Activities in San Juan

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If there were ever a busy, bustling town to be found in the Caribbean it is San Juan.  Not only is it the the capital city of Puerto Rico and the most populous city on the island, but it is the top tourist destination as well.  The area surrounding the town is what is considered to be the San Juan metropolitan area, and under this blanket there is a variety of styles that cater to every type of visitor imaginable.  If you can't find a certain activity to do in San Juan, chances are one of the cities in the surrounding are can take care of it for you.

Within the confines of San Juan is Old San Juan, a historic city that is a must see on your sightseeing tour.  Over in Condado is where you'll find the best luxury shopping.  Shopping is a top activity because it is completely duty free to tourists from the United States, and there are many deals to be found in this trendy area of the city.  From the harbor, you can find ways to participate in any number of water sports, and when the sun sets you won't be disappointed by the exhilarating nightlife scene which features gourmet restaurants, eclectic clubs, and numerous casinos.  


San Juan Diving

San Juan is  avery busy area, so do not expect to many prime dive sites nearby. However, the convenience of the city may be enough for some divers.

You'll find 4 dive services and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area. To navigate to our full guide to diving in this area, click here.


Peacock Bass and Tarpon Tours

The seas around San Juan are known for their deep depths that harbour many large fish. Traveling anglers will find plenty of services at the ready to take them out and try their luck against these large fish.

If you have some avid fishermen vacationing with you, they're in luck -- they can catch some fish with one of the 10 charter operators in this area. You can read this article regarding fishing in the area if you're looking for additional details.


Puerto Rico Golf

Enjoy playing golf? There are a pair of golf courses in the area. The courses in the area are Fort Buchanan Golf Club and Río Bayamón Golf Course. For more detail concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more click on the course name. For more in-depth coverage of this topic, see this guide, which discusses golfing throughout Puerto Rico.

Sailing and Boating

San Juan Sailing and Boating

Be sure to look through the chart below for information concerning local providers that will help you spend some time on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Castillo Tours (787) 791-6195 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Juan
Sail Old San Juan (787) 340-7567 1.9 mi. East of Old San Juan
Sail San Juan Bay (787) 667-7778 1.0 mi. East of Old San Juan
San Juan Water Tours (787) 624-6295 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan

If you want to find out about nearby marinas and charter operators use this link.


Biaggi & Faure

If you're going to be traveling with some people who love to shop they might enjoy browsing some of the area's 85 retail stores. To visit our full guide to shopping in San Juan, visit this page.


Museo de arte de Puerto Rico

You should plan on spending a day exploring the sights and culture of San Juan. The area has 20 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Travelers who enjoy natural surroundings will often enjoy the area's waterfalls and outdoor parks. Anyone needing to find more details about area sightseeing opportunities can do so by clicking on this link.

Details concerning a firm that can show you the most interesting local sights can be found here:

Sightseeing Services In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Aeromar Travel & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 757-2207 Little London
Atlantic San Juan Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 644-9841 Central San Juan
Aventuras Tierra Adentro Nature Tourism Service (787) 766-0470 Central San Juan
Castillo Travel & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 791-6195 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Juan
Eggie Travel & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 776-4444 Carolina, Eastern part of San Juan
Johnny Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 717-5344 Ocean Park
Pandora Tour Puerto Rico Excursions and Sightseeing Service (347) 414-0228 3.5 mi. East of Central San Juan
Rico Suntours Inc Travel and Tour Operators (787) 722-2080 Ocean Park
Segway Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- Old San Juan
Spoon Food Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (787) 598-6008 Old San Juan


Atlantic San Juan Tours

If you love snorkeling there's good news -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in San Juan. Readers can obtain more information about opportunities to go snorkeling by following this link.


Going to a spa might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, considering that there are 11 spas that operate in this area. Visit this page concerning spas in the area if you'd like to find more details.


Caribe Hilton

If you're a tennis player your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 4 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In San Juan
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Caribe Hilton 1.9 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan 4 check
El San Juan Resort & Casino, a Hilton Hotel 3.4 mi. East of Central San Juan 4
Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa, & Casino 3.8 mi. East of Central San Juan 2 check
Condado Plaza Hilton 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central San Juan 2 check

For instance, Caribe Hilton is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

15 Knots Kiteboarding School

Check out this table for information about other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information concerning other activities.

Other Activities In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
15 Knots Kiteboarding School Kitesurfing Operator (787) 215-5667 Isla Verde, Eastern part of San Juan
Akuadventures Glass Bottom Kayaks Jet Ski Rental Service (787) 340-8807 Ocean Park
Aqua Sports Kayaks and Surf Shops Watersports Equipment Shop (787) 782-6735 Hato Rey, Southern part of San Juan
Bahia Urbana Scenic Trail (787) 722-3309 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
BodyPlex Caparra Fitness Centers and Instructors (787) 705-9970 Southwestern part of San Juan
Caribbean Cinemas - Fine Arts Miramar Movie Theater (787) 721-4288 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central San Juan
Caribbean Cinemas - Plaza Escorial Movie Theater (787) 757-6181 2.5 mi. West of Central Carolina
Coliseo de Puerto Rico Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (787) 294-0001 Hato Rey, Central San Juan
Cupey Bowling & Entertainment Center Inc Bowling Center (787) 292-7144 3.8 mi. East-Northeast of Central Guaynabo
De Jesus Watercraft Jet Ski Rental Service (787) 422-0973 Miramar
Hato Rey Cinemas Movie Theater (787) 767-0374 1.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central San Juan
Hiram Bithorn Stadium Sporting Event Venue (787) 294-1037 Hato Rey, Central San Juan
It's Yoga Puerto Rico Fitness Centers and Instructors (787) 677-7585 Ocean Park, Northeastern part of San Juan
Julian Massage Massage Therapist (939) 639-4124 Hato Rey
La Respuesta Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers (787) 268-5287 Condado District
Olympus Fitness Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (787) 784-4291 Miramar
Roberto Clemente Coliseum Sporting Event Venue (787) 294-1037 1.7 mi. South of Central San Juan
Serenety Massage Esthetic Massage Therapist (787) 281-8673 Ocean Park
Tapia Theater Movie Theater -- Old San Juan
Weisner Cinema Movie Theater (787) 721-1273 1.4 mi. Northeast of Central San Juan
YMCA De San Juan Fitness Centers and Instructors (787) 728-7200 Ocean Park, Southeastern part of San Juan

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