Five centuries ago, San Juan was an impenetrable fortified city. Today, it is the capital of Puerto Rico and one of the top destinations in Caribbean…welcoming travelers from all over the world. In a short 3 hour flight from major U.S. cities, with no passport required, you can experience one of the most culturally rich places in the world with the added allures of a tropical Caribbean island.
Prepare to be captivated by the natural enchantment of Puerto Rico, its vibrant culture, and old-world elegance. San Juan is one of the most unique and accessible places to travel under the U.S. Flag and far from an ordinary Caribbean destination.
Experience Two Distinct Destinations...
Five Centuries Apart
Old San Juan / El Viejo San Juan
The charming Old San Juan will transport you back to colonial times. Bring comfortable shoes, because you’ll want to walk every cobblestone street, with bright candy-colored homes. Explore scenic waterfronts, centuries-old forts, museums, charming plazas, excellent restaurants, shopping, and be sure to experience our vibrant culture by attending our festive events just about every week of the year. Honeymooners get lost in the romance of the Old City and will find plenty of romantic activities. More about Old San Juan.
The New San Juan
The New San Juan, the metropolis of the Caribbean, is constantly growing and moving forward. Our capital city offers the amenities and entertainment of a modern and lively city with the added allures of tropical beaches, luxurious beachfront hotels, world-class dining, shopping, and sizzling nightlife. Condado, Ocean Park, nearby Isla Verde, are the most popular tourist destinations. Here you can have it all, a bustling city life yet relaxing like a tropical escape ought to be. More about New San Juan, Puerto Rico.
San Juan is the most popular tourist destination in Puerto Rico, a great central location, and the best starting point when visiting the island. San Juan is truly an all inclusive vacation destination offering something for everyone to enjoy.
San Juan is the busiest cruise port in the Caribbean, chosen as a stop by major cruise lines, giving cruisers world class attractions and rich cultural experiences that can easily be done by simply walking across the piers. Only those that choose to spend at least a few days in San Juan get to experience the full enchantment of this place.
Experience the Vibrant Culture of Puerto Rico...
Once here, you’ll see San Juan is truly the happiest place on earth. Whether you’re running around the grounds of El Morro flying a kite, basking under a sunny blue sky, playing on the beaches, or dancing to the rhythms of salsa, you may find yourself always ready with a smile for the perfect selfie with magnificent ocean blue backgrounds and colorful scenes.
San Juan has the perfect recipe for happy visitors…a vibrant city life mixed with the perfect dose of relaxation opportunities. Tropical happiness is never complete without palm trees and beautiful beaches, blue skies, warm tropical weather…with the perfect Piña Colada. Add sounds of salsa, delicious food, friendly locals, warm hospitality, and plenty of fun activities and world-class attractions and you have the most complete Caribbean Getaway.
San Juan has something for young and the less young…be ready to smile…
Experience World Class Attractions & Exciting Activities
Attractions & Points of Interest
Visitors of all ages and interests will enjoy seeing unique attractions and landmarks in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The list of places you can visit is long, including world-renowned UNESCO sites such as the San Juan National Historic Site. There are also museums for all ages, marine reserves, beaches, plazas, parks, gardens, a state of the art convention center hosting many events, and more. Getting around to see everything is easy and affordable too. Points of Interest in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Things to Do in San Juan
San Juan alone offers a great variety of fun and exciting things to do for adults and families. Outside of the city is a different world that’s green and lush…filled with natural treasures for the adventurer and a beautiful coastline with plenty of water activities. San Juan attracts couples seeking unique experiences, and the city offers full days of romantic activities – sure to create unforgettable memories. More about Things to Do in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Experience Excellent Dining
& Warm Hospitality...
Hotels & Places to Stay
Choose from elegant luxurious hotels and resorts on the water to more intimate settings at San Juan’s hotels, guest houses, small inns, cozy bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels for every budget. Stay at a romantic hotel or small inn in Old San Juan – popular for weddings and honeymooners. If you want luxurious and beachfront, then choose a hotel or resort in the New San Juan areas of Isla Verde or Condado – facing the beautiful blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Dining in San Juan
San Juan is ranked among the best Caribbean destinations for foodies and it won’t take long for you to agree. From food trucks, fried alcapurrias and empanadillas, to exquisite fine dining for the more refined palate, San Juan delivers an epic culinary experience. Many restaurants also offer great live entertainment. No matter what your budget is, you can enjoy great food during your visit.
Just a Short Flight Away...
Facts - San Juan, Capital City of Puerto Rico
Formal Name of San Juan
Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista (Municipality of the Capital City, Saint John the Baptist).
Pronunciation of San Juan
“Sahn Hwahn, Pwer-toh ree-koh”
Where is the Capital City of San Juan?
San Juan is located on the north-east coast of Puerto Rico bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the north side.
City Hall (Alcaldia) Office
- Address: 153 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
- Tel: +1 787-524-2500
Electricity in San Juan / Puerto Rico
Current is 110 volts AC, same as the United States
Puerto Rico Flag
The current flag of Puerto Rico was officially adopted in 1922. The red stripes are symbolic of the “blood” that nourishes the three branches of its government; Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary. More about the Puerto Rico Flag.
76.93 sq. miles (199.2 km²)
Language in San Juan / Puerto Rico
Spanish & English are the official languages in Puerto Rico. Spanish is preferred, but most locals, especially in tourist areas, speak English.
Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hon. Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto
Address: P.O. Box 4355, San Juan, P.R. 00901-4355
Telephone: (787) 724-7171 Fax (787) 725-5674
- Currency: U.S.A. Dollar (dolar, peso)
- Banks – You’ll find local banks throughout the city with ATH’s (in U.S. called ATM’s) that function on U.S networks. Banco Popular, Scotiabank, Doral, Santander, & FirstBank ATH machines are most frequently available.
- Methods of Payment – Cash, VISA, MasterCard, and ATH (debit cards) are the most commonly accepted methods of payment. American Express, Discover, and Diners Club are not as commonly accepted in Puerto Rico.
- Sales Tax Rate: 11.5%
Population is 395,326 according to the 2010 US Census.
Sources: US Census
Subdivisions of San Juan
The municipality of San Juan (like a county in the U.S.) is divided into 18 districts (barrios), which are further divided into communities/ neighborhoods (sub-barrios).
Television & Internet
Television and Internet access are available via satellite or cable companies as in the United States.
Temperature / Weather in San Juan
Average of 81 degrees F. See our Weather page for more information.
Time Zone in San Juan, Puerto Rico
AST (Atlantic Standard Time) = Eastern U.S. Daylight Savings Time (EDT)
Typography of San Juan, PR
San Juan is mostly flat, with coastal areas facing the Atlantic Ocean and the San Juan Bay.
Water in San Juan / Puerto Rico - Can you drink it?
San Juan Puerto Rico Tap Water, and around most of the island, is “city water” and safe to drink, tastes good, and meets the same requirements set by the EPA for the United States. The Puerto Rico Water Company, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AAA), uses the latest technology to filter and purify drinking water for San Juan and other towns throughout Puerto Rico. For water quality information, visit their website at acueductospr.com. As in the U.S., if a business or home uses well water (rural areas only), they are responsible for monitoring its quality and safety.
When was San Juan founded?
San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521, who called it Ciudad de Puerto Rico (“Rich Port City”).
Zip Codes & Area Codes of San Juan
All Inclusive Vacation
There are no all-inclusive resorts in San Juan or Puerto Rico, we recommend you vacation on the amazing Punta Cana.