By Rose Overbey
San Juan
Puerto Rico
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The city of San Juan is the capital of the American territory, Puerto Rico. Today nearly half of the population of the commonwealth resides in the San Juan metropolitan area, and the city bustles with activity. Beaches nearby offer relaxation, and historical sites abound. This Caribbean city is a delight to visit, and offers a variety of attractions that are sure to appeal to any visitor.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico. San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is the closet airport, about 3 miles southeast of the city. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections of hotels in San Juan for assistance with finding accommodations.  Two hotels that EscapeWizard.com highly recommends are the InterContinental Resort & Casino and the Sheraton Puerto Rico Resort & Casino. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.

Originally a Spanish settlement, San Juan still reflects much of its Spanish heritage. EscapeWizard.com suggests starting your tour of the city in Old San Juan. Old town houses line the cobblestone streets and plazas and churches abound. The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the final resting place for Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who founded the city. It also holds the title of the second oldest cathedral in the western hemisphere. San Jose Church is also worth visiting. Built in the 1500's, the Spanish Gothic style will intrigue visitors. It was the original burial place for Juan Ponce de León, until he was moved to the Cathedral in the 1800's. A renovation on the church began about a decade ago, and many murals have been unearthed and are on display.

Plazas abound in Old San Juan, and visitors will enjoy the statues and setting. EscapeWizard.com recommends taking time to stroll through the streets and discover plazas such as the Plaza de Colón -- which is home to a statue of Christopher Columbus and includes a small exhibit of his important achievements. Another intriguing plaza EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting is the Plazuela de la Rogativa. Inside the plaza is a sculpture that reflects a historical event. In 1797 the British attempted to take over the colony, but were halted at one entry way. As the British attempted to access the city via another route, the governor ordered a Rogativa, as an act of faith in asking for divine intervention against the British advance. Women marched through the streets carrying torches and crosses. When the British saw this, they turned away as they feared the mass of people were Spanish reinforcements. This event is celebrated in the plaza and captures the faithful spirit of the Puerto Rican people.

EscapeWizard.com is sure you'll find many ways to enjoy yourself in the city. Whether you stick to the historical sites, or explore more modern attractions. The beach and resort area is located right next to Old San Juan and offers a variety of upscale restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs. Throughout the city the food blends Spanish, American and Caribbean influences, so you're sure to find a gem of a restaurant. The nightlife is bustling and is spread throughout the city, there are casinos and other nighttime amusements so be sure to ask your concierge where the hot spots are in the city.

It is worthwhile to visit the beaches. EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting Muñoz Rivera Park which opens up to the ocean and is well landscaped. A stroll through this park would be a delight for any vacationer in San Juan. Also, El Yunque National Forest is a short distance outside of the city and offers vacationers a glimpse of a rainforest.
 
EscapeWizard.com urges you to explore San Juan for yourself. The city is a wonderful place to visit, no matter what you're looking for. Just click the link above and book your next trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in San Juan
By D. Gregory Perrin
InterContinental Casino & Resort
5961 Isla Verde Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend the InterContinental San Juan Resort and Casino as the best hotel in the city. This hotel is located right on the coastline only approximately 10 minutes away from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. There are 398 guestrooms in the hotel, with 12 of them meeting accessible standards. The largest majority of the rooms are smoke free, but the hotel offers around 20 smoking rooms. Guests of the hotel can check-in at 4 p.m. or after on the day they arrive into San Juan. The InterContinental is set up for international travelers as the staff of the hotel can accommodate guests speaking the following languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Portuguese. Upon arrival, there is a bellman at the door to assist you with your luggage, and if you need cash, the hotel has an ATM in the lobby.

Each room has a color television with cable, as well as the capability to purchase the latest movies on-demand. Guests can also watch movies on the DVD player that is in each room. There is high speed internet available in guestrooms for no charge from the hotel. For your convenience, there is an in-room safe large enough to store most laptops during the time you are out at the beach or downtown. Families traveling with children can take advantage of the in-room video games that are available.

The InterContinental knows that fitness is important to a large number of people, and they offer a 24 hour fitness center to guests. There are cardiovascular machines and free weights available, as well as televisions to watch during your workout. The hotel has an outdoor pool and whirlpool for guests to relax in after a day of business or sightseeing. Concierge Services are available from the hotel for guests who need assistance with finding activities to do in the city during their stay; check with the front desk for applicable fees upon arrival for this service.

Guests can check out at 12 p.m. or before on the day of departure. There is video check-out in the rooms to make it more convenient for travelers, or you can go to the front desk. EscapeWizard.com knows you will not be disappointed with your stay; just click here to book your hotel experience (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Juan
By D. Gregory Perrin
Sheraton Resort & Casino
200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico is an amazing city on an island paradise. There are a large number of amazing hotels available for vacationers to utilize and one of the best in the city is the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino. The hotel is located 10 minutes from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, and right outside of the Isla Grande Airport. There are 503 guestrooms available at this hotel which is ample for a large number of guests. The hotel also contains 22 suites for guests who are looking for a more extensive room experience. Check in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. or after for all guests coming into San Juan. EscapeWizard.com recommends signing up for Starwood points if you have not already before your stay. By collecting points, you can earn free rooms from Starwood Hotels.

Guests of the hotel can select between 1 king size or 2 double size beds depending on your sleeping needs. In each room, there is a 40 inch flat-screen television with full cable package. The hotel offers high speed wireless internet service in each room, and guests should check with the front desk for applicable fees for this service.

The Sheraton has an outdoor pool that guests can relax in after a long day, and there is an amazing view from the deck of the pool during the evenings. The hotel also offers a fitness center for all guests to keep up their fitness regime during their vacation. The fitness center has cardiovascular machines, like treadmills, and ellipticals; there are also crunch exercise balls and free weights as well.

The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino is an excellent option for any traveler in the city. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends this hotel and encourages vacationers to book their hotel by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in San Juan
By D. Gregory Perrin
Caribe Hilton
Los Rosales Street, San Geronimo Grounds, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Another excellent option in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for hotel accommodations, is the Caribe Hilton. This hotel is only about 15 minutes from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, and about 5 minutes from the Isla Grande Airport. There are usually cabs available right at the airport to make commuting very easy for all vacationers. This enormous hotel has over 900 guest rooms to house a large number of travelers, and the Caribe Hilton has accessible options for travelers needing extra assistance. The friendly staff will make check-in an easy process, and your room will be available to enter at 4 p.m. or after on the day of arrival.

Vacationers can select between 1 king size or 2 double beds depending on the sleeping needs of your party. There are also 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom suites available as well. There is a color television in each room with cable as well as the option to purchase the latest movies on pay-per-view. There is internet access in each room; guests should check with the front desk on applicable fees. For your protection, the Caribe Hilton offers an in-room safe to keep you laptop or other valuables in during your time out of the room sightseeing or relaxing on the beach.

The Caribe Hilton has a unique feature, which is a beachfront pool for guests to relax in if they do not want to go into the saltwater ocean. Here guests can swim in the pool, relax in a whirlpool or layout and take a nap on a hammock. The hotel also has a game room available for guests from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where guests can relax and stimulate their minds with some games and entertainment. Lastly, the Olas Spa is available for guests to take advantage of during their stay in San Juan. This facility provides all the ways to pamper yourself at an affordable rate.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends the Carbie Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico as one of the very best hotels in the city. To book your next hotel experience, vacationers can click on this link to book with us today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).