Puerto Rico is a charming Caribbean island unlike all others in that it is a United States territory. Its capital, San Juan, is among the many cities of the island that celebrate the vibrant culture and old-world elegance of their Spanish roots.
During the French Revolutionary Wars, the British attacked Puerto Rico but were forced to withdraw. At the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, an armistice was signed by President William McKinley and the French ambassador who was acting on behalf of the Spanish government. With the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded the island to the United States. Prior to World War I and World War II, Camp Las Casas, located in Santurce, was the primary training camp for Puerto Rican soldiers who became the 65th Infantry Regiment of the US Army. Following the war, in 1956, the soldiers were transferred to the Puerto Rico National Guard.
The weather in San Juan makes it a wonderful place to visit and vacation. The average annual temperature is 81F (27C), with highs ranging from 83-89F (28-32C) and lows of 72-78F (22-26C). These are averages, though, so depending on the time of year, a light jacket may be called for when the temperature drops to 60F (16C).
There are a wealth of activities awaiting visitors to San Juan. A visit to Old San Juan will take you back in time as you walk the cobblestone streets and admire the Spanish Colonial architecture of the buildings. The homes here are painted in vibrant colors that celebrate the island’s past and its rich culture. A good way to see the sights is with our San Juan Explore Historic Sites Walking Excursion. Almost everywhere one might go to Old San Juan, there are stunning views of the water, and the waterfront itself is an exciting place to visit. The food, the festive atmosphere, and the romantic feel of this area are magical. Pay a visit to one of the many restaurants, take salsa dancing lessons, or walk through some of the historic churches or forts.
Centuries-old forts offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the opportunity to explore the tunnels, dungeons, and barracks. The San Juan National Historic site has several forts, one of which is San Felipe del Morro. Wander the six levels, each with something unique to see. Walk around the grounds and enjoy the feel of the trade winds blowing across your skin. Some will say that the one activity you must try here is flying a kite. Another popular fort is La Fortaleza, which was the first defensive fortification built for the city. Today, the complex has some ancillary buildings that provide living quarters and private quarters for the governor of Puerto Rico. You can get a unique view of the sights on the San Juan Bay Sightseeing Big Boat Excursion.
There are a number of museums to discover, including the Pablo Casals Museum and the National Gallery that have historic items and artwork on display, as well as contemporary art. There is even the Bacardi Distillery where guests can enjoy a number of tours such as a historical tour or a tasting tour to learn the history of the distillery and the Bacardi family, the history of classic cocktails, the production process, and even the history of pirates on the island.
For those looking for more adventure, we offer the San Juan Canopy and Zipline Excursion Adventure or experience the unique San Juan Private Inshore Tarpon Fishing Charter Excursion. A vacation on a Caribbean island would not be complete for some without a trip to the beach, of which there are several. Condado Beach is more trendy and has several water sports and loungers with umbrellas. An occasional celebrity can even be spotted. In contrast, Ocean Park is very laid back and a favorite of the locals. It is a beautiful beach with golden, soft sand that blends in with the striking range of blues in the water.
Puerto Rico is a land of enchantment that certainly has something to satisfy every desire.
Fun Fact: Old San Juan is the old historical section of the city of San Juan. It is a tiny island that is linked to the island of Puerto Rico by 3 bridges.