Top attractions in San Juan
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?
1. 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.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 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
- English and Spanish
- USD ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-04:00)
- Country Code
- 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
This tour was amazing! We got to visit and see some of the best spots in Viejo San Juan. Our tour guide Hector made it so enjoyable, he was funny but most importantly he was very knowledgeable on the history of Puerto Rico. Every spot we visit including the jungle he had important information to share with us. My daughter and I love it!!! and when I come back to visit I will for sure take this tour again!! Thank you Hector!! P.S sorry about the prank
Crew was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable on the history of Old San Juan. I really appreciate that it was open bar with different options of premade cocktails with your choice of liquor. The food was very good as well. Don’t expect a big meal, it was a good snack to get you through the cruise, which was approximately 2 hours. I would definitely recommend and do this again!
Luis, Jesse and Barbara were amazing tour guides! They were all very kind and patient with the group working with the different pace of individuals. They were also very fun and knowledgeable about the area, the flora and fauna of the forest. We felt very safe with them. I would recommend this tour for people of all ages.
Definitely exceeded our expectations. Way more intense then anticipated but soooo much fun. Christian was an amazing tour guide. He was very funny, took great photos, and very helpful. Would recommend to anyone coming to Puerto Rico
Alec was our tour guide. And he was amazing. Spoke English and made the tour exciting and informational. The petting zoo was a plus we didn’t expect. Book with them. It was so fun!