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San Juan
Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States. The port of San Juan is also a boarding port for several Caribbean cruises. The city is made up of the old San Juan and its historical monuments and the new San Juan, the center of business and where there are many hotels.

The city was founded in 1521 by the explorer Ponce de Leon. Its unique culture has been influenced by Spanish and African culture.

The arrival by boat in San Juan is beautiful. It shows the fortifications and the fort of San Juan dating from 1539.

Useful Information

Language

English and Spanish

Currency

USD
United States dollar - Most restaurants, shops and attractions accept credit cards and ATMs are easy to find.

Currency Converters:  
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XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
23 73
25 77
28 82
873.50
February
22 72
25 77
29 84
562.25
March
21 70
26 79
29 84
552.25
April
23 73
26 79
30 86
1054.25
May
24 75
27 81
31 88
1485.75
June
25 77
28 82
31 88
1154.50
July
25 77
28 82
31 88
1224.75
August
25 77
28 82
32 90
1425.50
September
25 77
28 82
32 90
1465.75
October
24 75
28 82
31 88
1435.75
November
23 73
27 81
30 86
1566.25
December
22 72
26 79
29 84
1224.75

Where is locate the Port of San Juan

The port of San Juan is located directly at the foot of the old town. So you can easily walk around. As San Juan is located on a hill, make sure you have good shoes and are in good physical condition.

Travelling around the port of San Juan

How to get from San Juan airport to the port

The airport is located 13 kilometres from the port. The journey takes about 20 minutes, but it is best to allow 45 minutes to take into account possible traffic jams.

The taxi ride will cost you between $22 and $25.

Shuttles and private transport can be booked in advance.

A free trolley allows you to tour the historic centre of Old San Juan and go to the fort.

It is possible to rent a car. The companies Budget, Enterprise and Avis and other independent offers the service.

Taxis are available at the port.

Activities in San Juan

Landmarks

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The Cathedral contains the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

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The Church of San Jose is an example of 16th century Gothic architecture.

Historical sites

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The oldest Spanish fort in the New World and is a UNESCO protected site.

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Fort San Cristobal, another UNESCO site, is one of the most imposing fortifications in the New World.

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The Fortaleza was built to defend the port and is now the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico.

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The San Juan Gate is the only entrance to the old city still existing.

Museums

This museum presents ancient artifacts from the Caribbean and Europe.

A museum with a collection of more than 5,000 manuscripts.

A museum showcasing Puerto Rico’s cultural richness

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La Casa Blanca is a museum about national history.

Nature

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The Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve offers a unique spectacle in the evening when the lagoon becomes luminescent because of the flogged (microorganisms) that are found in the water.

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Visit the Bacardi distillery.

Excursions in San Juan

For walking tours, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be in good physical shape.

  • History and cuisine of San Juan on foot: See the historical monuments on your way to a restaurant where you will attend a culinary demonstration.
  • A walk in San Juan: A bus will take you to the fortress you will visit and then a walking tour of San Juan will take you back to the port.
  • Latin dance show
  • Ziplines over the jungle
  • All-terrain vehicle tours

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