About San Juan, PR

By  Published Sep 15th, 2016



San Juan is the culturally-thriving, abounding and flourishing ocean-side capital of Puerto Rico. It is the largest city in the state, towing a population of almost 400,000 people and serving both as port and home to a myriad of different industry trades. Its many colorful offerings and abundance of exports give good reason for this dominion to be called “The Rich Port”, with some of its richest offerings being condensed within the beautiful city itself.

The coast is a busy, bustling place. Besides being the commercial hotspot of Puerto Rico, it exports thousands of goods every day, including that of tobacco, sugar, coffee, and fruit. It bids multiple manufactures, the main and most paramount of them being clothing, cement, and metal products. Its prime industries in the area encompass brewing, distilling, publishing, and of course- tourism. The great history, culture, sights, and, you guessed it, authentic eats make the island metropolis an all-around ideal destination for mega tourism.

The city's climate is considered to be tropical, averaging at moderate temperatures year-round and a slightly above average amount of rainfall. Mountain temperatures may vary slightly, but overall retain a balanced consensus of atmosphere. These conditions give way to lush, warming sea breezes, a variety of plants, and preferable swimming weather.

As such, it isn't difficult to find a day sunny enough for exploring the city's many beautiful features. Natural attractions include beaches of sugar-white sand and turquoise waters (some of the most notable being Condado, Isla Verde, and Escambron, which is known for its picture-perfect host of palm trees), cliffs and crags overlooking the sea, and barely an hour's drive away, a host of majestic mountain ranges. Man-made must-sees range from historical monuments and architecture, to newer attractions. There's Castillo San Felipe del Morro (a 16th century Spanish citadel), Castillo San Cristóbal (the largest Spanish fort in the New World), and the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (the second oldest cathedral in the Americas), along with a number of other historical edifices and ruins. Several art museums (both neoclassical and contemporary), in addition to historical museums, also take residence here. Take a walk through Old San Juan for more traditional housing and colorful, colonial-based buildings.

A stroll through the city will also surely render a variety of food options. Culturally-steeped culinary treats like empanadillas, Puerto Rican beef stew, spiced rice, and dishes of broiled chicken are all prominent. You can't visit the coast without being greeted by succulent seafood. Popular dishes include cod fritters (called bacalaíto), lobster, conch, and perhaps most traditionally, sopón de pescado- a fish soup, prepared with the entire fish, head included, intact. For dessert, flan (a type of custard) with coffee or rum is an authentic way to go. No matter where in the city you venture, every turn is sure to be one of vibrancy.