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How to Spend 1 Day in San Juan

How to Spend 1 Day in San Juan

Atmospheric San Juan is the second-oldest European settlement in the Americas—a grid of charming colonial streets and a base for exploring the tropical paradise of Puerto Rico. With only a day to spend in the city, you’ll still have time to enjoy both its history and natural beauty. Here are some tips to make the most of your time.

Morning: Old San Juan

Start your day by exploring one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world during a sightseeing tour of Old San Juan. Duck into the Museo de las Américas to learn more about Puerto Rican history, walk the cobbled streets past colonial buildings, and tour the defensive structures that make up the San Juan National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Opt for a more conventional walking tour, or zip around the 500-year-old city on a guided Segway tour.

Afternoon: Outdoor Adventure

While you could easily spend an entire day within the San Juan city limits, it would be a shame to leave without taking some time to bask in the warm Caribbean waters. Take the afternoon to snorkel or Snuba in the waters just off the coast of San Juan. To explore the water from the surface, opt for some surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, or offshore fishing instead. Lessons and tours are often beginner-friendly, so you don’t need any special experience to try something new.

Night: Taste of San Juan

All that activity has probably worked up an appetite, so reward yourself (and your taste buds) with a walking food tour through Old San Juan this evening. Learn about the island’s food culture as you sample artisan beers, rum cocktails, and typical Puerto Rican foods—think plantain and sofrito (a savory sauce made with peppers)—from local restaurants and cafés. You’ll also get the chance to admire the city’s colonial architecture illuminated at night. For something a bit more low-key, top off your day with a romantic sunset sail instead.

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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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Get a taste for the flavor and culture of Puerto Rico on this small-group Old San Juan food tour featuring several local eateries. Join your guide for a culinary exploration of island staples like plantains and sofrito, all with the cobblestone streets and colorful facades of the city’s oldest neighborhood as your backdrop. Your tour includes an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic substitute if you prefer. 
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  • 3 hours
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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Explore the colorful buildings and charming streets of Old San Juan in a small group with the help of writer David Rodriguez, author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate.’ During the course of your day, the knowledgeable author helps you discover the area’s key historic sites and gain new insight into Puerto Rican culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the many stories of the people who helped to define this unique neighborhood. Your walking trip’s length is flexible based on your needs, and also includes bottled water.
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  • 2 hours
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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail

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Sail the calm, azure waters of San Juan Bay at sunset during a cocktail cruise. Enjoy a warm welcome aboard from your friendly captain and crew, then settle in for a scenic ride. Watch the island coastline glide by as the sun sinks toward the horizon. Sip a complimentary rum punch or sparkling wine with your family and friends and listen as your captain points out landmarks like El Morro Fort and San Juan Gate. Arrive back at the dock in time to continue your evening in San Juan.
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  • 2 hours
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Deep Sea Fishing Private Boat Charter in San Juan
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Deep Sea Fishing Private Boat Charter in San Juan

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Cast your line from the deck of a luxurious yacht on this San Juan fishing private charter tour, limited to just six passengers. Experience the deep waters off Puerto Rico, an area which many regard as the world’s best for anglers, as you hunt for a variety of fish species, including blue marlin, dorado, wahoo, sailfish, and tuna depending on season. Choose from a variety of trip lengths with packages including bait and tackle as well as soda and mineral water refreshments.
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