San Juan on a Budget: Part One

Events, Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Melissa Alvarado Sierra on May 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Travelers tend to see Puerto Rico as an expensive destination in comparison to other islands. Surprisingly, most attractions are inexpensive. If you are visiting Puerto Rico and decide to stay in San Juan, there’s the obvious expense of staying in a hotel, which are indeed expensive in the capital. But you can save some money in the things you do and the places you visit.

San Juan: This is the capital of Puerto Rico and the center for business and tourism. Old San Juan, Condado and Isla Verde are the main areas tourists visit and these sectors cater to them. Puerto Rico’s main hotels such as the Caribe Hilton, El San Juan and El Convento are all here.

Here’s part one of our list of cheap things to do:

  1. The beach: Condado and Isla verde have beautiful beaches you can visit for free. The only beaches you need to pay to get into are the public ones that have parking lots.
  2. Piñones: Found in the town of Loíza, Piñones is a fishing village that will take you back in time. Simple kiosks serving the daily catch and delicious fried delicacies are found along the beach. The prices are very cheap, especially if compared to restaurant prices in neighboring Isla Verde and Condado.
  3. El Morro and other historic landmarks: Old San Juan is an attraction as a whole, and contains many historic places to visit for free or a nominal fee. Entrance to El Morro is only $3 while most other landmarks are free. Stroll down the cobblestone streets and enjoy this marvelous city.
  4. Heineken Ventana al Jazz and other festivals: Festivals are a regular occurrence in San Juan, from street festivals to music and food festivals, there are many happening year round. The Heineken Ventana al Jazz is a favorite and takes place the last Sunday of every month at Ventana al Mar in Condado. Entrance to all these festivals is of course completely free.



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