• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

San Juan Itinerary - Tours and Activities

Updated: Sep 20

San Juan is the capital city of Puerto Rico. It sits on the Atlantic coast of the island, and is the islands most popular tourist destination. It is a city rich with history and culture, with a healthy offering of things to do. So let's take a look at what San Juan has to offer.


Part of the job of a travel agent is to save clients time and money. I looked through hundreds of tours and picked out the best tours to book in various categories that are both the best in quality and price.


Prices listed are when booking for a single adult and are subject to change. Rates are typically discounted for larger groups and children, so use the links provided to see the exact cost for your specific scenario and book what is of interest to you.

Salsa Dance Class

Learn about the essential Puerto Rican art of Salsa dancing during this 1-hour class in San Juan. Suitable for both beginners and those who are looking to polish their skills, this class will let you understand the musical and rhythmic soul of Puerto Rican culture.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Tuesday - Sunday at 4pm and 5:30pm

Price

$25 per person



Old San Juan Walking Tour

Explore the colorful buildings and charming streets of Old San Juan in a small group. During the course of your day, your guide helps you discover the area’s key historic sites and gain new insight into Puerto Rican culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the many stories of the people who helped to define this unique neighborhood.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Monday – Friday at 5pm

Price

$35 per person


Urban Art with Paint & Sip

On this Puerto Rican Urban art tour you’ll visit various local murals and street art pieces in the up and coming art district of Santurce. Here you will be guided through the local streets of some the most beautiful urban street art on the island. This tour is ideal for all photography and art lovers. These local pieces will be your inspiration for a sip & paint class at the end of the tour. Next you will proceed to Piñones for a little Afro-Puerto Rican snack. The final stop, will be an outdoor sip & paint next to Luquillo beach to end the tour.


Duration

4.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10am

Price

$120 per person


See Puerto Rico

Get a comprehensive tour of the island of Puerto Rico during a single outing from San Juan. Spend the day in the company of a guide who will follow a carefully curated itinerary that includes many points of interest that typical tours don't cover. You'll see many of the island's natural features, including El Yunque rainforest, caves, beaches, and rivers, and listen to in-depth historical commentary. Your small group is limited to just 14 people for an intimate atmosphere. Roundtrip hotel transfer included.


Duration

6 - 7 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8:30am

Price

$85 per person

Alternative

If you prefer a half day driving tour of just the main parts of the city, you can take this tour for $75 per person. Or you can take a private tour for $120 per person.


Rainforest El Yunque Tour

Get back to nature in Puerto Rico thanks to this guided exploration of the El Yunque National Forest. Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of this rainforest paradise as you 'stop to smell the flowers’ (the park has over 240 native species), visit the picturesque ‘La Coca’ Falls, and enjoy the views from Yokahú Tower. Roundtrip hotel transfer is included.


Duration

6 hours

Availability

Everyday at 8am and 8:30am

Price

$74.70 per person plus $2 entrance fee paid on arrival

Alternative

You can take a tour that will also cover San Juan city in detail for $99 per person.


Into the Mountains-Hiking, Waterfalls & Coffee

With this amazing Off the Beaten Path Tour, you will get to spend the day exploring some of Puerto Rico's finest assets Waterfalls, Beautiful Natives Trees, Panoramic Views, Coffee, and authentic Countryside Food. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.



Duration

8 - 9 hours

Availability

Thursday – Sunday at 8am

Price

$75 per person

Alternative

There are other hiking tours available to Arenales Caves and River ($125 per person), Cueva Ventana ($110.26 per person) and Utuado Canyon, River & Waterfall ($145 per person).

San Juan Bay Day Sail

Set sail across the Caribbean on this 1.5-hour cruise from San Juan and enjoy unforgettable views of the Puerto Rican capital. Hop aboard a traditional sailboat and sip complimentary drinks as you cruise along the coast. Keep your camera to hand as you pass landmarks like San Juan Bay Marina and El Morro Fort, and spot dolphins and sea turtles swimming and playing around the boat.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 10:30am and 2pm

Price

$99 per person

Alternative

If you prefer, you can take a Sunset Cruise on the bay for $93 per person.


Snorkel Tour

Explore the underwater world of Puerto Rico on a guided snorkeling adventure. Receive a lesson from a professional diver and enjoy a hassle-free outing with all the equipment you need. Then swim through the tropical waters off Guaynabo and see brilliantly-colored tropical fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures. Afterwards, revisit your experience with a GoPro video of your snorkeling excursion included in the tour price.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am, 11pm, 1pm and 3pm

Price

$59 per person

Alternative

You can take a non-certified diver Scuba Dive Tour instead for $115 per person


Icacos Island Catamaran Sail

Live out your island castaway fantasies aboard a luxury catamaran as you visit the deserted tropical island of Cayo Icacos from San Juan on this half-day sailing cruise. Sail into the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean, admiring views of the El Yunque mountains in the distance, before arriving at the nature preserve of Icacos for a leisurely day of swimming, snorkeling, and a lunch buffet with drinks.


Duration

5 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am

Price

  • $117 per person without transportation

  • $134 per person with transportation

Alternative

If you prefer, you can take a private charter to the island for $1,450 for up to 20 people

Horse Riding

Experience the lush landscape surrounding San Juan, Puerto Rico on a 2-hour horse riding adventure at a private ranch. Enjoy stunning views of the coastal plains and mountains, and look for indigenous wildlife roaming freely in their native habitat.



Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am 3pm

Price

$90 per person


LED Night Kayak - Condado Lagoon

Paddle through Condado Lagoon at night in a kayak lit up by LED lights. Enjoy views of the city lit up for the night, as well as views under the water through the clear-bottom kayaks lit up by the LEDs. This unusual experience is led by a guide who will provide all navigation and narrative as you paddle. Get nighttime views of active marine animals such as lobsters, stingrays, and giant starfish. Get there early to grab a glow stick or cover yourself in glow-in-the-dark paint.


Duration

1 hour

Availability

Mondays at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8:30pm and 9pm

Price

$56 per person


Jet Ski Tour

Jet ski around five islands and cays off the east coast of Puerto Rico with this convenient package. After a brief overview, hop aboard your jet ski and follow your guide past the uninhibited islands of Icacos, Cayo Lobos, Palomino, and Isla de Ramos. Stop at Medio Mundo for an optional 20-minute snorkel.


Duration

1.5 hours

Availability

Everyday at the top of every hour from 9am - 5pm

Price

$195.12 per person

ATV Adventure

Blast through the off road of the lush Puerto Rican countryside on this fun, 3.5-hour all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tour from San Juan. Spend 2 hours speeding your way through 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of scenic landscape filled with lakes, tabletop mountains and along subtropical forest. Marvel at magnificent views of the mountains and mangroves and come across lagoons and curious limestone rock formations. Keep a look out for the native wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats and learn the history of the countryside and its flora and fauna during short narrated breaks. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.


Duration

2 hours

Availability

Everyday at 9am, 12pm and 3pm

Price

  • $118.30 per single-seater ATV

  • $182 per double-seater ATV


Zipline and Waterfall Rappelling Adventure

Go on a rappelling and zipline adventure at Puerto Rico’s Carite State Forest. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, travel by private van with a small group and local guide and enjoy a hike along the river. Then, rappel 80 feet (24 meters) down El Salto Waterfall and glide across five ziplines back to basecamp. Enjoy a home-cooked meal—included in the tour price—before returning to San Jose.


Duration

7 hours

Availability

Wednesday - Sunday at 9am

Price

$155 per person

Alternative

If you prefer to just zipline, you can take this tour for $110.38 per person


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