There are hundreds of ways to enjoy the beautiful port in Puerto Rico. Here’s a look at San Juan from three perspectives.
Lynn and Cele Seldon, North Carolina, early 50s
We traveled as a couple.
While in port we strolled the historic, romantic streets of Old San Juan, enjoying the shade of trees and old buildings wherever possible. Our day-long walk included shopping for local arts and crafts; enjoying food and drinks, including a mashed plantain dish called mofongo and varied island rums; touring the historic El Morro Fort on our own; and visiting the pretty Cathedral of San Juan.
The highlight was purchasing a traditional and colorful vejigante mask (a folkloric mask often used in carnival celebrations) from a vendor in Plaza Arturo Somohano.
I wish we had gotten to visit El Yunque rainforest, because we love to enjoy nature and hikes as a couple while cruising.
San Juan is good for couples because Old San Juan oozes romance from morning to midnight, and many ships have late all-aboards for romance-seeking couples and those in search of nightlife.
Sherry Laskin, Florida, 50s
I traveled solo.
While in port I crossed the street and walked uphill to the El Morro fortress. On the way back to the port, I stopped at El Convento for a cool drink in the shady courtyard.
The highlight was stopping at a local restaurant for lunch in Old San Juan.
San Juan is wonderful for solo travelers because you can walk during the day through Old San Juan up to the Fortress, shop the outlet stores downtown or sit in an outdoor café without feeling conspicuous. Or simply purchase your ship’s shore excursion to one of the beaches rather than go it alone in a taxi across the island. The taxis are too expensive and it’s better to travel in a group when you are at a new destination.
Melissa Klurman, New Jersey, early 40s
I traveled with my family—my husband and son, Aidan, 8.
While in port we wandered the streets of historic old San Juan and sampled street food ranging from fresh coconuts to bakery van treats. It was like an ice-cream truck, but with warm donuts and cakes.
The highlight was exploring the massive El Morro fort, with its centuries-old stone turrets, towers, and underground tunnels. The whole family loved it.
I wish we had gotten to visit the Museo del Nino (Children’s Museum). We’ve heard great things about their hands-on attractions that fill three full floors.
Old San Juan is great for visiting with kids because it has inexpensive eats, massive stone forts that seem to be right out of a pirate movie, and multiple playgrounds and green spaces for kids to let off steam—the grassy slopes next to El Morro are a great place to fly a kite or just run around.