A cultural capital and a sunny Caribbean beach destination—San Juan is both. Unlike many Caribbean cities, where visitors fly in and then leave to find smaller tourist areas, San Juan is a beautiful capital city, with soft sand beaches, all kinds of cultural attractions, and a vibe that could easily make it a destination for an entire vacation. Depicting centuries of history, the streets of Old San Juan are doors to the past, with historic forts and Spanish colonial architecture setting the scene. This World Cultural Heritage Site is the second oldest city in the Americas and the oldest city under the US flag. Castillo de San Cristóbal is equally fascinating and well worth a visit. Wandering around this beautiful city one can have a great perspective of the rich historic past of San Juan.
The El Yunque Rainforest is the only tropical rain forest under the protection of the US Forest Service. The site is situated in the mist-wreathed Luquillo Mountains, where year-round precipitation ensures lush, green landscapes and a healthy diversity of animal life. This includes mongoose, non-venomous snakes, the rare Puerto Rican parrot, and the Coqui frog, whose distinctive croak provides El Yunque's soundtrack.
The Capilla del Cristo Chapel is a small 18th-century sanctuary tucked away at the end of a pedestrian street in a corner of the old walled city of San Juan. Today, the chapel is a well-known yet humble historical landmark. Its gold and silver altar can be seen through the glass doors of the old building, but most visitors have to settle for a view from outside, as the chapel is only open to the public once a week.
Travel and tourism is seeing significant growth in San Juan County, even as other sectors of the economy show little or no growth. So Backpack well and think not twice before visit.