In DepthOne of the oldest capital cities in the Western Hemisphere, San Juan is the principal city of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Enveloped within the metropolitan core are the inner districts of Hato Rey, Río Piedras and Santurce, all bonded to San Juan by the public transportation system. The sprawling urban area also encompasses the municipalities of Bayamón, Carolina, Cataño, Guaynabo and San Juan. The Aqua Express, a daily ferry service, connects Old San Juan at Pier 2 with Cataño and Hato Rey.
Luxury hotels lining Avenida Ashford distinguish the Condado Beach section, known as the Gold Coast. Attractive shops, dining spots, supper clubs, casinos and beachfronts dotted with umbrellas, palm trees and Spanish residences grace this popular resort area.
On Avenida Ponce de León is one of the last buildings to be erected by the Spanish, the General Archive and National Library of Puerto Rico. Built in 1877, it also has functioned as a prison, a cigar factory and a rum plant. Red-tiled floors, stained-glass windows, chandeliers and a chapel make this building interesting.
The 580,000-square-foot Puerto Rico Convention Center, which opened in 2005, is considered the largest and most technologically advanced meeting facility of its kind in the Caribbean. Featuring a "techno-tropic" architectural style, the convention center can accommodate up to 10,000 delegates.
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