The tickle of salt water in your nostrils, a rum-based drink in your hand—is this a dream? Have you wandered into another universe where piña colada flows unabashedly like water? Surely the bright green palms swaying over an emerald sea belong on post cards—they can’t be real life. Albert Einstein may have insisted that “Reality is merely an illusion…,” we implore you to believe that this island paradise is very real indeed. Welcome to San Juan, a historic city where culture meets the sand with perfect harmony, and a hearty serving of asopao is never far from reach. Stay at one of the dreamiest San Juan beach hotels, and you may never want to go home.
Will I need a passport to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico?
If you are an American citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S., you will not need a passport or visa to travel to and from Puerto Rico. The island is a U.S. commonwealth nation, making travel to and from the island and mainland America a breeze. If you’re not a U.S. citizen or LPR, you will need to carry your passport to make the international trip.
Where are the best beaches to visit in San Juan?
Beach life is everyday life in stunning San Juan. Put on your flip flops, massage a healthy dose of sunscreen onto your shoulders, and head to the coast.
- Pine Grove Beach: Near the Ritz-Carlton, this beach is perfect for swimming.
- Boqueron Beach: This is a stunning spot for colorful scenery. The tranquil water surrounded by white sand here is bound to take your breath away.
- Condado Beach: This beach is adjacent to trendy resorts and some of the liveliest parts of the city. It’s hardly a quiet retreat; instead, it gives you a taste of urban flavor and excitement. Rent an umbrella, stick your chair in the sand, and have some fun in the sun.
Where should I go surfing in San Juan?
Puerto Rico’s northwest coast lures in surfers from around the globe. Hang ten at beaches in Rincon or Isabela and you’ll be riding the Caribbean Pipeline with the best of the best. November through April marks the best season for surfing in PR; your heart will swell nearly as high as the waves when you see what the tide has in store. With so many San Juan beachfront hotels near the best surfing spots, you can awaken with the sun and get down to the sand for an epic sunrise session in just minutes.
With plenty of San Juan hotels on the beach available on Travelocity, including the S.J. Suites Hotel and Hotel El Convento, you don’t have to sacrifice proximity to the water to get the amenities you want. Book today and tomorrow you could feel the sun warming your skin and a cold Medella Light against your palm. Now that’s wandering wisely.