San Juan’s Art Scene
Most people choose Puerto Rico as a vacation destination for its warm weather, white sand beaches, and easy access—as Americans don’t need a passport to get there. But this island boasts vibrant culture and a world-class art scene that many visitors overlook, and the city of San Juan is the center of it all.
Within the walls of Old San Juan alone, there are more than 20 art galleries that range from nooks to expansive spaces displaying art that reflects San Juan’s rich cultural and historical identity as one of the oldest cities in the Western Hemisphere.
Check out Galeria Botello, where you can stop to rest on a shady patio and shop for locally made hand-carved figurines amidst the larger pieces of art. Or, see if you can find the well-hidden Galeria Sin Titulo, a quirky gallery with an eclectic collection of art to browse or buy.
If you can’t make it into a gallery, you won’t be deprived of art and culture. Just strolling the streets, you’ll be surrounded by the art works that have been commissioned to beautify public areas as well as the brightly painted buildings in the Old Town.