San Juan Sights

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San Juan's city hall was built between 1602 and 1789. In 1841, extensive alterations made it resemble Madrid's city hall, with arcades,...

Arecibo Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

Hidden among pine-covered hills, this observatory is home to the world's largest radar-radio telescope. Operated by the National Astronomy...

Balneario El Escambrón

  • Beach–Sight

In Puerta de Tierra, this government-run beach has a patch of honey-colored sand shaded by coconut palms. An offshore reef generally...

Balneario de Carolina

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When people talk about a "beautiful Isla Verde beach," this is it. East of Isla Verde, this Blue Flag beach is so close to the airport...

Capilla del Cristo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

According to legend, in 1753 a young horseman named Baltazar Montañez got carried away during festivities in honor of San Juan Bautista...

Casa Bacardí Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Exiled from Cuba, the Bacardí family built a small rum distillery here in the 1950s. Today it's the world's largest, able to produce...

Casa Blanca

  • Historic District/Site

The original structure here was a wooden house built in 1521 as a home for Ponce de León; he died in Cuba without ever living here.

Casa de Ramón Power y Giralt

  • Museum/Gallery

The restored home of 18th-century naval hero Don Ramón Power y Giralt is now the headquarters of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico.

Castillo San Cristóbal

  • Military Site

This huge stone fortress, built between 1634 and 1790, guarded the city from land attacks from the east. The largest Spanish fortification...

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

  • Military Site

At the northwestern tip of the Old City, El Morro ("the promontory") was built by the Spaniards between 1539 and 1786. Rising 140 feet...