San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is located on the north shore of Puerto Rico and its historic center, known as Old San Juan, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its preserved city walls, 16th- and 17th-century colonial architecture, and cobblestone streets made from the ballast of Spanish ships arriving more than 500 years ago (an even earlier arrival by ship was Christopher Columbus in 1493). Today these streets are lined with antique shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, souvenir stands, and array of restaurants and sidewalk cafes offering mouth-watering Puerto Rican cuisine, as well as flavors from around the world.
Adjacent to Old San Juan, on a point guarding the entrance into San Juan Bay, sits Castilla San Felipe del Morro (“El Morro”). Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the fort is the most famous site in Puerto Rico and offers a rich history and iconic views. East of Old San Juan is the newer section of the city and the resort areas of Condado and Isla Verde, offering the best of both worlds — city life and resort escape with pampering hotels, excellent beaches, and a thriving dining and nightlife scene.
Why Go To San Juan
Truly a unique destination, San Juan mixes the charm and culture of Europe, the exotic pulse of Latin America, and the familiarity of the U.S. along with beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and an amazing history. And to make this Caribbean vacation destination even better, no passports are required for U.S. citizens!
Who Should Go
Within the city there is outstanding nightlife and perfect beaches with a host of golf and eco-tourism opportunities just a short drive away.
Resorts that cater to families, the familiarity of the language, and no required passport all add up to a great family vacation.
With award-winning and trail-blazing chefs and a cuisine that is uniquely Puerto Rican, foodies will be highly rewarded.
With the airport and cruise terminal both being within the city, a pre- or post-cruise visit is an excellent way to discover the charms of San Juan.
Castilla San Felipe del Morro