A staple on most Eastern and Southern Caribbean cruises, San Juan is the colourful capital of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, but it despite its American influence it greatly retains its Latin American spirit. Its Spanish-African culture and century-old architecture, including several Spanish military forts, make it an incredibly interesting stop for cruise passengers in the Caribbean.
Some of the city highlights include a 16th century citadel called El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the El Castillo de San Cristóbal fort built to protect against land-based attacks; La Fortaleza, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico and a World Heritage Site; and the 1520 el Catedral de San Juan Bautista, containing the tomb of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. Visit the Bacardi Rum Factory, also known as the Cathedral of Rum, for a free tour of the premises. Keen to try the local comida Criolla (traditional cuisine), why not try out El Jibarito on Sol Street in Old San Juan.
It’s a short walk from where your cruise ship docks to many of the city’s main attractions including Old San Juan, the historic part of the city.