Things to do in

San Juan

Beaches, street art, and castles are just a taste of what Puerto Rico's colorful capital has to offer.

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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

    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!

  • Old San Juan

    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.

  • Castillo San Cristobal

    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.

  • El Yunque

    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.

  • Arecibo Observatory

    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!

Frequently asked questions about San Juan

What top attractions are a must-see in San Juan?

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

  • 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 rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,285 reviews

I think people should knows this hike is NOT easy. We were exhausted after the hike and ended up skipping the kayak experience because of this. With that being said the hike was amazing. Our tour guide Felix was great and everyone made it back in tact. I highly recommend.

What a view so beautiful Mr Francisco was very friendly made us feel safe and secure the view of the cave was breath taking . Went to a restaurant in Arecebo food was delicious tasted great . Definitely had a great time would encourage anyone to go .

Omg! This was a beautiful trip that everyone needs to go on. The crew treated us really well and kept us happy all trip. The island was amazing and clear. Snorkeling let me see fishes Ive never seen before. Make sure to book!

Amazing experience. Tour guides were awesome, very helpful and encouraging every time I wanted to give up on the walk. Beautiful views & great fresh fruit at the end of the tour!

This activity was so much fun, the views are amazing and the tour guides are very funny and sweet.