Why to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico
Whether for a getaway or for longer vacations, Puerto Rico(PR) represents a great destination, for many reasons:
- Puerto Rico enjoys year around summer temperatures, an average annual temperature of 80°F (26°C). The peak tourist season is between December and April, but this has more to do with the climate in U.S. mainland than anything else. July and August represents another peak tourist seasons. The best time to avoid the crowds is the low season between May and November.
- Beautiful white sand beaches, history, friendly people, amount of direct flights to and from PR.
- You can travel the island from east to west in 3 hours. 85% of tourists stay in San Juan, because of its beauty, and because it is easy from San Juan to visit other areas of PR.
- Americans don’t need passports or International Driver’s Licenses to visit PR.
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US and uses the dollar.
- Liquor Laws
You must be 18 years old to purchase liquor in stores or buy drinks in hotels, bars, and restaurants. A municipal statute forbids alcohol consumption on the streets of many cities, like San Juan. It is illegal to operate motor vehicle at or above .08 blood alcohol level.
Every year, each town celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include crafts, music, food, parades and religious processions. Festivals featuring something special about each town is celebrated, like the San Sebastian Street Festival, the Ponce Carnival, and the Aibonito Flower Festival, among many others.
- In San Juan and its surroundings, we have spectacular places to visit where you will spend the vacation of your dream without breaking the bank account. Dreams Hotel Puerto Rico is a wonderful option without breaking the bank.
Old San Juan:
- San Juan has a lot of history, since the time of the Spanish. Impressive forts, castles, churches, streets with cobblestones, spectacular architecture.
You will also find the American influence that is part of PR since 1898, in structures such as the Capitol Building and other structures that have been built after that date.
- In Old San Juan, you will find many restaurants with a great variety of food, typical, Mexican, Spanish, fast food, or gourmet food. Do not forget to try our “mofongo” stuffed with shrimp, meat or chicken.
- In San Juan are the cruise ship docks, where we receive Royal Caribbean cruises, Carnival, Disney Cruise, among many other famous cruises in the world.
- In Old San Juan, you will find the Escambron beach, a white sand beach, with palm trees, so that the sun does not mistreat you too much. On this beach, you will find an old fort that date back to the time of the Spanish. Visit him. You will get beautiful photos.
- You will find in your visit carts selling cold desserts, “piraguas” and ice cream in various corners. Piraguas; striped ice, to which are added different flavors of fruits like, orange, strawberry, grape, mango, passion fruits and plenty of delicious flavors.
- Do not forget to wear comfortable shoes for the visit to Old San Juan. The cobblestones are irregular in shape and walking with heels is difficult. Do not forget that there is a free trolley that will take you around the Walled City, which will facilitate your visit to this area.
- From the cruise pier, you can go by ferry to Cataño City, on the other side of the bay.
- There you can visit the Bacardi distillery, one of the best-selling rums in the world.
- You will also find in Cataño, activities for children, restaurants.
- On Sundays, many activities are held in Cataño for the enjoyment of adults and children.
- The view from the ferry to San Felipe del Morro Castle is spectacular. Take your camera for this tour. It is worth spending .50 cents on the ferry to Cataño, beautiful view.
Historic places to visit in Old San Juan
- “San Felipe del Morro Fort”
- “San Cristobal Fort”
- The walls of San Juan.
- Capitol Building
- Santa Catalina Castle
- Cristo Chapel
- Princesa Prision
- “Paseo la Princesa”
- San Jose Church
- Casa Blanca
- Gate of San Juan and lot more.
Some good restaurants in Old San Juan
- Vaca Brava
- Princesa Gastro-Bar
- Toro Salao
- La Bombonera
- Al Dente
Night Live in Old San Juan
- Nuyorican Café
- Senor Frog
- Latin Roots
- La Factoria
- El Batey
This article has been written by Elena Pagan of Dreams Hotel Puerto Rico.