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A guide to holidays in San Juan - The capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean and a third of all Puerto Ricans live here. Nearly every visitor to the island arrives at San Juan, many on cruise liners. The port is the largest home-based cruise port in the world, hosting 28 vessels with more being added to the list each year.


San Juan is divided into three distinct districts: Old San Juan, the historic walled city; the beach and resort area; and the outlying suburbs. Tourists are concerned mainly with Old San Juan, site of most restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, and the beaches. The old city is linked to the new by a series of modern highways, leading to the Condado beach front, which is reminiscent of Florida's Miami Beach with its high-rise hotels and apartment blocks.


It is not only tourism that keeps the financial mills grinding in San Juan. The city is an important centre for petroleum and sugar refining, brewing and distilling, and manufacturing of cement, pharmaceuticals, metal products and tobacco products. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle there are numerous attractions to amuse, entertain and interest the many tourists, and the city is a perfect base for exploring the rest of what this small Caribbean island has to offer.


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San Juan holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Old San Juan

What is it? This area, encompassing about seven blocks, dates back about 500 years to the Spanish occupation when it served as a military stronghold that even repulsed Sir Francis Drake. The original cobbles on the streets are blue-tinged, and were originally ballast on the Spanish ships. The ancient stones set off the more than 400 restored 16th and 17th century Spanish colonial buildings that fill Old San Juan and draw thousands of tourists to walk the narrow, steep streets every day. The old town is enclosed in amazingly thick, high walls and features numerous attractive plazas bearing sculptures and memorials. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Spanish Forts
What is it? The mighty six-level fortress of San Felipe del Morro, built in 1540, towers 140 feet (43m) above the sea on San Juan Bay, its 18-foot thick (5m) walls having proved a worthy defence against invasion. The largest fortification in the Caribbean, it is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks, lookouts and ramps, offering spectacular views from atop its ramparts. Also in Norzagaray Street, Old San Juan, is El Morro's partner in defending the city, Castillo San Cristobal, built in the 17th century to a confusing and intricate modular design. Hours of Operation: Forts open daily 9am to 5pm (June to November), 9am to 6pm (December to May). Tours are available in English and Spanish Phone:729 6960



3. La Fortaleza
The Fortaleza is situated at the west end of Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan
What is it? The Fortaleza was built in 1540 as a fortress to guard the entrance to the San Juan harbour, but later became the official Governor's residence. During succeeding centuries the original structure has been remodelled and expanded, with a neoclassical façade being added in 1846 to leave the building with its palatial aspect. The current governor of Puerto Rico is in residence - the 170th Governor to live in the Fortaleza. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 6pm (until 5pm from June to November). Tours are available every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm. Reservations are required Phone:721 7000 ext. 2358



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1. San Sebastian Street Festival

From 2007-01-22

To 2007-01-25

What is it? The street festival is a carnival of colour featuring live music, food stalls, fairground rides and processions of flamboyant Puerto Rican culturama. Where is it? The streets of San Sebastian




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