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San Juan - Cruise Port

The Puerto Rico city of San Juan is a diverse and interesting location. As a US territory, it offers a taste of modern America combined with history, colour and culture. Different people describe San Juan as being influenced by Italy, Spain, Cuba and South America.

After docking and making your way into Old San Juan, you’ll be intrigued by the narrow cobbled streets that are lined with colourful pastel-painted buildings. There are historic buildings, art galleries, cafes and restaurants within the city walls. The tropical climate makes a cruise visit at any time of the year a very enjoyable experience.

Sightseeing in San Juan

A shore excursion to San Juan is a unique opportunity to view historic forts and citadels, sandy beaches and cultural attractions all conveniently located within close proximity of one another. A trolley ride will take you around Old San Juan and give you time to take in the sights, but be sure to explore on foot to make the most of the many San Juan attractions on offer:

Bacardi Rum Factory: This is a great experience, not just for the rum that you can sample on the tour. The factory is surrounded by beautiful gardens full of bright tropical plants, and there are activities to do as you learn about the history and creation of rum. There’s also a Bacardi gift shop, so that you can pick up a souvenir before you return to the ship.

El Yunque: The El Yunque Rainforest is just an hour from San Juan. If your shore excursion gives you time, then you can enjoy a trip to walk in the lush, green environment. You’ll see plenty of animals, and colourful native flowers.

Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré: Also known as the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Centre, this is the perfect place to watch a ballet, opera, concert or play. It’s the venue of the Casals Festival, held every year, and is also home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.

Shopping in San Juan

Calle Cristo is a favourite place for tourists to shop for art, antiques, collectables and souvenirs. There are shops selling hand-crafted items, including Puero Rican masks. You can also buy local crafts from Plaza Arturo Somohano, where all stalls have been opened with government approval as proof that the products you buy have been made by the people of Puerto Rico.

Some of the more unusual San Juan shops are those selling preserved butterflies, coconut crafts and selections of hot sauces. The influence of America can also be seen in the city’s larger shopping centres and malls, many of which have entertainment facilities.

Eating Out in San Juan

Sandwich bars and pizza restaurants are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a casual meal on your shore excursion. You can enjoy a cocktail or glass of fruit juice, as you dine. American, Asian and Argentinean meals are popular at some of the more formal restaurants, and local dishes include seafood, plantain and meat dishes which are often served tapas style.

San Juan’s Caribbean bars are ideal if you’d prefer to relax with a local Bacardi drink, and to enjoy live music performances by the locals. San Juan also has gourmet burger restaurants, many of which have an extensive choice of beers on tap.

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