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Welcome to San Juan

Island lovers, nature enthusiasts, and history buffs alike flock to San Juan’s tropical rain forest, turquoise waters, and 16th-century Spanish colonial historic district—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Puerto Rican capital’s proximity to El Yunque National Forest makes it easy to escape into the lush wilderness, hiking to waterfalls or soaring through the air on a zipline. If you only have time for only one epic adventure, make it a kayaking tour of Laguna Grande, where you can marvel at the natural phenomenon of millions of bioluminescent microorganisms glowing in the water after dark. And don't miss a visit to the Casa Bacardi rum distillery.

Top 10 attractions in San Juan

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Old San Juan

Old San Juan

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The cobblestone streets of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan, lined with brightly colored Spanish colonial houses, lend themselves to aimless yet inspired wandering—but don’t let yourself pass by the neighborhood’s key attractions. From the UNESCO World Heritage-listed forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristobal to restaurants serving plates of aromatic rice and fried plantains, Old San Juan charms travelers at every turn.More
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Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande

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During the day, Laguna Grande in Fajardo looks like other bays along the tropical Puerto Rican coastline. But come nightfall the bioluminescent lagoon glows fluorescent, thanks to pyrodinium bahamense, microscopic plankton that thrive in its shallow Caribbean waters and glow when disturbed.More
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El Yunque National Park

El Yunque National Park

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The El Yunque National Park is the only tropical rain forest under the protection of the US Forest Service, as well as the largest nature reserve in densely populated Puerto Rico. Situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains—where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life—El Yunque is home to the rare Puerto Rican parrot and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.More
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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)

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Built in 1521, San Juan Cathedral(Catedral de San Juan Bautista) is one of the highlights of Old San Juan. The second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, this landmark in the heart of Old San Juan has an impressive array of religious and historical artifacts. The church is still operational, with services held throughout the week.More
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Luquillo Beach

Luquillo Beach

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Puerto Rico’s Luquillo Beach (Playa Luquillo), also known as Balneario Monserrate, is a tranquil crescent famed for its coconut palm trees and long stretch of powdery white sand. Considered one of the island’s best public beaches, the calm waters here are perfect for swimming, wading, kayaking, and other water sports.More
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Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos)

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A small, uninhabited island located just a 15-minute boat ride from the Puerto Rican town of Fajardo, Icacos Island (Cayo Icacos) is part of Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural los Cayos de la Cordillera). Its white-sand shores, pristine waters, and colorful reefs make it a popular day-trip destination for snorkeling and diving.More
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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Just north of Old San Juan, within the San Juan National Historic Site, stands 16th-century Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the northwestern tip of the islet of San Juan, kept watch over the Atlantic and protected Old San Juan and the Bay of San Juan from incoming enemies for centuries.More
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La Fortaleza (The Fortress)

La Fortaleza (The Fortress)

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The blue-and-white Santa Catalina Palace (Palacio de Santa Catalina), otherwise known as La Fortaleza (The Fortress), is the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico. Situated in Old San Juan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site occupies a spot that was long one of the most contested strategic positions in the Caribbean.More
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Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa

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Located just outside the city walls south of Old San Juan, the Paseo de la Princesa is one of the most pleasant and popular walks in the city. Dating back to 1853, the lovely pedestrian promenade is lined with trees, antique street lamps, benches, gardens, sculptures, and fountains, and offers wonderful views of San Juan Bay.More
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San Juan Bay

San Juan Bay

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San Juan Bay sits in the heart of the city of San Juan, with plenty of sites, neighborhoods, and attractions along its shores. The most iconic spots are the pair of fortresses that face each other at the bay’s mouth. On the eastern side sits El Morro, and across the way, the Islas de Cabras National Park boasts the San Juan de la Cruz Fort.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

Top activities in San Juan

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

San Juan Guided Snorkel Tour

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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour
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Zipline Canopy and El Yunque Rainforest Combo Tour
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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Old San Juan Walking Tour

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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail

