists alike for the memorable Roman-Catholic mass.

5. San Juan National Historic Site: Friend or Foe

Azure blue water laps right up to this centuries-old gate, once the only formal point of entry into the city of San Juan. Who was and was not allowed to enter into the city was a highly monitored business, and between gates and castles the city was incredibly well fortified. Beyond the age-old city walls of San Juan, the National Historic Site comprising the entire Old City unfolds. Latin text adorning the gate reads: «Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord.»

1. Viejo San Juan: Cobblestones to Castles

San Juan’s Old Town is the most picturesque part of Puerto Rico’s capital city, and the preservation of 16th and 17th-century homes has been prioritized in this neighborhood. Today, walking the blue cobblestone streets is as atmospheric as its ever been. Boutiques and open air cafés are found left and right, interspersed with historic houses, museums, and plazas. Don’t miss the Castillo de San Cristóbal or the colonial Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery for a historical fix.

2. Castillo San Felipe del Morro: «Key to the Antilles»

At the entrance to the Bay of San Juan, this 16th-century fortification looks over the water from atop a craggy hill. Explore the expansive citadel for yourself to understand how the fort protected the island from seafaring enemies. Cannons still face the horizon from the battalions, a sinister reminder of the past. Outside the walls, lush green fields welcome visitors to relax after a historical tour.

3. Condado Beach: Sun and Sand in the City

This is the ultimate urban beach — it’s just far enough from the bustling blocks of the city to be a getaway, but close enough to play host to city-slickers eager for some fun in the sun. Besides swimming and sunbathing, this stretch of sand along the Caribbean is full of thrilling activities too. Gear rentals and water sports galore take over the blue ocean, while on land activities from beach volleyball to sand castle building keep everyone happy for hours.

4. Catedrál de San Juan Bautista: Centuries of History

One of the oldest buildings in San Juan is also one of the oldest church in the Americas — the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The historic landmark is time-worn but beautiful. Visitors can enjoy elegant stained-glass windows, religious relics, and the fascinating tomb of the explorer Juan Ponce de Léon. More than just for sightseeing, the church is still active and frequented by locals and tourists alike for the memorable Roman-Catholic mass.

5. San Juan National Historic Site: Friend or Foe

Azure blue water laps right up to this centuries-old gate, once the only formal point of entry into the city of San Juan. Who was and was not allowed to enter into the city was a highly monitored business, and between gates and castles the city was incredibly well fortified. Beyond the age-old city walls of San Juan, the National Historic Site comprising the entire Old City unfolds. Latin text adorning the gate reads: «Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord.»

1. Viejo San Juan: Cobblestones to Castles

San Juan’s Old Town is the most picturesque part of Puerto Rico’s capital city, and the preservation of 16th and 17th-century homes has been prioritized in this neighborhood. Today, walking the blue cobblestone streets is as atmospheric as its ever been. Boutiques and open air cafés are found left and right, interspersed with historic houses, museums, and plazas. Don’t miss the Castillo de San Cristóbal or the colonial Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery for a historical fix.

2. Castillo San Felipe del Morro: «Key to the Antilles»

At the entrance to the Bay of San Juan, this 16th-century fortification looks over the water from atop a craggy hill. Explore the expansive citadel for yourself to understand how the fort protected the island from seafaring enemies. Cannons still face the horizon from the battalions, a sinister reminder of the past. Outside the walls, lush green fields welcome visitors to relax after a historical tour.

3. Condado Beach: Sun and Sand in the City

This is the ultimate urban beach — it’s just far enough from the bustling blocks of the city to be a getaway, but close enough to play host to city-slickers eager for some fun in the sun. Besides swimming and sunbathing, this stretch of sand along the Caribbean is full of thrilling activities too. Gear rentals and water sports galore take over the blue ocean, while on land activities from beach volleyball to sand castle building keep everyone happy for hours.

4. Catedrál de San Juan Bautista: Centuries of History

One of the oldest buildings in San Juan is also one of the oldest church in the Americas — the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. The historic landmark is time-worn but beautiful. Visitors can enjoy elegant stained-glass windows, religious relics, and the fascinating tomb of the explorer Juan Ponce de Léon. More than just for sightseeing, the church is still active and frequented by locals and tourists alike for the memorable Roman-Catholic mass.

