San Juan Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: San Juan

Where is it located?: San Juan is located in Puerto Rico, in the northeastern part of the island, on the Atlantic Ocean.

Why do people go there?: San Juan is the perfect draw for those who want all the offerings of a large city, but with beautiful beaches and oceanside accommodation to match.

How do travelers get there?: Flights into San Juan’s international airport is the easiest way to get there, although a cruise ship can do the trick as well.

Currency: US dollar (USD)

City Code: None needed

Population: 500,000

Languages: Spanish, English

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Old San Juan, Puerta de Tierra, Miramar, Condado, Ocean Park, Villa Palmeras, Isla Verde, Hato Rey, Rio Piedras, Bayamon

Attractions: Old San Juan, Beaches, U.S. Proximity

Accommodations: San Juan Hostels, San Juan Hotels

Tourist Office: Puerto Rico-Tourism Co. Old San Juan San Juan, Puerto Rico +1-809-721-2400, 722-1709, 791-1014, 791-2551 +1-809-721-2400, 722-1709, 791-1014, 791-2551

Off-the-beaten-path: Plaza del Mercado, El Yunque, Luquillo Beach, Bacardi Plant

Health Issues: dengue

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Keep an eye on the weather (to avoid hurricanes) and head over during the fall for nice weather and less tourists.

Common Phrases: Hola – Hello; Como esta – How are you?; Cuanto es? / Cuanto cuesta? — How much is it?; Habla ingles? — Do you speak English?; Por favor – please; No entiendo – I don’t understand; Hable lento, por favor — Please speak more slowly; Lo siento — I’m sorry; No lo se — I don’t know; Aqui esta — Here it is; si – yes; no – no; esta manana — this morning; esta tarde — this afternoon; esta noche — tonight

City Specific Events: Festival of St John the Baptist in June, Las Navidades in December, Saint Sebastian Festival in January

How to get around?: Buses are the best, although trolley and ferry systems are in place in certain areas.

Good to know: San Juan has one of the finest harbors in Caribbean.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into San Juan is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the San Juan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.