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Welcome to San Juan

Island lovers, nature enthusiasts, and history buffs alike flock to San Juan’s tropical rain forest, turquoise waters, and 16th-century Spanish colonial historic district—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Puerto Rican capital’s proximity to El Yunque National Forest makes it easy to escape into the lush wilderness, hiking to waterfalls or soaring through the air on a zipline. If you only have time for only one epic adventure, make it a kayaking tour of Laguna Grande, where you can marvel at the natural phenomenon of millions of bioluminescent microorganisms glowing in the water after dark. And don't miss a visit to the Casa Bacardi rum distillery.

Top 10 attractions in San Juan

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Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande

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During the day, Laguna Grande in Fajardo looks like other bays along the tropical Puerto Rican coastline. But come nightfall the bioluminescent lagoon glows fluorescent, thanks to pyrodinium bahamense, microscopic plankton that thrive in its shallow Caribbean waters and glow when disturbed.More
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Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

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A small, uninhabited island located just a 15-minute boat ride from the Puerto Rican town of Fajardo, Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos) is part of Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural los Cayos de la Cordillera). Its white-sand shores, pristine waters, and colorful reefs make it a popular day-trip destination for snorkeling and diving.More
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La Fortaleza (The Fortress)

La Fortaleza (The Fortress)

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The blue-and-white Santa Catalina Palace (Palacio de Santa Catalina), otherwise known as La Fortaleza (The Fortress), is the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico. Situated in Old San Juan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site occupies a spot that was long one of the most contested strategic positions in the Caribbean.More
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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

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Built in 1521, San Juan Cathedral(Catedral de San Juan Bautista) is one of the highlights of Old San Juan. The second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, this landmark in the heart of Old San Juan has an impressive array of religious and historical artifacts. The church is still operational, with services held throughout the week.More
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El Yunque National Park

El Yunque National Park

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The El Yunque National Park is the only tropical rain forest under the protection of the US Forest Service, as well as the largest nature reserve in densely populated Puerto Rico. Situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains—where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life—El Yunque is home to the rare Puerto Rican parrot and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.More
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Luquillo Beach

Luquillo Beach

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Puerto Rico’s Luquillo Beach (Playa Luquillo), also known as Balneario Monserrate, is a tranquil crescent famed for its coconut palm trees and long stretch of powdery white sand. Considered one of the island’s best public beaches, the calm waters here are perfect for swimming, wading, kayaking, and other water sports.More
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Just north of Old San Juan, within the San Juan National Historic Site, stands 16th-century Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northwestern tip of the islet of San Juan, kept watch over the Atlantic and protected Old San Juan and the Bay of San Juan from incoming enemies for centuries.More
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San Juan Bay

San Juan Bay

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San Juan Bay sits at the heart of the city of San Juan, with innumerable sites, neighborhoods and attractions ringing its shores. The most iconic spots on the bay are the pair of fortresses that face each other at the bay’s mouth. On the eastern side sits El Morro, flanked by the 500-year-old cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. Across the way, the Islas de Cabras National Park boasts the San Juan de la Cruz Fort. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but visitors can only walk around the outside walls of the San Juan de la Cruz Fort, as the inside in closed to the public. Just south of Isla de Cabras, you’ll find another icon of Puerto Rico overlooking the bay—the Bacardi Rum Visitor Center, where you can take a tour and enjoy a rum tasting.More
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Old San Juan

Old San Juan

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The cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, lined with brightly colored Spanish colonial houses, lend themselves to aimless yet inspired wandering—but don’t let yourself pass by the neighborhood’s key attractions. From the UNESCO World Heritage-listed forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristobal to restaurants serving plates of aromatic rice and fried plantains, Old San Juan charms travelers at every turn.More
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Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa

