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San Juan Travel Guide

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Plan Your San Juan Vacation

If you associate Puerto Rico's capital with the colonial streets of Old San Juan, then you know only part of the picture. San Juan is a major metropolis, radiating out from the bay on the Atlantic Ocean that was discovered by Juan Ponce de León. More than a third of the island's 4 million citizens proudly call themselves sanjuaneros. The city may be rooted in the past, but it has

its eye on the future. Locals go about their business surrounded by colonial architecture and towering modern structures.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Take a stroll Wander the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan—the fortifications and governor’s mansion are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  2. Climb a battlement Explore Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the 16th-century fortress that dominates the waterfront; rangers provide a fascinating insight.
  3. Shop Head to Condado's Avenida Ashford, where you'll find most of the city's designer boutiques, including that of Nono Maldonado, one of the island's homegrown design talents.
  4. Catch some rays Balneario de Carolina, at the eastern tip of Isla Verde, is San Juan's best beach. Take time to parasail.
  5. Dine on the strip Dine at Marmalade, just one of many stellar restaurants along the eastern end of Calle Fortaleza, a trendy strip that locals call "SoFo."

When To Go

When to Go

During the high season, mid-December through mid-April, hotels tend to be packed, though rarely full, and rates are a bit higher than in the off-seas...

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