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Expect to be surprised. The Capital City of San Juan offers great activities and entertainment for the whole family…

Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

…and once you venture out of the city, the island of Puerto Rico offers endless activities.  Start by booking a longer stay, there are so many fun things to do, you’ll only wish you had more time in sunny San Juan. 

If you love having a variety of fun and exciting things to do while on vacation, and unique attractions to visit, San Juan is a great place to be.  San Juan alone offers days worth of activities.  In San Juan, you’ll find things to do for history buffs, families, kids, romantics, foodies, shoppers, dancers, music lovers, beach bums, water sport enthusiasts, adventure seekers…the list goes on.

Puerto Rico offers something for everyone.  Whether you’re having a romantic wedding, honeymoon, holding a business meeting or convention, or planning a great vacation with family and friends, Puerto Rico will surely satisfy your travel needs.

Once here, you may be tempted to stay within the city but we encourage you to take a look at all the activities listed below around the island.  Many professional friendly tour guides and charters are ready to take you on an adventure.  Or maybe the Puerto Rico Power Pass is a good option for you as many activities you can choose and do on your own.  San Juan is a very convenient location offering easy access to many activities around the island. You can rent a car for a few days for the most freedom to enjoy the island.  The main roads are good in Puerto Rico, much like the USA, and most attractions and activities are easy to find.

Take time reading through our guides, because we want you to have an unforgettable time.  Make sure to bring a high quality digital camera or GoPro! to record all your wonderful memories.

Top Things to Do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Walk the Streets of Old San Juan

Walk the streets of Old San Juan - Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.  You can explore it yourself or conveniently book a walking tour.  Learn more about Old San Juan.

Enjoy the Vibrant Nightlife

Nightlife - San Juan, Puerto Rico

The city of San Juan becomes vibrant and exciting, as well as very romantic and relaxed when the sun sets.  Many events take place in San Juan, from live music at the parks and plazas, to formal events, art exhibits, plays and concerts.  You can also try your luck at the casinos throughout Isla Verde and dance the night away at chic nightclubs.  More about Nightlife in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dine at Exquisite Restaurants & Relaxed Cafes

Dining in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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.  There are dining options to fit every budget and to satisfy every palette.  Old San Juan & Condado Tourist Districts are among the best foodies destinations in San Juan.  Buen Provecho!!  More about Dining in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Relax & Play at San Juan Beaches

Relax and Play at the beach - Things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Relax…after all, you’re on vacation.  You work hard, so don’t feel guilty.  Grab a lounge chair, put on sunblock and lay under the sun so you can return home with the perfect tan.  Stay at a beachfront hotel so you can simply walk to the beach and have easy access to great restaurants and beach side entertainment.  For a more quiet beach atmosphere, take a taxi or drive to Balneario El Escambron or more great beaches in nearby beach towns.

Try Your Luck at Casinos in San Juan

Casinos - Things to do in San Juan, Puerto RIco
Right along the Atlantic Ocean stretch, you’ll find luxurious casinos with a winning ambiance and friendly staff ready to give you personalized service.  The most popular casinos are in Isla Verde and the Condado areas, where you can experience excellent gaming and a great entertainment experience.  More about casinos in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Shopping

Shopping - Things to do in San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan offers a great variety of shops ranging from local art galleries, unique souvenir shops, boutiques and luxury stores.  Head to Ashford Avenue in Condado, New San Juan, for boutiques and luxury stores.  Head to Plaza Las Americas, the biggest mall in the Caribbean with a great variety of stores.  In Old San Juan, you’ll find many typical souvenirs shops, but if you look more closely as you walk the city, you’ll find some of the most unique and interesting shops with exquisite jewelry, clothing, artisans, art galleries, and the popular authentic Panama hats.

Fun Things to Do on the Water

In Puerto Rico, water sports are a way of life…On the water or Deep Under, Get Ready for Unforgettable Experiences

So you booked a well deserved vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which offers beautiful beaches tempting you to just lay on a lounge chair and relax under the sun.  With so many activities and things to do on the water in Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde, we encourage you to get off your lounge chair, and try a new adventure on the water.  Get some adrenaline pumping, have some laughs and yells of excitement while making some unforgettable memories.

In San Juan, there are many friendly tour guides ready to show you a good time on the water.  Various beachfront hotels also offers great water fun activities, some free and some at an additional cost.  Relax on the beach or at your hotel pool, after all you’re on vacation, but be sure to try something new.

Following we have listed a variety of popular things for adults and kids to do on the water in San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with businesses offering services for the activity.

