As winter weather encroaches, sunny Caribbean destinations beckon travelers with deals on hotels and packages that include flights. Many flights to the Caribbean stop over in Puerto Rico. If you find yourself with a layover of three hours or longer in San Juan, use the time to add to your vacation photo album – many top attractions are a short distance away.
Old San Juan: Famous for its picturesque blue cobblestone streets, this historical area is just nine miles (a $20 cab ride) from the airport. Visit the tourist office near the baggage area to pick up a map before you leave. Attractions include:
Isla Verde Beach: Lined with hotels and dining, this beach is a five-minute cab ride away -- perfect for shorter layovers.
Flavorful dining: Known as comida criolla, Puerto Rican cuisine borrows influences from the Caribbean, Spain, and indigenous cultures. Try mofongo, a dish of mashed and seasoned plantains stuffed with vegetables, chicken, steak or seafood. Traditional Cuban fare is also plentiful.