In September 2017, Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage across the island. Many places closed for rebuilding. Frommer's recommends that vacationers check in advance with all businesses before traveling.
Old San Juan’s biggest tourist trap is actually not too bad a spot to get stuck in for a while, especially if you are a cruise ship visitor with only a few hours to explore the Old City. Its Spanish colonial courtyard is charming, with a bar serving tropical drinks and there’s an elegant dining room serving classic Puerto Rican fare and flamenco shows every night. Need that perfect gift? There’s everything for sale: jewelry, perfume, cigars, rum, and other gifts. This Old San Juan institution lays claim to the invention of the piña colada back in 1963, but another local legend has it that the drink was actually invented earlier by a bartender at the Caribe Hilton.