As the capital and largest city in Puerto Rico, San Juan has a long and fascinating history. Today, it’s population reaches just about 400,000 residents, but it’s history reaches back to its founding in 1521.
Now, Puerto Rico is considered to be a territory of the US, which means that US citizens can freely travel back and forth from the island without needing any passport.
The city of San Juan is serviced by the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which is just outside the outskirts of the city itself. The airport is quite busy for its size and is considered to be one of the main hubs of the entire Caribbean.
Cover the History of the City
San Juan is a city that is truly steeped in history. Since it was founded during the colonial expansion days in the 1500s by the Spanish, the island has a very unique Latin flair that makes the island quite fun.
To see the real history of San Juan head to Old San Juan. Just seven or so blocks comprise the area, but it is well over 400 years old, and showcases older buildings and the famous cobblestoned streets of San Juan.
From Old San Juan, head over to the San Juan National Historic Site which actually includes a number of different historical sites like El Morro and San Cristobal. From here visitors are free to wander some of the walls of the fort, the fun turrets, barracks and other grounds. Tourists will see this area is also quite popular with locals, who picnic on the grounds or fly kites during the day.
Discover the Local Cuisine
Another favorite of visitors who visit the area is trying all of the local food and flavors. San Juan has a number of distinct dishes that are fantastic and enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike. A big draw for many is the food served at places like Punto de Vista and Pikayo which serve very traditional Latin American cuisine and has a fantastic old time vibe.