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Puerto Rico 3/09

Destination(s): San Juan

Visiting all the Hot Spots

Vieques

Vieques

  • Vieques Island
  • tel:+1 787 724 4788 (Tourist Information)
  • Vieques Island

A trip to Vieques is a vacation in itself. Vieques is larger, more populated, and incredibly more lush than its sister island Culebra. Vieques made national headlines in 2000 when locals repeatedly clashed with the US Navy, which had long used select portions of the island for bombing drills. The Navy officially left the island in 2001, and many areas are still being cleaned up, but as yet, the island is still not extensively overdeveloped. Lodging options range from upscale resorts, to modest guesthouses, to camping at the Sun Bay public beach. Vieques has terrific swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, and scuba. Visitors can explore indigenous ruins, and should not miss a swim in the bioluminescent bay. On weekends, the funky strip in Esperanza hops with a vibrant island groove. read more about Vieques

Vieques' Beaches

Vieques' Beaches

  • Route 997
  • tel:+1 787 741 8198 (Campground info at Sun Bay)
  • Visit website
  • Vieques Island
Boqueron Public Beach

Boqueron Public Beach

The Boquerón public beach is a favorite vacation destination for locals and boaters. Boquerón is on the true Caribbean side of the island, so the waters here are calm and clear, and the attitude here (as in nearby Guanica and Cabo Rojo) is distinctly more islander. As the locals say, "the west side is the best side." At night, the cozy, funky square of hotels, restaurants, and bars alongside the harbor jumps alive. Stroll through the streets, but stop to dance, sip piña coladas, and slurp down fresh clams. Boquerón is a gay and lesbian friendly area, and many of the establishments are gay and lesbian owned. read more about Boqueron Public Beach

Bacardí Rum Distillery

Bacardí Rum Distillery

  • Route 165, Km. 2.6
  • Bay View Industrial Park
  • Visit website
  • Cataño, 00962

The world famous rum distillery is a quick jaunt from Old San Juan. The facilities are the largest in the world. Visitors can take a guided tour and witness the entire distillation process, from fermentation to bottling. There is a family museum and gift shop on premises. Of course, the best reason to take the tour may be the free Bacardi rum drinks offered at the end. read more about Bacardí Rum Distillery

Capilla del Cristo Chapel

Capilla del Cristo Chapel

  • Parque de las Palomas
  • Calle Cristo
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400 (Tourist Information)
  • San Juan, 00901
Fort Conde de Mirasol Museum

Fort Conde de Mirasol Museum

  • Isabel Segunda
  • tel:+1 787 741 1717
  • Vieques Island, 00662
La Placita

La Placita

  • Parada 18, between Ponce de Leon and Baldorioty de Castro
  • tel:+1 787 723 8022
  • San Juan, 00907

Tucked into a residential neighborhood between Ponce de Leon Ave. and Baldorioty de Castro, day or night this is a great place for local food and flavor. The market is open M-S from 7 am to 6pm; pick up some local fruit and sip on fresh coconut water. On Thursday and Friday nights, locals pack the streets and bars in droves, and there are frequent concerts by local artists. read more about La Placita

Guánica Dry Forest

Guánica Dry Forest

  • Off Highway 2
  • (Rt 333 to RT 334 and follow signs)
  • tel:+1 787 821 5706
  • Visit website
  • Guánica, 00653

Guánica Dry Forest is a vast and tranquil natural preserve dominated by cacti, low canopies, and hundreds of bird species. Guánica is primarily a nature and bird-watcher's paradise. Tucked away in the southeast corner of the island, the forest's many trails are rarely traversed by locals or tourists, and are great for non-strenuous peaceful hikes. Bring plenty of water and mosquito repellent, and afterwards head to nearby beaches at Cabo Rojo or Boquerón to cool off. read more about Guánica Dry Forest

