SAN JUAN: Cheap Hotels in San Juan
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Key attractionsOne of the most popular attractions in Puerto Rico is visiting the El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest. Home to hundreds of different trees, orchids and the Coqui frog, this is a relaxing and spiritual experience. There are many trails taking you to deep caverns, waterfalls, rivers and streams.
At the entrance to San Juan Bay, you will view the Castillo de El Morro, a 16th century fortress / citadel. This is just one of those historic sites that while you are here, you must visit. Stroll around this fort above the sea that guarded this city from invaders so many years ago. You will be walking in the footsteps of the U.S. Army when it occupied this fort during World War 1 and 2.
During the evening, a visit to the Vieques Bioluminescent Bay is quite the treat. As you enter the water for a late night swim, notice a heavenly luminescence surrounding your body. This is the brightest and largest such water in the world, and visited by many.
Having funThe island if beautiful beaches, and whether your definition of fun is swimming, boggie-boarding, building a sandcastle or just laying on a blanket surround Puerto Rico, it’s here.
Fun for the whole family is a day out on the water aboard a catamaran or sailboat for a snorkel adventure. These tours will take you out to smaller islands for a personal day, avoid of crowds, where you will break for lunch on an island or on-board.
Puerto Rico is the home of Salsa Dancing, so why not tale a spin around the dance floor? It’s very easy to find a Salsa Hall, but before you go, why not take a lesson at a dance school like “Latin Roots”. Then it on to the music, and a great choice would be the Nuyorican Café.
For an adventure into the history of Puerto Rico and its rum, take a tour of the Destileria Serralles, where you will learn all about process of distilling the golden nectar called rum. Not only do you get to sip some of their rums, but also take a tour of distillery and grounds.
For the active crowd, there is awesome Zip line Companies on the island, to bring your adventure to soaring above the treetops in a rainforest or over rivers. You can also find tour companies offering both Caving as well as Rappelling adventures.
ShoppingYou can always find the usual tourist shops, with shot glasses, t-shirts and such, but sometimes you are in the market for true craft of the region. For most of that you need to shop in Old San Juan.
Here are a few suggestions for souvenir shopping on the island.
La Casa de Las Casitas is a arts and crafts store with things including wall hangings, hammocks and masks.
If your looking for a local ‘guayabera” shirt for the man in your life, then head to El Galpón, where you will find an excellent selection of tropical shirts, panama hats and of course, Cuban cigars.
Another cute little shop is Patchouli, where you can find souvenirs from local artists only. From wood carvings, ceramic vases and toys to “make it yourself jewelry.
And for those that need their “mall fix”, there are two malls that should fit the bill, Plaza Las Americas and The Outlet/Route 66 Mall.
NearbyBecause you are on an island, everything is nearby. No traveling hours by car, you can walk to most everything.
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