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Photo: Old San Juan from above, San Juan

The Many Sides of San Juan

It’s hard not to be captivated by the historic treasures of majestic Old San Juan, the charming walled city with its imposing fortresses, colorful colonial architecture and numerous attractions.

A short taxi ride from the old city lie the world-class boutiques, including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Ferragamo, and restaurants of Condado, the inviting beaches and resorts of Ocean Park and Isla Verde and the bohemian neighborhood of Santurce. Event planners and business professionals come for the state-of-the-art convention center in Miramar and the financial district of Hato Rey.

With so much to see and do, the city caters equally to history buffs, adventurers, shopaholics, honeymooners and indolent sunbathers. And when the sun goes down, San Juan sizzles with a sultry nightlife, casinos that stay open until the sun rises and hotels that keep the party going in their lobbies.

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Old San Juan

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Condado

San Juan's most fashionable neighborhood, Condado is lined with world-famous boutiques, many of the city’s top-rated fine dining restaurants, beachfront casino hotels and late-night hotspots.

Santurce

Santurce neighborhood is an urban-cultural-art-district. A mandatory stop in Santurce is the always dynamic ‘Plaza del Mercado’. ‘La Placita’, as it’s affectionately known, thrives as a bustling public market by day – where vendors hawk their wares and some of the freshest produce from all over the island. On nights and weekends, however, the marketplace becomes a vivacious hot spot for nightlife – with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars lining its side streets, and adding their unique flavors to the surrounding activity. Learn more of la Placita.

Hato Rey

Hato Rey is San Juan’s financial district. On its most popular attractions are: Plaza Las Americas, Caribbean’s largest shopping center; Coliseum José Miguel Agrelot, the Caribbean’s largest indoor arena, and Fine Arts Cinema Café.

Metro Destinations

Bayamon City

“El Pueblo del Chicharrón”… The fried pig sking city is the second most populated city in Puerto Rico, (San Juan is number one), and it is also believed to be one of the most progressive city in the island. Bayamón is a family destination. On its most popular attractions are: Luis A. Ferré Science Park, La Estrella del Norte (The North Star Plaza), Paseo Lineal Río Bayamón (jogging and biking trails), among others. Bayamón is best known for "los carritos de chicharrón", or the chicharrón street cars, considered the best in Puerto Rico. Learn more.

Carolina Cultural District

The town of Carolina dedicated an entire district to commemorate its history and culture. Here you’ll find museums, outdoor plazas, art galleries, historical archives, and even an urban market. Learn more.

Isla Verde

You’ll find many of the city’s luxury resort hotels in this neighborhood, most of them facing Isla Verde beach, a deep crescent of golden sand facing the azure waters of the Atlantic. Just off the Isla Verde strip is a second lovely beach called the Balneario de Carolina.

Guaynabo City

Guaynabo is the avant-garde city. It is a modern high-end suburban of the metropolitan area. On its most popular attractions are: La Marquesa National Forest and the Puerto Rico Sports Museum. Learn more.

Airports

  1. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

    Named after Puerto Rico’s first democratically elected governor, San Juan’s main airport is one of the main hubs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Home to more than a dozen airlines, many flights are available to the United States, South America, and the Caribbean.

    Carolina

    Website (787) 253-2329

Beaches

Excellent combination of the city and the sea, this region has a variety of beaches that start across the beautiful San Juan Bay and extends to the golden sand beaches of Piñones neighborhood. Explore our beaches.

Attractions

  1. Bahía Urbana

    A new project for the revitalization of San Juan’s bay area, it has transformed a 21-block area into an entire neighborhood that features shopping, dining, hotels, housing, parks, trails, and a stunning waterfront esplanade.

    San Juan

  2. Carolina Cultural District

    The town of Carolina dedicated an entire district to commemorate its history and culture. Here you’ll find museums, outdoor plazas, art galleries, historical archives, and even an urban market.

    Carolina

  3. Casa Blanca

    The secluded, white-walled estate at the beginning of San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan is actually on of the oldest structures in Puerto Rico. Built in 1521, it is the original home of the Ponce de León family.

