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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Old San Juan, the old Spanish town, takes you back in time. You have to visit the Forts and walk around its streets. Spend the whole day walking around :)”
  • 166 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR), cultural heritage of the Puerto Rican people, opened its doors in 2000 with the mission of enriching the lives of its diverse audiences by making accessible to all, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts of Puerto Rico and the World. Since then, MAPR has received over 2 million visitors and has presented over one hundred exhibitions of local and international artists, multiple and varied workshops, courses, seminars, research and education programs, concerts, lectures and symposia that have impacted audiences of all ages and have positively marked the lives of students, teachers, families and community members. MAPR offers artistic and educational programs that enrich the lives of diverse audiences, both local and international, and also serves populations with particular needs for whom the Museum maintains a specially designed program. The Museum serves children, youth, adults and other members of our community through tailored experiences that allow them to learn about and enjoy the various manifestations of art. Each year, the Museum presents new projects that expand the scope of its mission and attract more and more visitors, while writing new chapters in the history of art in Puerto Rico. The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico has a collection of more than 1,300 works of art in different media and formats, from artists of all generations. The MAPR is an affiliated institution of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). ”
  • 97 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“I’t a beautiful mall with nice stores and places to eat. Stores include Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Zara, Banana Republic and others. ”
  • 93 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of the most famous night scene spots in Puerto Rico! Just 15 minutes away.”
  • 163 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“The city center of the capital! Very reminiscent of Spanish architecture. Lots of restaurants, stores, and bars to choose!”
  • 160 locals recommend
Castle
“Beautiful fort with so much history. Lovely green lawn you can have a picnic at or fly a kite. Then stroll the streets of Old San Juan!”
  • 105 locals recommend
Café
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“A local favorite! Grab a coffee & quesito or have lunch or dinner at this local bakery / diner. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“One of the top 50 bars in the world, great cocktails with different rooms each with a unique vibe and their own music. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Housing Development
“The city of Old San Juan was founded in 1521 by Spanish settlers. The first fortification, La Fortaleza (The Fortress), began construction in 1533 and currently serves as the governor's mansion. Castillo San Felipe del Morro, or El Morro for short, was the second fort built on the islet of what is now Old San Juan and Puerta de Tierra. El Morro's construction commenced in 1539 and finished in 1790; during those 250 years El Morro went from a promontory mounted with a cannon to a six-level fortress designed to unnerve attackers approaching from sea.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This local favorite serves traditional criollo plates like a whole chillo frito (fried snapper) and delicious conch salad with pana tostones. Delic!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Really good rustic-artisanal pizza especially for those who like thin crust pizza. All made on artisanal oven with fresh ingredients. Curiously, this place also have one of the best Mexican tacos in the city. This is definitely a nice stop on your way back home after a day on the beach. Good drinks, not super pricey, and friendly staff!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Club BRAVA & Ultra Lounge is an entertainment venue that combines the high energy dance scene of a nightclub as well as the chill out atmosphere of an upscale lounge.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“Here you can find many options! My personal favorite is the poke bowls And the pizza!! ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Historic market and the surrounding area with a lot of restaurants and bars. It is always busy and becomes very crowded on weekend nights.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“A sign at the front announces what you won’t find here: lettuce, melted cheese, hard taco shells, burritos, or anything close to Tex-Mex. The specialties are made-to-order tacos prepared with soft corn tortillas, made fresh daily. The all-stars are the tacos al pastor, sliced al momento from the doner-style spit in the main dining room. Get there early, though, because they tend to run out quickly. (Pork belly, cochinita pibil, tongue, and barbacoa all come a close second if the al pastor runs out.) Pair your taco with an agua fresca, horchata, michelada, or margarita. Save some room for a slice of the fantastic Key lime pie.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Lingerie Store
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“El Centro de todo ! "Plaza", as it is known to many Puerto Ricans, was the first indoor mall built in Puerto Rico. It is the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean and the second largest in Latin America ! Beautiful stores and big food court ! Enjoy !”
  • 54 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“This local favorite serves traditional criollo plates like a whole chillo frito (fried snapper) and delicious conch salad with pana tostones. Delic!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Really good rustic-artisanal pizza especially for those who like thin crust pizza. All made on artisanal oven with fresh ingredients. Curiously, this place also have one of the best Mexican tacos in the city. This is definitely a nice stop on your way back home after a day on the beach. Good drinks, not super pricey, and friendly staff!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Here you can find many options! My personal favorite is the poke bowls And the pizza!! ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Historic market and the surrounding area with a lot of restaurants and bars. It is always busy and becomes very crowded on weekend nights.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“A sign at the front announces what you won’t find here: lettuce, melted cheese, hard taco shells, burritos, or anything close to Tex-Mex. The specialties are made-to-order tacos prepared with soft corn tortillas, made fresh daily. The all-stars are the tacos al pastor, sliced al momento from the doner-style spit in the main dining room. Get there early, though, because they tend to run out quickly. (Pork belly, cochinita pibil, tongue, and barbacoa all come a close second if the al pastor runs out.) Pair your taco with an agua fresca, horchata, michelada, or margarita. Save some room for a slice of the fantastic Key lime pie.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“This is a local favorite. Nice food and good price. This is not a tourism-focused restaurant and you'll find a large variety of options, including authentic Puerto Rican food. Family and kids friendly.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“At the lusciously chic Santaella, tropical is the name of the game, with the space’s verdant hues and reclaimed wood all centered around a tropical interior garden. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Probably the biggest beer selection on the island, plus ion addition to imported lots of local craft beers from all over the island. For snacks we recommend ordering fried Puerto Ricvan cheese with guava dipping sauce”
  • 41 locals recommend

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