With its cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors, San Juan is a popular tourist destination. The oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction, it offers a warm climate throughout the year, with temperatures sizzling in the summer. Mountains cover over half of the island terrain, but the geography of Puerto Rico also includes rain forests, deserts and caves.
The past lives on in Old San Juan, where restored 16th- and 17th-century buildings line the streets paved with blue adoquine stones. Wander the labyrinthine ramparts and tunnels of the great El Morro citadel and the venerable Castillo de San Cristóbal, a World Heritage and National Historic Site. Or take a ferry to the Barcardi distillery for an introduction to rum production. When you work up an appetite with your explorations, dine on the savory flavors of the local "Créole" cuisine: hearty soups and stews with aromatic spices, roasted meats and desserts made with sweet coconut milk. San Juan offers culinary and sight-seeing sensations to travelers of all ages!