The Perfect Day: How to Spend 24 Worry-Free Hours in San Juan

High angle view of buildings along a road, Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

At some point, everyone needs a little R&R to help recharge batteries, unwind and create lifetime experiences and memories. When it comes to one of a kind adventure, fabulous cuisine, rich history, vibrant culture, and world class beaches, Puerto Rico reigns supreme. Experience a whirlwind worry free stay on the island.


Forget a full “travel day”. With more than 70 flights leaving for Puerto Rico from the U.S. daily, no passport requirements for U.S. citizens, and a capital city (San Juan) that’s just three hours from most northeastern cities, a quick 24 hour getaway is a real no-brainer. The hard part will be choosing what to do once the plane lands!


There are must-sees and must-dos…….slather on some sunscreen, grab a hat and experience San Juan in a jam packed 24 hours.



Visit Puerto Rico and miss the beach? Forget about it! Not too hot, not too chilly, the morning is the perfect time to beat the crowd and hit the sand! Whether curling up on a chaise or testing athletic prowess on a surfboard, the beach is the perfect backdrop for almost anything. For a unique, world class beach experience, make sure to check out Escambron Beach, Condado Beach, or Playa Peña. Remember to always apply sunscreen first, then insect repellant for maximum protection.


Mid-Day: Feast Your Eyes—and Your Appetite—on This

After spending the morning at the beach, any traveler is sure to work up a hearty appetite. Head back into the city to sample delectable Caribbean treats at every turn! Try authentic dishes such as “mofongo” or “tostones,” and wash them down with that famous Piña Colada (virgin for the kids …the drink that was invented right in Puerto Rico!


Afternoon: Step Back In Time

The oldest U.S. city, Old San Juan is rich in history……a kaleidoscope of culture and breathtaking architecture! Travelers can spend the afternoon walking the 2-mile perimeter, taking photos and soaking up the magic of the city. Once travelers have seen the marvels of this historic capital, it’s time to head into the heart of the city to look through Old San Juan’s quaint shops and bustling boutiques…the perfect stress and worry-free afternoon!  Be sure to reapply bug spray and add some light layers to keep mosquitos away all afternoon.


Evening: Dance Your Heart Out

There’s no better way to end a vacation than with a touch of authentic Puerto Rican culture. Travelers can experience Puerto Rico “Like a Local” at any of San Juan’s many nightclubs. Salsa dancing with the locals is an experience travelers just can’t miss! Hop from bar to bar listening to live music….. dancing the night away.


Enjoying a worry-free day in Puerto Rico is knowing that the island is doing everything it can to keep its visitors safe from Zika. If travelers aren’t pregnant or thinking of starting a family soon, there is no need to stay away from this beautiful gem! Take a look at the CDC guidelines on how to best prevent the Zika virus.


If this is what travelers can see in just one day, imagine what they can see in a week! San Juan is the perfect choice for a 24-hour getaway, but with all that Puerto Rico has to offer, travelers are sure to want to extend their stay. Visit the Puerto Rico Now homepage to learn more about how to have a worry-free experience in the Jewel of the Caribbean!