|Fun Fact:Puerto Rico is the largest insular territory of the US|
|San Juan, Puerto RicoN 18.465° / W 66.11°|
|The rainy season officially runs from June thru November can derail a pleasant vacation, and the cool, dry Winter brings crowds, with beaches filling up in March especially. |
Travel in late Spring to avoid both issues: April thru June
|Old San Juan|
Candyland: Exploring the streets of Old San Juan is like passing through a rainbow. Pastel-hued buildings line cobblestone streets and around every corner is another historical structure, charming shop or shady square. Time your visit for when cruise ships aren’t docked so you have more space to spread out. Feed the pigeons in Parque de las Palomas in front of Capilla del Santo Cristo before touring the Cathedral de San Juan Bautista, the oldest church on American soil.
Marvel at the umbrella installation on Fortaleza Street before heading out to Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Here you can scale the battlements of the nearly-500-year-old Fort for a stunning view of the sea, or purchase a kite from a vendor and fly it into the azure sky.
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Playa People: Puerto Rico’s beaches speak for themselves. While you will find many sandy stretches across the island, San Juan is in close proximity to several spots that will put a smile on your face.
A favorite for visitors and locals alike is Ocean Park Beach, sandwiched between the more touristy Condado and Isla Verde. More active beachgoers should check out Balneario Escambrón, a public beach that features snorkeling and ocean-side trails. If you want to make a day of it, consider hopping on a boat and exploring some of the nearby islands, like Culebra and Vieques, for even more Fun in the Sun.
Root for the Home Team
Get out of the tourist mindset and discover the heart of San Juan. Salsa dance in La Plaza del Mercado Santurce, snap photos of the city’s many stray cats and explore the lesser-known neighborhoods outside the Old City. Down the coast find Loiza and Ashford, 2 laid-back beach communities with their own unique histories and attractions. Explore the street art of Santurce, and maybe stop in La Perla, a traditionally poorer neighborhood that has gained fame for its appearance in pop culture.
Sundays, stroll through Mercado Agrícola Natural Viejo San Juan, San Juan Farmers’ Market, or find yourself at a baseball game that puts Major League Baseball to shame.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Ready, Set, Action!
San Juan is spilling over with adrenaline-packed activities. Whether youwant to be out on the water paddle boarding or kayaking, or prefer hiking trails, there’s plenty on offer.
Make a visit to El Yunque National Forest to discover waterfalls, hiking trails and abandoned forts. When the Sun disappears, join a tour to see th bio-luminescent water of Mosquito Bay. At the end of it all, find yourself at the Bacardi Distillery to toast your adventures with a rum tasting.
“San Juan is a very walkable city, especially Old San Juan. You are never far from a good meal, a cold drink, and a friendly local willing to give detailed advice on both. Also, street vendors selling tasty snacks are prevalent and you’re almost guaranteed to stumble upon some sort of live music, dancing, or city-organized public performance. There are some things for which you just can’t plan,” writes Lauren.
Enjoy your travels
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