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Old San Juan

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San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

1. San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

2. Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

3. Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

Gaze at a beautiful sunset on this cruise through Old San Juan from San Juan or Carolina. Sip delicious cool drinks and a variety of appetizers while relaxing aboard the boat, and absortbing the views from the harbor as the Old City's day turns to night. Be picked up from your hotel or accomodation and travel to the boat's launch site. Hop aboard the San Juan Harbor cruise and relax on board a comfortable boat and take in beautiful views of the city from the water. Watch as the sun shines a soft glow on the 500 year old Fort walls and enjoy a view that can only be seen from the water. Ride through the harbor and listen to mystical tales about the old city while absorbing the sights of the city from a new perspective on the water. See beautiful landmarks like Paseo La Princesa, the Governors Mansion, the bacardi Distillery, and the impressive San Juan Fortified City Walls. Capture unique photos from the harbor while savoring the warm Caribbean breezes blowing across the water. See the same view of the islands that pirates and conquerors saw hundreds of years ago. Finish the tour when the boat docks at the harbour and be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

4. San Juan: Old Town Sunset Walking Tour

Meet your guide at Plaza Colón in San Juan and set off into the sunset on this 2-hour walking tour. The plazas are the perfect location to learn about the colonial history of Puerto Rico from your guide. From Plaza Colón, you will walk and see the Plaza de la Barandilla and Plaza de Armas. In Old San Juan, visit one of its most spectacular historic buildings: Antiguo Palacio de la Intendencia, originally built to house the treasury of the island and now the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Witness the 18th-century chapel at Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud and learn all about its urban legend. Visit also La Fortaleza-Palacio de Santa Catalina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour also takes you past San Juan Cathedral, the Ballaja Barracks, Catedral Basilica Menor, Cuartel de Ballaja, and San Juan's most valuable historic site, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, before ending at Plaza de San José.

San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

5. San Juan: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Enjoy a guided history walking tour suitable for all ages to some of Old San Juan's most notable landmarks. Learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, its ties to the United States, and its rich Spanish, Taino Indian, and West African Heritage. Begin your exploration of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a stop outside La Casa Estrecha, one of the narrowest houses in the Western hemisphere. Then, enter La Catedral de San Juan Bautista which is Puerto Rico’s grandest religious building. Discover some parts of some of the city’s impressive defensive system, namely its historic walls, the only remaining entrance door at La Puerta de San Juan, and Fortaleza. Gain a greater understanding of Puerto Rican history with your knowledgeable local guide.

San Juan: Manatee & Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Rum Tasting

6. San Juan: Manatee & Turtle Snorkeling Tour with Rum Tasting

Exhilarating Snorkeling with Free Rum Shots tour. Immerse yourself in a lively marine sanctuary, Sea turtle, Manatee,Starfish, or even Eagle Rays encounters are typical however, we assure our "Big 3" guarantee. If you miss your favorite animal, enjoy a free reschedule. Here's the plan: Meet your guide on the beach, info and demo on equipment, boost your confidence a bit and then, set off with your guide exploring shallows, coral beds, and open water. An exciting workout awaits! Discover unique marine life with interesting facts—turtles, rays, manatees, and countless fish! Post-tour, savor island rum, unwind on the beach, and relish the relaxation! Tour duration: 1.5 to 2 hours, tailored to group abilities. Special requests, Large Groups, Parties are Welcome, just ask!

San Juan: Old Town Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

7. San Juan: Old Town Foodie Walking Tour with Tastings

Enjoy the original food and cultural tour of Old San Juan. Discover a slice of paradise through local cuisine and cocktails, with numerous foodie stops along the way. Join your guide and walk through “walled city” of San Juan. Learn a bit more about the architecture of the city, major landmarks, and local history. Get hands-on experience making Puerto Rico’s signature dish, mofongo. Dine in “do not miss” restaurants and hear about the various foodie scenes in and around the city. Enjoy a delicious rum cocktail in a popular bar. Get involved in the authentic food scene so you leave with the confidence and knowledge of a local that will serve you during the remainder of your stay in sunny Puerto Rico. Tour guides have intimate friendships with the San Juan restaurants and you will always receive the latest insider info.

Fajardo: Kayaking in Magical Bioluminescent Bay

8. Fajardo: Kayaking in Magical Bioluminescent Bay

Fajardo is located in the most northeastern part of Puerto Rico. The city is named after Santiago de Fajardo who is a Spanish explorer who found a river full of gold in that area. Fajardo is home to one of three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico and is closest to San Juan, making it the most popular bioluminescent bay for locals and tourists. Bioluminescent bays “glow in the dark” when the water is agitated by movement. Puerto Rico is unique in comparison to many countries across the world because its three bioluminescent bays are active year round. Only two other countries have a bioluminescent bay that is active year round. Enjoy this magical experience that can’t be experienced anywhere else by joining us for a kayak ride. Our double kayaks hold a maximum of 550lbs. If you need transportation from the San Juan area, please contact us.

San Juan: El Morro Fort Entry Ticket & Old Town Walking Tour

9. San Juan: El Morro Fort Entry Ticket & Old Town Walking Tour

Make the most of a short visit to San Juan with a walking tour to over 20 popular attractions. Stroll around the Old Town for a comprehensive look into Puerto Rican culture and history, guided by a local expert. Visit the inside of the ancient Fort Morro with tickets included. Join your guide on an insightful journey into the heart of the city. Dive deep into the cobblestone streets to admire the colorful traditional homes of the oldest part of San Juan, taking time to stop and learn about the rich history behind this vibrant neighborhood. Come up close to the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, La Fortaleza, and the San Juan Gate, as well as several other iconic sites. Step inside Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the most visited destination in Puerto Rico, for a trip back in time to the 16th and 18th centuries in naval history.

San Juan: Beginner Scuba Diving Tour with Turtles

10. San Juan: Beginner Scuba Diving Tour with Turtles

Come learn the basics of scuba diving on a beginner's diving tour before exploring the shallow dive site in the protected bay at Escambron Marine Park, San Juan. Marvel at the sea creatures of this underwater world, including turtles, sea horses, and fish, as you get to grips with diving. Meet your diving instructor, get fitted for your equipment, and go over the fundamentals of diving before getting into the water. Then, your dive pro will start you out in waist-deep water (3 ft (91 cm)) to get you comfortable breathing underwater and teach you some basic scuba diving skills. Once you are comfortable, follow your instructor on an underwater tour of all the beautiful aquatic life and fish in the protected La Pocita bay. Keep your eyes peeled for green sea turtles and seahorses that are often found in this area. Head back to shore after your adventure.

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This was the best activity my husband and I did in Puerto Rico!! We had the best time and we’re so grateful we had Abdel as our instructor, he was so kind and patient! We will definitely do this again when we come back :)

Gwen was an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable and fun. It was so beautiful to walk around old San Juan in the evening. She was so helpful with many recommendations. Was a great start to our vacation!

Conner was a great pilot. Taytum was so sweet and prepared us well for our flight. We wished we would of booked a longer trip it was so fun!

Leslie was great and gave us so much information about Puerto Rico! Super friendly and smart!

Our tour guide Marjorie was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor.