The second you step off your plane, you’ll know that San Juan is a grab-bag full of adventure. From the quaint and historic Old Town to the party-ridden beaches and tucked away surf spots, San Juan is a mile of fun. The nightlife here is no different. Performing arts, casinos, reggae, salsa – you name it, and the nightlife in San Juan can cater to the taste. Here’s what to do and see if you’re new to town and looking for a night out.
It’s that time of year again! From ghastly ghouls to vixen vampires, Halloween is the holiday of choice for party people the world over, and few places can throw a party like in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you’re vacationing in San Juan during the end of October, you’ll be on the lookout for happening stuff come October 31st. Trick or treating is done with the little ones in Old San Juan or Luis Munoz Marin Park, but out in Isla Verde and Condado, there will be plenty of parties to attend. Rest assured, there are many family friendly things to do in Puerto Rico, but this one is for the adults.
There’s no denying it – hitting the beach is one of Puerto Rico’s top attractions. Being a Caribbean island will do that for you. Still, outside of bustling San Juan there are secluded escapes that are worthy of dreamy postcards from abroad. If you’re looking to escape civilization with a coconut, palm tree, and white and beach – here are my top choices for Puerto Rico’s Hidden Beaches.
Puerto Rico is home to a number of tasty experiences. Whether you’re looking to sip high-quality rums, take a food tour, enjoy free cocktails or taste authentic Puerto Rican cuisine you can do it on the islands. To help you explore the destination through the tongue, here is a food and drink guide to Puerto Rico.
Surrounded by perfect beaches and a calm, rippling Caribbean sea, Fajardo is a water-lover’s escape tucked away in the northeastern corner of Puerto Rico. One of the most beautiful spots on the island, Fajardo and its surrounding area represents seven natural ecosystems including coral reefs, beaches, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and dry forest, as well as being home to a variety of rare and endangered species. All this, a sleepy beach-town feel, and some of the best preserved Spanish-colonial architecture on the island makes Fajardo an idyllic escape from bustling San Juan. If you’ve come to Fajardo to get away, here are some great area day trips that make staying here even more special.
Puerto Rico’s unique history and space in the world give it a culture all its own. A mix of native islanders, Spanish occupation, and a myriad influx of cultures from Chinese to Italian, there are literally hundreds of combining factors that give Puerto Rico this distinct, lively, and colorful culture. If you’re in Puerto Rico looking to get a taste of this signature spice (so to speak) here are 3 ways to do it.
The boom town days of San Juan might be long gone – Puerto Rico has become a resort destination for the rich, famous, and otherwise after all. Thing is, there are still plenty of great things to do for free on the island – you just have to know where to look. Here are some great free things to do in San Juan.
The second largest city in Puerto Rico and home to the municipal government, Ponce has a history all its own. Most historians note the U.S Invasion and the Ponce Massacre as Ponce’s claim to fame, but aside from its historical importance, Ponce has been “On The Move” toward becoming a tourist destination ever since the Ponce en Marcha movement began in 2004. Nowadays, over 1000 buildings have been labeled with historic importance, and the historic downtown Ponce city center has been labeled as one of the 60 of the World’s Greatest Places for its “graciously preserved showcase of Caribbean culture.” What does this mean for you? It means there’s plenty to see and do in this big little town – it’s only a short drive away, and makes for a great day trip from San Juan. Here’s what’s happening in Ponce.
One of the highlights of Old San Juan, Condado or “el Condado” is an upper middle class to wealthy neighborhood that entices tourists year-round. It’s also in Condado that you’ll find many hotels and resorts, and Condado could be, in fact, where you are staying during your time in Puerto Rico – it’s an excellent option. Aside from a hotel zone, there are many things to do in Condado, including the famous Condado Beach, which is well known for its soft sand and proximity to other points of interest. If you’re in San Juan and looking for things to do in Condado, here are some great options.
Many first time visitors to San Juan have only a short time to enjoy their visit. Cruise ships, flight stopovers, and the random sailing adventure all typically use Puerto Rico as a jumping-off point for their Caribbean adventure, and so many turn their heads towards Isla Verde for their beach of choice. Isla Verde is a neighborhood in San Juan, and when naming Isla Verde, people are typically referring to either the Isla Verde Beach or the strip of restaurants, storefronts, hotels and clubs that line the beach’s western end. Both a docile Caribbean strip of sand and a young party zone, where you spend your time in Isla Verde determines what kind of time you’ll have.