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How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

How to Spend 2 Days in San Juan

With two days to spend in the Puerto Rican capital, you’ll be able to tour the colonial old city, explore otherworldly bioluminescent bays, and head farther afield to experience Puerto Rico’s rain forests. Here are some suggestions for how to spend your 48 hours in San Juan.

Day 1: Classic San Juan

**Morning:**Start your day early with an orientation of the city. Whether you opt for a walking, biking, or Segway tour, you’ll get to see the cobbled streets of Old San Juan, St. John’s Cathedral, Ponce de León Square, and fortifications that make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some tours include a visit to the Museo de las Américas or the Santurce arts district.

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, get a behind-the-scenes look at the distillery producing one of the world’s most famous rum brands, Bacardi. Sip a rum cocktail while touring the Casa Bacardi facilities to learn more about the company’s history and distillation, fermentation, and bottling processes. Pick up a bottle or two to take home with you.

**Night:**Puerto Rico is home to beautiful examples of a rare natural phenomenon: bioluminescent bays. Head out late afternoon to visit La Parguera for an evening cruising, snorkeling, or kayaking in the bay. After dark, the water will begin to glow as tiny plankton called dinoflagellates light up. It’s a magical experience you can have in few other places on the planet.

Day 2: Caribbean Paradise

**Morning:**This morning, get an early start for a visit to the only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunque National Forest. While most tours to the area last an entire day, it’s possible to make a morning visit to see some of the trails, waterfalls, and 240 species of plants and animals that live in this habitat.

**Afternoon:**If you opted for a half-day visit to El Yunque (or if you’d rather stick to the coast), spend the rest of your day snorkeling, sailing, Snubaing, or stand-up paddleboarding in the warm Caribbean waters just off the coast of San Juan.

**Night:**For your last night in Puerto Rico, kick back and relax aboard a leisurely sunset sail through Old San Juan Harbor. Opt for an old-fashioned schooner or modern catamaran as you glide pas El Morro Fortress, La Fortaleza, and Paseo la Princesa, all illuminated as day fades to night.

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El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

El Yunque Rainforest Off the Beaten Path and Bio Bay Kayaking Combo Tour

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Spend an adventurous day exploring two of Puerto’s most incredible natural wonders on this full-day excursion to hike in the El Yunque Rainforest and kayak at the island’s famed Bioluminescent Bay. Start your morning with a hike in the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest system, enjoying incredible mountain views and an optional waterfall swim to cool off. Then continue with a nighttime kayaking trip to the magical Bioluminescent Bay, which features a unique variety of plankton that glow when the water is touched or moved. Your Puerto Rico outdoor adventure also includes round-trip hotel transport, professional guide, and national park fees.
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  • 12 hours
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Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

Flavors of Old San Juan Food Tour

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Get a taste for the flavor and culture of Puerto Rico on this small-group Old San Juan food tour featuring several local eateries. Join your guide for a culinary exploration of island staples like plantains and sofrito, all with the cobblestone streets and colorful facades of the city’s oldest neighborhood as your backdrop. Your tour includes an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic substitute if you prefer. 
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  • 3 hours
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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Explore the colorful buildings and charming streets of Old San Juan in a small group with the help of writer David Rodriguez, author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate.’ During the course of your day, the knowledgeable author helps you discover the area’s key historic sites and gain new insight into Puerto Rican culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the many stories of the people who helped to define this unique neighborhood. Your walking trip’s length is flexible based on your needs, and also includes bottled water.
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Old San Juan Sunset Sail

Old San Juan Sunset Sail

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Float past hundreds of years of history and picturesque scenery during this 2-hour sunset sailing excursion in Old San Juan Harbor. Climb aboard the "Amazing Grace," a topsail schooner fashioned in the style of 19th-century American sailing vessels, for an unforgettable ride past the wonders of this historic area. As you sail you’ll enjoy up-close views of Old San Juan sights like El Morro fortress, La Fortaleza, Paseo la Princesa and more, all set aglow by the fading late afternoon light. A guide and complimentary beverages and snacks are all covered.
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  • 2 hours
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Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan

Bioluminescent Bay Glass Bottom Kayak Tour from San Juan

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Join a nighttime adventure into the waters of Laguna Grande as you visit the area’s amazing bioluminescent bay during this half-day excursion. Hop aboard a clear-bottomed kayak as you paddle through the dense mangrove forests, heading to the area where the microscopic plankton puts on its surreal aquatic light show when you glide through the water. Your professional guide also tells you more about this fragile ecosystem and how visitors can help protect it.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail
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San Juan Catamaran Sunset Sail

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Sail the calm, azure waters of San Juan Bay at sunset during a cocktail cruise. Enjoy a warm welcome aboard from your friendly captain and crew, then settle in for a scenic ride. Watch the island coastline glide by as the sun sinks toward the horizon. Sip a complimentary rum punch or sparkling wine with your family and friends and listen as your captain points out landmarks like El Morro Fort and San Juan Gate. Arrive back at the dock in time to continue your evening in San Juan.
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  • 2 hours
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La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan

La Parguera Glowing Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour from San Juan

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Swim in the bioluminescent bay at La Parguera during this 8-hour tour from San Juan. Learn about this natural phenomenon through your guide's informative commentary during a short boat trip through the mangrove forests on the way to the bay. You will have the opportunity to swim in the water after dark, surrounded by tiny, harmless dinoflagellates that light up with the disturbance of the water. Round-trip transportation from selected areas in San Juan is included.
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  • 8 hours
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