San Juan Metropolitan Area, Puerto Rico
The San Juan Metropolitan Area Also known as San Juan MetroPlex, is composed of
the city of San Juan plus the surrounding cities of Bayamón, Carolina,
Cataño, Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto, and sub areas of El Condado, Hato Rey, Miramar,
Ocean Park, Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Nuevo, Río Piedras, Santurce and Viejo
San Juan (Old San Juan).
Because most all of the services in the Metro area are available in more than one of the San
Juan sub areas and surrounding cities they are all shown under San Juan Metro.
Check the San Juan Metropolitan Area listings for services covering
everything from Airline Reservations to Taxis available anywhere in the metro area.
When you are looking for something in a specific area such as Attractions and Sites, Accommodations, Restaurants
and the like check the area where the item is located. Such as El Condado or
Old San Juan.
If you do not know where the item is located, find it on one of the type lists and work from
there. For example: Hotels, Attractions, etc. As an alternative use the site search feature. A few simple words will
normally get you started.
There are several sites you can visit while in the metro area and it depends on your taste. If
it's performing arts you are looking for we can recommend the Luis A Ferre Performing Arts Center is the place to go for opera, drama,
ballet, classical and popular music, located in the Ponce de Leon Avenue in Santurce.
For Museums there are several options. The Museum of Contemporary Art is composed of exhibitions of modern
Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin America art. The museum is a former school house. It is located at Juan
Ponce de León Ave. and Roberto H. Todd Ave. in Santurce. There is no charge to get in and it's
opened Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am — 4:00pm and Sunday from 12:00am-4:00pm.
The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico is a 13,000 square feet property through a
majestic, neoclassical building built in 1920. The museum’s permanent collection features works by Latin
American artists from the 17th century onward and includes everything from painting to mixed media installations.
You might want to head outside into the sculpture gardens, accessible from the 2nd floor. This
natural exhibit space boasts hundreds of thousands of plants, including 26 species of trees. Located at 299 Avenida
De Diego in Santurce, opened Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm. Price of admission is $6 and there
is no charge on Wednesdays.
If the weather is not cooperating and you're stock in San Juan, A great place to take the kids
is the History of the Bible Museum is not quite what the name suggests.
The museum is a 13-story building that includes an aquarium, dinosaur exhibit, ice-skating rink, mini-golf,
small amusement rides, video games, and a pizza parlor.
Each one of the thirteen floors represent a story from the Bible like The Beginning, Genesis,
Noah's Ark, etc. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM and located at Marginal Baldorioty de Castro in
Carolina. All inclusive pass is $20 per person.
Need to do some shopping? Plaza Las Americas is the largest shopping mall in the
Caribbean and one of the largest in southeastern United States. It is located in Hato Rey, Anchored by Macy’s,
Sears and JC Penny.
Of course the Casinos:
If you are feeling lucky, try your hand in
one of Puerto Rico’s famous casinos. Most of the larger hotels in the Condado
Isla Verde areas have casinos; Condado Plaza Hotel, El san Juan Hotel, Ritz Carlton, San Juan Hotel and the San
Juan Marriott to name a few.
For the outdoors try the Original Canopy Tour which offers everyone an exhilarating opportunity to soar through the
rain forest high above the forest floor. Located just 30 minutes from the heart of San Juan in
Guaynabo in La Marquesa Forest Reserve (Parque Forestal La Marquesa) approximately 600
acres of natural beauty.
This tour consists of 8 traverses, 14 platforms and a rappel which lasts about 2 hours. You
will have an exciting time on this incredible adventure tour. Fun for the whole family, from 5 to 95 years old!
Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Long pants are recommended and tennis shoes or shoes
with a back are a must.
The beautiful Botanical Gardens in Río Piedras inside the Univerity of Puerto Rico, features more than 70 acres of greenery, plantation, gardens and
over 200 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants.
The highlights of the Botanical Gardens is an orchid garden with more than 30,000 flowers. This
Botanical Garden makes for a pleasant escape from the noisy and busy San
Juan while wondering across the beautiful scenary of plants, gardens and Latin-American sculptures.
The Botanical Gardens is located near the south side of the intersections of highway #1 and highway 847. Open Daily 8 AM to 5 PM with guided tours for
groups of 10-30 Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM and 1 PM by appointment. Admission is free. Guided group tours cost
Don't forget to visit the Swiss Cake, located in Hato Rey, this is an excellent
establishment to purchase that fresh cake, tart, or virtually every other imaginable delicious pastry.
The locals love the Swiss Cake for its impressive confections and impeccable personal service. A
wide variety of deluxe chocolates, candies and local ground coffee are also available here. This is a great place
to buy that 'last minute' almond, vanilla, chocolate or coffee cake needed for a celebration. 237 Roosevelt Ave, Hato Rey.
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