Things to do in San Juan

This island city is the perfect for a vacation getaway, but even if you’re there for business there are plenty of sites that are worth a visit. This 16th century city is the oldest European-founded settlement under US jurisdiction.

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Annual Events in San Juan

International Salsa Congress

This multi-day dance festival was first pioneered by Puerto Rico in 1997. The festival includes performances, group dances, workshops and competitions, all celebrating Salsa dancing. Now the festival has spread to other countries, but the most iconic one takes place on San Juan.

San Sebastián Street Festival

This mid-January festival in Old San Juan has nightly celebrations of live music performances, parades, crafts and traditional foods. There are also numerous arts exhibitions, a perfect way to spend a night in San Juan.

Three Kings Day

Earlier in the month is the islandwide gift-giving day in Puerto Rico. Celebrate the day with festivals, live music, dance performances, parades, puppet shows, carollers, and traditional food.

San Juan Stadiums

The Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot

Also known as the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, this is the biggest indoor arena in Puerto Rico. The arena puts on multiple entertainment events throughout the year. If you’re in town lucky enough to catch one, reserve a limo and make a night of it!

San Juan Landmarks

Old San Juan

Old San Juan is Vinnie Van GO’s favorite spot in Puerto Rico. This district made up of eight by ten blocks is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico, and a great place to learn about the historic colonial section of the city. If you see anything in Puerto Rico, it must be this.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

This 16th century citadel is one of San Juan’s most popular, and beautiful, tourist sites. Built to guard the entrance of the San Juan Bay and defend the city from naval enemies, this is now a World Heritage Site, and each year receives more than two million visitors.

Castillo San Cristóbal

Built by Spain to protect the city against land-based attacks, this 18th century fort is the biggest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World, and another of San Juan’s must-see sites.

San Juan Neighborhoods

San Juan is a gorgeous city to walk around, and if you’re looking for a guided experience, look no further – Vinnie Van GO has hooked you up with some of his favorite tours. If you’re looking for a walking tour, Old San Juan is the best place to learn about the island’s history. For adult fun, there is also an Old San Juan Tour including a stop at Casa Bacardi. While you’re on the island, you might as well spend some time in the water. The San Juan Snorkel and Picnic Cruise is a great way to spend the day, as is the Culebra Catamaran Day Trip. Once you’ve checked out the water, don’t forget about the rainforest! The El Yunque Rainforest half-day trip is not to be missed.

San Juan Beaches

The island of Puerto Rico has some of the best beaches in the world, all only a short shuttle ride away from San Juan! For a family trip, there’s no better beach than Luquillo Beach. This spot is known for its beautiful sands and clear waters, less polluted than beaches closer to the city. There is also a nearby coconut grove, and coral reefs block rough water. If you’re looking to swim, Pine Grove Beach is the place for you. Located between the Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott Courtyard, this crescent white-sand beach has calm waters, excellent for a dip in the ocean. There are also surf lessons offered by local surfers, and boards for rent. If you want the most beautiful, Boquerón Beach is the place to be. This is also a great spot for snorkeling, sailing and fishing, as well as fresh oysters shucked on the sand and sold with Tabasco.

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