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Come for an afternoon walk on the cobblestone streets of San German, Puerto Rico; The City of Hills. San German’s city is colorful, elegant, rich in history with about 250 historic Spanish Colonial buildings. If you’re a history buff and lover of Old World Architecture, be sure to put San German in your Puerto Rico itinerary. San German is the second oldest town in Puerto Rico, one of the best towns to admire our architectural heritage.
San Germàn is perched on green mountains overlooking the neighboring town of Lajas. After enjoying the historical attractions, museums, and having fun atSurf ‘n Fun Water Park, in a short half-hour you can visit beaches, offshore cays, forests, and scenic places in the nearby towns of Cabo Rojo, Lajas, Maricao, Mayaguez, Guanica, and more.
Porta Coeli (Museum of Religious Art Santo Domingo de Porta Coeli)
Porta Coeli (Museum of Religious Art Santo Domingo de Porta Coeli) is the most precious landmark in the historic district of San German. Porta Coeli one of the oldest churches in the Americas and the oldest church under the United States jurisdiction. Today the church houses a museum’s art collection which includes wood statues of Santos (saints), paintings, sculptures, and images with history excerpts. More about Porta Coeli, San German, Puerto Rico.
Take a walk…
San German is the most delightful town to take a walk on the west coast region of Puerto Rico. Start your walking tour at Porta Coeli, and just wander around the plazas and surrounding streets. San German is like a mini Old San Juan, but some like it better because it is quiet and has retained a small town intimate feel. You can walk around the historic district without crowds, stop at unique shops, visit various museums, enter old churches and walk past pastel-colored homes with their original Spanish Colonial design. San German is a great point of interest for photography enthusiasts.
Visit the Museums
San German offers various museums, all located within the historic district in the center of town. We encourage visitors to spend a full morning or afternoon visiting and supporting the great efforts the community has done to connect you with Puerto Rican history and art.
Plazas of San German
San German is the only town in Puerto Rico with two plazas. One faces the historic church of Porta Coeli and the other faces the traditional Catholic church and Alcaldia (Mayor’s Office). Cultural events take place at the plazas and you’ll often find friendly locals playing music for the enjoyment of every visitor. After taking a walk around the historic district, the plaza is a great place to end the visit by sitting at a bench under a tree to enjoy a time of relaxation during the day just as locals do.
Surf ‘n Fun Water Park
While San German doesn’t have beaches, it sports the best waterpark on the island, and currently the biggest in the Caribbean. The municipality invested 23.3 million dollars, making San German an even more attractive point of interest for residents of the island and tourists. Surf ‘n Fun Water Park opened in 2015, offering fun for the entire family with attentive staff, secure and clean facilities. Surf ‘n Fun Water Park has a variety of fun water activities from sprinklers for toddlers to surf simulators. If you’re visiting Porta del Sol, take a break from the beach and come to Surf ‘n Fun Water Park, you and your children will have a fun memorable time. The park has an off season, please call for days and hours.
Address: Carr. PR2 Km. 174.2, San German, PR / Tel: 787-659-7440
Travel to San German
For information on traveling to San German and the west coast of Puerto Rico, please visit our Puerto Rico Airport Guide.
If you are already on the west side of Puerto Rico, take Rt 2 from Mayaguez. If you are traveling to San Germàn from San Juan get on the San Juan Expressway #18 South, to San Juan Expressway #52 South, to Ponce Road (Carretera ) #2 East, to San Germàn Road #360 South. The drive from San Juan is about 1 hour, 45 minutes with traffic.