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory

Casa del Libro

Casa del Libro

  • End of Norzagaray St., in the Ballaja building across from El Morro, local MN, 3rd floor
  • Old San Juan
  • tel:+1 787 723 0354
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901
Bosque Nacional del Caribe - El Yunque

Bosque Nacional del Caribe - El Yunque

  • Route 191 Km 4.2 (visitor's center)
  • PO Box 13490
  • tel:+1 787 888 1810
  • Visit website
  • Río Grande, 00721

El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the greater U.S. It is only a 45-minute drive from Old San Juan, and a stone's throw away from Luquillo Beach and the island's mammoth resorts, the Westin Rio Mar and El Conquistador. Numerous tour groups offer transportation and guided tours, but most trails are paved, well maintained, and easily self-guided. The popular trails vary in degree of strenuousness, and take 45 minutes to 2 hours to cover. Visitors can swim at La Mina Falls, the most picturesque trail, or ascend into the clouds on the El Yunque trail. The more adventurous can obtain trail maps and camping permits from park services. read more about Bosque Nacional del Caribe - El Yunque

Casa Don Q

Casa Don Q

  • Cruise ship docks, across from Pier 1 on the Old San Juan Waterfront, just a block away from the Casita Information Center.
  • tel:17879771720
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901
El Yunque & Bosques Estatales hiking

El Yunque & Bosques Estatales hiking

  • El Yunque & Bosques Estatales
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400
  • El Yunque & Bosques Estatales
Puerta de San Juan

Puerta de San Juan

La Fortaleza

La Fortaleza

  • Calle Recinto Oeste
  • tel:+1 787 721 7000 / +1 787 721 2211 / +1 787 721 2358
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 901
Casa Alcaldía

Casa Alcaldía

  • 153 Calle San Francisco
  • North Side of Plaza de Armas
  • tel:+1 787 724 7171 x2391
  • San Juan, 00901
San Juan Cathedral

San Juan Cathedral

  • Calle Cristo, across from the Hotel El Convento and el Museo del Nino
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901

For Puerto Rico vacationers who are staying in San Juan, the Botanical Gardens give visitors a taste of the diverse tropical flora and fauna found on the island. read more about San Juan Cathedral

San Cristobal Fort

San Cristobal Fort

  • Corner of San Francisco and Norzagaray, across from Plaza del Colon
  • San Juan National Historic Site
  • tel:+1787-729 6960
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901
Plaza del Totem

Plaza del Totem

  • Plaza del Quinto Centenario
  • Old San Juan
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400
  • San Juan
Parque de las Palomas (Pigeon's Park)

Parque de las Palomas (Pigeon's Park)

  • Paseo de la Princesa
  • Old San Juan
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400
  • San Juan, 00901
Paseo de la Princesa

Paseo de la Princesa

  • Paseo de la Princesa
  • tel:+1 787 721 2400
  • San Juan, 00902
Fort San Felipe del Morro

Fort San Felipe del Morro

  • 501 Norzagaray
  • tel:+1787 729 6960
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901

The fort was constructed by the Spanish beginning in 1540 to serve as the first barrier for ships entering the Caribbean. "El Morro" is now a UNESCO world heritage site, and every bit as imposing and majestic today as it was during Spanish rule. The fort and the expansive lawn leading up to it offer many great vantage points for photos of San Juan Bay, La Isla de Cabra, Calle Norzagaray, and the old cemetery adjacent to La Perla. Inside the fort explore old military living quarters and dungeons. Outside El Morro, cool off with a piragua (flavored shaved ice), and join locals spreading out blankets and flying kites on the grass lawn in front. read more about Fort San Felipe del Morro

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

  • Calle San Jose
  • tel:+378 787 721 2400 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901
Catedral de San Juan

Catedral de San Juan

  • 153 Calle Cristo
  • Old San Juan
  • tel:+1 787 722 0861
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901
Museo Pablo Casals

Museo Pablo Casals

  • 101 Calle San Sebastián
  • Plaza San Jose
  • tel:+1 787 723 9185
  • Visit website
  • San Juan, 00901