Founded in 1951, San Juan is one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas. For travel aficionados with a love for culture, history and old world charm, the Puerto Rican capital is a must visit destination. To help you plan the prefect trip to the captivating city, we’ve put together this insider’s guide covering some of San Juan’s hottest sights, attractions and experiences!
Seek out an oasis of calm at the Hotel El Convento
Located at 100 Cristo Street, Hotel El Convento is one of San Juan’s iconic old world establishments. The grand building was originally used as a nunnery before falling into disarray. Thankfully, the site received a lavish makeover in 1959 and reopened as an exquisite hotel. The no-site bar and restaurant is the perfect place to grab a cocktail or meal after a busy day sightseeing.
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Kick off the day with a luxe breakfast
With marble floors and black glass chandeliers, Caficultura is a fabulous spot to pick up breakfast and a caffeine hit – the banana pancakes with rum are highly recommended! Secure a spot by the window and indulge in a little people watching while sampling the tasty breakfast treats.
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Be captivated by Old San Juan’s kaleidoscopic colors
While some old town districts are relatively conservative, Old San Juan is bursting with color! Exploring the district is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, with bright facades, shop fronts and street art around every corner!
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Watch the sunset from the Condado strip
For a chic and stylish way to spend the evening, stroll down San Juan’s Condado strip to the gorgeous Oceana hotel. Here, you’ll find a trendy two story bar and restaurant with a fabulous view of the beach. A drink under the stars while listening to the sounds of the Puerto Rican waves is an experience not to be missed.
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Admire the Puerto Rican art scene
Some may be surprised to discover that San Juan boasts two state-of-the-art galleries. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is a history buff’s dream, housing a series of majestic galleries showcasing works from the esteemed 18th century artist José Campeche as well as a fascinating rundown of the nation’s iconic poster art. A 10 minute stroll will take you to the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. The elegant former school building houses an array of contemporary works from local artists.
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Catch some sun
If you’re hitting up San Juan in the dry season, a trip to the ultra-trendy Isla Verde beach is a great place to catch some rays. Whether you frolic in the surf or simply kick back and relax, it’s a great way to break up a busy sightseeing schedule. After you’ve had your fill of sun, cool down at one of the many hotel beach bars peppered across the stretch.
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Live it up at Villa Herencia Hotel
Looking for a luxurious place to rest your head? Look no further than Old San Juan’s beautiful Villa Herencia Hotel. Housing just eight rooms, the boutique accommodation is wonderfully intimate and tastefully decorated.
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Salsa the night away at Nuyorican Café
For those keen to let their hair down, Nuyorican Café is celebrated as San Juan’s hottest place to salsa. Hidden down an inconspicuous alleyway, the popular nightspot spins hip swinging Latino beats all night long.
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