Colonial History

El Morro Explore this magnificent fort to get a sense of a soldier's life in colonial times.

Fuerte San Cristóbal An Unesco World Heritage Site, this fort has tunnels, moats and bridges, plus a fascinating military museum.

Museo de las Américas Learn about the confluence of indigenous, African and European cultures in the Americas.

Museo de San Juan Located in San Juan's original marketplace, this museum showcases the city's 500-year history.

La Fortaleza Tour the oldest – and longest operating – executive mansion in the western hemisphere.

Plaza de Armas A hub of activity, this charming plaza is home to several colonial-era buildings.

Beaches

Balneario Escambrón A palm-fringed beach with soft sand, surf breaks and views of Old San Juan.

Playa Ocean Park A local favorite, this broad beach has reef-protected waters and trade winds that keep kitesurfers happy.

Playa Isla Verde Lined with resorts and high-end condos, this gorgeous mile-long beach is popular with the jet set.

Playa Condado This dramatic beach has crashing surf and rocky outcrops, and is known for its gay-friendly vibe.

Live Music

Nuyorican Café Live salsa music fills the air (and the dance floor) at this San Juan hot spot.

La Placita de Santurce Marketplace by day, street party by night, live bands keep people dancing into the wee hours.

La Respuesta This art hub doubles as a popular concert venue, featuring R&B musicians to headbangers.

El Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A Ferré The Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra makes its home in this modern complex.

El San Juan Hotel Lobby Bars Listen to live music every night of the week, from classical guitarists to merengue bands.

Art

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Home of some of Puerto Rico's most celebrated works of art, dating from the 17th century.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico The permanent collection here reflects the commonwealth's modern day struggles and solutions.

C787 Studios Set in a neighborhood draped in murals, this gallery features work by emerging local artists.

Espacio Emergente Admire works by up-and-coming artists and even meet the creatives themselves.

Museo de Oller Works by impressionist Francisco Oller and other celebrated Boricua artists are featured in this Bayamón museum.

Festivals

Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián Join the weeklong party that takes over the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan every January.

Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol Afro-Puerto Rican culture is celebrated during this five-day festival in neighboring Loíza.

Festival Casals Three weeks of concerts by renowned classical musicians has made this festival a hit since the '50s.

Puerto Rico JazzFest Latin jazz fans flock to this festival where some of the Caribbean's finest musicians perform.

Culinary Festival Foodies head to Old San Juan for this biannual festival showcasing the city’s best eats.

Puerto Rico Queer Filmfest The Caribbean's largest LGBTQ film festival screens films from near and far, celebrating difference and acceptance.