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San JuanPuerto Rico

Visit Puerto Rico’s capital to sunbathe on white-sand beaches, shop in stylish boutiques and explore historic buildings dating back to the 16th century.

Enjoy a tropical beach vacation in San Juan and explore the many historic sites in one of the oldest cities in the Americas.

The oldest part of the city, known as Old San Juan (El Viejo San Juan), is a small island connected to the mainland by bridges. Here, you’ll find many of the city’s most popular attractions, historic buildings, restaurants and shops.

Visit the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, which has a wide range of exhibits, regular cultural events and a beautiful botanical garden. Just a short walk away is the Catedral de San Juan where you can attend a Spanish mass or view the final resting place of Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer and the first Governor of Puerto Rico.

No trip to the area is complete without a visit to the San Juan National Historic Site. This massive complex is World Heritage listed and includes many of the city’s defensive walls and fortresses. Plan to spend several hours here as you can explore dungeons and tunnels, and climb towers for 140-feet-(42-meter) high views of the city.

San Juan is well known for its excellent shopping, so make the time to wander along the Calle del Cristo, Old San Juan’s popular shopping street. You’ll find famous international boutiques alongside merchants selling local goods.

Those looking to relax on the beach should head east of Old San Juan to Isla Verde. This beach is close to the main attractions, but far enough away to be a good place for some peace and quiet. For those with children, Luquillo Beach, where coral reefs protect a lagoon, is a great option.

Despite severe traffic congestion, residents and visitors to San Juan primarily travel by car, although a free tourist trolley runs in Old San Juan. Some areas offer a metro system and public buses, but the best option for visitors is usually either walking the shorter distances or taking advantage of a local trolley or taxi service.

Where to stay in San Juan

Condado

Condado

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Condado. Make a stop by Condado Beach or Plaza Antonia Quinones while you're exploring the area.

Condado
San Juan featuring a sandy beach, a city and tropical scenes

Ocean Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

Ocean Park is known for its stunning beaches, and you can see some sights in the area like Barbosa Park and Playa Ultimo Trolley.

Ocean Park

Top Hotels in San Juan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
55 Condado Avenue, San Juan
The price is CA $142 per night

Located in Condado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Parque La Ventana al Mar and Plaza del Mercado. Condado Beach and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,087 reviews)

"The shower was excellent. The view was uninteresting. The breatfast was mediocre. The loan of big umbrellas was great and saved a very rainy day. The staff was accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
4.5 out of 5
1309 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
The price is CA $376 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Condado resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Atlantic Beach and Condado Beach. Puerto Rico Convention Center and Escambron Beach are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,231 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with casino and many amenities. In a touristy area of PR so I'd recommend staying there for a few days and then book another hotel in the more natural/wild parts of the island."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
Caribe Hilton
Caribe Hilton
4.5 out of 5
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan

Located in Puerta de Tierra, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Fort San Jeronimo, Third Millennium Park and ...

4/5Very Good! (2,733 reviews)

"Super nice hotel super nice staff. I stayed in the beach wing and it was beautiful. 10/10 recommend"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Caribe Hilton

Popular places to visit in San Juan

Condado Beach
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Condado Beach

4.5/5(81 reviews)

This beach within the bustling city of San Juan is the perfect place to relax for a few hours.

San Juan Gate
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San Juan Gate

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Enter San Juan through the last remaining gateway from the city’s walls and discover the military history of its atmospheric Old Town. 

Escambron Beach
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Escambron Beach

4/5(3 reviews)

Swim in calm waters among colorful fish at a picturesque beach that is regularly voted one of the best in Puerto Rico. 

San Juan Cathedral
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San Juan Cathedral

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Discover the curious relics and gorgeous stained-glass windows of Old San Juan’s religious treasure, a 16th-century cathedral with a colorful history.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

4.5/5(58 reviews)

This walled fortress was once used to protect Puerto Rico from invading colonies, and today offers visitors a dramatic reminder of that history.

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Castillo de San Cristobal

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Marvel at a Spanish fortification on the edge of Old San Juan, a place full of haunting myths, fascinating history and stunning photography spots.

Top things to do in San Juan

El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour
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El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour

98% of travellers recommend
CA $124
Per adult
El Yunque National Forest Half-Day Tour
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El Yunque National Forest Half-Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
CA $92
Per adult
Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Tour
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Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $134
Per adult
Sunset Walk & Taste TourTM
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Sunset Walk & Taste TourTM

96% of travellers recommend
CA $153
Per adult
Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour
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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour

78% of travellers recommend
CA $148
Per adult
Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour
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Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure Tour

80% of travellers recommend
CA $148
Per adult

Reviews of San Juan

4.3

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 40.54054054054054%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.783783783783784%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 5.405405405405405%
1 - Terrible
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

Being driven around I noticed a lot of property with added security ie: barbed wire, caged balconies. Not an atmosphere of a safe destination.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

No Wifi at airport and cruise port and taxi service expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Loved Old San Juan. Great to walk around the town, see the fort and at night loved the La Cueva Del Mar restaurant. Uber was amazing and so were the drivers. Would love to come again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

An amazing place to step back into history. Great dining options and shopping.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

Disappointing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

San Juan looks like a place that has a lot of character and culture and would be somewhere you would want to explore if you had more time to do so.

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