San Juan: getting around

By taxi - there is a flat-rate system for most destinations within San Juan, which is effective, and if you’re caught in impenetrable traffic, it might actually work to your advantage. It would cost you no more than $20 from the airport to Old San Juan.
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  By bus -the Metropolitan Bus Authority operates buses in the greater San Juan area. Bus stops are marked by upright metal signs or yellow posts that say parada. The bus terminal is the dock area in the same building as the Covadanga parking lot next to the Treasury Department. Fares are 75¢. By ferry - the Acuaexpreso ferry connects Old San Juan with the industrial and residential community of Cataño, across the bay. Ferries depart daily every 30 minutes from 6am to 9pm. The one-way fare to Cataño is 50¢.
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  By public car - called públicos, are either vans or large sedans that are shared by passengers. Though they can be crowded and uncomfortable, more often than not, they are quite comfortable and spacious. And they are a bargain for budget travelers who have to travel a distance from the airport and do not want to rent a car. By bike - Rent the Bicycle, is at the entrance of the Old San Juan bayside waterfront. They rent bikes for $27 per day ($17 for half a day) and also conduct several tours throughout San Juan ($39–$79). The two best are the Piñones and the San Juan city and beach tours. Paradise Rentals rents electric bicycles, or E-bikes, which allow you to decide whether to pedal or not. Three hours costs $50, with each additional hour $15.
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San Juan: fun facts

1. There are no traffic lights anywhere in the islands.
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  2. San Juan County has more miles of shoreline (375) than any other county in the United States. (Note: Hawaii is made up of 5 counties.)
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  3. There are no rivers in the islands, but there are several waterfalls (Orcas Island).
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  4. There are on average 247 days of sunshine a year and half the rain of Seattle or Portland.
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  5. President Theodore Roosevelt slept at Roche Harbor's Hotel de Haro twice - 1906 and 1907.
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  6. The Pig War (1859 - 1872) on San Juan Island was the last time that Great Britain and the U.S. opposed each other on U.S. soil. General George Pickett, of the famed Pickett's Charge at the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg, was commander of American forces during the Pig War.
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  7. There are several hundred islands known as the San Juans Islands, most of which are quite small and uninhabited. Only 15 islands in the archipelago receive public ferry service, some of which are passenger-only ferries.
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  8. San Juan is the oldest city within U.S. territory, founded in 1521 by Ponce de Leon. Many argue that St. Augustine in Florida is, but it was established on 1565, San Juan beat it by 44 years!
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  9. The oldest church still in use in the Americas is found in Old San Juan which was built in 1522, La Iglesia de San Jose
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  10. In 1596 the British took over San Juan and brought Puerto Rico under British rule for 65 days.
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San Juan: what to eat

1. Breakfast - Pinky's Ste 100-B 1451 Avenida Ashford, San Juan, 00907 +1 787-222-5222 Great food, great prices, great name - what more do you need to be happy? Little cute eatery is perfect for breakfast - not so popular with dinners - so get here before your long day to fuel up and store up some good energy
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    2. Lunch - Cafe Manolin Old San Juan 251 Calle San Justo, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Phone number (787) 723-9743 Great local food for lunch - consisted quality, always great taste and cute interior - this sums up to a successful lunch - add to that fresh squeezed juices and you have got yourself a prefect deal!
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    3. Dinner - Triana Tapas and Flamenco Recinto sur 251 | esq. San Justo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico 787 725 8819 A great place to finish a long day of sightseeing - amazing tapas and even better flamenco performances every night. Reasonable prices and great win list.
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San Juan: what to see

San Juan is a charming city, lying south of Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful weather, rich history and breathtaking views make a difficult 24 hour destination - however, there are three places you simply can't skip
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  1.Start with Casa Bacardí - a gorgeous Bacardí facility producing 85% of world's Bacardí rum. It offers tours every day from 9 to 4 (10 to 4 on Sundays), and at $12 you get a fun tour and quick history of the facility and Bacardí in general, and a welcome cocktail - which, in my vocabulary translates to "a fun place to start a day". Count on at least an hour to get there and back, and another hour for the tour (unless you get carried away with the cocktails...), but it is surely a great way to start the day of exploring this wonderful city
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  2. Now that you have got you have had your pump of happy juice it is time to explore the heart and soul of the city - Old San Juan. First destination here - Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Also known as Fort San Felipe del Morro or Morro Castle, is a 16th-century citadel was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies. It is now a historic site and at $5 is open for public every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
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  3. Walking distance from the castle is Old San Juan - oldest settlement within Puerto Rico. With its adorable colorful architecture, lots of local and international shopping and a variety of great restarts to chose from - it is truly one of the most beautiful and popular places in all Puerto Rico. It is famous for its colorful houses, fountains and statues, as well as countless stores and restaurants and you might want to spend most of your day here.
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