Top 5 - Best Things to Do & Places to Visit in San JuanPuerto Rico
Walk the Streets of Old San Juan
If you only have a day in Old San Juan, tour one of the forts and then simply walk the colorful streets of Old San Juan. The simplicity of walking becomes an extraordinary experience in Old San Juan. You want to look up constantly at the adorned wrought-iron balconies of colonial homes painted in bright or pastel colors. The energy is vibrant, yet relaxed, like a tropical destination ought to be. Old San Juan is like a giant museum with many attractions easily accessible by foot. Drop the map and get lost around the 7 colorful blocks full of historical gems, museums, relaxed cafes, great shops, restaurants, and more… The free trolley is a nice way to give your feet a break and get acquainted with the Old City. You can explore Old San Juan on your own, if you’re short on time and wish to make the most of your time in Old San Juan, we recommend you book a walking tour. We created a DIY walking tour which includes the next “must thing to do” on the list (link below).
San Juan National Historic Site
The forts of Old San Juan are must-see attractions, where you’ll step back 500 years in time. Navigate these massive and magnificent fortifications and explore their tunnels, dungeons, ramps, and barracks. Bring your camera for the hundreds of gorgeous photo ops, with the San Juan Bay as the perfect background. The most popular and beloved fort on the island is Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro), it is easier to navigate and the grounds are filled with joy with children and adults alike flying a kite, be sure to buy one and join in. San Cristóbal is bigger and one of the top 5 must-see attractions on the island.
San Juan National Historic Site also includes the forts of San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo) and the city walls. More about San Juan National Historic Site attractions.
+ Castillo San Felipe El Morro
This 6-level fort is magical both inside and out and is the most popular fort in San Juan. Again, make sure to bring your camera while exploring all levels of the fort. The “El Morro” exterior grounds are some of the most beautiful and beloved attractions in Puerto Rico and home to many cultural events, excellent kite-flying in the trade winds.
+ Castillo San Cristobal
Covering 27 acres, this is the largest Spanish fort in the New World and an architectural masterpiece, allowing you to travel back 500 years, it is a must-see during your visit to Old San Juan. Whether you’re a history buff or not, you’ll want to spend a few hours inside. Make sure to bring your camera for breathtaking photo opportunities. Group tours with friendly park rangers are available, or you may walk on your own.
Relax & Play at San Juan Beaches
You’re planning a Caribbean vacation, so of course, you want beaches. Grab a lounge chair, put on sunblock, and lay under the sun so you can return home with the perfect tan. San Juan has a variety of beaches, from Miami-style to more laid-back natural settings. We won’t tell you which beach to visit, visit our beach guide to choose which best suits your preference. Whether you want to just sit on a lounge chair and relax or be actively doing water sports, San Juan has a beach for you. Stay at a beachfront hotel so you can simply walk to the beach and have easy access to great restaurants and beachside entertainment. + Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cruise Along the San Juan Bay
See, Move to & Taste San Juan
Old San Juan is the most beloved place on the island for residents of Puerto Rico, the epicenter of culture, music, food, and traditions. In San Juan, there’s always a reason to celebrate, dance, and gather with family and friends. Locals from towns across the island come to San Juan to enjoy the year-round cultural events, great entertainment, excellent food, and dance to the sounds of salsa played at the elegant squares and restaurants around the city.
Voted as one of the “Best Caribbean Islands for Foodies“, San Juan has turned cooking into a delicious art. In San Juan, you can dig into the sultry flavors of Puerto Rican food or try the many restaurants that take fusion cuisine to a whole new level. Old San Juan & Condado Tourist Districts are among the best foodies destinations in San Juan. A great way to get to know the food culture of Puerto Rico is by booking a tour which often includes sightseeing in the historic district.
Cultural Tours & Experiences in San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Museo de las Américas
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Located on the second floor of Cuartel de Ballaja, in Old San Juan. This is one of the best museums in San Juan, featuring permanent exhibitions about the history and culture of Puerto Rico and the Americas the entire family will enjoy. Other exhibitions include popular art in America, history of the natives in America (22 ethnicities), the African heritage, the conquest and colonization of Puerto Rico and the newborn evolution that makes up what Puertoricans are today. Excellent museum for families with children and history buffs.
- Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm
- Saturday: 10am – 5:00pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
- Mondays: Closed
- $6 – Adults
- $4 – Children up to 12 years old, students & seniors 65 + years
Museo de San Juan
The Museum of San Juan
Many events are held at the center courtyard. If you happen to be here on a Saturday, be sure to stop, a farmer’s market is held every week. Inside the museum, you can enjoy art exhibits rotated regularly. You’ll always find something new and interesting happening at the San Juan Museum.
The Museum Includes: Permanent exhibits about the history of San Juan, temporary exhibits & an amphitheater.
- Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Tel: 787-480-3555
- Address: 150 Norzagaray St., San Juan PR 00901
San Juan Wildlife Museum
San Juan Wildlife Museum
- Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Saturdays & Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
- Address: 1075 Kennedy Avenue (a side road), San Juan, PR 00920
- E-Mail: museovidasilvestre@%20sanjuanciudadpatria.com
More Museums in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Casa del Libro
- Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferre
- El Arsenal (The Arsenal)
- Felisa Rincon de Gautier Museum
- Fine Arts Cinema
- Museo de Las Americas
- Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
- Museum of Transportation
- Museo del Nino de Carolina
- Pablo Cassals Museum – Pablo Casals’ legacy still lives on today among classical music lovers in Puerto Rico. Visit the museum dedicated to the famous cellist Pablo Casals. It is located at the San Jose Plaza in Old San Juan. The museum contains original manuscripts, his cello, and piano, as well as visual and audio displays of his recordings. You can also learn about his life at this small museum that’s big on music.
- Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music
- Puerto Rico Convention Center
- Teatro Tapia
- Wildlife Museum / Museo de Vida Silvestre
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+ Paseo de la Princesa
+ La Fortaleza / Palacio Santa Catalina
+ El Capitolio
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+ Cathedral San Juan Bautista
The Ballajá Barracks
+ Museo de Las Americas