Puerto Rican Pulse: A Day in San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Docking in Vibrant San Juan

Typically, as the sun climbs high into the morning sky between 7:00 am and 9:00 am, your cruise ship will make its approach to the historic port of San Juan. As you disembark, the lively city opens up around you, with the port area offering a range of amenities including restaurants, shops, and a helpful visitor information center.

Exploring the Rich Tapestry of San Juan

The capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is a treasure trove of history, culture, and architecture. Begin your exploration with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old San Juan. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and admire the vibrant Spanish colonial buildings.

Don't miss the imposing fortresses of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo de San Cristóbal, both offering breathtaking views over the city and sea.

Serenity by the Sea: Beaches of San Juan

San Juan boasts some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches. Within a short distance from the port, you can find the blue-flag certified Balneario El Escambrón with its calm waters and picturesque views.

For a trendy beach experience, head to Condado Beach, or for a more serene environment, visit Ocean Park Beach.

The Thrill of the Island: Adventures in San Juan

Adventure enthusiasts will find San Juan an exciting playground. Explore the stunning El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. national forest system, either by hiking or on a thrilling zipline tour.

For a unique experience, consider a kayak tour of the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay.

Sampling San Juan: Local Cuisine

Your visit to San Juan would be incomplete without sampling some of the local dishes. Enjoy traditional Puerto Rican cuisine, featuring dishes like Mofongo (mashed fried green plantains often filled with meat) or Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas).

Pair your meal with some local rum and end on a sweet note with flan or Tembleque (coconut pudding).

The Perfect Souvenir: Departure from San Juan

As your day concludes, stop by the local shops or markets in Old San Juan to pick up a souvenir. Look for local arts and crafts, Puerto Rican coffee, or a bottle of the famous local rum.

With the beautiful sunset painting the sky, it's time to return to your cruise ship. As you pull away from San Juan, the city's enchanting lights twinkle a fond farewell, and you're off to your next Caribbean adventure.

San Juan from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the San Juan would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the San Juan are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Southern Caribbean 16-day route

16-day Southern Caribbean from Miami

Seven Seas Grandeur, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Date: March 25, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Georges, Castries, Antigua, Gustavia, San Juan, Charleston, Charleston, New York, New York; View Itinerary

Date: December 11, 2023

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Cozumel, Miami, Gustavia, Roseau, Bridgetown, St. Georges, Castries, Antigua, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary

Crystal Cruises Panama Canal 16-day route

16-day Panama Canal from Miami

Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises

Date: January 5, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Key West, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Panama City, San Juan Del Sur, Huatulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles; View Itinerary

Date: March 7, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Santo Tomas, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba, Curacao, Castries, Codrington, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami; View Itinerary