Top attractions in San Juan
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- English and Spanish
- USD ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-04:00)
- Country Code
- 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
Such a fun experience! We started around sunset and I’m glad because we got to see where we were going. That made me more prepared for when we returned in the dark. It was so cool seeing the bioluminescent algae. Reminded me of magic. The guides were great and gave us historical information about PR and the biological algae. They had snacks for us when we were done kayaking; which was very much appreciated. Highly recommend this tour!
Irahm was an excellent tour guide for horseback riding. It was my first time horseback riding and Ihram did an amazing job guiding me on what to do. He is very knowledgeable about the estate, Puerto Rican culture, and his love for the beautiful animals he works with is evident. Thank you for an amazing time.
Great Experience ‼️ My wife and I had so much fun Her horse was Midnight mine was Pearla It was our first time riding the horse it was sup much fun. Our tour guide was amazing she is from Hawaii such a nice and fun person We recommend this for ALL and we our from NYC GREAT RANCH
Christian was the best! I did this activity on my birthday in the morning. Christian was my guide. He took amazing photos of me and my fiancé and actually cared about us. The ride felt longer than 2 hours and was thrilling. The atvs were new and very easy to navigate.
I really enjoy this trip. The experience was wonderful, it was my first time in Puerto Rico and this may me love it, I will defined come back. Our guide, Bryan, was super nice, friendly, and has a great knowledge about the island. I highly recommend it.