San Juan, Puerto Rico
ZipTipz San Juan Travel Guide

Revel in Puerto Rico's distinctive pleasures. A place that proudly heralds its 500 year Spanish heritage -- so well reflected in Old San Juan. It startles you with its tropical beauty and enamors you with its brilliant mix of travel experiences.

District Guide

Many believe San Juan is a small Spanish colonial town with but a few bustling avenues. However this impression does not aptly describe the breath and depth of this fine old-world city. Modern-day San Juan encompasses a vast metropolis that covers seven unique and distinct district...

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Historical Background

It has not been an easy road for Puerto Rico, a land rich in history. Many trials and tribulations have marked her peoples' historic journey. Their courage to endure and face new challenges and consistently struggle for a better life is very much a part of the social and cultural fabri...

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Where To Stay

Puerto Rico's accommodation options range from quaint paradors or country inns to all-inclusive resorts and upscale urban hotels geared towards business clientele. An often overlooked option is the charming down-to-earth guest home alternative. San Juan's primary hotel districts are Condado and...

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Dining and Drinking

Puerto Rico is a boiling pot of culinary cuisines from around the world. The eclectic choices are truly global and are dependent upon your individual preferences. Here you can find French, German, Greek, Asian, Italian, Spanish and of course Caribbean, just to name a fe...

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San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico's after hours nightlife. Most clubs, discotheques, and casinos are located in the Isla Verde, Old San Juan and El Condado areas. In Ponce and Mayaguez, you will find some additional excitement, albeit less intense as the big city. Tipping is a mus...

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Recommended Tours

When you reach the Fortaleza Street intersection, the Governor's mansion is located on the left. Its official name is the Palacio de Santa Catalina, but it is known popularly as La Fortaleza. As you continue north, the San Juan Cathedral is visible on your right, across from the Grand Hotel El...

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San Juan (sahn HWAHN) is the capital and largest city in Puerto Rico, located in the Northern Coastal Plains region in the karst zone, north of Aguas Buenas and Caguas; east of Guaynabo and Bayamón; and west of Carolina and Trujillo Alto.

The city is named after Saint John the Baptist (Spanish: San Juan Bautista). The latest census estimates place the city's population at 433,733, making it the 42nd-largest city under the jurisdiction of the United States. It is also the oldest European settlement in United States territory.

San Juan was founded by Spanish colonists in 1521 and is the oldest city in Puerto Rico. Today, San Juan serves as Puerto Rico's most important seaport, as well as the main manufacturing, financial, cultural, and tourist center of the island. The population of the metropolitan area, including San Juan and the municipalities of Bayamon, Guaynabo, Cataño, Canovanas, Caguas, Toa Alta, Toa Baja, Carolina and Trujillo Alto is about 2 million inhabitants, hence about half the population of Puerto Rico now live in this area. The main airports serving the city are Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, located in Carolina and Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport located in the Isla Grande district of the Municipality of San Juan.

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