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San Juan
Travel Guide

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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

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
4 out of 5
1077 Ashford Ave Condado, San Juan
The price is $359 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Located in Condado, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort and Condado Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (978 reviews)
"La concha is the most beautiful experience i have ever had set a different element of peace for the mind and soul"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Caribe Hilton
Caribe Hilton
4.5 out of 5
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan
The price is $419 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (962 reviews)
"The staff was amazing, and they speak English very well for tourists who may not speak the language. The hotel is very up to date in technology and services. Great places to eat, beautiful beach (bay), and the pools are a good size! the jacuzzi area is a bit small however. The rooms were good! only ..."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Caribe Hilton
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 $386 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Nestled on the beach, this Condado resort is within a 10-minute walk of Atlantic Beach and Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort. Condado Beach and Puerto Rico ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,017 reviews)
"Very nice"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Navona Studios
Navona Studios
2.5 out of 5
258 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, PR
The price is $77 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Located in Old San Juan, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Alcaldia, Museo del Mar, and Casa del Libro. Casa de Ramon Power y Giralt and Pier ...
3.7/5Good! (261 reviews)
"Staffs are extremely friendly and helpful. Great location."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Navona Studios
Fortaleza Suites
Fortaleza Suites
3.5 out of 5
315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan
The price is $117 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Located in Old San Juan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Fortaleza, Port of San Juan, and San Juan Gate. La Fortaleza and San Juan ...
4.2/5Very Good! (616 reviews)
"This was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed, and was also in a perfect walking location in old San Juan. I stayed in a room with a balcony and it was fun to sit out at night to relax and enjoy they city."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Fortaleza Suites
Old San Juan Rentals
Old San Juan Rentals
3.5 out of 5
251 Fortaleza Street, Old San Juan, San Juan
Located in Old San Juan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Fortaleza, San Juan Gate, and Port of San Juan. La Fortaleza and San Juan ...
4.3/5Excellent! (112 reviews)
"Convenient location. The rooms were spacious, good air conditioner, the kitchenette was equipped with good set of plates and silverware. The loft was perfect to rest after a long day exploring San Juan"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Old San Juan Rentals
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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