San Juan is the heart of the commercial, urban, historical and social landscape of Puerto Rico. The metropolitan area has so much to offer, that it is a point of interest in itself.And it thoroughly deserves to be a touristic attraction. You can fall in love with the Old Town that will delight you for days; it boasts on many cultural institutions that rivals the top cities around the world. The restaurants here are at the highest level from all points of view and beaches attract millions of tourists every year. And if you like the nightlife, the city has endless options to offer. So, although this list only shows you just a few reasons for you to make a visit in San Juan, in reality they are more than 500.
Spend an entire day in Old Town. Undoubtedly, the pearl of the Puerto Rican capital is Old Town. Its elegant and charmingwalls, so full of history, represent one of the many symbols surrounding the island. Here you will find top restaurants, hotels and opportunities for an exciting night. There could be at least 10 reasons that make you want to live only in the Old City.
The best way you can enjoy this area is to take a tour of it on foot, or if cobbled streets are a challenge too big for you, try the tram. Allocate time for the old majesticfortresses of San Juan: El Morro, San Cristóbal and La Fortaleza. It's worth making a visit to La Casa Blanca, the house where Ponce de Leónfamily originally lived.
Dine out. Food is an important issue, especially when you travel. And a visit to San Juan can be a great way to enjoy the culinary delights of this wonderful country. Whether you want an elegant dinner, or prefer to try thelocalcuisine, the local restaurants or - why not –the stands on the street corner, the city meets the most sophisticated tastes and will fully delight your stomach.
Turn the night into day. If you like to spend your nights out, you'll love San Juan. You will choose to retire depending on what you love to do. Maybe you like clubs? In San Juan you will find some really fantastic ones. Do you prefer a more peaceful environment? Try one of the elegant and intimate locations. Do you feel at home in a bar? San Juan can meet the most sophisticated tastes when it comes to bars.
Or maybe you want to try your luck in one of the city casinos. But whatever you choose, you must spend at least one night dancingsalsa atNuyorican Cafe.
Spend a day at the beach. Besides the colonial charm of the surroundings, cultural attractions and nightlife, endless groups of tourists who come here still have a good reason: to sit on the beach under the soft Caribbean sun. San Juan has many stretches of sand, many of them located near hotels. Among them we would mention ElEscambrón - a public beach with all the facilities you need, located in Puerta de Tierra neighborhood; Condado Beach, located in front of elegant hotels for all tastes, but it is more exclusivist and it’s for those with more expensive tastes and… possibilities; Isla Verde Beach, a stretch of golden sand washed by clear waters and surrounded by some of the hottest hotels in the city; Ocean Beach Park, bordered by theCondado and Isla Verdebeaches.
Go shopping! The choice is difficult because you have to decide if you want to participate in a shopping session or want to visit city museums. San Juan is a true Mecca for shopping. Fashion shops put on display the creations of local designers, but also worldwide famous brands. If you want jewelry, you'll be amazed at what you can find here. A fun fact tells us that in San Juan there is the largest mall in the Caribbean - Plaza Las Americas.
But what makes you likely to choose shopping in the detriment of the museums is the incredible offer oflovely souvenirs. From coloredmasksdepicting demons to figurines of saints, handmade decorations to take home and much, much more, what you'll find here is more artistic than a shirt or a mug ... although you'll find these as well! Other regions in Puerto Rico worth visiting are: the central, eastern side, and Porta Caribbean, but we will take them one at a time.
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