San Juan

So I have never been to San Juan before and we are taking our 2 children with us.  What would be the best thing to do there for family.  Preferablly beach and what would the cost be.  Anyone have any recommendations

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We used to go to Old San Juan when we flew over from St. Croix and there was a nice beach there but that was years ago ... haven't cruised to San Juan so not much help there.

We have sailed out of San Juan 3 times and had it as a port on another cruise. We love the beach. That is almost always what we do on the islands. We took an excursion to Isla Verde about 15 minutes from the port, got loungers and umbrella don't remember the cost. If your kids are old enough do some walking I would forgo the beach and do old San Juan. The forts are both part of US national parks and super cool. There is a lot to see with in walking distance of the ship.

San Juan is pretty walkable - I don't think they have the traditional "Hop On Hop Off" buses - but I do remember a free trolley that takes you around old town via several routes (strictly transportation - no tour narration). Lots of beaches.

We are fans of the forts in old San Juan. You didn't mention how old your children are so maybe you will not find that interesting.  Others will have tell you about the beaches.

what is the safety level like?  My kids are 8 and 11 so too much walking might be a deterant and safety is always my prime concern in any port

Nice part about an 8 and 11 year old is that they are old enough not to take off like a wild 3 year old but young enough to still stay close to Mom/Dad.  Kiss that goodbye at age 13 and up - lol...

I hear ya  :)

We really enjoyed our walking tour of the fort and some of the downtown area, but there were a couple of youngsters under 10 and a few teens who were visibly bored.

I have spent a week in San Juan before one of my cruises.   I felt safe enough to take the city bus at night from the Miramar district to Old San Juan and then a taxi back because the bus stop at midnight. Old San Juan is easy to walk,  Lots of shops and places to eat (good local food).   The fort was interesting to see and you can do that on your own,  no need for excursion,  just walk over pay a few bucks and your in.  People that I met in San Juan were very nice, warm and friendly.   I'd go back for a week land trip just to see more of it.

San Juan is about as safe as any USA city.  I always feel perfectly safe trekking up to the forts, usually in a small group of four to six.

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