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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.

Learn more about our Nightlife and Casino.

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 project for the revitalization of San Juan’s bay that 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. Casa Blanca

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

    San Juan

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Isla de Cabras National Park

    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 Blue Flag public beach at Punta Salinas.

    Toa Baja

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    Bayamón

  8. Museo del Niño de Carolina

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

    Carolina

    Website (787) 257-0261
  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. The Bacardi Distillery

    Known as “the Cathedral of Rum,” the Bacardí 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

    Website 787-788-8400

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. Casa Isabel

    San Juan

    Website 787-630-5974
  2. Acacia Seaside Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-0668
  3. Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites

    San Juan

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

    Carolina

    Website 1-866-728-8400
  5. Casa Condado Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 200-8482
  6. Casa Sol

    Viejo San Juan

    Website (787) 725-4470
  7. CasaBlanca Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 725-3436
  8. Ciqala Luxury Suites

    San Juan

    Website (787) 998-1176
  9. Comfort Inn & Suites Levittown

    Toa Baja

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0170
  11. Condado Plaza Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (888) 722-1274
  12. Coral by the Sea

    Carolina

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

    San Juan

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

    Carolina

    Website (787) 999-6500
  15. Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 366-5074
  17. El Canario By The Lagoon Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-5058
  18. Canario Boutique Hotel

    San Juan

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

    Carolina

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

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-0505
  21. ESJ Towers

    Carolina

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

    Carolina

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

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

    Website (787) 723-9020
  26. Hotel Iberia

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-5380
  27. Hotel InterContinental San Juan

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6100
  28. Hotel La Playa

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-1115
  29. Hotel Milano

    San Juan

    (787) 729-9050
  30. Hotel Miramar

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

    (787) 724-0600
  32. Hyatt Place San Juan/Bayamón

    Bayamón

    Website (787) 779-5000
  33. La Concha A Renaissance Resort

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

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

    San Juan

    (787) 722-9191
  38. San Juan Airport Hotel

    Carolina

    Website (787) 791-6000
  39. San Juan Suites Hotel

    San Juan

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

    Carolina

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

    Bayamón

    Website (787) 300-4000
  42. Sandy Beach

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-8640
  43. San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-7000
  44. Tryp by Wyndham

    Carolina

    Website (787) 728-1300
  45. Hotel Dreams

    San Juan

    Website (787) 688-5818
  46. Double Tree by Hilton San Juan

    San Juan

    Website (787) 625-3129
  47. Caribe Hilton

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-0303
  48. Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino

    San Juan

    Website (787) 993-3500
  49. Tres Palmas Inn

    San Juan

    Website (787) 727-4617
  50. Verdanza Hotel

    Carolina

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

    Carolina

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

    Carolina

    Website (787) 727-9457
  53. Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-5100
  54. Hyatt Place San Juan City Center

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-3000
  55. Hyatt House

    San Juan

    Website (787) 977-5000
  56. Dream Inn Puerto Rico

    San Juan

    Website (787) 200-6340
  57. Hotel Decanter

    San Juan

    Website (787) 925-1490
  58. Hotel Villa Herencia

    San Juan

    Website (787) 722-0989
  59. Howard Johnson Centro Cardiovascular

    San Juan

    Website (787) 751-5302
  60. Le Consulat

    San Juan

    Website (787) 289-9191
  61. The Wave Hotel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 721-9010
  62. AC Hotel San Juan Condado

    San Juan

    Website (787) 827-7280
  63. Conturce Hostel

    San Juan

    Website (787) 520-8854
  64. Dreams Miramar

    San Juan

    Website (787) 963-0000
  1. ATV Tours at Hacienda Campo Rico

    Tropical Trail Rides, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: ATV

  2. Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan

    Castillo Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Bacardi Rum Distillery

    Activities: Sightseeing

  3. Blue Water Hunting Charter

    Puerto Rico Freedivers, Inc., Carolina

    Activities: Fishing, Freediving, Spearfishing

  4. Borinquen Shore Helitour

    Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Activities: Flightseeing

  5. Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours

    Flavors of San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Coffee Tasting

  6. Discovery Kiteboarding Course

    15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  7. Eco-Dive & Water Sports Center

    Scuba Dogs, San Juan

    Attractions: Escambron Beach Park

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

  8. El Salto Ziplining and Waterfall Adventure

    Rocaliza Adventure Tours, Corp., Caguas

    Activities: Ziplining, Rappelling, Climbing, Hiking

  9. Elite Kiteboarding Course

    15 Knots Kiteboarding School, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kiteboarding

  10. Freediving Lessons

    Puerto Rico Freedivers, Inc, Carolina

    Activities: Freediving

  11. Guided Rock Climbing Tours

    Rocaliza Adventure Tours, Corp., San Juan

    Activities: Rock Climbing, Rappelling

  12. Helicopter City Tour

    Vertical Solutions Helicopters/Planet Air, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Condado

    Activities: Flightseeing

  13. Historical Old San Juan & Bacardi Distillery

    Atlantic San Juan Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Bacardi Rum Distillery

