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 is 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.
Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Columbus and San Juan in the next few months, including some popular hotel options and favorite local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Flight deals to San Juan
Currently, the cheapest flights between Columbus and San Juan are if you leave on Nov. 5 and return from Puerto Rico on Nov. 8. Spirit Airlines currently has tickets for $233, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Columbus on Oct. 22 and return from San Juan on Oct. 29, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $234 roundtrip.
Top San Juan hotels
To help 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.
Hotel El Convento (100 Cristo St. Old, San Juan)
If you're looking to treat yourself, consider Hotel El Convento. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $280/night.
Nestled in the historical district of Old San Juan, this boutique hotel offers convenient access to several noteworthy attractions, including the San Juan Bautista Cathedral, Puerta de San Juan and La Fortaleza Palacio de Santa Catalina.
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 within close proximity of Plaza del Mercado, Condado Beach and the Puerto Rico Convention Center.
La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel (1077 Ashford Ave.)
A third option is La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel, which has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner and rooms going for $209/night.
"As soon as you step into La Concha, it's breathtaking. The food, beach and pools are great! Family friendly, and it has a great nightlife," wrote reviewer Sofia.
Featured San Juan restaurants
If you're looking to snag a bite at one of San Juan's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.
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's comida criolla, and incorporates techniques, flavors and fusions from around the world into its food," wrote www.puertorico-rentals.com. "Santaella will elevate and redefine your Puerto Rican dining experience."
Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana (2021 Calle Loíza)
Another popular dining destination is Acapulco Taqueria Mexicana, with five stars from six reviews.
"Started out with [the] fried cheese and it was delicious," wrote reviewer Dani. "The tacos are to die for, especially la cochinita."
Jose Enrique (176 Calle Duffaut)
Also worth considering is Jose Enrique.
"Awesome local food," wrote Jasey. "BYOB, and you sometimes have to wait for a table."
Featured San Juan attractions
Not sure what to do in San Juan, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple of recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
Old San Juan (San Juan)
First up is Old San Juan.
"Old San Juan was beautiful," wrote visitor Sofia. "So much history, and great restaurants! ... I highly recommend coming here if you're interested in learning history, local food, museums and much more."
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (501 Calle Norzagaray)
Castillo San Felipe del Morro is another popular destination.
Constructed in 1540 and now listed in the National Historic Register, this six-story fort hides a warren of prison cells, barracks and hallways, attacked on many occasions throughout history by both English and Dutch forces.
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