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5 Must Take Day Trips From San Juan

San Juan is a tourist paradise. Whether you are intrigued by history, are certified gastronome food, or love outdoor adventure, the vibrant city offers it all.

You can walk the charming cobblestone streets admiring the grandeur of centuries-old forts. You can explore mouth-watering Puerto Rican cuisine. So, relish flavorful mofongo for lunch and munch on delicious alcapurrias when visiting the beach. If dining in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, in style is the plan, book a table at the Marmalade.

After soaking up the rich San Juan culture and soaking up the sun and sand on the San Juan beaches, plan a few day trips from the beautiful city for a good dose of adventure. The strategic location of the city makes it the perfect springboard for exploring a plethora of tourist destinations. We have done the homework for you and have got you covered stay-wise. Book your Old San Juan accommodation with us, but first, read on!

Casa Blanca

Built as Juan Ponce de Leon’s residence (Puerto Rico’s first governor) in 1521, Casa Blanca is now a historical building and a museum house.

For a history connoisseur, the house is a delight. The architecture, artifacts, and antiques dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries will make you fall in love with the Blanca.

The Casa overlooks the San Juan Bay. Do pay a visit if you want to step back in time.

Arecibo Observatory

If you never tire of talking about the wonders of the universe, add the Arecibo Observatory to your bucket list. The observatory is even visited by scientists from across the globe.

It is a concrete bowl (305 meters in diameter) with a radio telescope (the world’s largest for 53 years). It was used to study radio emissions from distant stars and galaxies. Although the recent earthquakes damaged the telescope a bit, you can visit just to enjoy the spectacular view from the deck.

The Observatory is 80 km from San Juan.

Cueva Ventana

Cueva Ventana, or the “Window Cave,” is located on a limestone cliff’s top. You will get an incredible view of the Rio Grande de Arecibo valley from the cave window.

An interesting fact, the cave and the land surrounding it are privately owned.

If discovering lesser-known places gives you an adrenaline rush, then Cueva Ventana is perfect. Pack your bag, keeping in mind that you will be hiking an underground cave’s subterranean world.

El Yunque Rainforest

When in Puerto Rico, visiting a mountainous subtropical rainforest is something to look forward to. 

The El Yunque Rainforest, only 20-25 minutes from San Juan, fits the bill perfectly. Situated on the Sierra de Luquillo’s slopes, the rainforest is the largest piece of public land in Puerto Rico, covering 28,000 acres.

Gozalandia Waterfall

The Gozalandia waterfall boasts of two waterfalls, the Lower and the Upper Waterfall, and the Double Waterfalls offer a picturesque view. If you are up for an Indiana Jones adventure, hike up to the Upper Waterfall, following the paved trails.

You have a bucket list. Now, book your stay at Fortaleza Suites! While you enjoy a fun-filled trip, we will ensure you get the best Old San Juan accommodation with us. Give us a call at 7873073795 for more information.