Know before you go!
Region & Time Zone: Caribbean, Eastern Standard Time
Passport Required: No
Languages Spoken: Spanish (Primary), English
Currency: US Dollar
Power: Standard US Plug at 110 Volts
A little background
We are proud to serve 15 destinations from Puerto Rico (La Isla del Encanto) — more than any other airline in the world. And, through our partnership with CapeAir, we even serve some of Puerto Rico's most beautiful (but lesser known) destinations such as Vieques and Mayaguez. Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean and is located between the Dominican Republic and the British Virgin Islands (both of which also enjoy daily service on JetBlue). Puerto Rico's ideal location in the northeast Caribbean means that your perfect getaway is only a quick flight from the continental United States! The temperature averages at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, so no matter what time of the year you go, you're sure to enjoy great weather.
Hit the beach
It just so happens that in San Juan, there are several great beaches - but two of the most notable ones are Ocean Park and Isla Verde. For a mix of locals and tourists alike, check out Ocean Park Beach - one of the most popular beaches in San Juan that boasts mild waves for surfing, a small shoreline, and little to no crowds on week days. Another must see beach in San Juan is Isla Verde, where most of the large hotels are located. The vibe in Isla Verde is decidedly more touristy, but the white sand and warm water make it worth a visit.
Paseo de la Princesa
Strolling down this beautiful tree lined esplanade gives you a true sense of the historic charm of Old San Juan. While you walk down the shaded Esplanade, you will find plenty of local street vendors, artisans, and piragua vendors. On weekend evenings, musicians play well into the night. At the end of the Paseo de la Princesa esplanade stands the Raices Fountain which reflects the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico with artistic depictions of Native, African, and Spanish people.
Looming protectively over San Juan harbor is a six-story fort which has survived two World Wars and numerous other battles. Today, the Fuerte San Felipe del Morro is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Juan, and tourists are able to explore the fort's tunnels, barracks, and even prison cells. Historic tours are also offered multiple times a day, and come highly recommended by those who have visited. The neighboring Castillo de San Cristobal is equally impressive and is included in admission to El Morro.
El Yunque National Rainforest
Although known by a few different names, this beautiful tropical rain forest is most commonly known as El Yunque. True to its name, El Yunque National Rainforest receives more than 100 billion (yes, billion!) gallons of rain each year. The result of so much precipitation is incredibly lush and beautiful plant and animal life, which makes for some phenomenal experiences and pictures. The rain forest features a multitude of well-marked hiking trails, suitable for all difficulty levels.
Certainly one of the most unique attractions in San Juan is Parque de las Carvernas del Rio Camuy (or Camuy River Cave Park). The park encompasses more than 200 caverns with impressive hanging stalactites, an underground view of the Camuy River, and plenty of wildlife that never ventures into the light of day. The guided tours are available in both Spanish or English, and take about 1.5 hours. Wearing sneakers or other high traction shoes is highly recommended as some of the walkways are slippery.
Catch a wave
World-class surfing can be enjoyed in nearly every part of Puerto Rico with waves that can reach as much as 35 feet high during some seasons! One particularly well-known site for surfing is near Rincon (on the western coast of Puerto Rico) which was the site of the 1968 and 1988 World Surfing Championships. Numerous other surfing events are held here throughout the year as well.
Old San Juan
Home to old-world charm, great shopping, delicious food, and beautiful spots for photos, Old San Juan is a must-see on any Puerto Rico getaway. The area within the city consists of more than 400 restored buildings which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and the architecture takes its visual elements from the Spanish colonial period, so visiting Old San Juan is like stepping back in time. Be sure to stop by Calle del Cristo for some shopping.
Puerto Rican coffee, while popular today, was a definite favorite of 18th century Europe. Even as coffee fads today come and go, Puerto Rican coffee has consistently ranked among connoisseur's favorites. Known for its strong, bold flavor and distinctive aroma, the coffee grown in Puerto Rico is not to be missed. And yes, it really wakes you up in the morning!