The Historic City of Old San Juan and San Juan Bay.

This is a city rich in naval history.  Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the island was initially named for San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist).  The city was originally named Puerto Rico (Rich Port) and was one of the main ports in the Spanish Colonial Empire in the new world.

The city of San Juan became the first stop for the Spanish ships as they came across the Atlantic on the trade winds.  From here they feathered out across the Caribbean, into Central and South America, Mexico, and beyond.

The city came under attack on several occasions.  But over 400 years, the city and its wall were so heavily fortified that attack became futile.  This is still evidenced today as the impressive El Morro is truly and astonishing site.  As the Spanish empire came to an end and their territories became liberated, their reach into the new world gradually waned, until Puerto Rico became a territory of the United States in 1898.
Sail Old San Juan

For more information on San Juan and Puert Rico, including attractions and things to do, see: Puerto Rico Guide.


The Monastery Art Hotel - Beautiful Youtube Video of Old San Juan

Sailing in San Juan

The sailing season in the Caribbean generally takes place between November and May.  The summer is hot and prone to tropical storms.  The winter is cooler and the trade winds are ideal.  Expect daytime winds to range between ten and twenty knots.

The waters of Puerto Rico are under U.S. governance, and the U.S. Coast Guard maintains a steady presence here.  There is a U.S. Coast Guard station in San Juan Bay.

Links of Interest

San Juan Boat Rentals  Provides charter boat services, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.