Things to Do Near San Juan & Great Day Trips

Puerto Rico is a nature lover’s and / or adventurer’s playground filled with beautiful, natural wonders to enjoy in every region including the sleepy offshore islands.  You may have come to Puerto Rico for a great beach vacation, but there’s so much more, so we invite you to take a break from the beach and explore on your own or with a trusted tour guide.  Puerto Rico’s mountains are green and lush with many surprises such as the karst region, an intricate cave system, the only rainforest under the U.S. flag, 3 bioluminescent bays, lakes, rivers, and more.  To fully experience all the island has to offer, you’ll have to wander off the beaten path.

Following we have listed a variety of things to do for those who love nature and relaxing outdoor recreational activities fun for both adults and children of all ages.

4 Fantastic Day Trips Near San Juan

4 Fantastic Day Trips from San Juan, Puerto Rico

The capital city of San Juan offers a plethora of attractions and fun activities.  An easy drive from San Juan you can visit world-class attractions deep into the mountains and offshore on crystalline turquoise waters on secluded islands and cays. We’ve put together 4 fantastic day trips that are easy to plan within 1.5 hours of San Juan.  More about  great day trips from San Juan.

Go Golfing

Go Golfing - Golf Courses near San Juan Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is home to the some of the most beautiful golf courses in the Caribbean and the annual PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.  With a fairly short drive from San Juan, you can enjoy golfing amidst the palm trees and water.  Or, you may choose to stay at one of the nearby golf resorts and spend a few days visiting San Juan attractions.  More about golfing near San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fun Things to Do in the Air

See the city and the beauty around Puerto Rico from a different point of view.   Puerto Rico’s geography is very diverse and if you’re only spending a few days on the island, it will give you a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of our coastline, lush mountains, lakes, charming towns and pretty offshore islands.  The sights from the air will inspire you to only want to come back to explore it all.  More about things to do in the air in San Juan.

As if land and water activities were not enough, we’re adding a list of things to do in the air.  Right from the pier at Bahia Urbana you can take off from the waters of the San Juan Bay on a seaplane and have an unforgettable experience admiring Old San Juan and our modern city.  In San Juan, you may also book a helicopter ride giving you an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our coastline, our mountains, lakes and our pretty offshore islands of Vieques and Culebra.  The sights from the air will inspire you to see more of our beautiful island.  For a more exhilarating experience, go parasailing or sky diving!

Following we have listed a available activities in the air the whole family can experience.  Please call the phone numbers provided for more information.

Charters also offer helicopter rides around the island where you can appreciate the beauty of our coastline, our mountains, lakes and our pretty offshore islands of Vieques and Culebra.

Aerial Sightseeing Tours - Directory

The following businesses offer Aerial Sightseeing Tours by airplane or helicopter – fun for both adults & kids:

  • Puerto Rico Helitours     (787) 497-5323
  • Rico Sun Tours/ RST     (787) 722-2080
  • SeaPlanes in Paradise     888-842-2055 / 602-377-8470
  • Vertical Solutions     787-944-3014
Paragliding - Directory
  • Team Spirit Hang Gliding & Paragliding     787-850-0508 / 787-645-7708
  • Trapeze School San Juan/ TSNY     787-920-2800
Sky Diving - Directory
  • Xtreme Divers     (787) 852-5757
Hang Gliding - Directory
  • Team Spirit Hang Gliding & Paragliding     787-850-0508 / 787-645-7708
  • Trapeze School San Juan/ TSNY     787-920-2800
Island Hopping - Directory
  • SeaPlanes in Paradise     888-842-2055 / 602-377-8470
Parasailing - Directory
  • San Juan Waterfun – El San Juan Resort     (787) 531-4510
  • Watersports 4 You     939-969-4510

Sightseeing Tours in / from San Juan, PR

San Juan is full of interesting attractions, and the rest of island offers hundreds more.  If you’re a traveler who loves to really get to know a destination, it can be overwhelming choosing what to do and getting a real feel of the place.  Tour guides offer an excellent way to get to know a destination when you’re short on time.

If you’re on a tight budget or would rather not drive or walk much, you can see the wonderful attractions of Old San Juan by taking the free trolley.  Just make sure you grab a map from your hotel or a Puerto Rico Tourism Company office first.  If you have rental car, drive along the beach areas of Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde, or into Old San Juan, or venture out of the city to see more of Puerto Rico’s wonders – one of the things we love to do!  However, if you’re new to San Juan and Puerto Rico, we recommend using one of a number of tour guides ready to help you see the attractions in various, unique, and fun ways, and to make sure you don’t miss any top attractions.

