2017 Top 12 Must-Visit Cities #5: San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Island of Enchantment awaits even the most curious visitors among the Caribbean islands.

El Castillo San Felipe del Morro

El Castillo, also known as simply “El Morro” (or the promontory), is a huge piece of San Juan’s history.

Once acting as a fortress protecting the port of San Juan by controlling entry to its harbor.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1983, El Morro brings over 2 million visitors per year to its fortified walls.

Make sure to explore this 400 year old fort and check out this website for more details.

El Yunque National Forest

The only tropical rainforest within the U.S. ecosystem, El Yunque spans over 28,000 acres across the Northeastern part of the island, know as the Sierra Luquillo Mountains.

As the largest piece of land in Puerto Rico, El Yunque houses thousands of exotic animals, including el coqui. The word “Yunque” comes from the Taino word meaning “white lands”.

Check out this helpful guide to navigate this incredible rainforest on your next trip to Puerto Rico.

Casa Rosada

Constructed in 1812 during the occupation of the Spanish forces, Casa Rosada became a barracks for the troops. Many famous people have stayed here, including past political leaders.

It now serves as a museum open to the public for daily visits.

Learn more about Casa Rosada here.

Arecibo Observatory

Located near San Juan in a city known as Arecibo, one can find themselves at the scene so famously portrayed in GoldenEye, the world’s largest radio telescope.

Famously known for the SetiHome project, this radio telescope receives signals from outer space and is a research facility for radio astronomy, atmospheric science, and radar astronomy.

Learn more about visiting hours and the telescope itself here.

Mosquito Bay in Vieques

Declared the brightest Bioluminescent bay in the world by The Guinness Book of World Records in 2008.

Tiny organisms, known as “dinos”, collide into each other, and light up a bright blue color. This creates the effect one sees in the bio bays, where Puerto Rico was blessed to have 3 in their island, alone.

This art of nature is one you most definitely need to see if you visit Puerto Rico in the future.

Want to know more about San Juan, Puerto Rico, including their currency, must-know facts, tips/tricks from a traveler, and more? Stay tuned for the full downloadable guide soon!

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