If you're looking to escape to the tropics, head to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the destination with the top spot on the New York Times' list of places to visit in 2019. The island's capital and largest city faces the Atlantic Ocean, and it has plenty to offer. Plan to visit both the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos and Old San Juan, which features colorful Spanish colonial buildings, cobble-stoned streets and 16th-century landmarks. There are also the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade, a number of imposing fortresses and the close proximity to El Yunque National Forest, all of which are worth visiting.
Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Raleigh and San Juan on travel site Skyscanner.
Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in San Juan to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest San Juan flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Raleigh and San Juan are if you leave on Sept. 4 and return from Puerto Rico on Sept. 11. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $157, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Raleigh on Aug. 28 and return from San Juan on Aug. 31, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $228 roundtrip.
Top San Juan hotels
To plan your stay, here are some of San Juan’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Hotel El Convento (100 Cristo St. Old, San Juan)
If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Hotel El Convento. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $280.
This boutique hotel is located in the historical district, near the Museo del Nino's, San Juan Cathedral and the Puerta de San Juan.
The Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino (1309 Ashford Ave.)
There's also the 4.7-star rated The Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino, which has rooms for $261/night.
This beachfront resort is close to the Plaza del Mercado and Condado Beach.
The La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel (1077 Ashford Ave.)
A third option is The La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $209/night.
Featured San Juan restaurants
If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, San Juan has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.
Santaella (219 Calle Canals)
If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Santaella, which has an average of five stars out of 10 reviews on Skyscanner.
"Santaella celebrates the roots of the island and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food," wrote puertorico-rentals.com.
Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana (2021 Calle Loíza)
Another popular dining destination is the Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana, with five stars from six reviews.
"I started out with the fried cheese and it was delicious! The tacos are to die for, too," wrote Dani.
El Jibarito (280 Calle Sol)
Also worth considering is El Jibarito, with 4.9 stars from 12 reviews.
"This is San Juan dining at its best," wrote visitor Aaron.
Featured San Juan attractions
Not sure what to do in San Juan, besides eat and drink? Here are two top recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Old San Juan (San Juan)
First up is Old San Juan. It has 4.9 stars from 152 reviews.
"There's a lot to do here. I highly recommend coming here if you're interested in learning about history, local food, museums and much more!" wrote Sofia.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (501 Calle Norzagaray)
The Castillo San Felipe del Morro is another popular destination, with 4.7 stars from 123 reviews.
Constructed in 1540, this six-story fort hides a warren of prison cells, barracks and hallways, and was attacked on many occasions by both English and Dutch forces. It is listed in the National Historic Register.
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