USA / Puertorico

San Juan

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San Juan de Puerto Rico

San Juan is the capital of the unincorporated territory of the USA, Puerto Rico. We are in the archipelago of the Greater Antilles, between US Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic. Spanish colonialists founded the city in 1521, after Christopher Columbus arrival in 1493. Therefore, it’s the third oldest European capital in the Americas (after Santo Domingo and Panama City).

The Island of Puerto Rico was acquired by United States in 1898, after the Spanish-American war. In this way it became the world oldest colony.

Its architecture is the result of an exotic mix: colonial style together with Latin American and Caribbean influences. Therefore Puerto Ricans are characterized by being cheerful, open and romantic.

The best experience for first timer is to definitely get lost in the old town, discovering Puerto Rico ancient culture.

What to see & what to do

San Juan is unique in its colorful streets and with its welcoming people. The narrow streets of the Old Town and the magnificent fortresses overlook the sea. Beautiful beaches are a prerogative of the island too. But unless you are an expert of Old San Juan, we suggest to dedicate time to walk and discover its urban corners.

Beaches

Condado Beach

10 min car from the cruise port. Condado beach is located quite close to the cruise port, facing north. Due to its exposure, sometimes the water results to be rough, but only during windy days. Being a popular public beach, it's typically busy and sometimes crowded. Lots of bar and restaurant are in the area, other than hotels and residential area for tourists. Sun chairs are for rent with a small charge.

El Escambron Beach

5 min car from the cruise port. "Balneario" El Escambron is the closest beach to the Old Town. It's often uncrowded, while most of the people gather usually at the more popular Condado and Isla Verde. As the other famous beaches of Puerto Rico, there are lifeguards, restrooms, rental stands, bars and a parking lot if you rent your own transportation.

Isla Verde Beach

15 min by car from the cruise port. This large and wide sandy beach is one of the top choices in San Juan. It's equipped with free showers and toilets and constantly assisted by lifeguards. The beach is mostly considered really neat and clean even if it's quite busy. Some seaweeds are sometimes in the water. Restaurants and bar are readily available. If you get by a rented car, for the park is 5$ charge.

Park & Landmarks

El Morro Lighthouse

10 min by car or 20 min walk from the cruise port. If you love sightseeing spots with legendary story and unique landscapes, this is a place not to be missed in San Juan. If you have never been in San Juan before, we strongly suggest to skip the beach day and come here.

History & Culture

Castillo San Cristóbal

5 min by car or 10 min walking. This is the biggest fortification ever built in the new world by the Spanish. Thanks to its dimensions, when it was built it meant to protect the city of San Juan from land based attacks. The city was wrapped by this fort and it was accessible only through the gates of San Cristobal.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro

20 min walk or 10 min by car from the cruise port. Known as "El Morro" it was built between the 16th and 18th century. It's located on the northwestern point of Old San Juan, in a way to originally protect the entrance of San Juan harbor. From 1983 El Morro is a World Heritage Site. It cannot be missed during a visit of Old San Juan. A pleasant walk gives the opportunity to access the old fort and enjoy the view from its majestic walls.

Old San Juan

5 min walking from the cruise port. The Old town San Juan is a contender for one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world. It's definitely a must see. The streets are narrow and the pace slow. Great variety of bar and local restaurants give large food choices. The colorful buildings are the perfect frame for the welcoming people cheering at every corner and characterizing the real spirit of the town.

Walking

Calle de la Fortaleza

3 min walk from the cruise port. Calle de la Fortaleza is an iconic street of San Juan. The umbrella ceiling and the classic old town colorful buildings make this a bustling place. Sometimes umbrellas are replaced by flags, like the Puerto Rican one during winter. Close by there are lots of shops, bar and restaurant. At one end of the street is situated the Governor's House.

Old San Juan

5 min walking from the cruise port. The Old town San Juan is a contender for one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the world. It's definitely a must see. The streets are narrow and the pace slow. Great variety of bar and local restaurants give large food choices. The colorful buildings are the perfect frame for the welcoming people cheering at every corner and characterizing the real spirit of the town.

Paseo de la Princesa

10 min by walk from the cruise port. This waterfront promenade goes around the old town walls. The stroll is rich of charme and opens a full view of the bay. The walk can start from the historic Puerta de San Juan, the official gate to guard the city during colonial times.

Shopping

Plaza Las America Shopping Mall

15 min by car from the cruise port. This is a big shopping mall located not far from the Old Town and the cruise port. Of course is full of shops and chain brands of any kind. If you need clothes, shoes or electronics it's a must. Especially useful to crew members. If you want instead a smaller shops closer to the port, there's also a supermarket just at the opposite site of the street in front of Old San Juan cruise piers.

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Weather

San Juan and the all Puerto Rico reflect the tropical weather. The best time to sail is between December and April, with mostly clear sky and sunny days. From June to November there is instead the hurricane season, which corresponds with the wet season. During summer scattered showers and thunderstorm are more likely to happen. However most of the time, the weather is good. In fact the average temperature throughout the year is about 80°F (29°C). The port is well sheltered from winds, being inside a bay. Usually to skip this port ships have to encounter really strong wind outside the bay entering the channel. Anyway Tugs are available to help ships to dock.

Dry season

Dry season

From December to May, mostly sunny and fresh. The best period to sail in Caribbean. Arriving and leaving San Juan, check out for dolphins during days with calm of wind.

87°F 70°F

Wet season

Wet season

From June to November, warmer season with more frequent scattered showers. San Juan is a little exposed to hurricanes from July till September.

90°F 77°F

Good to know

 

  1. Clothing The weather is tropical 365 days of the year, so be prepared for chilly evenings and rainy interludes, especially in winter.
  2. Water Shoes Bring them if you go to swim or snorkel. Some of the water can be rocky after you walk from the beach.
  3. Sundries For convenience and cost concerns, bring your own everyday health and beauty products with you. If you head to the beach, bring your onboard towel.
  4. Port Regulation Be aware that often in port it's forbidden to take off the ship fruits, vegetables and unsealed food items for local agricolture concern.
  5. Time Zone AST (Atlantic Standard Time) UTC/GMT -4 hours. Make sure to keep the ship's time on your clock to come back board on time. Be aware of automatic changes of your smartphones.
  6. Currency The official currency is the US Dollar. Use Credit Cards only in trusted shops, restaurant and shops.

Terminal

Arrival and Departure in San Juan is spectacular. The channel where ships enter the port is scenographic, thanks to San Felipe del Morro Fortress. San Juan is a really busy port of call, hosting 2 millions guests every year. It’s visited usually in cruise itineraries along the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. In some cases it works as home port for cruises in the Leeward and Windward Islands.

Aerial view of Old San Juan and cruise ships docked.

Remind

Traffic in Puerto Rico is a little chaotic. Keep some time spare to come back onboard if you go by car.

San Juan cruise port terminal can accomodate up to 7 ships together. Most of the time ships dock at Old San Juan piers, where the downtown is within walking distance. Two terminals are located also in Pan American Pier, close to the airport. These are spots usually dedicated for ships operating in San Juan as their home departure port.

Transport

If you dock at the Old Town piers, most of the attractions are within walking distances. Anyway tour buses and taxi are readily available at the gates. If you are docked, or you need to reach Pan American Pier, it’s 10 minutes drive for/to old San Juan and 10$ charge.

If you like to enjoy the beach or shopping at the Plaza Mall, or moving wherever in San Juan, taxis are very affordable and frequent. You can also use Uber. Mind the traffic on the way back.

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