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San Juan


San Juan is the capital and largest city in Puerto Rico. As of the 2000 census, the city's population was 433,733.

San Juan is home to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico's most important sea port, San Juan Port. This port handles approximately 90% of Puerto Rico's ship-based passenger and cargo traffic, and is a popular stop in Caribbean cruise tours - visited by over 1 million cruise passengers each year.

San Juan is also famous for the Old San Juan district. This is a historic neighborhood which is filled with colorful buildings and narrow cobbled streets, and which was built during the Spanish era in the 16th and 17th centuries. Old San Juan is in fact on an island, and is connected to the mainland of Puerto Rico by bridges and a causeway.

Cruise ships in San Juan Port, San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan Facts


Here are some more facts about San Juan:
  • Major airports for San Juan include Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

  • Some of the leading educational institutions in San Juan include the Ana G. Méndez University System's Metropolitan University (main campus), the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico (main campus) and the University of the Sacred Heart.

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Lonely Planet Puerto Rico (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Luke Waterson

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Lonely Planet Puerto Rico (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Puerto Rico is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow Old San Juan's labyrinthine laneways, laze on the sand at Playa Flamenco, or kayak into the bioluminescent bay at Vieques; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Puerto Rico and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Puerto Rico Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - cuisine, customs, music, arts, landscapes, wildlife
  • Covers San Juan, El Yunque, Luquillo, Fajardo, Culebra, Vieques, Ponce, Arroyo, Guayama, Pozuelo, Rincon, Mayaguez, Manati, Arecibo, Dorado, Caguas, Bosque Estatal de Carite and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Puerto Rico, our most comprehensive guide to Puerto Rico, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Caribbean Islands guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

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'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

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Greater Than a Tourist- San Juan Puerto Rico: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Mónica Colón

Independently published
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Greater Than a Tourist- San Juan Puerto Rico: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater than a tourist – San Juan, Puerto Rico by M.Colón offers the inside scoop on Puerto Rico. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In these pages you’ll discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

The Old San Juan Walking Tour (Puerto Rico Travel Guide): A step-by-step travel guide for Puerto Rico's most beautiful city

By Orlando Mergal

Orlando Mergal
Released: 2014-07-09
Kindle Edition (98 pages)

The Old San Juan Walking Tour (Puerto Rico Travel Guide): A step-by-step travel guide for Puerto Rico s most beautiful city
 
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If you're coming to Old San Juan and you're the kind of person that likes to explore places on your own, then you have to read “The Old San Juan Walking Tour”. “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” takes you by the hand and guides you through every attraction in the world's most beautiful city (I'm biased).

My name is Orlando Mergal. I'm a landscape photographer, a professional writer and an all-around communications expert. And I've been doing this for a very long time.

But you know what I've been doing even longer? Living in Puerto Rico. My parents moved back to the Island in 1963 when I was only 9 years old. So I've lived most of my life in Puerto Rico. More importantly, Old San Juan has literally been my playground since I was a teenager, and that was also a long time ago.

I just love the place. I visit the city several times a month and I've studied it, photographed it and wrote about every inch of it. I guess you could say that I know the place inside out.

Several years ago I created the first iteration of “The Old San Juan Walking Tour”. It was an audio tour that you could put in your iPod (remember those?) and it would be like a personal guide that would show you every point of interest in the City.

Now I've created the Kindle version and it's totally updated for 2014. Now you can explore the city in advance, look at every picture and decide which attractions interest you the most.

Time is important when visiting Old San Juan. Guess why? Because visitors arriving on cruise ships spend less than 8 hours in the Old City. So if youre one of those you'll maximize your time if you come with a plan.

If you arrive by plane you'll have as much time as your stay allows. But even so, you'll spend that time more wisely if you know exactly what to do and where to go.

“The Old San Juan Walking Tour” is a step-by-step travel guide that covers every important point of interest in the Old City. And to tell you the truth, it can't be done in a day. Old San Juan simply has too many interesting things to see and do to cover it in a single day.

But that's where “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” comes in. You can take your first tour at home, with your Kindle, and decide which attractions interest you the most. That way you'll be able to draw your own route.

Order “The Old San Juan Walking Tour” today and enjoy Puerto Rico's capital city to the fullest.

Fodor's Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2014-10-14
Paperback (320 pages)

Fodor s Puerto Rico (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean's most exciting destinations, and with many nonstop flights from major East Coast cities, it's one of the easiest islands to reach. From vibrant San Juan to laid-back Vieques, all the energy and color of Puerto Rico comes to life in this guide.

Puerto Rico & San Juan Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Olivia Phillips

Released: 2014-07-17
Kindle Edition (69 pages)

Puerto Rico & San Juan Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
 
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The beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is a self-governing U.S. territory in the Greater Antilles islands off the southeastern coast of mainland U.S.A. It is part of a chain of islands that includes Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola. Puerto Rico has a mild tropical climate, which is appealing to vacationers year round.

