SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Overview of the top things to do in Puerto Rico will have you booking your flight to San Juan. This Puerto Rico 4k video will show you the beauty of the Old San Juan area as well as the forts of Old San Juan, La Perla San Juan, and more.
While many people only go by what they hear on the news, take it from us that power is back up in much of the island, especially where the tourists are. And it is a great place to spend money to help boost their economy after hurricane Maria. Read on for things to do in Puerto Rico.
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TRAVELING TO PUERTO RICO
With it being only a two-and-a-half hour flight from Miami, you could potentially go even for a long weekend. Flights can be anywhere from $200 – $500 round trip depending on what part of the States you are traveling from.
It’s easy to take a taxi from the airport; it will cost between $15-25 depending on how many are in your party and how many bags you have. They do have Uber in the San Juan area and while it will show that you can request an Uber from the airport, you cannot.
WHERE TO STAY IN SAN JUAN
There are many options when asking the question, where to stay in San Juan. If it is your first time in San Juan, stay in Old San Juan. There’s a good amount of boutique hotels and a few chain hotels to choose from in many of the touristy areas. However, we prefer the Airbnb route because we like the feel of living like locals. Renting an Airbnb in Old San Juan is the answer when asking where to stay in San Juan.
TOP THINGS TO DO IN PUERTO RICO
-Forts of Old San Juan
Put your walking shoes on and spend a few hours walking around the forts of Old San Juan. Built in the 1500s, these forts of Old San Juan were primarily used to keep out invading countries and pirates.
-La Perla Puerto Rico
If you’re into photography you cannot pass up the photo opportunities provided by La Perla in Puerto Rico. It sits just feet from the ocean and at the foot of one of the forts of Old San Juan. La Perla is a gem regardless of it not being an upscale neighborhood.
It was put in the spotlight recently by the well-known music video for Despacito.
Well worth a few hours of your day. Only a 5-10 minute ferry ride at $3 round trip. There are a few options of different tours to choose from. Each of them come with a welcome drink at the very least. You can go the less expensive route and just do the historic tour for $15, you can do a tasting tour for $50, or go all out and learn new bartending skills as you do a tasting tour for $60.
It would be hard not to find yourself aimless walking around the streets of Old San Juan simply admiring the character of all the buildings. One street to make sure you get a look at is Calle Fortelaza. At the farthest west end of the street sits the Governors residence (or fortress as it is named). Right before the road ends is a net of kites that add even more unique personality to the already beautiful and historic scene.
RESTAURANTS SAN JUAN
Breakfast and Lunch
-Barrachina: Great Puerto Rican bites in a classy atmosphere! They’re popular so either book in advance or have a drink at the bar while you wait.
-Punto de Vista Rooftop: Views! This place has some of the best views that we’ve seen at any restaurants in San Juan. They are located at the top of Hotel Milano and serve the best Mofongo. Get there early.
-El Picoteo: Perfect for a date night or day-time tapas. It’s mostly outside in a courtyard ambiance. A little pricier but definitely a treat.
-Al Fresco Rooftop Wine Bar
-La Sombrilla Rosa
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