The capital of Puerto Rico is a favourite holiday destination for US travellers because –among many other reasons that include its alluring tropical vibes- an entry visa is not required. UK nationals, Australians, and most visitors from countries in western Europe like Spain do not need to apply for a travel visa either, as long as the validity of their passport lasts for three months after they exit the country, there are at least two blank pages in it and they do get the corresponding transit permits for other territories where they may be having a stopover if that is the case.
Overseas visitors frequently fall in love with San Juan’s nice climate, tasty cuisine, tropical beaches, castles and old forts, museums and the cobblestoned streets of the colonial old town, all of which blend in perfectly with a vibrant, modern urban life. That being said, we must admit that after the early morning hours spent sightseeing and perhaps salsa dancing at night, the preferred pastime in Puerto Rico is sunbathing or taking long strolls on the Isla Verde and Carolina beaches, or on those that are closer to San Juan International Airport (Luis Muñoz Marín), few kilometres south of the city centre. This short distance separating the airport from San Juan makes it really simple and affordable for arriving passengers to get to their hotel in Puerto Rico by taxi or by hiring a car at the terminal.
Flights to San Juan in Puerto Rico
While many tourists arrive aboard cruise ships, independent travellers normally choose direct or connecting flights from Europe (operated by Iberia, Air Europa and codesharing partners), South America (operated by Avianca, Copa Airlines and partners) or North America (operated by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest, United or WestJet).
Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
If you are planning a holiday in Puerto Rico, we can recommend hotels in San Juan that will fit into your travel budget when vacationing on your own, with your special one or even with the whole family. Take a look at our suggestions sorted out by star rating below.
2-star accommodation in San Juan, PR: SJ Suites
This option lies just ten minutes from the nearest beach and the cruise port, so it will take you a short stroll to reach the seashore and feel the much sought-after tropical ocean breeze. The area is full of restaurants, bars and supermarkets, and invites to explore the also close Old Town. Visitors may transfer to other points of interest such as the Bacardi Rum distillery and Ocean Park Beach by car or taxi. The SJ Suites hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, provides guests with spacious rooms featuring large comfortable beds, complimentary wireless internet access and satellite TV. This is a good option if you want to stay in a central area yet be able to spend time on the beach and try the varied regional cuisine served at local businesses.
The Decanter hotel in Old San Juan of Puerto Rico
Within walking distance of beautiful landmarks like the Cathedral and less than one kilometre from the breathtaking sea views you can get from San Felipe del Morro fort, the location of the Decanter hotel in San Juan is ideal for visitors longing to live this experience as locals, eating at the many charming cafés and local restaurants in the vicinity that make up a rich choice for short and long stays alike. The accessible facilities feature free WiFi all throughout, and most rooms are equipped with a living area, a kitchenette, a wardrobe and a terrace. Daily cleaning is provided, as well as safes and luggage storage, among other services. The staff can assist you in both English and Spanish.
Beach hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Serafina Beach hotel in San Juan is a 4-star accommodation for your holidays in Puerto Rico that stands by the coast and so offers stunning ocean views from its en suite rooms with private bathrooms and amenities. Five kilometres away from San Felipe del Morro and close to a wide range of museums and theatres, it is our closest recommendation to Luis Muñoz Marín International airport in Puerto Rico (only eight kilometres). However, chances are that you will want to stay inside these facilities more than usual, as it features a gym, WiFi free of charge in all areas and an onsite restaurant specialising in Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. The staff at the reception, who can assist you in four different languages (French, Spanish, English and German) will give you advice on how to use the ATMs, get tourist information, have your clothes washed and ironed or how to enrol in organised tours and activities that include windsurf, snorkelling and hiking. If you hire a vehicle to get around during your Caribbean trip, know that there are also paid parking spots in the surroundings.
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