San Juan, Puerto Rico
Located in the Caribbean, San Juanwas founded in 1521. It is the capital of Puerto Rico andthe oldest city in any U.S. territory. Thegreater metropolitan area is home to nearly two million people (almost half of the island's population), and it is Puerto Rico’s manufacturing, financial, cultural, government and tourism center.
During Spanish colonial times most of San Juan’s urban population resided in what is now known as Old San Juan. The main part of the city is characterized by narrow cobblestone streets and picturesque colonial buildings, some of which date back to the 16th and 17th century. Sections of the old city are surrounded by massive walls and several defensive structures and notable forts, most notably both Fort San Felipe del Morro and the Castle of San Cristóbal. San Juan features a colorful mix of historic ambiance with modern cultural and entertainment amenities ranging from a vibrant night life and fabulous restaurants to great shopping and leisurely strolls on smooth beaches – or boarding a cruise ship at one of the world’s busiest cruise ports.
Originally called Ciudad de Puerto Rico ("Rich Port City"), San Juan is a vibrant port city. In fact, the ports of San Juan and Jacksonville are closely linked: more than 75 percent of all the ocean-borne cargo shipped between Puerto Rico and the U.S. mainland moves through Jacksonville, more than any other U.S. port. Puerto Rico also is Jacksonville’s No. 1 trading partner. One goal of the two cities “twinning” is to create new personal relationships which may lead to more business, both port and non-port related.