A Combination of Old and New, Modern and Traditional, against an Exotic Setting
The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan is one of the oldest European-established cities in the Americas, second only to Santo Domingo and also one of the most modern, most dynamically developing settlements in the Caribbean area.
Originally founded by the Spanish in 1508, the settlement served as an important port for the ships traveling to the Americas, which made it a place that saw lots of conflicts between the powers fighting for control over it. The archipelago of Puerto Rico, of which San Juan has long served as center, became an unincorporated territory of the US in 1898.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, has a rich historical heritage, with monuments at every corner in the city, and the area has a lot to offer to those looking for outdoor experiences. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city is Viejo San Juan, a small island with lots of beautiful, restored old buildings and connected to the city with three bridges. Those looking for outdoor experiences can explore the unique El Yunque rainforest trails or enjoy a kayak tour in San Juan’s extraordinary bioluminescent bay.