San Juan

Locals call Puerto Rico la isla del encanto, “the island of enchantment.” The city of San Juan, its capital, is its heart and soul. Established in 1508 on a tiny islet off Puerto Rico’s northern coast, San Juan is the second-oldest settlement in the New World and the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction. Today, it’s a place of contrasts—one part appealing historical town, the other part sprawling modern metropolis, an intriguing blend of the old and the new. Towering skyscrapers and 5-star hotels are surrounded by intimidating forts, cobblestoned streets, and notable churches.

San Juan

Getting Ashore

Most ships dock at the port in Old San Juan. Ships that homeport in San Juan dock at the Pan American Pier, about 5 minutes by taxi from Old San Juan.

Fast Fact

San Juan is the capital and most populated city in Puerto Rico.

Port Shopping

In Old San Juan, brand- name stores and local shops line the streets. Look for handmade lace, hand-rolled cigars, jewelry, and watches.

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El Morro

The imposing Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a military masterpiece, a 6-story-tall complex with 65-foot-high, 18-foot-thick walls rising 150 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

2

La Fortaleza

Originally constructed in the 1530s, this has served as an arsenal, prison, and residence for the governor-general of the island.

3

San Cristóbal

The immense fortress, built to protect the city from attacks on land, is a prime example of Spanish-colonial military architecture.

4

Catedral de San Juan Bautista

The can’t-miss historic landmark, circa 1521, is one of the oldest churches in the Americas. It houses the tomb of Ponce de León.

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San Juan port
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Shopping in San Juan

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Historic colonial fortification walls overlooking San Juan Bay

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Where
Calle Fortaleza between Calle Cristo and Calle Tanca

What
Duty-free luxury items like diamonds, colored gemstones, and watches.

Currency
The US dollar.



Brands in San Juan

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

ALOR

ALOR

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Blue Diamond

Bomberg

Bomberg

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Blue Diamond

Breitling

Breitling

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Diamonds International

Bremont

Bremont

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Diamonds International

Bulova

Bulova

Citizen

Citizen

Color Diamonds By Effy

Color Diamonds By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

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Diamonds International

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Divina Yellow Diamonds

Divina Yellow Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Effy Hematian New York

Effy Hematian New York

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Effy Jewelry

Emeryl Yellow Emeralds

Emeryl Yellow Emeralds

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Blue Diamond

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

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Blue Diamond

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

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Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

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Blue Diamond

Hublot

Hublot

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Blue Diamond

John Hardy

John Hardy

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Blue Diamond

Lauren G. Adams

Lauren G. Adams

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Blue Diamond

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

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Blue Diamond

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

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Blue Diamond

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

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Blue Diamond

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

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Blue Diamond

Renaissance

Renaissance

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

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Blue Diamond

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

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Diamonds International

Sandra Biachi

Sandra Biachi

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Blue Diamond

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

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Blue Diamond

Tissot

Tissot

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Blue Diamond

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

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Blue Diamond

Unity Diamonds

Unity Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Zenith

Zenith

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Blue Diamond

Did You Know?

Because Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States, American citizens don’t need a passport or visa to visit.