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San JuanPuerto Rico

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

Top hotels in San Juan

Caribe Hilton
Caribe Hilton
4.5 out of 5
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan
The price is £174 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb

Located in Puerta de Tierra, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Fort San Jeronimo, Third Millennium Park and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Very nice view of ocean and pr!! Close to everything you need."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2021

Caribe Hilton
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
55 Condado Avenue, San Juan
The price is £118 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Located in Condado, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino del Mar at La Concha Resort and Parque La Ventana al Mar. Plaza del Mercado and Condado Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,212 reviews)

"This property is amazing. Two pools, children's pools, beach side dining, private beach cabanas, kayak, paddle board and small sail boat rental, sunset cruises. Food is amazing! This is by far the best hotel to stay at while in Puerto Rico. Surrounding area is lush with green and the sea is beautiful ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2021

Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
4 out of 5
1077 Ashford Ave Condado, San Juan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £259 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

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. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"Property was very nice... I def enjoyed my stay... we stayed in an ocean view room for which was Also nice."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in San Juan

CIQALA Luxury Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
752 Manuel Fernandez Juncos Ave, San Juan
The price is £126 per night from 17 Feb to 18 Feb

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,081 reviews)

"The location was perfect. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. The room itself was very nice. However, the mattresses on the bed and the sofa bed need to be replaced. The pool size was deceiving. We thought we would actually be able to swim in it. Overall, our stay was pleasant and I would ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

CIQALA Luxury Suites
Hyatt House San Juan
Hyatt House San Juan
3.5 out of 5
615 Ave Fernandez Juncos, Distrito de Convenciones, San Juan
The price is £144 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in Isla Grande, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Puerto Rico Convention Center and Pan American Pier. Centro Europa and Port of San Juan ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (896 reviews)

"Beautiful property, beautiful view of the coast and pear"…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

Hyatt House San Juan
Fortaleza Suites
Fortaleza Suites
3.5 out of 5
315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan
The price is £57 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

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! (565 reviews)

"Easy acces and communication . I like the presentation and comfort."…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2020

Fortaleza 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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Reviews of San Juan

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

Great place with lovely architecture, colours and character. Definitely worth a visit for a few days.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Aug 2019

Enjoyed visit to mall and tour of fort. Stopped here for a couple of days after cruise. Think I did not do my research enough before trip as the area was one I would have preferred to avoid as a tourist Tropicalia apartment was nicely clean

4/5 - Good

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29 Jul 2019

First time in San Juan and came for a wedding. Puerto Rico is more expensive than mainland US, but the people are warm and welcoming. Very nice place and is somewhere I need to visit again without for proper vacation.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Apr 2019

Friendly locals, safe atmosphere, interesting to explore.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2019

Some areas run down. Only stayed one night and that was in tourist area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2019

Sun Juan beautiful place with lots of sunshine along with happy people going about their business.

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