San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, is a popular unincorporated territory of the United States, well-known for its “island time” lifestyle. It has one of the region’s most often used seaports, as well as the leading sectors in manufacturing and cultural centers. When you fly by private jet to San Juan, you fly into the beating heart of Puerto Rico!
Must See: Visit El Viejo San Juan! Also called Old San Juan, the historic neighborhood consists of more than 400 buildings dating back to the 16th century. This entire area of Puerto Rico is steeped in Old World colonialism and charm.
Another must stop while visiting San Juan is Calle del Cristo, commonly referred to as “the shopping street”. It’s an amazing street to meander through if you’re interested in checking out some of the smaller shops and doing general people watching. True shoppers will find this a haven for designer brands, like Coach. The bargains have been boasted as “unreal”.
Lodging: The Hotel El Convento, situated in the heart of Old San Juan, is a conveniently located hotel that features Spanish style decor, as well as three onsite restaurants, private beach privileges at the beach club on Isla Verde Beach, and facials, manicures, and pedicures upon request.
Another option for lodging in Puerto Rico is the luxurious Condado Plaza Hilton. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon, the Hilton is close to area attractions, while still offering many onsite features such as dining, a fitness center, and three swimming pools.
Ground Transportation: Getting around the spacious city and the remainder of the island is most convenient via rental car. Even though signage is in Spanish, most of the shapes and colors are familiar to American drivers. Taxi cabs are readily available but with varying fares and inconsistent drivers, so driving is typically the most pleasurable way to tour the city.
Packing tips: Be sure to pack clothes that you can breathe in when you take a jet charter to Puerto Rico. Even at night, Puerto Rico stays warm, so pack loose shorts, tanks tops, sandals, and bathing suits. Evening attire may also be beneficial.
Recommended Books: La Guaracha del Macho Camacho (Macho Camacho’s Beat), Luis Rafael Sanchez (1976) — Although published in the 70s, Sanchez’s novel still offers a unique look into the culture of Puerto Rico. Called a “guaracha”, it reads to a Latin beat, and presents the island’s political and cultural situation in relation to the United States.
Currency: The United States dollar is the local currency.
Calling Code Puerto Rico: +1 787
Best time to travel: Puerto Rico is one of the hotter islands in the Caribbean. Although the island is hot all year, the summer months are particularly uncomfortable, so the ideal time to take a jet charter to San Juan ranges from October through April.