    San Juan

  4. Castillo San Cristóbal

    The largest fort ever built by Spain in the New World, the imposing Castillo San Cristóbal was completed in 1785. It was intended to guard against a land invasion, so it was ingeniously designed according to a “defense in depth” model, which created numerous successive barriers for advancing enemy forces.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 729-6960
  5. Castillo San Felipe del Morro (“El Morro”)

    El Morro is perhaps the most famous historic structure in Puerto Rico. Begun in 1539, the might fortress was built on a narrow point overlooking the San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It served as a formidable stronghold, successfully repelling almost every naval attack on the city. Today, El Morro and its sister fort, Castillo San Cristóbal, are National Historic Sites and the oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 729-6960, (787) 729-6754
  6. Children’s Museum

    The playful yet instructive Museo del Niño is a favorite destination for kids of all ages. With exhibits that include a mini TV studio, a children-only town, and a variety of exhibits that educate children about science, health, music and art, the museum is a unique and delightful attraction in Old San Juan.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-3791
  7. Galería Nacional

    The National Gallery exhibits works of religious art, the largest collection of José Campeche paintings, artworks by Francisco Oller and his disciples, and a selection of iconic works from up to 60 years, with a strong representation of the famous 50s generation.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-2670, (787) 725-2671
  8. Isla de Cabras National Park

    This tiny island just across the bay from Old San Juan has played an important role in the island’s defense. The small battery here (called “El Fortín del Cañuelo”) was El Morro’s deadly counterpart, delivering a barrage of cannon fire that made the San Juan Bay practically impregnable. Close by is another reason to visit this area: the lovely Blue Flag public beach at Punta Salinas.

    Toa Baja

  9. La Marquesa Forest

    This 600-acre forest in the middle of the city offers many recreational areas, as well as a great variety of flora and fauna. Among its highlights are a spectacular aviary, a butterfly conservatory, and a funicular railway. It is a very popular destination among the children.

    Guaynabo

  10. Luis A. Ferré Science Park

    Located in the city of Bayamón, this 42-acre complex features a natural observatory, a zoo, science exhibitions, and an artificial lake. After being closed to the public for a complete remodeling, it is set to reopen its doors on September 2013.

    Bayamón

  11. Museo del Niño de Carolina

    More than 100 thematic, interactive, and educational exhibitions for all ages and interests. The museums also features outdoor games, a go-kart track, and a full-size American Airlines airplane.

    Carolina

    Website (787) 257-0261
  12. Museum of Contemporary Art

    Housed in the historic Rafael M. Labra Building, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) celebrates a great variety of modern art expression, from paintings and sculpture, to video and mixed media.

    San Juan

  13. Paseo La Princesa

    No walk in Old San Juan is complete without an evening stroll through this restored 19th century esplanade. The promenade is lined with antique street lamps, trees, statues, fountains, and street vendors.

    San Juan

  14. Puerto Rico Museum of Art

    The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) in Santurce is San Juan’s magnificent fine arts showcase. Inaugurated in 2000, the architecturally stunning, 130,000-square foot structure exhibits Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present. In addition, the museum hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year and boasts an outstanding children’s interactive exhibit.

    San Juan

  15. San José Church

    Built in 1532, the San José Church is one of the few remaining examples of 16th century Spanish Gothic architecture in the Western Hemisphere. To aid with its restoration, it was added to the National Historic Fund’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

    San Juan

  16. San Juan Bautista Cathedral

    The second oldest cathedral in the Americas, the San Juan Cathedral dates back centuries. The original structure, built in 1521, no longer stands; the current building was begun in 1540 and gradually evolved into the graceful Gothic façade you see today.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-0861
  17. San Juan National Historic Site

    The oldest European constructions in the United States National Park Service that includes the imposing forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, as well as the Fortín San Juan de la Cruz known locally as El Cañuelo, and three fourths of the city walls.

    San Juan

  18. The Bacardi Distillery

    Known as “the Cathedral of Rum,” the Bacardi rum distillery welcomes visitors each day with a tour of its sprawling facility across the bay in Cataño followed by a free sample of their world-famous rum.

    Cataño

  19. Wildlife Museum

    A great attraction for the whole family. The museum features an exhibition of animals divided into biomes that transport you to places such as Africa, Asia and United States among others. The educational material available for visitors is very diverse and rich on information about the animals and the environment in which they live. You can make the journey on your own or participate in a guided tour offered on a specific shedule.

    San Juan

    Website (787) 480-5440

San Juan is the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean, and boasts a stable of world-renowned chefs. From Puerto Rican classics like mofongo and asopao to inventive nouveau Rican cuisine to wildly successful fusion fare, dining here is an exotic and rewarding adventure for the palate.

