Flight Delayed? What to do and Where to Stay in San Juan

by Ray Larson

Although rare, visitors to the Caribbean have experienced flights delayed or postponed due to bad weather when trying to travel from Sunset Watch Villa to Virgin Gorda. But if you find yourself stuck in San Juan, Puerto Rico, don’t worry – the gorgeous Caribbean island provides plenty of entertainment and comfortable places to stay until your next flight arrives. Here are a few suggestions:

Where to stay in San Juan:

San Juan Airport Hotel – (787) 791-6000

Located just steps away from the airlines’ counters in San Juan’s International Airport, this hotel offers guests a number of sought-after amenities. The hotel is home to 125 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and an exceptional sushi bar. Guests can also indulge in the hotel’s free hot breakfast buffet or take a dip in the relaxing Jacuzzis before catching their flight to Virgin Gorda.

Embassy Suites Hotel and Casino – (787) 791-0505

The Embassy Suites Hotel and Casino is just a quick five-minute drive from the airport and a ten-minute walk from the breathtaking Isla Verde Beach. The stunning Caribbean destination offers the comforts of home with a free cooked-to-order breakfast every morning and late-night entertainment at the Oasis Casino and Lounge. The tropical pool and waterfall on-site are kid favorites.

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort – (787) 791-0404

Located on Isla Verde Beach, the Courtyard by Marriott offers majestic views of San Juan’s best beachfront. Enjoy a romantic stroll down the mile-long stretch of white sand beach, or dine in style at one of four restaurants at this beautiful Marriott location.

What to do in San Juan:

Castillo San Felipe del Morro – (787) 729-6960

Whether your flight to Virgin Gorda was delayed or you’re visiting Puerto Rico for your vacation, this is a can’t-miss destination. Full of history, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th-century fortress that was built to guard the entrance of San Juan. Located on the northwestern point of the Old San Juan islet, this prominent castle withstood numerous attacks and remains one of the most spectacular attractions throughout Puerto Rico. In 1983, the United Nations declared the Castillo San Felipe del Morro a World Heritage site, and the destination receives more than two million visitors per year.

Club Gallistico de Puerto Rico – (787) 791-1557

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, visit Club Gallistico de Puerto Rico, which is home to legal cockfighting – a one-of-a-kind experience. Cockfighting is a big part of the culture in Puerto Rico, and people flood into the arena night after night to witness the excitement.

Sunset Watch Villa will be here when you arrive, providing you a spectacular island home and an unforgettable experience. But if you find yourself stuck in San Juan for a day or night, use our suggestions to help pass the time and rest peacefully.