San Juan Travel Guide & Information

San Juan, coined "La Ciudad Amurallada" or "The Walled City", serves as one of Puerto Rico's most important seaports and is the island's manufacturing, financial, cultural and tourism hub. Founded in 1521 by Ponce de Leon it is the oldest city in US territory.

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Travel to San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico and one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean. San Juan is an intriguing mixture of old and new. Charming "Old San Juan", is perched atop a hill on a small island facing the Atlantic Ocean. The city showcases four centuries of architectural treasures and is the heart of the island’s unique cultural identity.

Book flights to San Juan and get entry to city famous for its miles of smooth, clean beaches, wide range of resorts and spas, fabulous restaurants and beautifully restored sites in Old San Juan. The pastel colored buildings, restaurants, boutiques, museums, mansions and nightclubs are exhilarating, and well worth the visit. San Juan is one of CheapOair’s "Must See" destinations.

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Things to do in San Juan

Museums:

With museum showcasing books, the arts and architecture, a visit to one of San Juan’s museums gives travelers a glance at the city’s glorious past.

San Juan Museum of Art and History: The museum is located in a Spanish colonial-style building at the corner of Calle MacArthur. This cultural center served as San Juan's main marketplace in the mid-19th century. Local art exhibits are displayed in the east and west galleries. The museum also hosts major cultural events throughout the year, staged in the museum's large courtyard. Admission to the museum is free to the public.

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Museo del Nino: Located on Calle Cristo, the Museo del Nino or The Kids Museum is designed to appeal to and inspire children. However, it is both fun and educational for the entire family. Located in the heart of Old San Juan, the museum offers interactive activities and presentations in both English and Spanish. Charming street scenes of Old San Juan, all built to size, replete with hopscotch courts, give the kids a place to enjoy and have fun.

Casa del Libro: Located on Calle Cristo the museum is a "Must See" for all those who love to read. The tiny museum offers exhibits related to books and printing. The museum has a collection of vintage books from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

Prominent Landmarks:

Aside from museums, another way to explore the rich culture and past of San Juan is to take a trip to the numerous forts and buildings that have been beautifully restored.

Fort San Felipe del Morro: Fort San Felipe del Morro is a 16th century citadel, which lies on the northwestern most point of the islet of San Juan. Named in honor of King Philip II of Spain, the fort is also referred to as "El Morro" or "Promontory", was designed to guard the entrance to San Juan Bay and defend the city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. The fort was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in the year 1983.

Castillo de San Cristobal: The Castillo de San Cristobal is a Spanish fort in San Juan, built by the Spaniards to defend themselves against land based attacks on the city of San Juan. Part of San Juan’s National Historic Site, the fort was the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World.

The Teatro Tapia: The Teatro Tapia in Puerto Rico is likely the oldest free standing drama stage still in use in the United States. It was designed in the Italian style, as a horseshoe shaped opera house with three tiers of boxes. For over one hundred years it was the center of cultural life in the city.

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Where to Stay in San Juan:

Being a year round destination with great beaches and fabulous restaurants, travelers to San Juan can find numerous cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99 and several budgets hostels and Bed and Breakfast Inns all throughout the city.

Puerta de Tierra: Translated as "Land gateway," Puerta de Tierra lies just east of the old city walls of San Juan, split by Avenida Ponce de Leon and interconnects Old San Juan with the Puerto Rican "Mainland." Today the area functions as the island's administrative center and is the site of military and government buildings, including the capitol and various U.S. naval reserves.

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Old San Juan: Old San Juan is the soul of Puerto Rico, filled with Spanish colonial architecture situated on the western end of an islet. It’s a robust cultural and commercial district with theaters, galleries, clubs, bars and restaurants, as well as some of the most interesting shops in the region. The area is filled with several hotels and is an ideal choice for choosing a budget hotel or a luxury hotel for those planning to visit San Juan and who want to stay close to the attractions.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

San Juan Travel Information: The latest passport and visa guidelines are as follows:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

* Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit San Juan

With warm and sunny weather throughout the year, San Juan Travel Guides promotes San Juan as a perfect year round destination. The most popular time to visit San Juan is during the winters to escape the dreary, cold days up north.

Budget travelers can choose to visit San Juan during summers. However, this is when the hurricane season falls and the weather can be quite hot.

Planning your Visit

High season: (Mid-December to Mid-April)

Low season: (Mid-April to Mid-December)

San Juan Weather

San Juan enjoys warm, sunny days for most of the year. The tropical climate ensures an average temperature of 80 °F with humidity running continuously at around 80%.

* The rainy season peaks in August and rain can be extremely heavy.

* Between August and November the island is vulnerable to hurricanes.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of San Juan.

Languages:

* English is the primary language spoken by the majority of the population in San Juan.

* Many people in San Juan speak Spanish as well.