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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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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 and also the largest nature reserve in densely populated Puerto Rico. The site is situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains, where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life. This includes mongoose, non-venomous snakes, the rare Puerto Rican parrot, and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.More
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Old San Juan Piers

Old San Juan Piers

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A World Heritage-listed fort, a cobblestoned old town and a nearby rainforest make San Juan a perennial favorite with Caribbean cruisers. The second-oldest European-settled city in the Americas is a history buff’s delight with a 16th-century cathedral and city walls, but if you’d rather see Puerto Rico’s natural or modern-day attractions, take a shore excursion to El Yunque National Forest or the Bacardi rum distillery.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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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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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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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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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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San Juan Bay

San Juan Bay

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San Juan Bay sits at the heart of the city of San Juan, with innumerable sites, neighborhoods and attractions ringing its shores. The most iconic spots on the bay are the pair of fortresses that face each other at the bay’s mouth. On the eastern side sits El Morro, flanked by the 500-year-old cobblestone streets of Old San Juan. Across the way, the Islas de Cabras National Park boasts the San Juan de la Cruz Fort. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but visitors can only walk around the outside walls of the San Juan de la Cruz Fort, as the inside in closed to the public. Just south of Isla de Cabras, you’ll find another icon of Puerto Rico overlooking the bay—the Bacardi Rum Visitor Center, where you can take a tour and enjoy a rum tasting.More
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Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi)

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The Bacardi Rum Factory (Casa Bacardi) is entwined with the history of the Caribbean itself, and the factory’s new visitor center traces the company’s early roots as a small distillery in Cuba through American Prohibition, the Cuban Revolution, and beyond. Today, Bacardi is a well-known brand with a global presence, and its factory in Puerto Rico is the largest premium rum distillery in the world.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Juan

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Highly recommended!
Kevin_L, Feb 2021
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
The trip left promptly, the sail was peaceful and it was a great way to see San Juan.
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Fabulous tour
Shelley_V, Feb 2021
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
Great way to see Old San Juan and try a variety of Puerto Rican food.
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I Loved It
Antionette_J, Jan 2021
Old San Juan Walking Tour
I loved my tour of Old San Juan I want to visit again soon, the tour guy was great.
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Great trip, great experience
Grayce_J, Dec 2020
Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay
It was so cool to see Old San Juan from a different view.
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BOOK IT
Alex_K, Nov 2020
San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
Drinks were made well and you got to see Old San Juan from another point of view.
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Exciting tour
Bob_M, Oct 2020
Old San Juan Walking Tour
Very professional and nice Guide with an excellent english.
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Luminescent little disappointing, overall 👍🏻
Maria_A, Feb 2021
Bio Bay Night Kayaking - 8:00pm Round-trip Transportation from San Juan Area
Our guide Brian provided us with a tarp to put over our kayaks so we were in complete darkness and the we were able to see the bio lit up when we splashed the water.
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Fun experience
Marilee_V, Oct 2020
Bio Bay Night Kayaking 8:00pm | with Transportation from San Juan area
It was a unique experience to see the bioluminescence glowing in the bay.
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Amazing experience
Shawn_B, Mar 2020
San Juan Bay Day Sail
From beginning to end this was by far one of my best of San Juan things to do!
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Best way to tour old San Juan
EThree, Feb 2020
Old San Juan Segway Tour
The tour was a fantastic way to see a lot of San Juan without having to walk the hilly terrain.
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El Yunque Rain forest with Benny
tlsteele007, Feb 2020
Day Trip to El Yunque Tropical Rainforest from San Juan
The waterfalls, the river, the food.
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Experience old San Juan and the foods it has to offer!
ariannaserver, Jan 2020
Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour
This tour was an excellent way to see Old San Juan, learn about its history and try many different foods.
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Wonderful Tour
jhlittle1880, Dec 2019
Private Driving Tour of San Juan Highlights
He understood what we wanted to see and made sure we we saw it and much more.
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Best excursion ever!!
heidz18, Aug 2019
Old San Juan Sunset Sail
Was able to see a gorgeous sunset.
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Great Tour
dawngreen2019, Jul 2019
Puerto Rico Craft Cocktail Walk
It is a great way to see some hidden gems, learn a bit about San Juan and have some great drinks.
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Bio Bay
lisamN7669CN, Mar 2019
Swim at La Parguera Bio Bay Boat Tour from San Juan
The one and only downfall is the trip is far from San Juan ~2.
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Off the Beaten Path in San Khan
worldtraveler144, Dec 2018
Private Driving Tour of San Juan Highlights
His English was very good too.
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This rain forest hike was the highlight...
precious s, Sep 2018
Full-Day Rainforest and Waterfall Adventure from San Juan
This is a beautiful place to visit and will be back for sure.!!!
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Our tour guide Ricky was very...
Mike, Nov 2015
El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan
Pretty flora with the sound and sights of waterfalls .
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Its a pretty good trip to see something...
Na C, Jun 2016
El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan
Its a pretty good trip to see something different than beach and the Old San Juan.

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