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

4.5/5Wonderful!(760 area reviews)

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of Condado. Make a stop by Condado Beach or Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort while you're exploring the area.

Condado
San Juan

Old San Juan

4.5/5Wonderful!(354 area reviews)

The fascinating museums and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to Old San Juan. A stop by San Juan Gate or Port of San Juan might round out your trip.

Old San Juan
San Juan showing a sandy beach, a city and tropical scenes

Ocean Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(274 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
Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Miramar

4/5Very Good!(155 area reviews)

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Miramar. A stop by Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico or Nuestra Senora de Lourdes Chapel might round out your trip.

Miramar
Fort San Jeronimo which includes heritage elements

Puerta de Tierra

4.5/5Wonderful!(104 area reviews)

Puerta de Tierra is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Escambron Beach and Luis Muñoz Rivera Park, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of San Juan Antiguo.

Puerta de Tierra
San Juan which includes cuddly or friendly animals and heritage elements

Mercado

While visiting Mercado, you might make a stop by sights like San Juan Cathedral and Plaza de Armas.

Mercado

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 $129 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! (1,128 reviews)

"The personnel at the front desk were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
752 Manuel Fernandez Juncos Ave, San Juan
The price is $138 per night

Located in Miramar, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Convention Center. Condado Beach and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,974 reviews)

"Excellent service and clean rooms. Nice rooms, Eter Roof top has a great view of Metro Area."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

CIQALA Luxury Suites
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
5 out of 5
1055 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
The price is $259 per night

Located in Condado, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Parque La Ventana al Mar and Condado Beach. Puerto Rico Convention ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,653 reviews)

"Everything was good I have no complaints I would stay there again"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Popular places to visit in San Juan

Condado Beach
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Condado Beach

4.5/5(1,500 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(1,222 reviews)

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

San Juan Cathedral
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San Juan Cathedral

4.5/5(982 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.

Escambron Beach
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Escambron Beach

4.5/5(231 reviews)

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

La Fortaleza
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La Fortaleza

4.5/5(1,010 reviews)

The official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico is a vast mansion and fortress that is open to the public on guided tours.

Castillo de San Cristobal
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Castillo de San Cristobal

4.5/5(1,154 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

Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayaking Experience in Fajardo
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Bioluminescent Bay Night Kayaking Experience in Fajardo

$99
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Catamaran Sail & Snorkeling in the Caribbean with Lunch
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Catamaran Sail & Snorkeling in the Caribbean with Lunch

$112
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Scuba Diving for Beginners with Video included
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Scuba Diving for Beginners with Video included

$79
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Guided Horseback Ride in El Yunque National Forest
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Guided Horseback Ride in El Yunque National Forest

$110
Per adult
Rainforest, Luquillo Beach and Biobay Kayaking TRIO
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Rainforest, Luquillo Beach and Biobay Kayaking TRIO

$170
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
LED Night Kayak - Condado Lagoon
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LED Night Kayak - Condado Lagoon

$56
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

Reviews of San Juan

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2604
5 - Excellent 63.6986301369863%
4 - Good
1211
4 - Good 29.623287671232877%
3 - Okay
229
3 - Okay 5.601761252446184%
2 - Disappointing
29
2 - Disappointing 0.7093933463796478%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3669275929549902%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Excellent city, highly recommended.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

I love San Juan.

2/5 - Disappointing

miguel/Bethania

Mar 26, 2020

they should clean the city

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

It’s not an area I’m dying to go back to right away.

5/5 - Excellent

Angelle

Mar 24, 2020

Great vacation! Definitely would suggest!

5/5 - Excellent

SaidoRoom730

Mar 23, 2020

A great place to visit with great ,warm and friendly people and the place to discover :)

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