You’ve booked your trip to San Juan—great! Your days will be filled with sunshine, rainforests, and beaches—but what about your nights? With some local advice, we created this guide to what to do in San Juan once it gets dark:
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Locals tell us you'll find fantastic restaurants throughout the city—honestly, eating is one of the best things to do in San Juan.
So, benefit from local advice. Our trip planners gave us these dining tips:
Old San Juan is beautiful during the day. And locals say it's especially lovely at night. Take a sunset stroll down the Paseo De La Princesa (locals say to be sure and see the beautiful Raices Fountain), wander along the neighborhood's blue cobblestones, or enjoy a craft cocktail at El Factoria.
Generally, Puerto Rico is safe. But take the same precautions at night as you would anywhere else.
Locals tell us that while Condado isn't known for nightlife, you'll find a collection of great bars and restaurants that are opened late. Benefit from local recs—our trip planners tell us that while Condado bars don't often make internet lists, there are some gems here.
For something *totally different* sign up for an L.E.D. night kayak in the Condado Lagoon. It's an incredible Puerto Rico activity if you love the outdoors.
Locals tell us that La Placita is an excellent place to enjoy the nightlife in San Juan.
A popular farmer's market by day, La Placita (in the Santurce neighborhood) takes on a new identity come sunset. Bar patrons spill out into the public square to enjoy the crowds, cheap drinks, and occasional impromptu dance parties. Locals say that visiting La Placita is a fun thing to do in San Juan day or night—but it's really fun after sundown.
What's your travel style? If you're looking to stop in at Santurce, but have a more low-key night, our trip planners recommend El Almacén, a La Placita speakeasy that posts their password on Instagram.
They tell us that the pina colada cocktail was actually invented in Puerto Rico. But there is some disagreement as to who exactly came up with the iconic drink—two establishments, the Caribe Hilton Hotel and the Barrachina Restaurant both take credit.
Locals say if you're looking for things to do in San Juan at night, a taste test may be a good idea...
The Bacardi Rum Factory is a bit touristy, but still a fun thing to do in Puerto Rico.