Boating and Sailing Near Old San Juan

Old San Juan is the most popular destination in Puerto Rico, and sailing there is equally considered

Photo credit: © Tom Massey
 

As you plan an adventure sailing through the Caribbean with the intent of stopping in Old San Juan, drop the "Old" and focus on San Juan. Your job will be to make arrangements to sail to San Juan and within this larger entity is where you will find the historic city that requires days upon days of exploring to really get to see it all. In San Juan, you'll find a few locations to dock and just as many sea-based excursions to take advantage.

Excursions

Snorkeling and diving? Fishing or other watersports? Just plain sailing? Whatever your interests are, there is a service to help make sure that you get to enjoy it during your stay in Old San Juan. Some tourists are so bold to head down to the nearest marina and try and find a local sailor to take them out for a quick sail for a cash offering, but it is recommended you hire a reputable company known for providing this service instead.

If you're simply wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the stress and cost involved with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Take a look at the chart that follows for information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Castillo Tours (787) 791-6195 101 Calle Doncella - Condado District
La Rumba Party Cruises (787) 375-5211 Old San Juan
Sail Old San Juan (787) 340-7567 San Juan Marina - Miramar
Sail San Juan Bay (787) 667-7778 482 Avenida Fernandez Juncos - Viejo San Juan
San Juan Water Tours (787) 624-6295 Pier 6 - Viejo San Juan

Entry Requirements

...heavy trade winds...

 

San Juan is an official port of entry, which mean international travelers can sail direct to this town and gain clearance. As you do so, make sure to have your yellow quarantine flag up, and leave it flying until you have been given the all clear. You and every person aboard will have to present a valid passport, and those traveling from outside of the United States and Canada will need a visa and cruising permit as well.

Docking

Pan American Pier is a very busy destination, utilized as a major commercial ship harbor more often than not. While there is plenty of space and the harbor remains deep until very close to the dock, heavy trade winds often mean it will require a lot of patience to sail into port. Anchorages can be found just west of San Juan Marina. The marina is well-equipped with everything you need to care for yourself and your boat when you dock. From here it takes less than 10 minutes to get to Old San Juan by taxi.

Are you going to sail to Old San Juan using your own vessel, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? Check out the listing that follows to find basic information for marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Cangrejos Yacht Club (787) 791-1015 Isla Verde
Laguna La Torrecilla -- Isla Verde
San Juan Marina (787) 722-0938 Miramar

A visit to Old San Juan wouldn't be compete without at least a few hours spent sailing just off the coast. There is much to see and plenty of ways to stay active off-land; just name your preferred sport and you'll be able to find a way to participate in it.

 

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