    Activities: Sightseeing

  14. Hobie Cat & Kayak Rental

    Watersports 4 You/KAP, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach

    Activities: Kayaking, Sailing, Banana Boat Rides

  15. Horseback Riding at Hacienda Campo Rico

    Tropical Trail Rides, Carolina

    Attractions: Hacienda Campo Rico

    Activities: Horseback Riding

  16. Lagoon Magic Tour

    Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon, Carolina

    Attractions: Torrecilla Lagoon

    Activities: Fly Fishing, Reef Fishing

  17. Light Tackle Fishing Charter

    Puerto Rico Magic Tarpon, Carolina

    Attractions: Torrecilla Lagoon, San José Lagoon

    Activities: Fishing

  18. Mofongo & Mojito Tour: The Original

    Get Shopped PR, Inc., San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Dinning, Culinary, Gastronomy, Food Tasting

  19. Night Tales in Old San Juan

    Legends of Puerto Rico, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking

  20. North Belt Region Birding Trip

    AdvenTours, San Juan

    Activities: Birding

  21. Old San Juan Evening Shuttle

    Dragonfly Adventures, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing

  22. Premium Rum Tasting

    Flavors of San Juan, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Rum Tasting

  23. Rain Forest and the Beach

    Rico Suntours/RST, San Juan

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

    Activities: Hiking, Beachcombing

  24. San Cristóbal Helitour

    Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Cristobal Canyon

    Activities: Flightseeing

  25. San Juan Water Tours

    San Juan Water Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sightseeing, cruising

  26. San Juan City and Beach Bicycle Tour

    Rent the Bicycle, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Condado District, Santurce District

    Activities: Biking

  27. San Juan City Tour

    Amador Island Tours, San Juan

    Activities: Sightseeing

  28. San Juan Dreamed Daytime Sailing

    Encantos Eco Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay

    Activities: Sailing

  29. Scuba Diving Tours

    AquaAdventure, San Juan

    Activities: Scuba

  30. Segway Guided Fort Tour fo Old San Juan

    Segway Tours, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, El Morro

    Activities: Sightseeing

  31. Spirits of Puerto Rico Rum & Food Tasting

    Legends of Puerto Rico, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

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

  32. Charming Stroll of Old San Juan

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

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing

  33. Surfing Lessons at Isla Verde

    WOW Surfing School & Jet Ski, Carolina

    Attractions: Isla Verde Beach, Pine Grove Beach

    Activities: Surfing

  34. The Radar Tour

    Vertical Solutions Helicopters/Planet Air, San Juan

    Attractions: Arecibo Observatory

    Activities: Flightseeing

  35. The Secrets of Espresso and Mallorcas

    Get Shopped PR, San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan

    Activities: Coffee Tasting, Culinary, Food Tasting, Gastronomy

  36. Top of Old San Juan Helitour

    Puerto Rico Helitours, San Juan

    Attractions: El Morro, Old San Juan

    Activities: Flightseeing

  37. Tours Across Puerto Rico

    Trans Travel, San Juan

    Attractions: Puerto Rican Landmarks

    Activities: Sightseeing

  38. Old San Juan Architectural Walking Tour

    Arch Tours, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Viejo San Juan, Old San Juan

    Activities: Walking, Sightseeing, Architectural Interpretation

  39. Sailing Trips in San Juan Bay

    Sail San Juan Bay, Old San Juan

    Attractions: San Juan Bay, San Juan, Old San Juan

    Activities: Sailing, private charter, day rides, sunset rides

  40. Old San Juan Walk & Taste Tour

    Spoon Food Tour, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Viejo San Juan

    Activities: Gastronomy, Culinary, Food tastings, Driving tours, Cooking classes, Rum tastings, History walk, Food tours, Drinking tour

  41. Sip & Savor Drinking Tour

    Spoon Food Tours, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Viejo San Juan

    Activities: Gastronomy, Culinary, Food tastings, Driving tours, Cooking classes, Rum tastings, History walk, Food tours, Drinking tour

  42. San Juan Drive Around Lunch Tour™

    Spoon Food Tour, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Old San Juan, Viejo San Juan

    Activities: Gastronomy, Culinary, Food tastings, Driving tours, Cooking classes, Rum tastings, History walk, Food tours, Drinking tour

  43. San Juan Drive Around Lunch Tour™

    Spoon Food Tours, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Gastronomy, Culinary, Food tastings, Driving tours, Cooking classes, Rum tastings, History walk, Food tours, Drinking tour

    Activities: Food Tasting, Walking Tour, Sightseeing, Coffee Tasting, Coffee Shop

  44. Explore the Wonders of Our Island

    Puerto Rico Tour Desk, San Juan

    Activities: Historical tours, Nature hikes, Adventure tours, Aquatic sports, and Specialty tours

  45. Experience Old San Juan with a Local Resident

    Leisure Awakenig, Old San Juan

    Attractions: Forts, Monuments, Churchs

    Activities: Walking tour

  46. Surfing lessons for all ages and levels

    Puerto Rico Surf Academy, Condado

    Attractions: “La Punta” Beach, Condado

    Activities: Surfing, yoga

  47. PR Surf Academy

    Its main purpose is to promote, educate and service tourist on the sport of surfing. Our regular operation site is located in “La Punta Beach” in the Condado, San Juan area, in occasions we transfer groups to other surfing sites on the island for advanced sessions and new experiences.

    Email (787) 671-0084

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