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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.
San Juan is very popular with tourists, and boasts a good selection of accommodations. Expedia's San Juan hotels guide is your go-to place.
The Hotel El Convento and the La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort will appeal to those who enjoy the finer things in life and want to squeeze in as much relaxation time as possible on the island. More budget-conscious travelers should check out the rates at the Comfort Inn San Juan and the Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan, two of the island's more affordable options.
When we think back over our travels, we usually remember experiences rather than our swish hotel room and its view of the sea. Are you ready to start making some new travel memories?
Jump-start your trip to San Juan by trying some of these activities:
For a complete range of activities, jump onto our San Juan things to do page.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Great bartender, Ephraim! Large comfortable room, especially bathroom.
Good Service and Excellent location. A lot of restaurants nearby.
The restaurants are good especially the Mojitos, great foods and services! The pool restaurant has the best hot dogs that I’ve ever had. The beach is not that well kept, not that clean and few umbrellas for the seats. The renovation noise was annoying early in the morning. Hopefully it will disappear ...
Staff, property and amenities were all top shelf, will be our only hotel in San Juan from now on. Close to shopping, casinos and downtown
Warm friendly staff.. restaurant on the property food was delicious
Convenient location. Fair rate price. Breakfast included. Rooms are very confortable.