  1. Acacia Seaside Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-0668
  2. Aleli by the Sea Guest House

    San Juan

    (787) 725-5313
  3. At Wind Chimes Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 727-4153
  4. Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-9500
  5. Borinquen Beach Inn

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-8400
  6. Caribe Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0303
  7. Casa Condado Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 200-8482
  8. Chateau Cervantes

    San Juan

    Website (787) 724-7722
  9. Ciqala Luxury Home Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 998-1176
  10. Comfort Inn & Suites Campomar

    Toa Baja

    Website (787) 641-9090
  11. Comfort Inn San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0170
  12. Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0303
  13. Condado Plaza Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-1000
  14. Coral by the Sea

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6868
  15. Coral Princess Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 977-7700
  16. Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-0404
  17. Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-7400
  18. Da' House Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 366-5074
  19. Double Tree by Hilton San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 625-3129
  20. Dream's Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 688-5818
  21. El Canario By The Lagoon Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-5058
  22. El Canario Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-3861
  23. El San Juan Resort & Casino, A Hilton Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-1000
  24. Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-0505
  25. ESJ Towers

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-5151
  26. Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-8777
  27. Holiday Inn Express San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 724-4160
  28. Hostería Del Mar

    San Juan

    Website (787) 727-3302
  29. Hotel El Convento

    San Juan

    Website (787) 723-9020
  30. Hotel Iberia

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-5380
  31. Hotel La Playa

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-1115
  32. Hotel Milano

    San Juan

    (787) 729-9050
  33. Hotel Miramar

    San Juan

    Website (787) 977-1000
  34. Hotel Olimpo Court

    San Juan

    (787) 724-0600
  35. Howard Johnson Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-1300
  36. InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6100
  37. La Concha A Renaissance Resort

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-7500
  38. La Terraza de San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-2014
  39. Número 1 on the Beach

    San Juan

    Website (787) 726-5010
  40. Olive Boutique Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 705-9994
  41. Plaza de Armas Hotel

    San Juan

    (787) 722-9191
  42. Quality Inn El Portal

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-9010
  43. Radisson Ambassador Plaza

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-7300
  44. San Juan Airport Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6000
  45. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-7000
  46. San Juan Suites Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-1351
  47. San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-3666
  48. San Miguel Plaza Hotel

    Bayamón

    Website (787) 300-4000
  49. Sandy Beach

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-8640
  50. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-5100
  51. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 993-3500
  52. The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 253-1700
  53. The Village Inn

    Carolina

    (787) 750-6143
  54. Tres Palmas Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 727-4617
  55. Verdanza Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 253-9000
  56. Villa del Sol

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-2600
  57. Villa Verde Inn

    Carolina

    Website (787) 727-9457
  58. Casa Sol B&B

    San Juan

    Website Tel. (787) 399-0105
  1. Travel Services, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: El Vigia, Serralles Castle, Ponce

    Activities: Sightseeing

  2. Tropical Trail Rides, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: ATV

  3. Puerto Rico Tours Services, San Juan

    Attractions: Bacardi Rum Disitllery, Old San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Shopping

  4. Castillo Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Bacardi Rum Distillery

    Activities: Sightseeing

  5. Puerto Rico Freedivers, Inc., Carolina

    Activities: Fishing, Freediving, Spearfishing

  6. Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Activities: Flightseeing

  7. Cafeitour, San Juan

    Activities: Agrotourism, Coffee Tasting, Sightseeing

  8. EcoQuest Adventures, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: ATV, UTV

  9. EcoQuest Adventures, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: ATV, Caving, Rappelling, Ziplining, Hiking, Canopy Bridges

  10. EcoQuest Adventures, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: Ziplining, Hiking, Canopy Bridges

  11. EcoQuest Adventures, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Ziplining, Canopy Bridges

  12. Rico Suntours/RST, San Juan

    Attractions: Camuy River Cave Park

    Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Shopping

  13. Seaplanes in Paradise, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay, Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Isla de Cabras

    Activities: Flightseeing

  14. Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Paseo La Princesa

    Activities: Walking, Shopping

  15. Flavors of San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Coffee Tasting

  16. Colonial Adventure at Old San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing, Nightlife

  17. 15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  18. 15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  19. Unlimited Divers, San Juan

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Shore Diving

  20. Ocean Sports, Carolina

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  21. Scuba Dogs, San Juan

    Attractions: Escambron Beach Park

    Activities: Scuba Diving, Shore Diving, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Walking, Sightseeing

  22. WOW Surfing School, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, San Juan Bay

    Activities: Jet Ski

  23. Rocaliza Adventure Tours, Corp., San Juan

    Activities: Ziplining, Rappelling, Climbing, Hiking

  24. Tour Coop, San Juan

    Attractions: El Yunque

    Activities: Sightseeing

  25. Puerto Rico Tours Services, San Juan

    Attractions: El Yunque Rainforest

    Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing

  26. 15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  27. 15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  28. Oceania Beach Eventz, Toa Baja

