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About San Juan

by SmarterTravel Staff
Puerto Rico: Old San Juan (Photo: iStockphoto/photo168)

San Juan may be part of Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, but this city has a flavor all its own. Located on the "Island of Enchantment," the city integrates Spanish, African, Indian, and U.S. cultures into a unique blend evident in the traditional local Criolla cuisine, which includes fried green plantains and mofongo, a dish made up of mashed plantains with meat or seafood in a garlic and tomato sauce.

The Old San Juan neighborhood holds many of the city's treasures, including an array of Spanish colonial homes. As the second-oldest city in the Americas, San Juan attractions offer plenty of history, and the El Morro, Fuerte San Cristobal, and La Fortaleza fortresses are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Flights to San Juan land three miles away from the city at Puerto Rico's main gateway, the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

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