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Why fly to San Juan?
Oh Puerto Rican food! Yes that is enough of a reason to head to San Juan since the chefs in the city make some of the most delectable Puerto Rican dishes you will ever taste. The food is hearty and full of flavor like Pastelon, which is a plantain and beef lasagna or something as simple as rice and pigeon peas served up in a traditional San Juan restaurant as the sun softens and you sit back and take in the pastel light while savoring a small bowl of goodness.
Beyond the food of course is the absolute charm of Puerto Rico's capital city which sings of its sun-worn past and yet is still quite at home in the today.
Old San Juan is a Puerto Rican treasure with blue cobblestone streets and buildings dating back to the 16th century with strong Spanish influences. The site itself still has parts of the old fortress walls intact.
Arts and culture are vibrant in the city and museums like the Puerto Rican Museum of Contemporary Art are worht a visit to understand the city's past and new vibe.
Music is a big part of life in San Juan and the traditional sounds ring of the city's Spanish and African past. This also means there are numerous live music venues and dance clubs.
There is so much to see and do in San Juan, from hiking the rain forests or exploring the caves that dot the islands. You can also go rappeling down waterfall or ziplining.
Of course, you are in the Caribbean so you should give yourself at least a day to lay out on the beach and take in the sun and sand and cool down with an umbrella drink. A trip to San Juan can be as adventurous as you want it to be or as relaxing an island vacation you've ever had
San Juan Weather
San Juan has a lovely tropical climate that is warm throughout the year. The summers are quite hot with temperatures in the high 30s. The winters are a little lighter and cool as San Juan residents would say but for travellers they are still quite balmy with numbers in the teens.
When to fly to San Juan
Summers are popular for beach vacations and the December through March period receives a high number of visitors escaping cool climates. Flights are especially pricey during July, August, December and March.
You can snare some good deals in October and November since official vacation time for many folks in Western countries is over.
Getting into San Juan
Your flight will land in Aeropuerto International Luis Munoz Marin which is just 20 minutes outside of San Juan. Your transportation options include taxi, minibus or shuttle, and if you've booked a hotel you're likely set as transportation will be arranged (this of course depends on the type of lodging you've booked).
Getting around San Juan
If you want to do it like the locals then hop on a public bus. If your adventurous spirit would prefer to hold back on transportation then shuttle transfers from hotels and taxis are a great choice. There is also a trolley service that you can use to get around the center.
- Go mountain climbing with added benefits. El Yunique is a rainforest situated in the soft mountains of the city and is an amazing escape to the land of waterfalls and singing birds.
- Take a tour of the Puerto Rican Academy of fine arts for a wonderful glimpse of young art at its inception. The building itself was a mental hospital in the 1800s.
- Head to the Museo de Arte for a unique glimpse of art that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Puerto Rican art is unique, inspiring and oh-so secretive. Take home a few prints to hang on your walls and inspire dinner conversations of your San Juan sojourn.
- Taste a bit of rugged history with an exploration of the Camuy Caves. This site goes on for miles and is home to wall graphics that may have been the beginning of modern day graffiti in San Juan.
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