San Juan, Puerto Rico
Photo: Amy Freshwater
San Juan is Puerto Rico's capital and largest city that sits on the island's Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks including El Morro and La Fortaleza, ocean front fortresses, as well as the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade. One of my favorite things about Old San Juan are the open markets and the architecture. Be sure to check out San Juan Bautista Catherdral.
With its many museums and galleries, Old San Juan is rich with Puerto Rican art and crafts. I love the hand-blown glass earrings that are sold at the open market! San Juan is known for its salsa music, as well as its food -- ranging from local favorites (lechón asado) to upscale restaurants showcasing local seafood. Beaches range from busy Condado and Ocean Park to quieter Balneario Escambrón and Piñones to the east.
The city is still recovering from the hurricane, so you'll see a lot of new structures as well as buildings that have been abandoned.
When you're in port ...
According to Carnival Cruise Lines, here are the Top 7 things to do while in port:
I've been to San Juan a few times and have never done an excursion. We've just always walked around town and enjoyed the local environment.