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San Juan ATV Adventure Tour
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Puerto Rico: El Yunque Rainforest & Waterfalls Half-Day Tour
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Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay
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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan
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Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Great tour
Susan_M, May 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
We enjoyed the tour very much and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see Old San Juan.
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Good deal
Phillip_J, Apr 2022
Old San Juan WALKING TOUR
Great way to see San Juan!
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10/10 would recommend
James_F, Apr 2022
Sunset Harbor Boat Ride in San Juan
Incredible perspective to see Old San Juan from the outside looking in.
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It’s a great tour to sign up for
Paul_J, Mar 2022
Let A Local Show You Puerto Rico: Visit to El Yunque Included
We got a chance to see all parts of the Island and taste the food.
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Worth every penny
David_R, Mar 2022
Luxury Private Round-Trip Airport Transfer : Luis Muñoz Marín Airport to Hotel
This was our first time in San Juan and she was very helpful in telling us some things to do to enjoy our stay!
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A good time had by all
Liam_O, Mar 2022
Full-Day Rainforest and Waterfall Adventure from San Juan
Climbing to the upper pool and swimming with the falls onto you was great.
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Very nice walking tour
SUMANTH_G, Mar 2022
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Got to see old San Juan up close and learnt some of the history of Puerto Rico.
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Our tour guide gave us a...
Shari_E, Mar 2022
Old San Juan City Tour and Piñones Sightseeing Experience!
Our tour guide gave us a great experience in and around San Juan and many places to visit that otherwise we wouldn't have known.
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Perfect Evening Sail
Sarah_A, Feb 2022
Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay
Lovely to see San Juan from a different perspective.
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Don't miss the Rainforest
Gail_S, Jan 2022
El Yunque National Forest Half Day Tour
We were able to see the highlights and do a short hike .
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Great Introduction to Puerto Rico
Meredith_S, Dec 2021
Let A Local Show You Puerto Rico: Visit to El Yunque Included
I loved getting to see old town San Juan, getting to hear about culture and history, the restaurant we stopped at had amazing Puerto Rican food, and the El Yunque rainforest was fun.
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Itzel was awesome!
Mary_G, Nov 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Not only did she share the history of San Juan, she included fascinating tidbits about food, Puerto Rican facts and miscellaneous fun things.
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Wonderful experience!!
Demika_K, Nov 2021
San Juan Done Right! - Driving Tour
An overall awesome tour to see San Juan!!
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SO GOOD but you need the right shoes (read on)!
Ansley_F, Apr 2022
El Yunque Rainforest Guided Hiking with Waterfall Tour
There were other groups we passed doing the same activities without a helmet (and one group was literally JUST in bathing suits) but these activities are *definitely* potentially dangerous.
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Chill Times
Jeremiah_M, Apr 2022
Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan
We went on the night of a new moon and were able to see the bioluminescence without tarps after the sun set.
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Very good tour
anne_k, Apr 2022
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Still, an enjoyable way to see old San Juan.
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Amazing tour worth it all!
elizabethniche, Mar 2022
Tinajas Hiking Adventure to El Yunque Rainforest
We had an amazing jungle hike, including the waterfalls, rope swings and jumps.
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Letting out inner child feee
Debra_L, Mar 2022
Casual One- El Yunque Rainforest, Waterslide, Beach, Dine, and Shop w/ Transport
Third stop, waterfall slide.
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Fabulous tour with a generous and accommodating guide
Jayne_R, Mar 2022
Old San Juan Murder Mystery Tour
If you want to see Old San Juan, this is definitely the way!
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Excellent Private Rainforest Tour plus More !
Ross_K, Mar 2022
Private El Yunque Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour with Transport
Throughout the drive to the rainforest park, the hike though the squishy mud, and the cleansing swim by the jungle waterfall, Kevin shared his bountiful energy and local knowledge with our small group of only three couples.

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When to visit

Winter in San Juan means warm temperatures, dry weather, and tons of events including the Puerto Rico Heritage Artisans Fair and San Sebastián Street Festival. Be sure to book ahead if you want to enjoy Puerto Rico’s peak season, when snowbirds flock to the island. Crowds typically die down by April, but pleasant weather remains, making spring a great alternative.

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