5 Exciting Things You Have To Do In San Juan, Puerto Rico
On my last cruise ship contract, San Juan Puerto Rico was a stop that we made frequently and it quickly became one of my favorite ports! I’ve been itching to get back to San Juan to explore more of its beautiful beaches, amazing food and everything else it has to offer!
How long should you spend in San Juan?
You could easily spend a whole week exploring all of San Juan, but if you don’t have that long then I think a long weekend is the perfect amount of time.
How to get around San Juan
There are many ways to get around San Juan. If you plan to stay in old San Juan, you can easily walk to many parts of the city. If you want to venture out a bit farther it may be a good idea to rent a car so you can explore the island at your own pace! Taxis are another great way to get around, but there is no Lyft and very limited amounts of Uber available.
5 Exciting things to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico
BACARDI DISTILLERY TOUR
From mixology classes to rum tasting to grounds tours, there’s something fun for everyone at Casa Bacardi! Situated right next to the waterfront, lined with tall trees and bright green grass the distillery is worth it just for the beauty. And if that’s not enough, you also get a free welcome drink with your tour. Honestly, what’s better than a warm day and rum cocktails?
We decided to do the classic rum tasting where we got a full tour of the grounds, learned about the rum and then got to try six different rums!
Be sure to book your Bacardi tour in advance
VISIT THE EL MORRO FORT
The construction of the fort began way back in 1539 to protect the city from Pirates! Yes, pirates and other foreign invaders! With 18 foot thick walls, dungeons, barracks, outposts, ramps, and tunnels this fort is a sight to see. Try to place yourself back in time and imagine what it would really be like to fight against your enemies in a fort like that! It’s insane right?!
I’m a total history nerd so I loved seeing the El Morro fort and learning all about it. There is also the San Cristobal Fort which protects the city from the other direction and is definitely worth checking out as well! The forts are operated by the U.S National Park Service, so there is a $7 fee to get into both forts!
Guys, this bar is so cool!! It was one of my favorite spots so I just had to add it in as one of the 5 exciting things to do San Juan. When you first get there it might not look like much, but this bar is 6 in 1! Each hour a new bar opens and you can move on to the next. Each one is themed differently and have different food, drinks, and design than the one before. My favorite was the second bar, which is a wine bar. It has some seriously delicious food, not just your average bar snacks and yummy wine to match!
What better place to have a Pina Colada than where it was invented?? Barrachina is the home of this tropical drink and was first made in 1963! I’ll be honest, they’re pretty bomb. They also have some of the best mofongo we tried while in San Juan. Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish made up mostly of plantain. It is so so good!
This wouldn’t be a guide to San Juan without a trip to the iconic Fortaleza street! Pink, purple, green and yellow umbrellas float above you in this art installation. The umbrellas were added to bring color back to Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. At the end of the street, there is the 16th-century governor’s mansion which has housed every governor of Puerto Rico!
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