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Culture Hopping in San Juan

San Juan's Culinary Scene

San Juan has quickly risen to the culinary capital of the Caribbean thanks to its array of inventive dining options, from locavore favorites to high-end gastronomy. Check out the Asian-inspired dishes at Budatai or mingle with the locals who flock to La Casita Blanca for its authentic, fresh food.

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History

Once the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire in the Americas, San Juan still retains its historic charm. From the cobblestone streets of this walled UNESCO World Heritage Site to the breathtaking castles and forts like El Moro, you'll fall in love with its otherworldly beauty.

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Culture

Culture is everywhere in Puerto Rico, from the historic streets of Old San Juan to the halls of its many museums, which offer a rich mix of European classics and iconic Afro-Caribbean pieces. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is a must, where you’ll take an extensive look back at the Island’s history through the work of its best artists, plus pop into its blissful back garden — the only one within the city.

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Shopping

From the high end couture of Gucci and Louis Vuitton to vintage Caribbean styles and jewelry made by talented local artisans, San Juan is a shopping mecca. Be sure to hit the one-of-kind shops flanking the atmospheric side streets of Old San Juan, and don’t forget the beachfront boutiques from every boldfaced designer in glamorous Condado.

Old San Juan

Historic charm abounds along the iconic blue cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the UNESCO protected soul of this exciting city. Embark on an Old San Juan Heritage Walking Tour, where you can learn about the “cradle of the New World” while strolling past vibrantly colored colonial homes and checking out dramatic castles during sunset and candle light excursions.

Hotels

Whether you prefer luxurious beachfront resorts, hip boutique hotels or cute “paradores” tucked away on cobblestone streets, you’ll find it all in San Juan. Old world charm blends seamlessly with modern amenities and world-class service, making this Caribbean city a must visit on any jet-setters travel list.

Cocktails

In addition to its culinary scene, Puerto Rico’s cocktail culture is thriving. And nowhere is that more evident than in San Juan. Hit one of the numerous cocktail lounges and salsa clubs in this picturesque city, or indulge in a memorable rum or distillery tour — Puerto Rico is, after all, the world’s top purveyor of this popular spirit!

Sail San Juan Bay

One of the best ways to view San Juan and its many charms is from the bow of a boat. Explore the bay on a sailboat (tours are available), where you’ll be able to take in the New World wonder of this historic city, not to mention the natural beauty of coral communities and mangrove forests populating the San Juan Bay Estuary.

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