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San Juan
Travel Planning
San Juan

San Juan at a Glance

San Juan is Puerto Rico's capital and busiest city. Search beyond the crowds to discover Puerto Rico's authentic and interesting cultural melting pot. 

San Juan's old town is the oldest in the United States. Its forts, churches and 15 ft wall already protected the colony from invaders by the time the pilgrims were touching down on Plymouth Rock. Feel the cool, wet air emanating from the walls and listen to the click of heels on cobblestones. Look out to sea and imagine you are watching for pirates or rival European invaders. Admire the insides of old churches and gaze upon the oldest buildings in the U.S. 

For a taste of modern San Juan, look outside the high walls. Gallery hop to get a feel for modern Puerto Rican art. Dine at a fine dining establishment, catch a beer with locals in a bar, or nibble comfort food out of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a line half-way down the block. Vibrant San Juan is at your fingertips. 

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Travel during this time runs the risk of being complicated by the weather. 

      Safety Concerns Murder rates are high in San Juan, but travelers should be most concerned with safeguarding their belongings and not leaving valuables unattended. 

      Health Concerns Avoid swimming or bathing in fresh water sources to avoid picking up a dangerous parasitic infection schistosomiasis. Mosquito borne illnesses can be an occasional problem. Contact your health care provider with any questions. Puerto Rico's drinking water is safe to drink.