San Juan © Edgar Jimenez
The capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan is one of
the busiest ports in the Caribbean and a third of all Puerto Ricans
live here. Nearly every visitor to the island arrives at San Juan,
many on cruise liners. It's one of the largest home-based cruise
ports in the world, hosting many vessels with more being added each
San Juan is divided into three distinct districts:
Old San Juan, the historic walled city; the beach and resort area;
and the outlying suburbs. Tourists are concerned mainly with Old
San Juan, the site of most restaurants, shops, entertainment
venues, and the beaches.
The old city is linked to the new by the largely
residential Puerta de Tierra area, and a series of modern highways
leading to the Condado beachfront, which is reminiscent of
Florida's Miami Beach with its high-rise hotels and apartment
It is not only tourism that keeps the financial mills
grinding in San Juan. The city is an important centre for petroleum
and sugar refining, brewing and distilling, and the manufacturing
of cement, pharmaceuticals, metal products, and tobacco
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, there are
numerous attractions in San Juan to amuse, entertain, and interest
many tourists, and the city is a perfect base for exploring the
rest of what this small Caribbean island has to offer.
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