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Without a doubt, San Juan, Puerto Rico is your gateway to most incredible shores in the Southern Caribbean. Whether you’re exploring the Dutch ABC islands Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, or some of the Lesser Antilles like Antigua, Barbados and St Lucia, adventure is always a shore thing on a Caribbean cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Centuries of history. Rich culture. Stunning landscapes, and famously friendly people. There are so many things to see and do in San Juan, Puerto Rico, you’d never guess it had to bounce back from a hurricane. Not only is it a must-visit destination all on its own, its central location also makes it the best jumping off point for you to explore the exotic shores of the Southern Caribbean. From Aruba’s pastel colonial promenades and Curaçao’s ancient rugged caves, to Antigua’s colourful reefs and Barbados’s golden-sand beaches – Cruises from San Juan unlock the most beautiful shores on the south side.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll find that San Juan, Puerto Rico is bursting at the seams with unforgettable cultural discoveries. Every alleyway in Old San Juan offers a glimpse into a vibrant past that stretches back centuries, while monuments like the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo San Felipe del Morro will make you feel as though you’ve wandered back in time. Dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the beloved Paseo de La Princesa in the city’s historic center is a great place to experience Puerto Rico’s rich cultural heritage up close.
Puerto Rico is the third largest island in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a beach here for every kind of adventurer. You’ll find world-class surfing and plenty of water sports in Rincon on the island’s west side. Secluded shores with crystal clear waters and colourful coral reefs on Flamenco Beach in Culebra. Family-friendly beaches with plenty of cafes and shopping along star-studded El Condado – nicknamed ‘The Rivera of the Caribbean’. And an Instagrammer’s paradise in Vieques Playa Negra, which draws beachgoers from around the world with its unique black sand.
Craving a bit of retail therapy? Puerto Rico has plenty of options. The boho-chic neighbourhood of Santurce is your go-to for shops selling some of Puerto Rico’s leading local designers. If international designers and top-end boutiques are more your style, you can spend hours window shopping in glitzy El Condado. And on Cristo and Fortaleza Streets in Old San Juan you’ll find some of the best souvenirs and artisanal souvenirs on the island – think finely-crafted lace and jewellery, hand-rolled cigars, colourful guayaberas and Puerto Rico’s brightly coloured papier-mâché vejigante masks.