Isla Verde Beach
Stretch out your towel on the smooth, white sands of this idyllic crescent beach, just a short walk or drive from many San Juan hotels. Wade right in: A protective reef system fringing the coastline keeps waters calm.
San Juan National Historic Site
Perched on a rocky cliff 145 feet above San Juan Bay, El Morro Fort was built by the Spanish more than 400 years ago to protect the city from enemy invasion. Tour the fortress’s dungeons, towers and tunnels and enjoy the bay breezes.
Tucked between colorful shops and houses on Old San Juan’s beautiful Calle Sol, El Jibarito restaurant serves up authentic cocina criolla at a reasonable price. Nosh on local favorites like pork plantain tamales and grilled conch, or cool off with a Medalla Beer or glass of rum-spiked sangria.
Distilled from fermented molasses made from sugar cane, rum has been the island’s favorite spirit since the 1600s. Tour the world’s largest rum distillery, where a bartender shows you how to make mojitos and more before serving you the libation of your choice.
Bioluminescent Bay Tour
At dusk, make your way to Laguna Grande Bio-Bay for a kayak adventure. Dip your paddle into the water and watch the tiny blue-green microorganisms glow, emitting enough light to read by.