Introducing San Juan
Established in 1521, San Juan is the second-oldest European-founded settlement in the Americas and the oldest under US jurisdiction. Shoehorned onto a tiny islet that guards the entrance to San Juan harbor, the atmospheric old town juxtaposes historical authenticity with pulsating modern energy in a seven-square-block grid of streets that was inaugurated almost a century before the Mayflower laid anchor in present-day Massachusetts.
Beyond its timeworn 15ft-thick walls, San Juan is far more than a dizzying collection of well-polished colonial artifacts – it’s also a mosaic of ever-evolving neighborhoods. There’s seen-it-all Condado, where Cuba’s 24-hour gambling party got washed up in the early 1960s; tranquil Ocean Park with its gated villas and strategically located B&Bs; gritty Santurce, relaunched with art galleries after a two-decades-long depression; and swanky Isla Verde, awash with luxurious resort hotels and kitsch casinos.
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Caguas Cultural Day Trip from San Juan Including Botanical Garden and Lunch
If you’re interested in learning about Puerto Rico’s cultural history, this day trip to the city of Caguas will delight you! Just 20 miles (32 km) south of San Juan, Caguas is home to two unique cultural activities th...