San Juan Tourism

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and its most important sea port. It was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521 and used to be called ‘Ciudad de Puerto Rico’ which translated to rich port city. Living up to its name, San Juan is Puerto Rico’s financial, cultural and tourism hub. The most striking feature of the city are its myriad fortifications which were built to protect the booming city and the huge role it played in the transportations of goods from the New World to Europe. Owing to its importance, the city has witnessed attacks by the British, the Dutch and the Americans.

The oldest part of the city is called Old San Juan. Clever, right? Well, the region makes up for the lack of ingenuity in its name with its sheer beauty and magnificence. It’s one of the most important tourist destinations in the area because it is steeped in history and the architecture is breath taking. After all, colonial buildings are picturesque and who doesn’t want a bit of antiquity in their holidays?

Being a sea port of such vast importance, the city has witnessed a number of cultural exchanges over the centuries and thus, has become one mixed bag of a city. This can especially be seen in its cuisine. Because a little bit of this and a little dash of that makes a whole lot of yum. Travel with family, or go solo; San Juan will not disappoint.

I think this city should be marked as a priority in your vacation planner. Besides all of the above, it’s where Ricky Martin came from. I mean, come on. He was the genius behind shake your bon-bon. Let San Juan inspire you like it inspired Martin. Sort out your itineraries. Live La Vida Loca!

Essential travel information and San Juan tips for your visit

  • Parking is expensive in Old San Juan. Budget accordingly.
  • Only coins are accepted on buses so load up!
  • On buses, you may not be allowed to carry baggage (we mean suitcases) on board with you.
  • You will need to know a little bit of (high school level) Spanish to be able to communicate with the natives better.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of San Juan

  • Know the pollution level of San Juan before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 37.96 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 56.48 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.62 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55.56 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27.78 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.41 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 42.59 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 60.19 (High)
  • How safe is San Juan for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Juan.

    • Burglary and Theft 66.75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 72.6 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 77.94 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 84.25 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 63.22 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 74.76 (High)
    • Attacks 61.54 (High)
    • Drug offense 84.07 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 47.82 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.66 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.39 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75.48 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of San Juan is 138.83 (High)

    • Safety Index 30.27 (Low)
    • Climate Index 71.25 (High)
    • Pollution Index 50.15 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 67.76 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.33 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.67 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101.73 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in San Juan

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.28 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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