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There is an abundance to do in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So much that it would be really hard for you to get bored. From beaches, to restaurants, to shopping and exploring neighborhoods, San Juan will have you going until the sunrise.
If you’re visiting for a short time, or want to fill your day (s) with fun packed activities, there are 3 attractions that seem to top the charts of the to-see list.
1. Old San Juan
As gorgeous as you hear it to be is as gorgeous as it is! It’s easy to grab a cab and take the 15-20 minute ride into Old San Juan. Parking is very restricted so I recommend to cab it and take the free trolley around town, although I drove and found a spot near the beach!
The trolley stops every few blocks and takes you between the two fortresses- El Morro and San Criistobal. It’s $5 for one ticket for admission to both.
The streets are lined with shops, boutiques, restaurants, and the famous blue cobble stone. Spend your day walking around and head out to the marina too for a view.
2. The Bacardi Factory
Another 15-20 minutes from San Juan, across the harbor from Old San Juan, you will find the Bacardi Factory.
It’s free to visit and you receive 2 free drink tickets! The tour is mandatory and you wouldn’t want to miss it anyway. It’s fun, educational, and you get to taste rum. I learned a lot about Bacardi and tasted some collections I did not know of before. Some people don’t drink rum and they happily give the it drink tickets away to others, as in my case I ended up with many drinks. The last tour is usually at 4:30pm.
3. El Yungue Rainforest
This famous rainforest in the Caribbean is located about 45 minutes by car east of San Juan. It’s the only tropical rainforest system in the USA!
Spend the day exploring the rainforest, dipping into streams and waterfalls. There are hiking roads, stops for picnics, and a nature pool that’s fun to swim and hang out in.
There is no entry fee to visit. If you prefer to take guided tours, there’s many you can read about on TripAdvisor, operated through companies such as Viator or locals.
Where would you spend the day outside of San Juan?