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Puerto Rico Travel - Places To Visit in San Juan

Updated on May 6, 2008

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Jewel of the Caribbean

As a frequent traveler, one of my favorite places to visit in the Caribbean is the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In this lens I hope to give you a closer look at the beautiful city and hope that you also will desire to travel to San Juan some day.

About San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is located in beautiful Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1521 and it's the oldest city in US territory. It is home to many financial institutions and distributing centers. Its economy depends on tourism and the manufacturing of chemicals, medicines, plastics and textiles. Its government is composed of a democratically elected mayor and an assembly. San Juan has beautiful crystal clear beaches and draws thousands of tourists year round. San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean.

San Juan buildings and streets video

1. El Morro

Engineered in 1587, this 500 year old structure was built to protect Puerto Rico from sea attacks. It was built in honor of King Phillip II. This fort suffered attacks from the likes of the English in 1595 and the Dutch in 1625.El Morro has six levels that rise from sea level to 145 feet high. El Morro is designated as an historical site in February 1949.

A collage of pictures from El Morro

2. Paseo de la Princesa

A beautiful and romantic promenade named after a prison building called "La princesa". It now holds exhibits of Puerto Rican artists as well as offices for tourism. In front of La Princesa there is a statue of Puerto Rico's beloved mayor from 1946 to 1968, Doña Felisa Gautier. Recommended by many as a tourist spot, you can enjoy all types of foods as well as enjoy the Puerto Rican cultural experience. Watch the video below for an overall sense of this romantic promenade.

Paseo de la Princesa Video

This great narrative and video of Paseo de la Princesa will let you experience it like you are there!

3. Cathedral de San Juan

One of the oldest buildings in San Juan, its construction began in 1521. It contains the tomb of the founder of the first settlement in Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de Leon. It was rebuilt twice after hurricanes in 1540 and 1615.

4. Fort San Cristobal

El Morro's partner in defense, Fort San Cristobal is the largest fortification built by Spaniards when they came to the new world. It was begun in 1634 and completed in 1771. It contains the Garita del Diablo (the Devil's Sentry Box), which according to a legend, the devil would come and snatch away people in its sentry box.

5. San Juan Bay

Busiest ocean port in the Caribbean bringing half of Puerto Rico's trade. You can see island crafts and artists of Puerto Rico here. Great view from local eateries and from the pier of old San Juan. It is cool to see the ships sailing off the bay.

Are you ready to visit San Juan?

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  • andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

    Yes, I'm Puerto Rican, I lived there my whole life... I love my beautiful island!

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  • Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

    No I haven't but this lens goes a long way to getting me to visit!

No, don't want to.

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      [in reply to d-artist] I'm Puerto Rican and I know what you mean that Old San Juan was the only place clean. But that's just the cities, the rest of the island is like paradise. People need to know that the most beautiful places are not on the cities, is the mountains, and the country side that is breathless! Sorry to hear you were disappointed, maybe now people can understand that Old San Juan and San Juan are not the only place to visit!

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      gabrielangel 8 years ago

      San Juan is definitely my favorite place to visit. I love to wander the streets after a few shots of rum. There's nothing like those Reggaeton clubs.

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      Delia 9 years ago

      I was extreemly disappointed in Puerto Rico...Old San Juan was the only place I enjoyed and the only clean place...too bad 5*s

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      Piksychick 9 years ago

      Great info about the beautiful Caribbean island. Hugs from the Canary islands.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Beautiful photos!