San Juan is the largest city in the Caribbean and is the capital city of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was recently voted the most popular island to visit in the Caribbean and San Juan was one of the top 50 world cities to visit in 2013.

Insight Guides Puerto Rico

By Insight Guides

Insight Guides
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Insight Guides Puerto Rico
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Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure



Blessed with glorious beaches, spectacular mountain ranges and lush, green rainforest, Puerto Rico offers fantastic outdoor activities, cultural sights, plus great food and music. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Puerto Rico, a comprehensive full-color guide to this delightful island.



Inside Insight Guide Puerto Rico:




  • A fully-overhauled edition by our expert Caribbean author.


  • Stunning new photography that brings this wonderful island and its people to life.


  • Highlights of the country's top attractions, including its best beaches and the uniquely beautiful El Yunque rainforest.


  • Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the architectural treasures of Old San Juan to the idyllic Western coast and the Outer Islands.


  • Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip, including our independent selection of the best restaurants.








About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years’ experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-color print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travelers’ needs. Insight Guides’ unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.



‘Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.’ - Wanderlust Magazine

San Juan Travel Guide (Unanchor) - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 2-Day Walking Itinerary

By Renee Hundt

Unanchor.com
Released: 2013-12-18
Kindle Edition (64 pages)

San Juan Travel Guide (Unanchor) - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 2-Day Walking Itinerary
 
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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 2-Day Walking Itinerary
Whether you've been in the heart of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico before or this is your first visit, you'll want to check out this itinerary that will walk you through one of the most amazing historic U.S. Territories on earth. Young couples, newlyweds, families of all sizes, retired, or cruisers that frequent Old San Juan's port, this "Island of Enchantment" will leave you with a wealth of history and an expanse of intriguing sites and scenes to explore and discover.

Old San Juan is the oldest settlement within Puerto Rico and is a small, narrow island united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by three (3) bridges. The island is 100 miles by 35 miles and is home to its 4 million residents. The local culture shines through the vibrant colors, cobblestone streets, marvelous balconies, and incredible restaurants and delis with authentic Puerto Rican cuisines.

Old San Juan is a walking community so you can avoid the trolley wait (a free option to getting around) by packing good walking shoes and bottled water before heading out. You will be hiking some hilly, narrow, blue cobblestone streets while viewing the many flat-roofed brick and stone buildings with amazing balconies and front doors. You'll see some of the "usual" attractions that are outlined in the typical guidebook, but my itinerary will also take you to some of the more uncommon sites to see while experiencing the culture first hand.

This itinerary will assist you in keeping busy for two (2) days in Old San Juan and is perfect for the cruising community that decides to spend a couple of nights in San Juan before or after their southern Caribbean cruise.

FACT: Population is approximately 421,326 and the port is one of the busiest in the Caribbean.

NOTE: The times outlined for the next two days are just recommendations, you can adjust as much as you'd like to take in other factors of enjoying Puerto Rico, i.e. all the fun little shops up and down the streets.

Greater Than a Tourist – San Juan Puerto Rico: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Melissa Tait

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Greater Than a Tourist – San Juan Puerto Rico: 50 Travel Tips from a Local
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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new while traveling? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is just for you. Greater Than a Tourist by Melissa Tait offers the inside scope on San Juan. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there's nothing wrong with that, as a part of the Greater than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who lives at your next travel destination. In these pages you'll discover local advice that will help you throughout your stay. Greater than a Tourist is a series of travel books written by locals. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture of a place. By the time you finish this book, you will be excited and prepared to travel to your next destination.

The Chronicles of María Teresa de Villalobos: San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico, 1650

By Loretta Phelps de Córdova PhD

Osage Group, The
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The Chronicles of María Teresa de Villalobos: San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico, 1650
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A 16th century woman in Puerto Rico when it was a small Caribbean outpost of the Spanish Empire, María Teresa de Villalobos was born at sea and lived through turbulent years: the English invasion of the island, a trip to gaudy and magnificent Mexico, the Inquisition and the daily rigors of love and life. A 21st century reader will relish this exciting novel by a popular historian and journalist in Puerto Rico.

What's Great about Puerto Rico? (Our Great States)

By Anita Yasuda

Lerner Publications
Released: 2015-01-01
Kindle Edition (32 pages)

What s Great about Puerto Rico? (Our Great States)
 
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What's so great about Puerto Rico? Find out the top ten sites to see or things to do on the Island of Enchantment! We'll explore Puerto Rico's charming cities, iconic landmarks, colorful coral reefs, and fascinating history. The Puerto Rico by Map feature shows where you'll find all the places covered in the book. A special section provides quick territory facts such as the motto, capital, population, animals, foods, and more. Take a fun-filled tour of all there is to discover in Puerto Rico.



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