Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro)
This stone garrison is the second-oldest freestanding fort in the Americas. Built by Spanish settlers between 1539 and 1783 on a rock-strewn promontory at the entrance of San Juan Bay, it’s a hulking pile of turrets, towers, walls, barracks, and dungeons that are ripe for exploration. A $5 combination pass buys entry to both El Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal, another fort on the northeast edge of Old San Juan.
Isla Verde Beach
Not one but two deep, curved beaches of pale pink sand, each a mile and a half long, make up Isla Verde. Both have gentle waves and are hugely popular with families. Stake out your space before 11 a.m. if you want to secure one of the 50 hexagon-shaped picnic shelters.
Puerto Rico Museum of Art
Housed in a Neoclassical former hospital in San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood, this 130,000-square-foot space became the Caribbean’s most extensive art museum when it opened in 2000. The collection includes prominent Puerto Rican artists from the 17th century to the present day. There’s also a five-acre sculpture garden, the perfect place for a quiet stroll before lunch at the on-site restaurant Laurel Kitchen Art Bar.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.