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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

Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$266 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Puerta de Tierra, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa del Caribe Hilton and Escambron Beach. Condado Beach and Puerto Rico Convention Center ...
3.6/5Good! (491 reviews)
"Nice, need to work on renovation but it was nice"

Reviewed on 30 Jul. 2021

Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
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 AU$496 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Great resort, beautiful beach, highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
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 AU$541 per night from 31 Aug. to 31 Aug.
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! (1,068 reviews)
"Great location and amenities. The pool and beach were beautiful"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
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Fortaleza Suites
Fortaleza Suites
3.5 out of 5
315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan
The price is AU$144 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
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! (641 reviews)
"The hotel is in a really good location. Perfect for our stay. Would recommend if you wanna explore old San Juan."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Fortaleza Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
752 Manuel Fernandez Juncos Ave, San Juan
The price is AU$348 per night from 1 Sep. to 1 Sep.
Located in Miramar, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Convention Center. Condado Beach and Pan ...
4/5Very Good! (2,263 reviews)
"It was cool. Not to much parking probably 10 spaces. Other than that, everything was pretty good."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

CIQALA Luxury Suites
Placid Suites
Placid Suites
3 out of 5
72 Calle Placid Court, San Juan, PR
The price is AU$167 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Condado, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort. Condado Beach and Puerto ...
4.2/5Excellent! (180 reviews)
"location was nice, shopping was close."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

Placid Suites
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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