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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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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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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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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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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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Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

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The Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi) is entwined with the history of the Caribbean itself, and the factory’s new visitor center traces the company’s early roots as a small distillery in Cuba through American Prohibition, the Cuban Revolution, and beyond. Today, Bacardi is a well-known brand with a global presence, and its factory in Puerto Rico is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.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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Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)

Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco)

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Forested white-sand beaches and sapphire-blue water make Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco) as picturesque as a Caribbean postcard. Hidden away on the island of Culebra, just off the coast of Puerto Rico, Flamenco is a hot spot for water adventures. With its colorful aquatic life, beachside bars serving up cocktails, and flamingo-filled lagoons, this strip of sand provides an ideal day trip for those looking to go beyond the bustle of San Juan.More
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Old San Juan Piers

Old San Juan Piers

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One of the biggest and busiest ports in the Caribbean, the Old San Juan Piers offer proximity to a UNESCO-listed fort, cobblestoned old town, and nearby rain forest, as well as nightlife, historic attractions, and museums. Comprised of four piers (1, 3, 4, and 6) and two terminals, Old San Juan Piers is a perennial favorite with Caribbean cruisers.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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

Top activities in San Juan

El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

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Full-Day Culebra and Flamenco Beach Snorkeling from San Juan
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San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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San Juan ATV Adventure Tour

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Full-Day Zipline and Waterfall Rappelling Adventure Near San Juan
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
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Private Sailing Excursion from San Juan

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Quick tour
Paras_Z, Dec 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Very informative and recommended if you have little time to see old San Juan.
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Seeing the historical...
Ronald_E, Dec 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
It gave me a chance to see and learn quite a bit of the history of the island and how it came to be a US territory.
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Great Introduction to Puerto Rico
Meredith_S, Dec 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
I loved getting to see old town San Juan, getting to hear about culture and history, the restaurant we stopped at had amazing Puerto Rican food, and the El Yunque rainforest was fun.
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Itzel was awesome!
Mary_G, Nov 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Not only did she share the history of San Juan, she included fascinating tidbits about food, Puerto Rican facts and miscellaneous fun things.
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Wonderful experience!!
Demika_K, Nov 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
An overall awesome tour to see San Juan!!
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Enjoyable snapshot of Puerto Rico
Chris_H, Oct 2021
Let me show you MY island! (with visit to El Yunque)
Was enjoyable to see some different highlights of the island: Old San Juan, capitol, food lunch stop, El Yunque.
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Jason & Peto!
Alaina_H, Oct 2021
El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour
Jason and Peto took care of us and always made sure we were safe during the hike and waterfall activities.
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Sunset, views, dolphins!
Andy_M, Sep 2021
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
Beautiful sunset view of San Juan bay and we even got to see dolphins!
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Boat tour with friends
Trina_C, Sep 2021
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
I did a tour of Old San Juan and visited the fort and to be able to see it on the backside was amazing.
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Excellent walking...
David_B, Dec 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Good use of time and it was easy after the tour to return with confidence to visit areas in which we wanted to spend more time.
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Fun way to see Old San Juan
William_G, Aug 2021
Old San Juan Murder Mystery Tour
A lot of fun, nice way to see Old San Juan.
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Best service
Nick_H, Aug 2021
San Juan Arrival Transfer
Driver was so great was on time very helpful during the ride she told me and kids some things to do while in San juan and what was in area where were staying
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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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Old San Juan Plus Much More
Susan_F, Jan 2022
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
I particularly enjoyed our travel outside Old Juan to see homes where residents lived, urban art, and the the beautiful beaches.
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TLDR: Great halfday tour with plenty of information. Get to see some sites and relax by the river.
Nikita_R, Dec 2021
El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour
He picked us up exactly on the dot and took us through some waterfalls, a few sites, a tower, and a small hike to a river.
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Great Rainforest tour w/ Charles!!!
Nadia_B, Dec 2021
El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan
We visited 2 waterfalls, climbed the overlook tower, and went for a wonderful hike.
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Nice activity to see parts of Old San Juan
Whitney_K, Dec 2021
Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay
There was a decent amount of cloud cover during sunset, but it was still beautiful to see Old San Juan, which we had already toured, from the harbor.
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History and Food
Yolanda_E, Dec 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
It great to go during Christmas celebrations you get to all decorations and activities.
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Absolutely Amazing Experience!
Sean_M, Nov 2021
El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour
The hike was very nice and I enjoyed getting to see all of the very diverse plants and trees of the forest.
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Amazing - BOOK THIS TRIP!!!
Ashley_K, Nov 2021
San Juan: El Yunque Rainforest and Bio Bay Combo Tour
After many years of my childhood wanting to visit El Yunque and the Bioluminescent Bay, I finally had a chance to go with my husband!

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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