San Juan is a mecca for great shopping. Though not a duty-free zone, good deals can be found in the Old City – especially on gold, arts and crafts and clothes. Old San Juan also offers a mix of local shops and design outlets, including Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren. Comfortable shoes and clothes are a must when hitting this retail area. In the event of an unexpected rain shower, carrying an umbrella is also advisable.
Outside the walls of the Old City, you will find even more places to spend your hard-earned dollars. The Condado area, for example, is quickly becoming the town’s upscale fashion district. Designers such as Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo have set up stores along Ashford Avenue in Condado, giving trendy shoppers first dibs on their latest creations.
Excellent shopping and great deals can be found in any one of the 300 stores inside Plaza Las Américas, the Caribbean’s largest mall. The sprawling 2.1 million square-foot shopping center will definitely take more than one day to explore. Aéropostale, Gap, A/X Armani Exchange, Chico’s, Tous and Tommy Hilfiger are some of the shops that more than 26 million visitors hit every year.