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The 10 best things to do in San Juan

Colorful San Juan, with its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings, is a one-stop shop for history, culture, gorgeous beaches, piña coladas, nightlife and adventure activities. And, if you’re a US citizen, your phone works, your dollars are accepted and you don’t need a passport to visit.  But we can’t talk about Puerto Rico without discussing the devastation that occurred on the Caribbean island in September 2017, when hurricanes Irma and Maria landed one after the other. Many rural areas are still in the process of rebuilding. The good news is, the doors have once again opened to travelers. And visiting – spending cash on tourism – is the best way to support the country. Here are some great things to do in the capital, San Juan. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 10 best hotels in San Juan

San Juan is one of the Caribbean’s most historic and appealing cities, and there are stacks of choices for bedding down for the night. Whilst Old San Juan is a densely-packed colonial neighborhood with several atmospheric hotels, many more great accommodation options are spread between the ritzy Condado and still-swankier Isla Verde districts. Hotels here vary from ambient century-old properties to hip, contemporary complexes sporting hundreds of rooms. Because of San Juan’s eclectic layout and history, even the big chain hotels have added appeal here. Equally, exciting boutique hotels are forever emerging in San Juan. It’s a nicely mixed offering with something for everyone, as our list of the best hotels in San Juan shows.