How do you earn the nickname Island of Enchantment? Combine the historic charm of Old San Juan (also known as the Walled City) with the high-end shops of Condado, and throw in sparkling beaches, renowned restaurants, and eclectic hotels. ¡Aqui vamos! It wouldn’t be unheard of to explore San Juan as two different cities: one with 500 year old structures and UNESCO heritage sites, the other a modern metropolis filled with luxury shopping and world-class dining. Art lovers will want to make sure to visit Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Inside this neoclassical structure you’ll find works spanning from the 17th century to the present, including José Campeche’s renowned 1794 oil painting Immaculate Conception.
If you want to explore beyond the city, take a day trip to El Yunque National Forest to indulge in the tropical flora and fauna of the Caribbean. The only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system, El Yunque National Forest lies 25 miles east of San Juan in the Luquillo Mountains. Expect waterfalls, hiking trails, parrots, and more. For a glimpse of another wonder, check out one of three bioluminescent bays around the San Juan area for a shimmering, otherworldly experience. More interested in the past than the present? Immerse yourself in a piece of island history with a visit to Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Better known as El Morro, this six-level fort was built in 1539 to protect the island from invasions. Today, you can take a self-guided tour of the historic fort. Or, check out Palacio de Santa Catalina, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico and the oldest residence of its type in the New World to see continued use.
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Things to do in San Juan.
- Laguna Grande
- La Parguera
- Mosquito Bay
- Castillo San Felipe del Morro
- El Yunque National Forest
- Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist
- Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
- Palacio de Santa Catalina
Add exploring the Walled City of the Island of Enchantment to the itinerary of your next tropical vacation—visit San Juan. See how old-world relics mingle with modern-era amenities in this culturally rich capital city, but don’t forget to spend plenty of time having fun in the sun.Find flights