San Juan, Puerto Rico Getaway

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  • San Juan

  • Puerto Rico

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Coastal

  • Foodie

  • Outdoors

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A Caribbean island getaway with a rich cultural history, stunning beaches, beautiful nature, colorful and unique architecture, traditional foods and lots of adventure. The San Juan way of life will inspire you to return again and again.

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Things to do in Puerto Rico

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Spend a day in Old San Juan

Historical monuments, iconic and unique architecture, colorful streets, traditional foods and the best sunset on the island. For the best viewpoint, head to Puerta de San Juan.


Relax at the most beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean (north) or the Caribbean Sea (south). Go snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking or surfing, or take a boat tower to the nearest island. Don’t miss a night tour of the Bioluminescent Bay.

Day trip to El Yunque

Puerto Rico’s only tropical rainforest, the most biologically diverse and most studied forest in the US National Forest System.

El Yunque offers hiking trails, hidden swimming holes and simply amazing nature.

You can visit some parts of El Yunque freely, but others will require a reservation in advance for access to the main recreation area.

Places to eat & drink in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico Getaway  - Places to eat & drink

San Juan

Orozcos Restaurant: Long-running eatery serving traditional local dishes in a down-to-earth atmosphere.

Santuella: Chic restaurant serving tapas, mains and creative cocktails in an industrial-style space.

Cocina Abierta: Cosmopolitan restaurant serving innovative tasting menus, wine pairings and cocktails.

Casita Marimar: Vibrant, colorful venue with outdoor dining serving inventive Puerto Rican dishes and craft cocktails.

La Casita Blanca: Cute little white house with the antique decor of a typical Puerto Rican household. Offering traditional food with cocktails and beer.

Old San Juan

Barrachina: The birthplace of the Pina Colada. Traditional indoor-outdoor venue serving Puerto Rican specialties and familiar international cuisine.

Puerto Criollo: The cooking style of Puerto Rican cuisine created by the Spanish colonists, featuring traditional recipes made with local Caribbean ingredients.

Marmelade: Stylish restaurant featuring an international menu with creative plates, plus cocktails and wine.


Pio Pio Champagne Bar: Serving unique wines, small-batch cocktails and tasty bites from caviar to morcilla in a vibrant, luxe and comfy space.

La Factoria: Cocktails and classic bar bites dished up in a bustling hangout with a rustic-chic vibe.

Los 3 Cuernos: A lively restaurant/bar located in the heart of Old San Juan. Enjoy an authentic nightlife experience with fun decor, inexpensive drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to San Juan and our longer series on travel to Puerto Rico.