Putting together an itinerary for seeing all the best sights this vacation? Perhaps you've got a few hours to kill between business meetings, and want to know the best stuff to see. Either way, our 10Best list should have you covered. While there are always great things to experience, there are typically things you wish you would have passed on as well. Alcaldía located in the Old San Juan area is among our top picks for sightseeing in San Juan.

Casa Bacardi


Sanjuaneros have Fidel Castro to thank for the world's largest rum distillery calling Puerto Rico home. Bacardi built its first distillery in Cuba in 1862. When the Castro regime confiscated the factory in the 1960s the family moved operations...  Read More

Old San Juan


San Juan's city hall design was inspired by the city hall in Madrid, Spain. The building was constructed in stages beginning in 1604 and finishing in 1789. A small information center is located near the entrance and there is an art gallery on...  Read More

Old San Juan
Paseo La Princesa


The \\"Promenade of the Princess\\" passes by some of Old San Juan's most impressive sites. A lovely, tree-lined walk designed and built in the 19th century features benches, decorative street lamps and shady sidewalks that make walking the path...  Read More

Plazuela de la Rogativa


A visit to this historic site should be on every tourist's itinerary. A wonderful bronze statue of three women in a procession commemorates a miraculous event that took place in 1797. With the British fleet anchored outside the walls of San Juan...  Read More

Old San Juan
Plaza de Colón


This important square in Old San Juan was originally called St. James Square but was renamed in 1893 to honor Christopher Columbus on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his discovery of Puerto Rico. A massive statue dedicated to the...  Read More

Arecibo Observatory


You might recognize some areas of the observatory from the movie "Contact," part of which was filmed here. The facility is associated with Cornell University's National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center and boasts the world's largest radar-radio...  Read More

Plaza de San José


After a failed British attack in 1797, the citizens of San Juan took the enemy's cannons, melted them down and fashioned the statue of Ponce de Leon that still stands guard over this square. Historic buildings and small museums surround the...  Read More



This Old San Juan plaza was inaugurated in October of 1992. Its location at the highest point of the city ensures beautiful views of the ocean and Old San Juan. The square was constructed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's...  Read More

Puerta De Tierra


This building is home to the 1952 Constitution, the Senate and the House of Representatives. First built in the 1920s, the building is still a marvel with its intricate friezes, colorful mosaics and spacious gallery. You can identify the large...  Read More

Catedral de San Juan


This beautiful cathedral was begun in 1540 to serve as the Catholic center of the city. Its original wooden walls and thatched roof were blown apart by a hurricane in 1529. After a subsequent looting and another hurricane, it was well into the...  Read More