Things to Do in San Juan Puerto Rico

Things to Do in San Juan Puerto Rico
With its mild climate, captivating coastline and a strong sense of history, it's no wonder that San Juan, Puerto Rico, remains one of the most popular tourist destinations. There is also an amazing array of activities available to suit your tastes. You can play on the beach, shop in a historic district or trek through a rain forest.

Condado Beach

San Juan is the ideal place to be a beach bum, especially since it offers one of the most pristine and glorious beaches you may ever see. Condado Beach not only has plenty of secluded spots to laze around, but it is close to a campground where you can pitch a tent for overnight stays. Activities include fishing, swimming or booking a kayak ride or other water sports at one of the kiosks along the beach. Hiking is also ideal, either along the shoreline or on trails, with a quick trek to the nearby Peninsula de Condado.

Condado Beach
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Goingoutside.com/beach/1001722_Condado_Beach_Puerto_Rico.html

Old San Juan

Old San Juan is filled with enthralling history as well as architecture that makes you feel as if you just took a step back in time. Cobblestone streets beckon you to La Casita, the tourist center where you can pick up maps and brochures outlining the area's highlights. These include the ancient city wall and massive gate. There are castles to tour. One is a Gothic-style cathedral built in 1540 with the tomb of Juan Ponce de Leon. Another is the Paseo de la Princesa where local artists congregate to sell their work. A host of museums, restaurants, studios and shops round out the mix.

Old San Juan
Solboricua.com/sanjuan.htm

El Yunque Rain Forest

Bring your rain gear---and sense of adventure---to trek through El Yunque Rain Forest. This 28,000-acre wonderland, which annually receives more than 100 billion gallons of rain, offers hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. It's also home to the famous coqui frog, a symbol of Puerto Rico. This expansive forest is only 25 miles from the city, easily accessible for a day trip you'll never forget. If you're wary about slogging through the rain forest alone, go for a guided tour that offers a variety of hikes and waterfall climbing. See more information on El Yunque tours in resources below.

El Yunque Rain Forest
Rte 191, Rio Grande 00745-9625
(787) 888-1880 or (787) 888-1810
ElYunque.com

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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