San Juan Suburbs

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The suburbs of Cataño, Bayamón, and Guaynabo, west and south of San Juan, are separate municipalities but in many ways indistinguishable from the city itself. Cataño, bordered by the Bahía de San Juan in the north, is an industrial suburb, perhaps most noted for its distillery belonging to Bacardí. Bayamón can be reached within 15 to 30 minutes from central San Juan; if you come by car, stop by the attractive central park, bordered by historic buildings. Guaynabo is a mix of residential and industrial areas and is worth visiting for its historical importance—Juan Ponce de León established the island's first settlement here in Caparra, and you can visit the ruins of the original fortification.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Parque de las Ciencias Luis A. Ferré

The 42-acre Luis A. Ferré Science Park reopened in 2016 after an impressive renovation. Attractions include a 4-D theater, mini…

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Parque Histórico Juan Ponce de León (Ruinas de Caparra)

In 1508 Ponce de León established the island's first settlement here. The Caparra Ruins—a few crumbling walls—are all that remain…

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Casa Bacardí Visitor Center

Exiled from Cuba, the Bacardí family built a small rum distillery here in the 1950s. Today it's the world's largest,…

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