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San Juan Introduction


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San Juan, Puerto Rico, with stunning beaches, is one of the busiest leisure and business travel destinations in the Caribbean. It is especially convenient for U.S. citizens, because they do not need a passport to go to Puerto Rico and the currency there is the U.S. dollar.   Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Juan Geography


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San Juan is located on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. The city is made up of five urban centers: Old San Juan, Santurce, Hato Rey, Rio Piedras and Condado. Most tourist attractions are located in the Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde areas.   Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Juan History


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After Columbus discovered the sparsely inhabited island of Puerto Rico in 1493, Spain sent Juan Ponce de Leon to establish a stronghold in a protected harbor on the northern coast. Spain used the city for the next four centuries as its gateway to the New World, as well as the base from which it defended its possessions in the Americas. Although the Dutch and eventually the British held the town for brief periods, the Spanish managed time and again to recapture San Juan. In 1898, however, the U.S. Army landed on the island during the Spanish-American War, and Puerto Rico was later ceded to the U.S. as part of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the conflict.  Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Juan Sightseeing & Things to Do


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With its narrow cobblestoned streets, lovely Old San Juan is best explored on foot. Begin your tour in the southwest corner of the walled city at Paseo de la Princesa, a promenade with a spectacular view of San Juan Bay. Midway down the promenade is La Princesa, a former prison that currently houses the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. and displays rotating art exhibits that are open to the public.  Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Juan Nightlife


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San Juan lights up after dark. There's always plenty of action in the island's casinos, many of which are located in the larger hotels along the strip in Condado and Isla Verde. Most are entertaining whether you're gambling or not. Casinos open at noon and don't close till 4 am—some stay open 24 hours. Remember that there is a law prohibiting smoking inside establishments in Puerto Rico; this includes bars, casinos, clubs, hotels, shopping centers and restaurants.   Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Juan Restaurants & Dining


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San Juan's restaurant explosion has breathed new life into the local dining scene. The assortment of eateries is multicultural, reflecting both international trends and the increased interest in ethnic cuisine.   Click here to see the full San Juan travel guide on Travel42 »

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