Location

Fachada VWelcome the real San Juan. Welcome to Santurce!
To say our neighborhood is interesting would be true but an understatement. It is home of fantastic (street-)art, excellent local hangouts, restaurants and bars, and thus it is Puerto Ricos cultural centre number#1. See the real San Juan and experience true Puerto Rican lifestyle.

 

OUR LOCAL TIPS FOR FOOD, ART & NIGHTLIFE

FOOD

Whether you’re looking for inventive, artistic fusion or traditional American classics, you’ll find excellent restaurants here.

Some examples:

  • La Tasca de Yiyo on central Loíza Street, offers hearty Puerto Rican and cuban fare.
  • Nice/Genuine Local Food at Walmart Delicatessen
  • Fast Food (too healthy?) Plaza
  • Bebo’s Cafe, also on Loíza Street, combines Dominican and ‘Rican flavors.
  • Hungry all the day? Check out Cafe Ruben on Ponce de Leon Ave, great flavor combined with good prices 24/7 open!
  • You want the Puerto Rican answer to subway? Try sandwiches at El Meson on Av. de Diego

ART

Santurce offers three fantastic cultural meccas dedicated to the arts:

  • The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, or Puerto Rican Museum of Art, is a must-visit destination for art-lovers. The building is beautiful, the collection of local, regional and international artists is excellent, and the sculpture gardens outside are worth a stroll. Tip: Go Wednesday after 2pm, there will be no entrance fee.
  • The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo is devoted to contemporary arts in all its mediums, and is a worthy sister to the Puerto Rican Museum of Art.
  • The Centro de Bellas Arts Luis A. Ferré is the island’s premier venue for plays, concerts and theater.

NIGHTLIFE

  • The most famous and popular destination is without a question Plaza del Mercado, or “La Placita” is an open-air plaza that transforms on weekends with bars, late-night eateries, and friendly crowds of Sanjuaneros. It’s a staple of the San Juan bar scene.

El Bar Rubí on Canals Street is a weekend-only, decent-sized space with a varied cocktail menu and great music.

Krash – the most popular gay club in Puerto Rico, Krash, which used to be called Eros, is still the place to go to for gay locals and tourists.

ROOMS AND FACILITIES

Welcome to SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL HOSTEL!

We want you to have a good time during your stay here. That means:

Free WiFi, Free Pancakes for you to prepare for Breakfast, Free Coffee, Free Lockers, Free Linen, Free Shampoo and Body Wash, Free Telephone Calls to the US and Puerto Rico, Free Usage of our Computers, Free Movies to watch and Music to listen to on our TV, a Free Book Exchange and FREE LOVE!

We have a common kitchen and a fridge and freezer for our guests to use. In total there are four common bathrooms.

We offer a laundry service for just 5$ per Load.

All rooms are equipped with high-speed fans and optional with A/C. Continue reading “ROOMS AND FACILITIES”

Culebra!!!

While you are visiting the main island of Puerto Rico, make time to see a Culebra, a little island with stunning beaches.  It’s most famous beach, Flamenco, has been listed in Condè Nast Travel on their top 10 most beautiful beaches on earth.

Check out this website before you go to get information on accommodations, how to get there by plane and ferry, and the beaches.

http://www.letsgo.com/154-puerto_rico-travel-guides-culebra-d

 

 

What PR Has to Offer


Here are a list of attractions and excursions…

*El Yunque Rainforest Half-Day Trip from San Juan – Sit back and relax on this leisurely half-day trip to the El Yunque rainforest. You’ll discover an amazing world of nature trails, waterfalls, scenic views and the sub-tropical rainforest habitat of Puerto Rico’s endangered wildlife. http://www.viator.com/tours/San-Juan/El-Yunque-Rainforest-Half-Day-Trip-from-San-Juan/d903-4170YUNQ

*Utuado: Batey Zipline Adventure – Batey Zip Line Adventure offers Zip Line Eco tours in the interior Forest area of Puerto Rico. Located in Utuado (Five minutes from the “Caguana’s Ceremonial Indigenous Park”) and approximately 1 1/2 hours fro San Juan. The regular tour lasts about 4 1/2 hours. 787-484-3860 and or 787-383-3096

*Rincon Surf School – info@boardinghousepr.com, 787-823-4191

*Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco) – A pleasant beach on the northern coast of Culebra, it is in a nearly waveless, sheltered cove. It is long, wide, surrounded by greenery and only one or two buildings are near it.

