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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

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

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

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

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

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)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Visit between mid-April and June to avoid the winter rush, and the oncoming hurricane season.

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What people are saying about San Juan

Overall, I enjoyed this experience. Our tour was with Omar. Omar was amazing.He checked in often to make sure we were comfortable and even discussed life in Puerto Rico with us. Only reason why they did not receive 5 stars... the location of the meeting point was incorrect. Our uber driver said he had not heard of the place and where to meeting point is on the directions was like a dead end. Our driver asked a man and he directed us to the proper location. The meeting place should say "Mojitio Bar" for GPS directions. Other than that, highly recommended

Make sure to west water shoes. The ad said you couldn't wear sandals so I wore regular shoes not realizing how muddy it was. Duh (rainforest), but walking through the river it's rocky as well on your feet. Amazing places to climb on rocks and jump off. One of the most tranquil places I've ever been. Not a long car ride, my guide Jose Javier was very talkative, friendly and handsome. Knowledgeable about the island it was well worth it.

El Yunque Rainforest Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 11/12/2020

We left early which was a plus. I appreciate punctual events. They are serious about keeping everyone safe both during COVID and simply as passengers on a nautical vessel. The crew were warm, accommodating, and displayed that they enjoyed working with the passengers. It took a while to dock at the island which was pretty frustrating.

Fajardo: Catamaran Sailing and Picnic Cruise Reviewed by Penny, 10/27/2020

Hector was amaaaaaaazing ‼️ Very knowledgeable and friendly and let’s not forget an awesome photographer. I absolutely have to visit Puerto Rico again just because of him. This tour was well worth every single penny. Customer service was amazing and there are multiple destinations.

San Juan: Scenic Puerto Rico Instagram Tour Reviewed by Breiona, 11/15/2020

It was very easy to book and transportation was provided (they were on time and drove safely). Great value for your money and our tour guide was great!