San Juan, Puerto Rico

The oldest city under the American flag, San Juan vibrates to a lively salsa beat. There's an unmistakable zest in the air here. Perhaps it's the stunning natural setting: the verdant peaks, tropical forests, and gleaming white-sand beaches. Or maybe it's Puerto Rico's mix of cultures, the blend and occasional clash of four centuries of Spanish heritage overlaid with a century spent as America's only Commonwealth. Whatever the reason, San Juan is one of the most enticing ports in the Caribbean, and it only gets lovelier with age.

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Points of Interest

  • Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal
  • El Morro de San Felipe
  • Casa Bacardi
  • El Yunque National Rainforest
  • Condado Beach
  • Cultural & Botanical Gardens of Caguas
  • Outdoor Adventure

More about San Juan, Puerto Rico Points of Interest

  • Old San Juan

    This 465-year-old neighborhood is a charming residential and commercial district. The streets are paved with blue cobblestones and feature restored Spanish-colonial buildings.

  • Fort San Cristobal

    Built by the Spanish to defend San Juan from land invaders, this is the largest fortification constructed by Spain in the New World. At its completion in 1783, it surrounded the city of San Juan.

  • El Morro de San Felipe

    This 16th-century citadel is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, outposts and ramps. Named after King Phillip of Spain, this six-level fortress guarded the bay from sea invaders.

  • Casa Bacardi

    Home to the Bacardi family's extensive rum distillery, the visitor center has a fascinating tour with videos and olfactory exhibits, as well as a museum and replica of its very first distillery.

  • El Yunque National Rainforest

    This region is made up of five different forests, including a cloud forest and a dwarf forest that is home to miniature trees as well as the island's rare tree frog.

  • Condado Beach

    This peninsula of golden sand is a great venue to swim and sunbathe. Located just near the plaza, you can also shop or grab a bite to eat at the many cafes and hotels lining the strip.

  • Cultural & Botanical Gardens of Caguas

    Puerto Rico has a perfect climate for growing some of the prettiest flowers and plants imaginable. This large park has many paths that let you meander.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Canopy ziplining, rainforest hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking are waiting for you.

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Beach Escape at Vivo Beach Club

4.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 2 8 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Escape to the cool refuge of the exclusive VIVO Beach Club, a seaside oasis with freshwater pools, restaurants, bars and plenty of activities. So kick those shoes off, work on your tan, make a splash or stretch out under a palm tree with a cool, exotic cocktail.

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El Yunque National Rainforest Scenic Drive

4 hours | San Juan | S J U - 3 6 0
  • El Yunque National Rainforest

Set your sights and camera on the jaw-dropping beauty of El Yunque National Forest. This scenic tour travels deep into the unspoiled mountainous terrain with plenty of exciting photo stops. Thrill at the views atop the Observation Tower, marvel at the super-sized flowers, and watch out for raining frogs!

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Old San Juan & Fortress Guided Walking Tour

2.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 3 8 0
  • Old San Juan
  • El Morro de San Felipe

Follow in the footsteps of conquistadors and pirates with a walking tour through Old San Juan. Learn its swashbuckling history with a tour of El Morro, a magnificent fortress standing guard over San Juan Harbor. Walk along the historic center's cobbled streets and admire its centuries-old colonial architecture.

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Old San Juan Fortresses & Shopping

3.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 1 1 0
  • Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal
  • El Morro de San Felipe

Explore El Morro and San Cristóbal Fortress-two of the Caribbean's most famous and fascinating fortresses. Set on opposite ends of San Juan, each UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a look at Spain's military might during the colonial era. Later, enjoy shopping at Plaza Colon in search for that special souvenir.

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Best of San Juan: Old and New San Juan City Tour & Shopping

2.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 1 0 0
  • Condado Beach
  • Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal

Revel in the colorful sights and sounds of San Juan during a guided scenic drive that celebrates the beauty of its historic Old Town with a visit to the imposing San Cristóbal Fortress. The tour continues to New San Juan with its glittering Condado district and shopping at Plaza Colon.

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Easy Bacardi Distillery, Old San Juan & Shopping (Wheelchair Accessible)

4 hours | San Juan | S J U - 2 7 1
  • Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal
  • Casa Bacardi

Sip and savor a taste of Puerto Rico with a tour of the Casa Bacardi rum distillery. Learn the history and the step-by-step secrets to making the perfect rum drink. After a tour, you'll be escorted to the pavilion for a tasty sampling followed by a visit to the gift shop.

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Easy Bacardi Distillery, Old San Juan & Shopping

4 hours | San Juan | S J U - 2 7 0
  • Old San Juan
  • Fort San Cristobal
  • Casa Bacardi

Sip and savor a taste of Puerto Rico with a tour of the Casa Bacardi rum distillery. Learn the history and the step-by-step secrets to making the perfect rum drink. After a tour, you'll be escorted to the pavilion for a tasty sampling followed by a visit to the gift shop.

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Amazing Grace - Old San Juan Pirate Harbor Cruise

1.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 6 8 0
  • Old San Juan
  • Outdoor Adventure

Take to the high seas and live the life of a pirate when you're welcomed aboard the Amazing Grace, a 81' topsail schooner representative of the traditional American sailing crafts. Enjoy the enchanting views of this walled cultural city, Old San Juan, which was once visited by similar ships.

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Puerto Rico's Favorites

4.25 hours | San Juan | S J U - 3 6 5
  • Old San Juan
  • Condado Beach
  • Fort San Cristobal
  • El Yunque National Rainforest

Soak up the colorful sights and sounds of San Juan on a leisurely sightseeing tour of the city. Step off the coach and visit the San Cristobal Fortress, the largest European fortification in the Americas, and El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system.

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Window Cave Experience

4.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 3 7 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Journey to Arecibo, then hike deep into the splendid Rio Grande de Arecibo Valley to the opening of the mythical Cueva Ventana, known as the Window Cave. Don a helmet and set off to discover this outer worldly cavern to marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites, native Indian rock writings and their petroglyphs on this rugged, eco-adventure.

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History & Cuisine of San Juan on Foot

3.5 hours | San Juan | S J U - 2 5 0
  • Old San Juan
  • Outdoor Adventure

Spice up your day with a Mofongo and Mojito culinary demo. Before you tap into your inner chef, you'll stroll through Old San Juan on a guided tour on the way to the restaurant where you'll learn to serve up two local favorites: the famous mofongo and the refreshing mojito.

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El Yunque Horseback Riding

4 hours | San Juan | S J U - 4 3 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Saddle up and discover the beautiful Carabalí Rainforest Park on a sure-footed horse. Your experienced guides will give you a safety presentation, then help you onto your very own horse. From this unique perspective you can admire the flora and fauna of this unspoiled wilderness.

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ATV Scenic Safari

4.25 hours | San Juan | S J U - 5 5 0
  • Outdoor Adventure

Hop on an ATV and blaze a trail through the foothills of El Yunque National Rainforest. Rev your engines as you wind your way around the island's breathtaking scenery. Then cool off with a refreshing dip in a picturesque river.

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