Fly To San Juan, Puerto Rico
As the capital city of Puerto Rico (an unincorporated US territory), San Juan is also the urban heart of the Caribbean, offering a gateway to the regions glorious beaches and numerous attractions.
Literature fans may remember that San Juan was where Hunter S. Thompson’s book The Rum Diary was set and where the 2009 movie of the book was filmed. This story was inspired in many parts by his own experiences as a young reporter stationed here in the 1950s.
While much has changed in San Juan since Hunter Thompson’s days, the city has retained much of its old buildings and its energy as well as its exceptional rum, coffee and cigars.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to enter Puerto Rico. Make sure that you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport, and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your scheduled return date.
- The South African Embassy in the US that governs the jurisdiction of Puerto Rico is situated in Washington DC. The address is 3051 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008. Phone: +1 202 232 4400. Website: saembassy.org.
See and do
The city’s most popular areas for sight-seeing and leisure pursuits include the picturesque streets and colonial buildings of Old San Juan, the stylish beachfront area of Ocean Park, the festive nightlife in Isla Verde and the lagoon in Condado. There are also plenty of interesting museums ranging from art museums to children’s museums and the Bacardi Distillery (known as the ‘Rum Cathedral’ locally), along with art galleries, beaches, exotic restaurants and historical buildings to feast your senses on – day and night.
Taking a walking tour that covers historical sites such as Castillo de San Cristobal (old fort) is a great way to gain a better understanding of San Juan’s background. Other fun things to do include a ferry ride to Palomino Island, dinner and a movie at the popular Fine Arts Cinema, a stroll through the lush Jardin Botanico (botanical gardens), a daytrip to Rio Grande and its National Forest Park to hike in the rain forest or even boat trips on the ocean.
Another major activity in San Juan is shopping – look out for Fortaleza Street and Calle del Cristo in particular for their wide range of shops, side walk cafes and pretty buildings. Large malls such as Plaza las Americas are worth a visit for the experience and wide range of items, while speciality stores are great for unique finds. Try The Poet's Passage for handmade local crafts, Spicy Caribbee for spices, tropical jams and Puerto Rican coffee, The Cigar House for fine Caribbean cigars and Santurce Marketplace for religious artefacts and even street dancers.
With heavily congested roads, hiring a car may be somewhat daunting and tiring. For the most part, cab drivers in San Juan are pretty savvy and know the area well. They are easy to catch, and fairly affordable too, so make a good way to get around if you don’t feel like walking. The bus system is known as Metropolitana de Autobuses or AMA, with a number of routes across the city and a huge fleet that includes 27 handicap-accessible buses. The Catano Ferry (La Lancha de Cataño) can take you to Catano’s beaches at a good price, while the metro known as Tren Urbano (Urban Train) is a fairly new way to get around too.
San Juan Airport (Puerto Rico) – SJU
Food and beverage: There is a restaurant in the Aeroparque, as well as a few fast food outlets in the main passenger area of the terminal.
Currency Exchange: Banco Popular in the Mezzanie of the American Airlines terminal is where you can get your banking done.
Lost Luggage: Speak to your airline to report the loss, or ask at the Lost & Found office at San Juan Airport.
Airport Hotels: Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Isla Verde and San Juan Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Alamo, National, Avis, Dollar and Hertz.
Airport Hub: San Juan Airport (code SJU) is a hub for Air Sunshine and Cape Air.