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In photos: These are Lonely Planet’s picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, #8. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lonely Planet has released their picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, in a list that features a few surprises and interesting choices. To make the cut on one of the most influential travel lists of the year, destinations must offer outstanding experiences in 2018, be it for a special event, milestone, or new openings and attractions, editors say. They can likewise be overlooked and underrated destinations that are worth the visit. For travel ideas in the year ahead, click through to see Lonely Planet’s selection of best cities 2018.

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8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
In recent years, San Juan has seen the opening of innovative new restaurants, with farm-to-table eateries beckoning foodies and casual diners alike. The exuberant nightlife – dance clubs, lounges, bars, casinos – has long been a highlight, as have San Juan’s dazzling beaches.

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Iconic and enduring cobblestone streets run through the heart of Old San Juan © mikolajn / iStockphoto

San Juan is a place where old meets new, where the city’s colonial past meshes comfortably with an emerging modern urbanity. Old San Juan is a walled enclave with cobblestoned roads, leafy plazas, and historic churches and forts. Beyond the walls, modern San Juan is draped with murals, and its cadre of museums and galleries form a dynamic art scene. In recent years, many innovative restaurants have opened, with farm-to-table eateries beckoning foodies and casual diners alike. The exuberant nightlife – dance clubs, lounges, bars, casinos – has long been a highlight, as have San Juan’s dazzling beaches. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, becoming the biggest storm to impact the island in 89 years. While San Juan did not escape the wrath of the hurricane, there’s no doubt that it will rebuild and remain the enchanting city it’s always been.

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