Unlock the magic of San Juan

San Juan in Puerto Rico is a major cruise ship destination and is one of the largest home-based cruise ports in the world. San Juan is one of the most relevant ports in the Caribbean and has extensive facilities for oil refining, sugar processing, brewing and pharmaceuticals, and more. Puerto Rico is most well-known for its rum, much of which is produced in San Juan itself.

Attractions in San Juan

Plaza Colon
The main plaza in San Juan, Plaza Colon is named for the explorer, Columbus, though it has statues and memorials to several notable Puerto Rican leaders.
La Fortaleza
The powder blue hillside house is the home of the Governor of Puerto Rico and was built five centuries ago.
Hotel El Convento
Commissioned in 1646 by King Philip IV of Spain, Hotel El Convento is the oldest member hotel operating in the Historic Hotels of America group.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Simply called 'El Morro' by locals, it was built by a fort in the 16th century to protect San Juan from amphibious attacks.
Castillo San Cristobal
Built to protect San Juan for attacks by land, Castillo San Cristobal is the largest fort built by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere.
Teatro Tapia
Home to the oldest operating stage in the USA, the theater stands on the site of former gallows and is notoriously haunted.
Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud
The chapel's origin stories date back to a horse race gone awry, but the legends that arose from that race have brought worshipers seeking petitions of health.
Café Don Ruiz
This coffee shop, attached to a museum, serves only Puerto Rican grown coffee - and the best coffee at that. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, this spot is not to be missed.
Puerta de San Juan
The door served as the entrance to the city during the Spanish colonial era.
La Factoria
This hidden gem cocktail bar should make the top of the list of anyone looking for locals indulging in the island's best craft cocktails.
Olé Shop
For anyone looking to purchase a quintessential 'Panama hat' on their trip, look no further: Olé has been family-owned and operating since 1977 and sells only the best.
Plaza del Quinto Centenario
Built in 1992 to signify 500 years since the Americas were explored by Europeans, the plaza has a totem pole built from clays from across the Americas.
Parque de las Palomas
The quaint park is as much a respite as it is for pigeons, who seem to also revel in the cobblestone charm of the old park.


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