The port of San Juan is located in historical Old San Juan, the earliest settlement in Puerto Rico. Walking the streets and shops of Old San Juan is like stepping back into hundreds of years in history. The aged, narrow cobblestone roads are filled with various shops owned by locals. Two of the oldest forts in American history are located here a mile apart, San Cristobal Fort and El Morro. Both forts sit on the Caribbean and offer a wealth of history and beautiful views of the water.
There is more to see in San Juan than just old forts and cobblestone roads lined with buildings built back in the 17th century. From beaches, to nightlife, and the El Yunque Rainforest, there is something for everyone in San Juan.
There are many great beaches that are just a short cab ride away. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Isla Verde Beach, a short 15 minute cab ride. This beach is lined with some of the finest resorts and casinos in Puerto Rico. The beach is over a mile long and it is the place to be on weekends. Condado Beach is closer to Old San Juan and also a popular destination. Neither beach is great for snorkeling due to the larger waves from the Ocean.
El Yunque Rainforest
Puerto Rico has a real gem in El Yunque Rainforest. It is also the only rainforest that belongs to the U.S. Forest Service. El Yunque has many waterfalls, some are right off the main road into the rainforest and others require a difficult 45 minute hike to see their beauty. There are many trails that are marked with how difficult they are to walk. Combined with the heat, they can be difficult for many people, use caution where necessary and bring along bottled water.
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The rainforest also has the highest point in Puerto Rico at over 3,000 feet above sea level. It is also home to many different types of parrots and the Coqui tree frogs.