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  • San JuanPro 2014
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    San Juan is so picturesque. SO many colors everywhere, and historic old buildings all around. It was a dream. Old San Juan is very walkable, with many things to do and see. Ask the locals for the best Puero Rican restaurant rather than eating near the tourist traps. And go to one of the old forts. So much history!

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    Skip the party at the beach and head into the center of San Juan, which is technically the oldest city under U.S. control, for an incredible spring break. The historic Old San Juan is chock-full of colorful houses, landmark attractions, and stately museums, plus plenty of restaurants serving traditional Puerto Rican Creole cooking. At night, dig into the local music scene, where bars and restaurants host myriad groups playing everything from traditional folk music to salsa to reggaeton.

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  • San JuanPro 2014
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    The gateway to PR, San Juan is not bad for a big city. Public Transportation around the city is decent, cabs are plentiful, and once you understand the layout of the city, it's easy to get around. Different areas suit different needs - culture, family, party, quiet, and once you leave the city, easy to find nature and escapes. It's a city, but as cities go, it's not terrible.

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    I have gone twice, once for water polo and once on a cruise. I loved the city! I went to the beach and had an incredible time surfing and lounging. I went to the jungle and went zip lining. I also went a little outside of town to explore and found amazing beaches and local trinket shops. Overall I had a great experience and would definitely go back. During the summer it rains a lot so be prepared.

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  • San JuanPro 2014
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    Old San Juan is great to wander!
    It's really colorful and photo opp's are abundant.
    The bar El Batey is full of local flavor and really fun!
    I'm not sure exactly how much free time you'll have but a day trip to Vieques (via ferry) is the most unbelievable! Stunning!!!

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    One of my favorite vacations. The rain forest is incredible. and a must. The water is absolutely gorgeous. Kids found sand dollars and live seahorses. The waterfalls are worth the hike to see and swim in freezing waters. The food was great and the people friendly and helpful. Spanish being first language here. Won't disappoint!!!!

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    Noisy and most places are crowded. The Oceanfront scenery and the beaches are picture-perfect. Want to go back,soon.

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  • San JuanPro 2014
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    I always enjoy San Juan whether it is for an extended visit, a stopover at the airport or a port of call, there is always something to do, see, touch, taste, experience. It is a wonderful city full of great historic charm and incredible food.

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    Old San Juan seemed a bit sketchy at night. At the urging of some friends we went to Raices for some mofungo, which is a native comfort food. Needless to say I wasn't particularly impressed by it. The fort looked neat, but unfortunately we didn't have time to check it out. The Bacardi Rum Distillery is a must see.

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  • San Juan

    Old San Juan, with its cobblestone streets, is very nice to walk around and get a feel for the people and culture of Puerto Rico.

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    Old San Juan is partying!!! December 6-9, 2012 ~ culinary fest. So many people. So much fun. Food stands, live music, etc. We just stumbled upon it but why not! 2 for $5 peronis and cocktails are just $5 and you can drink on the streets. Fun fun times!

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  • San Juan

    Puerto Rico is best experienced with a Puerto Rican. The optimum would be staying at Mami's house and eating her food and having someone drive you around cause traffic is ok but no good drivers, traffic signals are more a suggestion than the norm and this ranks #25 as the most dangerous cities in 2011. Most homicides are drug or passion related, so you probably survive but tourists as everywhere in Latin America beware of thieves. This can be a great city, a tourist trap or an awful experience. Top attractions: Old San Juan, El Morro, Condado Beach Casino, la ventana al mar. Don't expect great food except for a few local spots. Gas and clothing are relatively cheap, plaza las America's is a huge shopping with lots of people from everywhere and hosting some of the worlds most beautiful women.

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  • San Juan

    One of the greatest place to go. Very lovely andit has so many tourist thing to do. People where so nice plan on going back.

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    Stay in the Condado area where there are wonderful restaurants serving local dishes and gorgeous beaches.

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  • San Juan

    Whether you like the beach, hiking or just enjoying the streets of Old San Juan - a cheap, long weekend getaway is San Juan, Puerto Rico. Stay on the beach for perfect weather and suntan. Then rent a car to go to El Yunque Rain Forest. At night, head to Old San Juan for music and drinks. Be sure to return to Old San Juan during the day to see the colorful buildings and historic sites. The only downfall is -- spring is a little bit rainy.

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  • San Juan
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    Has the feel of another country with the convenience of being almost American. There are many things to do on this small island off the mainland U.S. I would suggest catching a tour of the Bacardi distillery, if you are there in Dec. be sure to check out the Festival De Bacardi, which is held on the grounds surrounding the Bacardi plant. Old San Juan is a must see, with it's old forts, and traditional Spanish buildings and sights. There are several natural sites not to be missed, Puerto Rico holds the only Rain forest within the USA parks system, and there are also many beautiful beaches to soak up some sun, and to catch some awesome waves. Don't forget to seek out the cave adventures on the inner part of the island, and save some time to see the worlds largest radio antenna which has been featured in several Hollywood movies. The food all over the island is some of the best I've had, and don't be afraid to try the many road side stands you pass in the country-side. Often times these offer the best food on the island. If you have extra days to explore, take a ferry or short plane ride to the neighboring Viequez, which is a smaller island off the eastern coast of the main island. There are many quaint rooms and inns on the island, and it holds a unique experience that can only be found in a few spots around the world. There is a bio-luminescent bay here, several companies offer night time voyages here and the experience is once in a lifetime. You can swim or kayak in this bay, and eith every stroke of your body or boat oars, the plankton in the water react by emitting a bright neon blue glow, which causes your body to glow in the dark. This coupled with many delicious local restaurants, awe inspiring sunsets, and friendly locals makes this island a must stop for anyone traveling to Puerto Rico.

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  • San Juan

    Awesome

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    Love it, truly no worries when in PR, will be returning soon.

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    I could live here!

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    beautiful ♡

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The city of San Juan in Puerto Rico is first and foremost the oldest city under the dominion of the United States. Dating back some five hundred years, this city of over 400,000 is made up of several districts centered around one of the best harbors in the Caribbean. With a perfect tropical climate, beaches of the most pure white sand, and a colorful and unique architectural flair, San Juan and its surrounding area has a tremendous amount to offer, both uniquely Caribbean and American. Old San Juan is the historic district of the city and is home to several museums and historic attractions. Hato Rey, which is considered the commercial center of San Juan, is home to the areas biggest mall, the Plaza las Americas, with largest Sears and JC Penney’s in the world.

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