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San Juan, Puerto Rico

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San Juan Attractions

Zip-line through the Toro Negro rainforest and explore the wonders of the organic Tanama cave. Hike, bike ride, body raft, rappel, swim in waterfalls and tube through Puerto Rico’s exotic rainforests and natural caves on a half day, day or 3-day trip. Acampa Nature Adventures is perfect for anyone looking to take in the natural beauty of Puerto Rico first hand. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, feed you a homemade lunch and provide you will all equipment necessary. Groups are small, six to 13 people max, which allows the guides to cater to your interests and needs. During the summer the groups fill up quickly so make sure to book ahead of time. Guides are experts on the history and land and will eagerly share with you the history of the caves, mountains and rainforests. Tip: Adventurers must be at least 12 years old to participate.

Catch a performance by natives at Teatro Tapia. Original plays, comedies all related to the history of Puerto Rico. Learn how the first Europeans came to Puerto Rico and the rich culture they discovered. Teatro Tapia was built around 1824 and is considered the oldest freestanding drama stage in the United States. Considered the cultural hub for events, meeting, beautiful ballets and operas this theater has a story to tell in every wall.

Visit the dramatic fortress of El Morro, built to defend San Juan in the 17th and 18th centuries and now a popular tourist spot. Photos take you back in time to the 18th century when battles for San Juan ensued between natives and Europeans. The fort holds a lonesome beauty and provides a fantastic panorama of Old San Juan and the ocean. Park rangers are very polite and eager to share the history of El Morro with you. They can even point you in the best direction to watch the sun set. Entrance is inexpensive and goes to the upkeep of the fort.

You can’t help but wander into Old San Juan when staying in Puerto Rico. Vibrant with color and culture, this meeting place holds restaurants, shops, museums and art galleries. Bright homes and old-world cobblestone streets set the ambiance in this city as relaxed and laid back. Wander through the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista that contains the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. Use the free trolley system to navigate this 7-square-block city of beautiful architecture and old-world charm.

Paseo de la Princesa is a great place to bring the kids on a hot day. Enjoy Piragua, or Puerto Rican snow cones with fruit syrup while you wonder through this quant town. Paseo de la Princesa is home to the Puerto Rican Tourism Company and beautiful views of the San Juan Bay. Right on the southern tip of Old San Juan it is surrounded by a massive colonial wall. Natives hold festivals there throughout the year and children are safe to rollerblade and bike ride along the wide sidewalks. It is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and take a romantic stroll around the fountains at night.
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