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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.
Located in Condado, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Parque La Ventana al Mar, Puerto Rico Convention Center and Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Castillo de San Cristobal is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
Located in Condado, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Plaza Antonia Quinones and within 3 miles (5 km) of Puerto Rico Convention Center and Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum. Plaza del Mercado and Parque La Ventana al Mar are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Santurce, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nuestra Senora de Lourdes Chapel and Puerto Rico Convention Center. San Juan Cathedral and La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Miramar, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nuestra Senora de Lourdes Chapel and Puerto Rico Convention Center. San Juan Cathedral and La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Calle Fortaleza, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museo del Mar, La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina and San Juan Cathedral. San Juan Gate and Castillo de San Cristobal are also within 10 minutes.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Ocean Park guesthouse is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Barbosa Park and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Centro Europa and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Condado, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and within 3 miles (5 km) of Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum and Puerto Rico Convention Center. Plaza Antonia Quinones and Plaza del Mercado are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly San Juan hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Parque La Ventana al Mar and Plaza del Mercado. Condado Beach and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are also within 1 mi (2 km).