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Mofongo, Dancing, Beaches: San Juan Shore Excursions

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico, and its unbreakable spirit and Caribbean beauty make San Juan shore excursions extra special for cruise passengers visiting the city. There’s something for everyone in San Juan. On San Juan cruise excursions, you’ll want to stop and photograph the pastel buildings of Old San Juan, or take a day perusing the city’s museums like the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art or the Children’s Museum.

Once off your cruise to Puerto Rico, you can explore Old San Juan on foot, following the cobblestoned, narrow streets throughout the city to culminate at the Old Town’s Castillo San Felipe de Morro. The city has been protected by these walls for over 500 years, and you’ll catch incredible views of the San Juan Bay beyond you. While you’re in Old San Juan, go shopping for souvenirs or handmade clothing at local boutiques found on every street.

San Juan shore excursions are adventurous and fun for the entire family. Try bioluminescent kayaking at Laguna Grande, where you can paddle through mangroves to Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve for a nighttime kayak experience like no other. Outside of Old San Juan, you can bus deeper into the island to El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest with trails and waterfalls for one of the more active things to do in San Juan. Another classic way to experience San Juan is by swimming and snorkeling its waters along the beaches of Condado or Playa El Escambrón, where colorful marine life and coral reefs live. Sailing, boat tours, and catamarans are another popular way to get out on the water of the Caribbean Sea or the North Atlantic Ocean.

Foodies and liquor connoisseurs shouldn’t miss San Juan shore excursions to the Bacardi distillery, open Tuesday to Sunday. You can taste the locally made Caribbean rum or enjoy a refreshing mojito. Don’t forget to try the classic Puerto Rican delicacy mofongo, which is mashed plantains seasoned with garlic and pork rinds. Fried tostones are a traditional Puerto Rican staple on almost any menu in San Juan.

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