San Juan Luis Munoz Marin
The Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista (named San Juan for short) is Puerto Rico
’s capital city, and it has an expanding population of over 400,000 residents. The Walled City is only surpassed by Santo Domingo
in age with respect to European establishment of capital municipalities in the Americas. The Spanish founded San Juan in 1521, and as such, it retains much of its traditional culture, architecture, and heritage.
Luis Munoz Marin is the city’s designated international airport, and the busiest in the entire Caribbean. 4 million foreign and domestic passengers board flights to and from the airport each year. Luis Munoz Marin is currently the solely privatized airport in Puerto Rico and the second in the United States and its territories.
Flights to San Juan
Luis Munoz Marin International first opened in 1955, and has been a major flight hub for a number of airliners during the last 60 years, many of which are no longer in service. Pan Am, Eastern Airlines, Trans Caribbean Airways, TWA, and Executive Airlines were the main sources of traffic, but now the market is commanded by Air Sunshine, Seaborne Airlines, Cape Air, and jetBlue, the latter being the airport’s predominant carrier with over 50 daily flights.
Direct flights to San Juan from the United States can also be reserved through Delta, American Airlines, United, US Airways, and Southwest Airlines. The main international carriers are airTran, Copa, Avianca, and Condor.
What to Do in San Juan
Step back into time with a trip to Castillo de San Cristobal, the site of the first Spanish colonial fort that was built to protect the area from outside invaders. For more of Old San Juan, venture through Paseo de la Princesa, a scenic esplanade lined with numerous benches, statues, and the gorgeous Raices Fountain. For a day full of fun in the sun, the white-sand beaches at Palomino Island are tourists’ dream!
Traveling Smart in San Juan
Inexpensive rides can be had via San Juan’s public bus system, which costs a mere 75 cents per trip. Rental cars are essential for vacationers wanting to explore the city in full. Luckily, for U.S. tourists, Puerto Rico uses the dollar for its currency, and English is the primary language. Spanish is spoken fluently by many residents, but language problems are a non-issue for Americans.
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