Discover What To Love About San Juan
What To Do
Old San Juan
Take a stroll through the city and discover 500+ years of history and heritage, stop along the way at a sidewalk cafe, and be prepared to find the perfect photo opportunity around every corner.
The fort offers 400 years of military history and breathtaking ocean views. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the expansive lawn out front.
Located 25 miles from Old San Juan, El Yunque is a subtropical rainforest with walking and hiking trails, picturesque waterfalls, and more than 240 species of plants and wildlife.
The colorful streets of old San Juan
Old San Juan is a shopper’s paradise with a wealth of jewelry stores, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and local artisan shops. Large retailers can be found at two nearby shopping malls — The Mall of San Juan and the 300-store, Plaza Las Americas. For luxury brands, explore Ashford Avenue in Condado.
San Juan is filled with clubs offering live salsa music, some of the best DJs spinning the latest dance tunes, smooth jazz spots, and more. In addition, most of the larger San Juan hotels have casinos for more late night action. To fit in like a local, dress up when going out.
A whopping 70% of the rum consumed in the world comes from Puerto Rico and many of the distilleries — including Bacardi — offer tours.
Puerto Rico has three bioluminescent bays, which is where tiny micro-organisms seem to light up the water at night when disturbed by movement in the water, such as a kayak paddle or hand. Choose a moonless night for the best experience.
Considered by some to be the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean, San Juan’s restaurants serve up tempting tastes from around the world — but the best is the Puerto Rican culinary tradition that combines native, Spanish, and African cultures into one amazing dining experience. Be sure to try the trinity of Puerto Rican dishes — asopao, a hearty soup made with chicken, vegetables and rice; lechon, a whole roasted pork; and mofongo, mashed plantains, seasoned with onions and garlic, often served as a starch side dish, but best served stuffed with shrimp or pork. End your meal with a cup of Puerto Rican coffee — some of the finest in the world.
El Morro fort in Old San Juan
What's Going On
Three Kings Day — January 6
In the Latin world, January 6 (the date celebrating when the three kings brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to baby Jesus) is a revered holiday in Puerto Rico.
San Sebastian Festival — Third week in January
A huge outdoor celebration and party with food and beverage stalls, artists, entertainment, and more.
Festival Casals — February
Dedicated to the life and work of Pablo Casals, the world-famous cellist, this month-long festival offers classical and jazz music performed by some of the best musicians in the world.
Heineken Jazz Fest — March
For more than 20 years this festival has attracted local and international jazz talents.
Saborea Culinary Festival — April
A flavorful weekend with tastings from the island's finest restaurants, top local and international chefs, plus rums, wine, and beer.