Explore the history of Old San Juan
Located on the northern coastal plains of Puerto Rico, San Juan is the nation’s capital and largest city. With a storied past and a folklore as vibrant as any in the Caribbean
, San Juan has been the focal point of Puerto Rico for centuries. Though formally settled in 1521 by Spanish colonists, San Juan was first discovered in 1508 by famed explorer Ponce de Leon who named the city in honor of St. John the Baptist.
Since the 16th century, San Juan has been a major point of departure for expeditions to the New World. Today, San Juan’s vibrant culture calls to millions of tourists who arrive on its shores annually in search of its tropical atmosphere and cultural treasures. And whether your passion is in exploring the history of Old San Juan or enjoying surfing, shopping and bird watching, with so many things to do
near our San Juan, Puerto Rico hotel, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience.
To find information about things to do in San Juan, please click the “Attractions” link to the left. Or, for details about what to pack, banking hours and transportation, please consult The Ritz-Carlton San Juan, Puerto Rico visitor guide by selecting General Information