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.


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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