5. San Juan National Historic Site: Friend or Foe

Azure blue water laps right up to this centuries-old gate, once the only formal point of entry into the city of San Juan. Who was and was not allowed to enter into the city was a highly monitored business, and between gates and castles the city was incredibly well fortified. Beyond the age-old city walls of San Juan, the National Historic Site comprising the entire Old City unfolds. Latin text adorning the gate reads: «Blessed are those who come in the name of the Lord. «

Top activities & attractions in San Juan

Vivid day tour in El Yunque Rainforest from your door to the jungle

Tour•Nature

One Day in Puerto Rico Private Tour (Old San Juan, cave & rain forest)

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Where to Eat in San Juan

Puerto Rico has its own distinctive cuisine featuring heavy use of beans, coriander, chillis, cassava, and coconuts, and there are many great restaurants which will be happy to show off local dishes. If you love grilled meat, El Asador is the place to go, while Café Puerto Rico serves the best seafood broth in town. Pamela’s Caribbean Cuisine serves up regional curries and other dishes in a seaside location, while Al Dente and Luigi’s are highly-rated Italian eateries. Expect to pay less than $10 for a high-quality meal.

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When to visit San Juan

San Juan in October

Estimated package price

$563

2 travelers

Flight to San Juan

3 nights at hotel

$563

2 travelers

Flight to San Juan

3 nights at hotel

The best time to visit San Juan is just after the sweltering summer (in the northern winter) but before the rainy season — around May and June is usually ideal. The crowds from January to April have melted away, and accommodation prices are also be much lower.

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How to Get to San Juan

Plane

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the major entry point to Puerto Rico for visitors from the USA, and it’s around 10 miles from the center of town. Taxis from the airport to Downtown cost around $20 but it’s much cheaper to take the bus (which costs just $0.75). Remember to use exact change and pay when you board.

Car

Some travelers also choose to fly into Rafael Hernandez Airport, in the west of Puerto Rico. In this case, you can rent a car at the airport terminal and reach San Juan by car in a couple of hours. Take Route 2 to Arecibo, then switch to Route 22 tothe capital city. If you are driving from Ponce in the south, Route 52 crosses the island and is the road to take.

Plane

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is the major entry point to Puerto Rico for visitors from the USA, and it’s around 10 miles from the center of town. Taxis from the airport to Downtown cost around $20 but it’s much cheaper to take the bus (which costs just $0.75). Remember to use exact change and pay when you board.

Car

Some travelers also choose to fly into Rafael Hernandez Airport, in the west of Puerto Rico. In this case, you can rent a car at the airport terminal and reach San Juan by car in a couple of hours. Take Route 2 to Arecibo, then switch to Route 22 tothe capital city. If you are driving from Ponce in the south, Route 52 crosses the island and is the road to take.

Airports near San Juan

SIGSan Juan Isla Grande

PSEPonce Mercedita

SJUSan Juan Luis Munoz Marin Intl

Airlines serving San Juan

United Airlines

Good (2,858 reviews)

Lufthansa

Good (2,155 reviews)

American Airlines

Good (4,413 reviews)

KLM

Good (348 reviews)

Air France

Good (398 reviews)

British Airways

Good (1,423 reviews)

Delta

Excellent (3,072 reviews)

Turkish Airlines

Good (1,331 reviews)

Qatar Airways

Good (1,210 reviews)

Iberia

Good (920 reviews)

Air Canada

Good (1,413 reviews)

Etihad Airways

Good (307 reviews)

TAP AIR PORTUGAL

Good (541 reviews)

Brussels Airlines

Good (101 reviews)

Finnair

Good (704 reviews)

LATAM Airlines

Good (789 reviews)

Alaska Airlines

Excellent (2,635 reviews)

Scandinavian Airlines

Good (439 reviews)

Spirit Airlines

Good (2,504 reviews)

JetBlue

Good (1,303 reviews)

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Where to stay in San Juan

Old San Juan – San Juan has a history that stretches back to the earliest days of European settlement in the Caribbean, and the best place to explore this history is in Old San Juan. Head to historic landmarks like the Castillo San Cristóbal fortress and Casa Blanca, home of the explorer Ponce de Leon. In January, the area is also the venue for the San Sebastian Festival, one of the Caribbean’s liveliest fiestas.

Popular Neighborhoods in San Juan

El Condado – Probably San Juan’s most prosperous neighborhood, El Condado is also the place to go for pristine beaches, cocktail bars, and watersports. It’s also a fine place to eat, with great Italian dishes available at Di Parma Trattoria, Asian food at Budatai and Puerto Rican food at Orozco.

Hato Rey – San Juan’s economic center, Hato Rey is the district to visit if you feel the need to go on a shopping trip. It’s also the cultural hub, being home to the Coliseo, San Juan’s major music venue as well as the Teatro Coribantes, the city’s major place to watch contemporary comedy and plays.

