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3 days in San Juan

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3 days in San Juan
Three days worth of sites and activities in, and around, the San Juan area, including a day touring and shopping in Old San Juan, a day spent in a tropical rain forest and at the beach, and a day of beaches, shopping and art museums.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Old San Juan
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Old San Juan

Consisting of 400 restored buildings from the 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial period, this area in San Juan is steeped in history with an old-world and romantic European charm.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
San Juan National Historic Site
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San Juan National Historic Site

Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Castillo de San Cristobal
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Castillo de San Cristobal

This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Calle del Cristo
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Calle del Cristo

"That shopping street," as known to cab drivers; a tourist must.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Museo de Las Americas
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Museo de Las Americas

A folk art museum with vibrant exhibits you can buy.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan)
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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan)

Built in 1540 and the site where the body of Ponce de Leon is entombed, the the Catedral de San Juan is an authentic and rare New World example of medieval architecture.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Day 2
The El Yunque Rain Forest
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The El Yunque Rain Forest

Covering 28,000 acres, and receiving more than 200 inches of rain per year, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. Noted for its biodiversity, the forest is home to more than 400 different plant species. It has more than a dozen maintained trails for hiking, picnic pavilions, stone towers, rivers, waterfalls, and an interpretive visitors... More

Covering 28,000 acres, and receiving more than 200 inches of rain per year, El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rain forest in the US Forest System. Noted for its biodiversity, the forest is home to more than 400 different plant species. It has more than a dozen maintained trails for hiking, picnic pavilions, stone towers, rivers, waterfalls, and an interpretive visitors' center. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Luquillo Beach
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Luquillo Beach

Just got back from Laguillo beach. Very nice, clean with soft sands and mild waters. Great for the kids. I would recommend staying slightly south of... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
Day 3
Pine Grove Beach
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Pine Grove Beach
Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
Ocean Park Beach
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Ocean Park Beach

The most popular of San Juan’s beaches is also the most lively.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
Carolina Beach
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Carolina Beach

Balneario Carolina is long stretch of white sand just east of the Isla Verde area in San Juan. It has a parking lot, restrooms, and showers. There's a kiddie water park at the eastern end of the beach.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Plaza las Americas
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Plaza las Americas

Plaza las Americas is the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean. It contains more than 300 stores, restaurants, a food court, and a cineplex offering first-run movies in English and Spanish.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
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Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

More than just an art museum, the Museo del Arte hosts concerts and festivals as well.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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