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Located just outside the city walls south of Old San Juan, the Paseo de la Princesa is one of the most pleasant and popular walks in the city. Dating back to 1853, the lovely pedestrian promenade is lined with trees, antique street lamps, benches, gardens, sculptures, and fountains, and offers wonderful views of San Juan Bay.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Airport transfer
Jamie_L, Jul 2021
Oneway - to/from SJUAirport, Cruise Port, Hotels in SAN JUAN - 2019 Mercedes Van
A lot of drivers just turn up the radio and take you straight to tour destination, but he talked to us and made sure we knew exactly what to do to have a fun vacation!
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Sunset Boat Ride
Terrie_P, Jul 2021
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
We were able to see Old San Juan from the water.
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The Browns
rahzine_B, Jul 2021
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
Got to see the rest of San Juan from the sea to complete our experience.
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Highly Recommend
Scott_S, Jun 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Highly educational and exciting to see the town of Old San Juan.
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Amazing
Imani, Jun 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
She educated us about the history of old San Juan and brought us to delicious spots we continued to visit during our stay!
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Great Tour for Foodies and History Buffs!
Marilyn_Y, May 2021
Old San Juan Sunset Walk & Taste Food Tour
Great way to see Old San Juan - a must for foodies and history buffs alike!
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Wild ride and great views!
Kimberly_B, May 2021
San Juan Mini Boats
Excellent way to see San Juan.
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San Juan, Loiza, rainforest Tour-excellent guide
Claire_D, May 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
Excellent tour to get a snapshot of Puerto Rico- perfect for the first days of a longer trip or if you only have a few days a great way to see San Juan, Louiza and the rainforest
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Unforgettable experience
Sylvester_N, May 2021
The Old, The New and the Now: The Updated San Juan City Tour
My tour guide Alex was such a good and knowledgeable guide he took me to all part of San Juan and I got to see more things are the city and also I thought it was a tour with other ppl but a private tour around the city was the best choice I could of made if anybody books this trip make sure you get Alex you won't regret it and all
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Memorable experience and great guide!
Julia_L, May 2021
Day Trip to Cueva Del Indio & Gozalandia Waterfalls
He took us to the most amazing waterfalls and it was great to see Puerto Rican life outside of San Juan.
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Great experience!
Cody_S, Apr 2021
Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay
We were taken all around San Juan bay to see some fantastic views of Old San Juan.
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I loved it I would do it again
Jada, Apr 2021
San Juan Bay Day Sail
They gave us all the facts of old San Juan asked all our questions and even suggested a few places to visit.
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Great Experience
Annie_Ramon, Mar 2021
Transportation between airport, hotels and bnb's in San Juan
The driver was sooo nice and he even gave us some ideas on what to do while we were in San Juan.
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Amazing way to enjoy the sunset in San Juan!
Holly_D, Mar 2021
Old San Juan Sunset Sail
Beautiful sunset and a great way to see Old San Juan from a different prospective!
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Highly recommended!
Kevin_L, Feb 2021
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
The trip left promptly, the sail was peaceful and it was a great way to see San Juan.
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Fabulous tour
Shelley_V, Feb 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Great way to see Old San Juan and try a variety of Puerto Rican food.
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Great other side of the island tour
Theron_V, Jul 2021
Wander to the West of PR-Private Tour
We stayed in San Juan and the first location was 2 hours away but the sites on the way and out excellent guide Leroy Lopez was the best as he spoke perfect English and Spanish which worked excellent for us as we speak very little Spanish.
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Must do trip!
Kimberly_B, Jul 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
Coming to PR for the first time, you kinda want to see everything.
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Nice Experience
Tiara_R, Jul 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
I would recommend having extra water and not doing the tour after other activities.
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Truly Relaxing
Dee_C, Jul 2021
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
I learned so much from them and the tour guide that made it easier to understand where we were the next day to visit Old San Juan.

All about San Juan

When to visit

Winter in San Juan means warm temperatures, dry weather, and tons of events including the Puerto Rico Heritage Artisans Fair and San Sebastián Street Festival. Be sure to book ahead if you want to enjoy Puerto Rico’s peak season, when snowbirds flock to the island. Crowds typically die down by April, but pleasant weather remains, making spring a great alternative.

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