    Attractions: Isla de Cabras National Park

    Activities: Kayaking, Sailing Boat Rentals

  29. Puerto Rico Freedivers, Inc,, Carolina

    Activities: Freediving

  30. Go Tarpon PR, Inc., San Juan

    Activities: Fishing, Light tackle fishing, Fly-fishing

  31. Go Tarpon PR, Inc., San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing, Sailing

  32. Travel Services, Inc, San Juan

    Attractions: Trump Golf Club, El Conquistador Country Club, Dorado Beach Club

    Activities: Golf

  33. Rocaliza Adventure Tours, Corp., San Juan

    Activities: Rock Climbing, Rappelling

  34. Vertical Solutions Helicopters/Planet Air, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Condado

    Activities: Flightseeing

  35. Atlantic San Juan Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Bacardi Rum Distillery

    Activities: Sightseeing

  36. Watersports 4 You/KAP, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kayaking, Sailing

  37. Tropical Trail Rides, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: Horseback Riding

  38. Tour Coop, San Juan

    Attractions: Espriritu Santo River, Coco Beach

    Activities: kayaking, sightseeing

  39. La Marquesa Canopy Tour, Guaynabo

    Attractions: La Marquesa Forest

    Activities: Ziplining, Canopy

  40. Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon, Carolina

    Attractions: Torrecilla Lagoon

    Activities: Fishing

  41. Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon, Carolina

    Attractions: Torrecilla Lagoon, San José Lagoon

    Activities: Fishing

  42. Encantos Eco Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sailing

  43. Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, El Morro

    Activities: Walking

  44. Get Shopped PR, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Dinning, Culinary, Gastronomy, Food Tasting

  45. United Tour Guides Coop. of P.R., San Juan

    Attractions: Piñones

    Activities: Biking

  46. Legends of Puerto Rico, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking

  47. AdvenTours, San Juan

    Activities: Birding

  48. Rent the Bicycle, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Biking

  49. Dragonfly Adventures, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing

  50. Get Shopped PR, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Shopping, Culinary, Food Tasting

  51. Countryside Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing

  52. Watersports 4 You/KAP, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Parasailing, Banana Boat Riding

  53. Travel Services, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing

  54. Flavors of San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Rum Tasting

  55. AC Fish Finder, Inc., San Juan

    Activities: Fishing

  56. Rico Suntours/RST, San Juan

    Attractions: El Yunque Rainforest, Luquillo Beach (La Montserrate Beach Park)

    Activities: Hiking, Beachcombing

  57. Encantos Eco Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sailing

  58. Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Cristobal Canyon

    Activities: Flightseeing

  59. San Juan Water Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sightseeing, cruising

  60. Rent the Bicycle, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Condado District, Santurce District

    Activities: Biking

  61. Amador Island Tours, San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing

  62. Seaplanes in Paradise, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay, Old San Juan, Condado, Isla Verde, Piñones

    Activities: Flightseeing

  63. Encantos Eco Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sailing

  64. AquaAdventure, San Juan

    Activities: Snuba

  65. Segway Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, El Morro

    Activities: Sightseeing

  66. Flavors of San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Cooking Classes, Rum Tasting, Food Tasting, History walk, Culinary

  67. Legends of Puerto Rico, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Food Tasting, Rum Tasting, Gastronomy, Culinary

  68. VELA UNO/SUP, INC., San Juan

    Attractions: Condado Lagoon

    Activities: SUP Paddleboarding

  69. VELA UNO/SUP, INC., San Juan

    Activities: Paddleboarding

  70. United Tour Guides Coop. of P.R., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing

  71. WOW Surfing School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach, Pine Grove Beach

    Activities: Surfing

  72. Vertical Solutions Helicopters/Planet Air, San Juan

    Activities: Flightseeing

  73. Vertical Solutions Helicopters/Planet Air, San Juan

    Attractions: Arecibo Observatory

    Activities: Flightseeing

  74. Get Shopped PR, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Coffee Tasting, Culinary, Food Tasting, Gastronomy

  75. Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Attractions: El Morro, Old San Juan

    Activities: Flightseeing

  76. Trans Travel, San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing

  77. One Aviation Group Blue Eagle Airways, San Juan

    Activities: Scenic Flight, Flightseeing

  78. Arch Tours, Old San Juan

    Attractions: El Morro, Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing, Architectural Interpretation

  79. Arch Tours, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Viejo San Juan, Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing, Architectural Interpretation

  80. Casa Lila, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Casa Lila, Old San Juan

    Activities: Cheese-making, Gastronomy, Culinary, Food tasting

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