- Puerto Rico
What to do, eat and see in and around the island’s capital city
In San Juan, there’s much to discover – Spanish colonial architecture, stunning beaches, 500 years of history and culinary treasures, both simple and sophisticated. Whether you’re under a beach cabana with a tropical drink or out exploring museums and historical sites, there’s no wrong way to have a good time here.
Explore Old San Juan
Blocks of blue cobblestone streets and pastel-colored, colonial-era buildings make Old San Juan a picture-perfect location and a must-see for visitors.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Expect enchantment as you explore the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century fort built by the Spanish upon a majestic cliff overlooking the ocean. Affectionately known as El Morro, this UNESCO World Heritage site and national historic site was built initially to deter invaders and wayward pirates. Today, it’s a wondrous location to learn about Puerto Rico’s history. Take a guided tour or go solo.
This café has been serving locals and visitors for more than 100 years. Fortify yourself with a café con leche (espresso and hot milk) and a delicious Latin pastry like the mallorca before heading out to shop. Who doesn’t love soft, sweet dough with a light dusting of powdered sugar?
Panama Hats and Island Crafts
Calle Fortaleza is an outstanding spot for everything from Puerto Rican coffee and cigars to hand-crafted specialties like linen tablecloths, hammocks and hand-carved art. Don’t leave the island without an iconic Panama hat. You can pick up a hand-woven one at Olé or El Galpón, both known for quality, hand-made goods. Chit chat with the store owners or staff – they’re happy to steer you toward the right fit and style.
Shopping for locally made art in Old San Juan
Savor San Juan’s Culinary Expertise
Puerto Rican cuisine continues to evolve while remaining true to its roots. Expect an eclectic mix of eateries from vegetarian-inspired to Spanish and island-influenced flavors served in casual family-style cafes and trendy bistros.
Count on authentic Spanish