San Juan is the capital and most populous city in Puerto Rico. It was founded in 1521 by Juan Ponce de León and is the oldest city under US jurisdiction. Its history dates back to a time before its foundation, since in 1493, Christopher Columbus landed in Puerto Rico and named the island “San Juan Bautista,” in honor of John the Baptist. According to Topuertorico.org, San Juan is today also known as “La Ciudad Amurallada” or the walled city, and is among the biggest natural harbors in the Caribbean, as well as the second oldest European-founded city in America. Before you set out on your San Juan, Puerto Rico tours, learn more about the city.
Due to the island’s exotic landscapes and tropical monsoon climate, the average annual temperature stands at a favorable 27.2°C. The diversity in attractions and a welcoming climate means that San Juan sees heavy tourist traffic all through the year. If you wish to travel to Puerto Rico for the most memorable of San Juan Puerto Rico Tours, a good idea would be to contact an experienced travel company, such as Go Tours Puerto Rico, which will take care to ensure that you have a hassle-free experience. The average temperature can rise at 32°C or even higher during the wetter months of the northern summer. In winters, the temperature can drop to around 16°C, while the average winter low is 22°C.
Technological advances after World War II have transformed the island into a tourist’s paradise. Today, the capital city boasts several attractions, ranging from natural caves, beaches and rainforests to restaurants, shopping centers, historic museums and other landmarks. Old San Juan preserves the historic colonial buildings and narrow streets covered by adoquine, which was brought as ballast on Spanish ships. Local universities are promoted as historic landmarks, among which the most notable is the campus of University of Puerto Rico, which was founded in 1903 and is the oldest university here.
Locally know as Sanjuaneros, this island is the birthplace of iconic musicians and artists who, with their unique style, have influenced the local culture. Throughout the 20th century, the music of the city was influenced by performers such as Afro-Caribbean dancer and world famous choreographer Sylvia del Villard and José Enrique Pedreira. International musicians, including Ricky Martin, Grammy winner Daddy Yankee and Justino Diaz are among the famous artists who were born and raised on these islands. The city is also home to several contemporary and classic art museums. These museums specialize in contemporary artwork from Latin America and the Caribbean. The paintings are donated by artists and collectors. A few popular museums that trace the history and culture of these islands include Pablo Casals Museum, Americas Museum, the Book Museum and the National Gallery.
With 4,300 vehicles per paved mile, the island of San Juan has the highest density of vehicles on road in the world. The daily bus transports residents of San Juan, Guaynabo, Bayamón, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Cataño and Carolina through over 30 fixed routes. There is also the convenience of the metro system for tourists and locals. Due to such easy transit options, intra city travel is made easy, fast and safe, facilitating memorable San Juan Puerto Rico Tours.