*Bioluminescent (Mosquito) Bay, Isla de Vieques – A truly brilliant natural wonder, this bay, particularly on moonless nights, literally glows in the dark. http://www.biobay.com/

*Hacienda Carabali – 787-889-5820, haciendacarabalipr@gmail.com

*Laguna Grande – A seasonally phosphorescent lagoon in the Cabezas Nature Reserve, Cabezas Nature Reserve Northeastern Coast, 787 722 5882

San Juan Viejo

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro

For only $0.50 and a 15 minute ride, you can take the bus to Old San Juan…

San Juan is known as “La Ciudad Amurallada” (the walled city). San Juan was founded in 1521. In 1508 Juan Ponce de León founded the original settlement, Caparra, now known as Pueblo Viejo, behind the almost land-locked harbor just to the west of the present metropolitan area.

A year later, the settlement was abandoned and moved to the site of what is now called Old San Juan. San Juan is one of the biggest and best natural harbors in the Caribbean and is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas (after Santo Domingo, which was officially founded on August 5, 1498.) *Magaly Rivera

*Things to See*

Castillo de San Felipe del Morro – Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels.

Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico – More than just an art museum, the Museo del Arte hosts concerts and festivals as well.

Teatro Tapia – If you are a theatre person this would be your place.

Bacardi Rum Plant – (**drinking age is 18 in Puerto Rico**) Take a 45-minute tour of the world’s largest rum distillery, Bacardi Museum, and be rewarded with a multiple samples at the end of your visit.

*Places to Eat*

Puerto Rican Cuisine –
Aire Numo – 102 Calle Luna | corner of Calle Tanca, very well known not only for the food but also Sangria

Cafe Manolin – The Mofongo (smashed plantains) are to die for and the service is excellent.

Raices – Calle Recinto Sur 315, It is not the cheapest place in town but it will not disappoint. The Coconut Flan and Guava Cheesecake will not let you down!
Dragonfly – Calle Fortaleza 364, This is the island’s first Latin-Asian menu, and it remains one of the best anywhere.

Breakfast –
La Bombonera – Calle San Francisco 259, This family-run bakery and coffee shop was founded in 1902; Try the mallorca con mantequilla (a round, flat pastry dusted with confectioner’s sugar and served with butter).

Other Good Eats –
Ostra Cosa – Calle del Cristo 154, Eclectic; “eat up, dress down experience” – Romantic Dining Experience; Couples dine beneath a massive quenepe tree — waiters will tell you to hug the tree and make a wish — in a colonial courtyard surrounded by a 16th-century building that was once the home of the colony’s governor.

The Blessed Cafe – Next to Plaza Colon in Old San Juan. This establishment has some of the best Jamaican grub I’ve ever had. (Actually the only Jamaican grub I’ve ever had!) But it is delicious, none the less. The curry goat was amazing.

Bodega Chic – Calle Cristo 51, French; This small French/Algerian bistro blends delicious Mediterranean and Caribbean herbs and flavors, reasonable prices, and unpretentious friendly service.

*Things to Do*

San Juan Snorkel and Picnic Cruise – $85 for 8 1/2 hours; Relax and unwind on a leisurely catamaran sail to Icacos, a deserted island paradise off the coast of San Juan, with miles of white sand beaches and crystal clear water! You receive a picnic lunch and complimentary pina colada and rum punch served on board by the crew – what more could you ask for!

****View “All Around PR” for more things to do around the whole island.