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Porta Coeli - San German, Puerto Rico

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.

Quick Facts about San German, Puerto Rico

Map - San German, Puerto Rico

San German historic town and it’s Puerto Rico’s oldest settlement outside San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. It was named after the second wife of Ferdinand of Spain, Germaine de Foix. Location: San Germàn is located in Porta del Sol, north of Lajas (where you will find La Parguera), west of Ponce and Sabana Grande. and east of Cabo Rojo. – Land Area: 140 sq km (54.0 sq mi)

  • Hymn: San Germán es mi pueblo querido
  • Locals are known as: Sangermeños
  • Festivals / Events in San Germàn, PR:
    • Fiestas Patronales San Germàn Auxerre is celebrated in July.
    • Festival del Añon is celebrated in September
    • Festival de Navidad is celebrated in December.
  • San German has 17 barrios: Ancones,Caín Alto, Caín Bajo, Cotui, Duey Alto, Duey Bajo, Guamá, Hoconuco Alto, Hoconuco Bajo, Maresúa, Minillás, Pueblo, Retiro, Rosarío Alto, Rosarío Bajo, Rosario Peñón, Sabana Eneas, Sabana Grande Abajo.

Tourism Information Office: Oficina de Turismo Municipio Autónomo de San Germán

  • Address: Cll Jose Julian Acosta, San Germán, 00683, Puerto Rico
  • Tel: 787-892-3790
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San German, Puerto Rico

Attractions & Things to Do in San German, Puerto Rico

Surf 'n Fun Water Park - San German, Puerto Rico

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

Plaza in 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 wonder 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 pass pastel colored homes with their original Spanish Colonial design.  San German is an great point of interest for photography enthusiasts.

Points of Interest and Things to do in Porta del Sol, Puerto Rico

Points of Interest in Porta del Sol

Just a short drive from San German, you’ll have easy access to the many points of interest and things to do in Porta del Sol (the west coast).

Porta Coeli - San German, Puerto Rico

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. 

Visit the Museums

San German offers various museums, all located within the historic district in center 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.

Visiting San German, Puerto Rico

Paradores & Small Inns in San German, Puerto Rico

Hotels, Paradores & Small Inns

The municipality of San German only offers a few small inns and hostels, but in all honesty we can’t recommend any. We recommend you stay in the nearby city of Mayaguez, beach town of Cabo Rojo or Copamarina Beach Resort in Guanica.



Street in San German, Puerto Rico (2007)

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.

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