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7 Places To Visit in San Juan

The Puerto Rican capital has a lot to offer. Since it's the oldest city under US rule, you can get your historical and cultural fix, all while enjoying the natural benefits of its Caribbean location. What shouldn't you miss on a trip to San Juan?

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

This UNESCO-listed fort is really impressive. Explore its 16th-century latrines, enjoy the views out onto the Atlantic, and learn how it has been used for military purposes.

Bacardi Rum Factory

The welcome drink isn't the only delight on this tour around the original Bacardi distillery. Discover some history, learn a little mixology, and take home some great souvenirs!

Old San Juan

You may need to pinch yourself as you wander the streets of San Juan's old town, reminiscent of France or Spain. Visit the Paseo de la Princesa for that maximum European flavor.

Castillo San Cristobal

Constructed by the Spanish, this fort has been protecting San Juan for over 300 years. Go down into tunnels and take in the views at sunset.

El Yunque

A reasonable drive away from the city, El Yunque is your chance to traverse a real rainforest. Go on a hike, hire a car, and experience nature like you've always wanted to.

La Cueva del Indio

These caves contain petroglyphs carved by the indigenous Taino people, dating way back before Columbian times. An experienced guide will tell you about the context of the carvings.

Arecibo Observatory

This giant radio telescope is property of the National Science Foundation and tracks unidentified objects in space. If you want to believe, this is definitely worth a visit!

Planning your San Juan visit

When should I go?

Puerto Rico is beautiful at all times of the year, but be aware that summer can be wet and hurricane season ranges from June to November.

How long should I stay?

About a week should suffice for all the main points of interest, but if you're particularly interested in the region, you could stay a little longer and combine it with a visit to the Lesser Antilles - there's British and French colonial heritage there.

Do I need a passport to visit Puerto Rico?

Since it is a US unincorporated territory, US citizens do not need a passport to travel there - other ID used for domestic flights is enough. However, if you are a citizen of another nation, you should check the individual entry and visa requirements.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English and Spanish
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
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  • Best time to visit
    Visit between mid-April and June to avoid the winter rush, and the oncoming hurricane season.

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