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San Juan is an enormous sprawling city set on the northern Puerto Rican coast. Although the city boasts an enthralling centuries-old heritage - which can be seen in the stone-walled historically rich old town - San Juan’s buzzing beachside area is covered in sleek modern architecture, from silver-arching arts centres to dazzling contemporary coliseums. For sun-seekers, San Juan’s vast golden beachfront boasts soft unblemished sands, which gently slope down to the warm, turquoise Atlantic waters.

Things to see

Start your San Juan holiday by learning of the city’s rich heritage in the old town. Here, narrow cobbled streets - inlayed with magical blue stones - are lined by white-washed 17th century houses, which showcase San Juan’s colonial history. Amble along to the Fort San Cristobal, a mighty red-walled Spanish fort that sits atop a rocky wave-wrecked crag. Black cannons blanket its war-ravished battlements, and the winding corridors are covered with golden swords and crested shields. After, head to the Santurce district, where - amongst the bustling boutique-lined streets - you’ll discover the Puerto Rican Museum of Art, one of the biggest in the Caribbean. The enormous collection of 17th century fine paintings are sure to inspire, but if you prefer something more modern, head to the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art. In the afternoon, get energised at Ocean Park, an affluent beach community bursting with water sports, including parasailing and surfing.

Hotels in San Juan

Seafront San Juan hotels boast sublime 5-star en-suite rooms set in sleek modern buildings that reflect the golden Puerto Rican sun. These rooms come complete with king-size beds and private balconies, so you can fully experience the sparkling ocean views. If you want immediate beach access but are travelling on a budget, then stay in one of San Juan’s 2 or 3-star resort-style seafront hotels, which offer comfortable queen-size rooms and deep heated pools. For a slice of urban excitement, stay in one of the small and inexpensive independent hotels that rest beside old town.

Where to stay

San Juan’s most magical area is surely the old town. Stay here and immerse yourself in the endless terraces of fine Spanish architecture, from the large colonial-era houses to the imposing fortresses that loom over San Juan’s aquamarine bay. For a pleasant beachside neighbourhood - where guesthouses and condos rest right on the fine white sands, and make for a romantic setting - stay in Condado, which is connected to the old town by an arching stone bridge. If you want all the benefits of a beachside neighbourhood, but crave something even more paradisal, stay in the nearby prosperous and palm-rich Ocean Park.

How to get to San Juan

San Juan is well served by Luis Munoz Marin International airport, which rests a mere 8 miles from the central city. The airport provides year-round regular flights to dozens of destinations throughout the USA, as well as top European cities, including London Gatwick. Once you step off the plane into the warm sun-kissed San Juan air, hop in a taxi and relax as you’re driven through the buzzing streets to the vast beachfront. Once in San Juan, you can travel by inexpensive buses, but renting your own car is the best way to explore the city and island.