San Juan: the Host City




  • During the early 16th century, San Juan was the point of departure of Spanish expeditions to charter or settle unknown parts of the New World. Its fortifications repulsed the English navigator, Sir Francis Drake, in 1595, as well as later attacks.
  • The old city has three stunning Spanish Colonial Fortresses: El Morro, Fuerte San Cristóbal and La Fortaleza, which have been designed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
  • Old San Juan, the magnificent walled city, is encircled by magical architecture, churches and chapels. Pretty and comfortable plazas invite you to return hundreds of times to relax and enjoy charming people who adorn the streets, going about their typical town chores.
  • San Juan is a major port and tourist resort of the West Indies and is the oldest city under the U.S. flag.
  • The metropolitan area known as San Juan has 3 distinct areas: Old San Juan, the Beach & Resort area, and other outlying communities, the most important ones being Río Piedras, Hato Rey, Puerta de Tierra, and Santurce.
  • San Juan is the largest processing center of the island – the metropolitan area has facilities for petroleum and sugar-refining, brewing and distilling, and is home to cement production, pharmaceuticals, metal products, clothing, and tobacco.
  • The port is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. San Juan is the country’s financial capital, and many U.S. banks and corporations maintain offices or distribution centers here. San Juan is the center of Caribbean shipping and is the 2nd largest seaport in the area (after New York City).
  • Old San Juan and San Cristobal Fort
  • Condado, the beach and resort area
  • A beautiful view of La Fortaleza
  • San Juan Port

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