San Juan travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Juan

A fascinating historical site, a tropical beach paradise, a world center for cocktail making, and one of the most welcoming cities in the Caribbean - it's amazing that more people haven't discovered San Juan.

If you want to get away from the climate of mainland USA, there's no better place to escape. Travel back in time by taking historical tours of sites like the Castillo and the Governor's Mansion, both of which date back to the 16th century. Live a life of decadence and pure enjoyment with the finest mojitos you will ever taste. Dine on the island's unique fusion of world cuisines, and relax during the day on beautiful beaches like el Condado.

San Juan is the kind of city where you really can get away from it all. The colorful architecture, superb food, endless array of beaches, and compact, walkable core make it one of the most enticing city break destinations around.

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When to Visit San Juan

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The best time to visit San Juan is just after the sweltering summer (in the northern winter) but before the rainy season - around May and June is usually ideal. The crowds from January to April have melted away, and accommodation prices are also be much lower.

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Where to Stay in San Juan

Whether you are looking for 5-star business accommodation, a family hotel or somewhere cheap for backpackers, San Juan wil have somewhere that suits your needs. At the lowest end of the scale, check out the Palace Hostel, where dorm beds are around $5 per night. For a comfortable experience in the center of town, Alasol offers furnished apartments, while at the highest level, the Gallery Inn is the finest place to stay in town. This 300 year-old boutique hotel enjoys beautiful sea views and features an on-site art gallery which showcases the owner's works.

Popular Neighborhoods in San Juan

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Shopping Streets

San Juan has plenty of conventional shopping malls. In fact, it's probably the best place in the Caribbean to shop for branded goods. That's mainly due to the Plaza Las Americas, the Caribbean's largest mall, where you'll find stores like Lacoste, Macy's, and American Eagle. For a slightly more atmospheric shopping experience, head to Old San Juan, where you'll find quirky stores like the Butterfly People (who sell real exotic butterflies preserved in clear plastic) and Poet's Passage, a great place to pick up souvenirs and artworks.

Groceries and Other

If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, the best places to shop for groceries in San Juan are supermarkets like Pueblo, Famcoop, and SuperMax, which offer prices that are usually well below those on the mainland. A gallon of milk costs around $6.70, while a pound of apples is just $1.50, making it easy to live well in the city while on a tight budget.

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C$ 51.38
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Where to Eat in San Juan

Puerto Rico has its own distinctive cuisine featuring heavy use of beans, coriander, chillis, cassava, and coconuts, and there are many great restaurants which will be happy to show off local dishes. If you love grilled meat, El Asador is the place to go, while Café Puerto Rico serves the best seafood broth in town. Pamela’s Caribbean Cuisine serves up regional curries and other dishes in a seaside location, while Al Dente and Luigi's are highly-rated Italian eateries. Expect to pay less than $10 for a high-quality meal.