San Juan is the oldest US settlement in the Americas, with nearly five centuries of history. Nowhere is this more evident than in the blue-cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the city’s distinctly historic district lined with weathered forts, stunning Spanish churches and impressive mansions. But this capital is more than ancient history, with notable museums, boutiques and fine dining. San Juan is also a short trip from Rio Grande, the scenic coastline that hosts the spectacular El Yunque rainforest. Here, you’ll find endless adventure, whether you want to zip-line through the canopy with wedding guests or explore ancient forest caves.
Same-sex marriage is legally recognized in Puerto Rico. For information on a symbolic ceremony, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are not required for citizens of the US. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
English and Spanish are the official languages of Puerto Rico.
The official currency of Puerto Rico is the dollar, though they are commonly referred to as pesos.
Climate & Beaches
Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with moderate year round temperatures. Temperatures average 80 degrees F year-round with little variation. Puerto Rico’s rainy season is from April to November.
Just minutes from Old San Juan, El Escambron Beach Park is a large beach with views of the El Morro fort in the distance. Other popular beaches include Condado Beach, Palomino Island, Ocean Park Beach and Isla Verde. Rio Grande has gorgeous, secluded beaches. Coco Beach and Las Picúas Beach are two of the region’s most famous, though there are a number of secluded bays and shorelines to explore.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Old San Juan is the city’s historic walking neighborhood comprised of 400 restored buildings from the Spanish-colonial period. Walk the blue-cobblestone streets to the San Juan National Historic Site, a dramatic fortress set against the Atlantic. Or, stroll through Paseo de la Princesa, a restored esplanade dotted with palm trees and beautiful fountains. The city is also a great starting point for an eco-tour, whether you want to hike El Yunque or explore stunning waterfalls in national parks. Food tours are both tasty and cultural, as this city is filled with culinary gems left and right.
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