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San Juan City Guide: 10 Activities for Cruise Travelers

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San Juan, the vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, boasts a rich tapestry of Spanish colonial history blended with modern Caribbean flair. If you’re embarking on a cruise vacation from this picturesque port city, arriving a couple of days early will allow you to dive deep into historic sites, savor local cuisine, and soak in the vibrant Caribbean charm of this enchanting city.

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10 “Must-Do”s in San Juan Before Setting Sail on Your Cruise Vacation Puerto Rico

  • El Morro Fortress: Standing tall at the tip of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its massive walls and storied past, it offers both a history lesson and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Stroll through Old San Juan: Wander through the cobblestone streets of the city’s historic heart. Admire the Spanish colonial architecture, colorful façades, and iconic blue cobblestones. Key sights include La Fortaleza (the Governor’s Mansion) and San Juan Cathedral.Puerto Rico
  • Enjoy Puerto Rican Cuisine: Before you leave, indulge in traditional dishes like mofongo, arroz con gandules, and pastelillos. Restaurants like La Factoría and El Jibarito come highly recommended.
  • La Placita de Santurce: By day, it’s a traditional market. By night, it transforms into a bustling hub of nightlife with restaurants, bars, and live salsa music.Puerto Rico
  • Paseo de la Princesa: This bay-side promenade is perfect for an evening stroll. It’s lined with trees, gardens, sculptures, and comes alive with local vendors and musicians during weekends.
  • Casa Blanca Museum: Once the ancestral home of the Ponce de León family, today, it stands as a museum showcasing 16th-century colonial life.
  • Bacardí Rum Distillery Tour: Located just outside of San Juan in Cataño, take a ferry ride and then a tour of the world-famous distillery. Learn about the rum-making process and savor a tasting session. Puerto Rico
  • Shop at Calle Fortaleza: This street is renowned for its boutiques, art galleries, and souvenir shops. Pick up a handcrafted vejigante mask or a Panama hat as a memento of your trip. Puerto Rico
  • Relax at Condado Beach: Before you set sail, spend a few hours soaking up the sun on this golden sandy beach. With its turquoise waters and a backdrop of high-rise hotels, it’s a perfect mix of city and seaside. Puerto Rico
  • Capilla del Cristo: Located at the end of Cristo Street, this small chapel holds legends and miracles. It’s a serene stop, and just outside, you’ll find a beautiful view over the city and coast.

San Juan is a city brimming with culture, history, and Caribbean zest. By delving into its many treasures, you’ll set the perfect prelude to your cruise vacation. Bon Voyage!

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Ready to Plan?

If you are ready to explore San Juan, and would like to plan your next cruise from this vibrant Port, or just visit Puerto Rico itself, contact your Love of the Magic Travel Agent today, or email  And of course, whether you want cruise from San Juan or any other Port, or plan at totally different, your LOTMV Travel Advisor will work with you to create the unique experience you’re looking for.

Looking for More of our Cruise Port City Guides?

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A new City Guide comes out each month, so stay tuned!




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