El Condado – Probably San Juan’s most prosperous neighborhood, El Condado is also the place to go for pristine beaches, cocktail bars, and watersports. It’s also a fine place to eat, with great Italian dishes available at Di Parma Trattoria, Asian food at Budatai and Puerto Rican food at Orozco.

Hato Rey – San Juan’s economic center, Hato Rey is the district to visit if you feel the need to go on a shopping trip. It’s also the cultural hub, being home to the Coliseo, San Juan’s major music venue as well as the Teatro Coribantes, the city’s major place to watch contemporary comedy and plays.

Most popular hotel in San Juan by neighborhood

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Where to stay in popular areas of San Juan

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Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Excellent (8.7, 734 reviews)

The Royal Sonesta San Juan

Excellent (8.5, 987 reviews)

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino

Excellent (8. 4, 1973 reviews)

AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado

Excellent (8.4, 1422 reviews)

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

Excellent (8.4, 960 reviews)

DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan

Excellent (8.4, 724 reviews)

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Excellent (8.7, 734 reviews)

The Royal Sonesta San Juan

Excellent (8.5, 987 reviews)

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Juan Hotel & Casino

Excellent (8.4, 1973 reviews)

AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado

Excellent (8.4, 1422 reviews)

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort

Excellent (8.4, 960 reviews)

DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan

Excellent (8.4, 724 reviews)

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How to Get Around San Juan

Public Transportation

Navigating the city by bus is an attractive option, not least because of the affordable fares ($0. 75 per ride). The network has good coverage, but beware of big gaps in the published schedule. Buses in San Juan often fall 15 minutes behind their schedules, so expect the odd wait of 15-30 minutes for a bus. Useful routes include the T21 to Condado beach and the D53, which runs from the airport to the city center.

Taxis

Taxis are a good way to get around the city and all cabs are supposed to be metered within the city limits. Each journey has a meter drop of $1.75, then $1.90 per mile after that and $1 for every piece of luggage. A 10-15 percent tip is also customary. Uber is another option, offering a basic charge of $0.70, then $0.50 per subsequent mile.

Car

Drivers in San Juan can seem a little unpredictable to American motorists, but you should soon get used to their habits. Navigating the city is fairly simple, with a compact downtown core and plenty of clear signage to help you get around. If you need a place to park in the center of town check out the garages on the Calle Recinto Sur (and remember to take your ticket with you when you walk out of the garage as you have to pay the cashier before you pick up your vehicle).

Public Transportation

Navigating the city by bus is an attractive option, not least because of the affordable fares ($0.75 per ride). The network has good coverage, but beware of big gaps in the published schedule. Buses in San Juan often fall 15 minutes behind their schedules, so expect the odd wait of 15-30 minutes for a bus. Useful routes include the T21 to Condado beach and the D53, which runs from the airport to the city center.

Taxis

Taxis are a good way to get around the city and all cabs are supposed to be metered within the city limits. Each journey has a meter drop of $1.75, then $1.90 per mile after that and $1 for every piece of luggage. A 10-15 percent tip is also customary. Uber is another option, offering a basic charge of $0.70, then $0.50 per subsequent mile.

Car

Drivers in San Juan can seem a little unpredictable to American motorists, but you should soon get used to their habits. Navigating the city is fairly simple, with a compact downtown core and plenty of clear signage to help you get around. If you need a place to park in the center of town check out the garages on the Calle Recinto Sur (and remember to take your ticket with you when you walk out of the garage as you have to pay the cashier before you pick up your vehicle).

Best car rental deals in San Juan

Economy

2 Adults, 2 Bags

$17/day

Intermediate SUV

5 Adults, 3 Bags

$28/day

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The Cost of Living in San Juan

Shopping Streets

San Juan has plenty of conventional shopping malls. In fact, it’s probably the best place in the Caribbean to shop for branded goods. That’s mainly due to the Plaza Las Americas, the Caribbean’s largest mall, where you’ll find stores like Lacoste, Macy’s, and American Eagle. For a slightly more atmospheric shopping experience, head to Old San Juan, where you’ll find quirky stores like the Butterfly People (who sell real exotic butterflies preserved in clear plastic) and Poet’s Passage, a great place to pick up souvenirs and artworks.

Groceries and Other

If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, the best places to shop for groceries in San Juan are supermarkets like Pueblo, Famcoop, and SuperMax, which offer prices that are usually well below those on the mainland. A gallon of milk costs around $6.70, while a pound of apples is just $1.50, making it easy to live well in the city while on a tight budget.

Cheap meal

$12.00

A pair of jeans

$40.20

Single public transport ticket

$1.50

Cappuccino

$2.58

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San Juan
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city ​​in Argentina.
The total number of residents in San Juan recently exceeded 447 thousand people.

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