Following we have listed numerous ways to see the sights, along with a variety of fun and informative sightseeing activities to do while you’re on vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Again…if you would rather not walk the streets of Old San Juan to find top attractions yourself, hop on the free trolley which will drop you off near top attractions.

Sightseeing Tours - Directory

The following tour operators offer various types of guided Sightseeing Tours in and around San Juan, including historical tours, beach tours, city tours and more:

For most convenient booking, click here.

  • Acampa Nature Adventure Tours     787-706-0695
  • Akuadventures Island Tours    787-685-9522
  • Amigos Tours & Travels    787-758-6533
  • Aquatica Jet Ski Tour  787-531-3593
  • Castillo Tours – 787-791-6195
  • Colonial Adventure at Old San Juan Countryside Tours     787-593-9014
  • Dragonfly Adventures     787-889-7430
  • Eco Action Tours     787-791-7509
  • GSI Tours     800-720-7447     787-863-6890
  • Legends of Puerto Rico, Inc.  787-605-9060
  • Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours, Inc.     787-725-6891
  • Puerto Rico Tour Services     787-562-8483 / 787-632-6683
  • Rico Sun Tours/ RST  787-722-2080
  • San Juan Tours     888-806-2343
  • San Juan Happy Tours     787-237-7727
  • Tour Coop of Puerto Rico     787-762-7155
  • Trans-Travel Tours & Logistics    787-727-4479  /787-615-7568
  • Velauno Condado Water Sports    787-470-9099  /  787-728-8716
Boat / Water Tours - Directory

Take in the breathtaking scenery while on the water enjoying a Boat or Jet Ski Tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico through one of the following businesses:

For most convenient booking, click here.

  • Aquatica Jet Ski Tour    (787) 531-3593
  • San Juan Tours     888-806-2343
  • San Juan Water Tours     (787) 624-6295
Aerial Sightseeing Tours - Directory

The following businesses offer Aerial Sightseeing Tours by airplane or helicopter – fun for both adults & kids:

  • Puerto Rico Helitours     (787) 497-5323
  • Rico Sun Tours/ RST     (787) 722-2080
  • SeaPlanes in Paradise     888-842-2055 / 602-377-8470
  • Vertical Solutions     787-944-3014
Bacardi Distillery Tours - Directory

This tour is a must-do if you have time while in Old San Juan.  You can easily take the ferry over to Catano from Old San Juan, take a short taxi ride to the distillery and book your own tour of the distillery.  The following businesses will coordinate a tour of the Bacardi Distillery; however, you may visit on your own and arrange the tour of your choice. 

For most convenient booking, click here.

  • Amigos Tours & Travels     (787) 758-6533
  • Castillo Tours – 787-791-6195
  • Countryside Tours     787-593-9014
  • Dragonfly Adventures     787-889-7430
  • Eco Action Tours     787-791-7509
  • GSI Tours     800-720-7447     787-863-6890
  • Puerto Rico Tour Services     787-562-8483/ 787-632-6683
  • Rico Sun Tours/ RST     (787) 722-2080
  • San Juan Happy Tours     787-237-7727
  • Tour Coop of Puerto Rico     787-762-7155
  • Trans-Travel Tours & Logistics     (787) 727-4479/ (787) 615-7568
Walking Tours - Directory

San Juan, Puerto Rico, and especially Old San Juan, offer some of the best walking tour and historical tour experiences in the world.  If you wish to sight see on your own make sure you have a tour map from your hotel, cruise line, or the tourism office). If you wish to get to know the city in more detail take a guided tour through one of the many friendly and knowledgeable tour operators below:

For most convenient booking, click here.

  • Acampa Nature Adventure Tours     787-706-0695
  • Akuadventures Island Tours    787-685-9522
  • Amigos Tours & Travels    787-758-6533
  • Castillo Tours – 787-791-6195
  • Colonial Adventure at Old San Juan
  • Countryside Tours     787-593-9014
  • GSI Tours     800-720-7447  /  787-863-6890
  • Legends of Puerto Rico, Inc.  787-605-9060
  • Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tours, Inc.     787-725-6891
  • Puerto Rico Tour Services     787-562-8483 / 787-632-6683
  • Rico Sun Tours/ RST  787-722-2080
  • Trans-Travel Tours & Logistics  787-727-4479  / 787-615-7568
  • Travel Services, Inc.     787-982-1200
Segway Tours - Directory

The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle…a fun way to explore the historic district of Old San Juan. 

The following business offers a guided Segway Tour of Old San Juan:

For most convenient booking, click here.

  • Segway Tours of Puerto Rico (787) 598-9455