San Juan

San Juan Travel Guide

If you’re planning on traveling to the city of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, you’re in for a real treat. This bright city lies along the northern coast of the island nation and functions not only as Puerto Rico’s most populous city, but its social and cultural center as well. Travel to San Juan to take in its many sandy beaches, especially those in the Isla Verde and Condado districts, enjoy the breathtaking beauty and charm of Old San Juan and experience the city’s rich cultural heritage. And don’t miss out on authentic Puerto Rican cuisine and locally distilled rum, the city’s centuries-old fortresses and, of course, its vibrant nightlife. Let this guide for travel to San Juan lead the way.

Things Not to Miss in San Juan

• Take in colorful parades and general revelry during the Three Kings Day and the San Sebastian festivals, both celebrated in January
 • Lie out on the sun-soaked beaches of Isla Verde and Condado
 • Tour Fort San Cristobal, the largest fort built by the Spanish in the Americas
 • Traverse the narrow, cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and take in its pastel-colored buildings and Spanish architecture
 • Explore the Camuy River Caverns just outside San Juan
 • Learn more about Latin and Caribbean art at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art when you visit San Juan
 • Sip and see during a tour of the city’s Bacardi distillery

When to Go to San Juan

Those traveling to San Juan need not worry about too much inclement weather. The city enjoys warm, humid temperatures in the 80s to 90s with sunny days accounting for two-thirds of the year’s weather. Still, rain is a possibility and those looking to avoid it should travel to San Juan in early winter (January to March) when precipitation is at its lowest and temperatures hover in the low 80s by day and in the low 70s by night. Visit San Juan at this time of year and you’re guaranteed to enjoy pleasant, and most importantly, comfortable weather.

Articles about San Juan

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