San Juan

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  • 1. Castillo San Cristóbal

    Old San Juan | Military Sight

    This huge stone fortress, built between 1634 and 1783, guarded the city from land attacks from the east. The largest Spanish fortification in...Read More

  • 2. Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    Old San Juan | Historic District/Site

    At the northwestern tip of Old San Juan, El Morro (the promontory) was built by the Spaniards between 1539 and 1790. Rising 140 feet above the...Read More

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  • 3. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

    Santurce | Museum/Gallery

    One of the Caribbean's biggest museums, this beautiful neoclassical building was once the San Juan Municipal Hospital. The collection of Puerto...Read More

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  • 4. Balneario de Carolina


    When people talk about a "beautiful Isla Verde beach," this Blue Flag beach is the one—even though it's so close to the airport that leaves...Read More

  • 5. Balneario El Escambrón

    Puerta de Tierra | Beach

    This government-run beach has a patch of honey-color sand shaded by coconut palms. An offshore reef generally makes surf gentle, so it's favored...Read More

  • 6. Capilla del Cristo

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    According to legend, in 1753 a young horseman named Baltazar Montañez got carried away during festivities in honor of San Juan Bautista (St...Read More

  • 7. Casa Alcaldía de San Juan

    Old San Juan | Government Building

    San Juan's city hall was built between 1602 and 1789. In 1841, extensive alterations made it resemble Madrid's city hall, with arcades, towers...Read More

  • 8. Casa Bacardí Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Exiled from Cuba, the Bacardí family built a small rum distillery here in the 1950s. Today, it's the world's largest, able to produce 100,000...Read More

  • 9. Casa Blanca

    Old San Juan | Historic Home

    The original structure here was a wooden house built in 1521 as a home for Ponce de León; he died in Cuba without ever living here. His descendants...Read More

  • 10. Casa de Ramón Power y Giralt

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    The restored home of 18th-century naval hero Don Ramón Power y Giralt is now the headquarters of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. On-site...Read More

  • 11. Catedral de San Juan Bautista

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Catholic shrine of Puerto Rico had humble beginnings in the early 1520s as a thatch-roofed wooden structure. After a hurricane destroyed...Read More

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  • 12. Cementerio Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis

    Old San Juan | Cemetery

    One of Old San Juan's best-kept secrets, this remarkable cemetery provides a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. Sandwiched between...Read More

  • 13. Condado Beach

    Condado | Beach

    East of Old San Juan and west of Ocean Park, this long, wide beach is overshadowed by an unbroken string of hotels and apartment buildings....Read More

  • 14. El Capitolio

    Puerta de Tierra | Government Building

    The white-marble Capitol, a fine example of Italian Renaissance style, dates from 1929. The grand rotunda, which can be seen from all over San...Read More

  • 15. Fortín San Gerónimo del Boquerón

    Puerta de Tierra | Military Sight

    At the eastern tip of Puerta de Tierra, this tiny, 16th-century fort is perched on a hilltop like an afterthought. It was, however, an essential...Read More

  • 16. Fundación Felisa Rincón de Gautier

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    This tiny but fascinating museum honors Felisa Rincón de Gautier, who served as San Juan's mayor from 1946 to 1968. Throughout her life, "Doña...Read More

  • 17. Fundación Nacional Para la Cultura Popular

    Old San Juan | Museum/Gallery

    This nonprofit foundation serves many functions: museum; performance space; dance and music school; and archive preserving Puerto Rican contributions...Read More

  • 18. Iglesia de San José

    Old San Juan | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its vaulted ceilings, this little church is a splendid example of 16th-century Spanish Gothic architecture. It was built under the supervision...Read More

  • 19. Jardín Botánico

    Río Piedras | Garden

    This 75-acre forest of more than 200 species of tropical and subtropical vegetation is the Universidad de Puerto Rico's main attraction. Gravel...Read More

  • 20. La Fortaleza

    Old San Juan | Government Building

    Sitting atop the fortified city walls overlooking the harbor, La Fortaleza was built between 1533 and 1540 as a fortress, but it proved insufficient...Read More

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