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Cities in the Spotlight: San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan has many popular beaches.

San Juan has many popular beaches.

Moving to the Caribbean may be an exciting time for you, as it could be a significant life change. If you are taking your moving boxes to San Juan, Puerto Rico, there's a chance you are in for a pleasant adjustment.

The capital of Puerto Rico is the largest city on the island. San Juan has a population of nearly 390,000. To get around the city, you may want to use San Juan's Autoridad Metropolitana de Autobuses, which offers service throughout the area.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, but the island's population is almost entirely Spanish-speaking. This may make it difficult to get around if you don't speak the language, so brushing up beforehand may be a good idea.

Weather in the city doesn't vary largely. There is a relatively significant amount of rain each year, which can range from as little as two inches per month on average, to as much as six inches per month, according to The Weather Channel. Temperatures don't change much during the year, as well. The average summer high temperature is 89 degrees, while the average winter low is 72 degrees.

Higher education options are plentiful in San Juan, which could make it easier for you if you want to take classes while in the area. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras is located in the city, as as well as the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

There are a few options for sports fans in the city, but far more throughout the island as a whole. A professional basketball team plays in the capital, as Baloncesto Superior Nacional's Cangrejeros de Santurce call the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum home.

San Juan offers beaches, rich history
If you prefer life on the beach, there are many destinations in and near San Juan, as it is a coastal city. The area has a significant amount of coastline, and you may be attracted to the options available.

Much of the city's architecture varies, as it has many differing cultural aspects. This includes the many governmental buildings and churches present in the city. There is also a section of the city called "Old San Juan," which may be a great place to visit to get an authentic feel of the city.