Beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, historic sites, culinary experiences, and outdoor adventures—discover the many sides of Puerto Rico on a cruise from San Juan. The 100-mile long island is packed with a diverse array of experiences, from spirited salsa music to serene coral reefs, 16th century UNESCO World Heritage structures, and pastel buildings lining cobblestone streets.
On a Caribbean cruise from San Juan, you’ll explore other enticing tropical destinations aboard one of our award-winning cruise ships. Lounge on the pristine beaches of Barbados and Aruba. Taste local rum or hike up a volcano in St. Kitts. Experience Bonaire’s famed dive sites and Curaçao’s historic Willemstad. Unwind in paradise in complete luxury with Celebrity Cruises.
The Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are collectively known as the ABC islands. From luxurious white sand beaches and turquoise seas to spectacular diving sites and exotic animal encounters, the ABC islands offer something for every vacationer. Enjoy a guided horseback ride along the north coast in Aruba. Explore Bonaire’s renowned marine life from a glass-bottom kayak, or enjoy a two-tank scuba dive in the Caribbean’s top-ranked dive location. Take part in a hands-on cooking class with a local chef and learn how Caribbean ingredients impart an island flavor to dishes in Curaçao.
Visit one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the Caribbean—Harrison’s Cave. Descend deep into the cavern on a tram, where you’ll see incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations, bubbling streams, tumbling cascades, plunging waterfalls, and emerald pools. Embark on a guided safari adventure into the Wildlife Reserve, home to the free-roaming green monkeys, a rare sight outside of West Africa. Explore the island’s most beautiful locations on a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Or enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise, complete with a premium open bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres.
The two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis has it all—a rich history, lush rainforests, soft sand beaches, and even a majestic volcano. Hike a beautiful rainforest to reach the crater of a dormant volcano and be rewarded with breathtaking views on a rugged island tour. Sail along the gorgeous coast of St. Kitts in a sleek catamaran, then jump in the ocean for a snorkel adventure. Or, take a day trip to Nevis, the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, and explore the history museum with a break for lunch.
On our cruises from San Juan, explore some of the less-traveled Caribbean islands on an unforgettable seven-night itinerary. Be transported to the world’s most unforgettable destinations in spectacular style. Reserve a beautiful stateroom or stay at The Retreat, our luxury vacation experience, where you’ll have a spacious suite that includes exclusive access to a private sundeck, restaurant, and lounge.
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Cruises that call in San Juan for a day conveniently pull into port right in the heart of Old San Juan. The Old San Juan Cruise Pier has a trolley stop, taxi ranks, and many places to shop and dine just steps away. If you’re embarking on one of the cruises from San Juan to the Caribbean, you’ll depart from the Pan American Pier, located in the Isla Grande neighborhood across the Cano de San Antonio bay from Old San Juan. The cruise terminal has a parking lot, taxi rank, and an air-conditioned lounge inside. If you’re heading straight to the airport after your cruise ends in San Juan, expect a 20-minute cab or shuttle ride between the cruise terminal and San Juan airport.
Trek up the long sidewalk leading past the gorgeous green lawns that stretch out on either side of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, commonly referred to as El Morro. The lawns provide a gorgeous base to the stately standing fort at the top of the gently sloping hill, with the ocean sparkling all around it. Explore the fort’s old sleeping quarters, dungeons, and ramparts. Informational signs spread out around the fort will enlighten you about the history of El Morro and how it played a strategic military role for many centuries.
The beautiful Cathedral of San Juan is situated next to a pretty little park adjacent to some of the most charming streets in Old San Juan. In addition to its lovely setting, the Cathedral of San Juan is prominent for being the second-oldest cathedral built in the Americas and the burial site of Juan Ponce de Leon.
Located within a light-filled square in Old San Juan, the impressive Raices Fountain is adorned with statues reflecting Puerto Rico’s cultural influences: the Tainos, the Spaniards, and the Africans. The monument, whose name means “roots,” acknowledges Puerto Rico’s vast history and heritage.
Be sure to leave time in your schedule to wander around Old San Juan, an area filled with colorful buildings, pretty plazas, and small parks situated alongside cobblestoned streets. It’s also home to some of San Juan’s most beloved sites, including two separate forts, cathedrals, and iconic statues.
Immerse yourself in the history, culture, and cuisine of Puerto Rico with a multi-faceted tour that takes you on an expertly guided walk through Plaza Darsenas, the bustling Princess Pathway, the impressive San Juan Cathedral, and Old San Juan. Then, you’ll meet with a chef who will teach you how to make mofongo, a favorite dish in Puerto Rico. Afterward, sit down to a delicious three-course dinner accompanied by a refreshing mojito.
San Juan is home to soft sand beaches in shades of white and gold, lined by the turquoise hue of the Caribbean Sea. The beach ambiance you’ll encounter differs quite a bit depending on what beach you visit since some are laid back while others have more of a party vibe. The popular beaches of Isla Verde and Condado offer both relaxation and fun in the sun, with spots where you can rent lounge chairs and water sports equipment, and even get an oceanfront massage.
Puerto Rico has often been called one of the best Caribbean islands for foodies, and the focal point of all that delicious cuisine is San Juan. Try some tapas at a local cafe, or go all out with a waterfront dining experience at a fine restaurant. At some local restaurants, you’ll get to hear traditional music and watch dance performances during your meal. The can’t-miss food item to try in Puerto Rico is mofongo, a side dish that accompanies most meals made from fried green plantains mashed up with salt, olive oil, and garlic. For drinks, don’t miss some locally distilled rum or a glass of sangria.
Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Its location in the northeastern Caribbean near the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands gives it a mix of Caribbean, American, and European influences. Adding to that cultural background is the history of the indigenous tribes who once lived here, African slaves who were brought to the island, and the colonial past that brought the Spanish, who built great forts and settled the town of San Juan in 1521.
Today, you’ll find a city with a focus on the future while still striving to preserve its own unique culture of dance, music, cuisine, and folklore. Travelers on cruises from San Juan or visiting San Juan as a port of call will find that tourism is a big part of the economy and will be charmed by its residents, who are known for their warm hospitality to visitors. Behind the scenes, however, you’ll find one of the most robust economies in the Caribbean, which is largely influenced by the industries of service and manufacturing. Agriculture also plays a role in Puerto Rico’s economy, though not as much as it once did.
Old San Juan has a plethora of souvenir shops located throughout the town. You’ll find typical souvenirs mixed in with locally made handicrafts. For a fun souvenir from San Juan, pick up one of the tourist-favorite Panama hats. Though not within walking distance for cruisers stopping in San Juan for the day, those taking one of the cruises from San Juan and flying in early will enjoy taking a stroll down Ashford Avenue in Condado, a part of New San Juan with a variety of boutiques and luxury stores. Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall in the Caribbean, has many popular brand name stores.
The bus system in San Juan stops at all the major attractions and is an affordable way to tour the city, both in Old San Juan and beyond to the neighborhoods of Condado and New San Juan. Old San Juan also has a free trolley service that visits many of the top sites. Look for the marked trolley stop signs and wait for the next one to arrive, which typically doesn’t take long as trolleys are frequently running. There are three different routes and two types of trolleys to choose from: open-air and enclosed with air conditioning. Taxis are also easy to hail in San Juan, where they line up outside the cruise terminal or in ranks around the city.
The official currency in Puerto Rico is the U.S. Dollar. You’ll find ATMs all around the city dispensing dollar bills. Expect to tip what you’re used to in the U.S., which is typically 15% to 20% of the total bill.