Home to fine designer stores such as Cartier, Gucci, Ferragamo, Mont Blanc and Dior
Plaza las Americas
Currently the largest and most upscale shopping mall in the Caribbean, although it is actually mid-to-upscale by mainland U.S. standards. It offers a wide array of stores, eating facilities, and a multi-screen movie theater. Most major U.S. mainland and European mass retailers are located in the mall.
For general fashion shopping, check out the Belz Factory Outlets Canovanas and Puerto Rico Premium Outlets Barceloneta. They feature major brand name stores like Polo, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Puma, Gap, PacSun, etc.
Most large cities on the island have a large regional mall with familiar international stores.
If you're looking for local crafts of all sorts, and want to pay less than in Old San Juan while getting to know the island, try going to town festivals. Artisans from around the island come to these festivals to sell their wares: from typical foods, candies, coffee and tobacco to clothing, accessories, paintings and home décor. Some of these festivals are better than others, though: be sure to ask for recommendations. One of the most popular yet remote festivals is the "Festival de las Chinas" or Orange Festival in Las Marías.
Don't forget that Puerto Rico is a large rum-producing island. Hand made cigars can still be found in San Juan, Old San Juan, and Puerta de Tierra. Also a wide variety of imported goods from all over the world are available. Local artesanías include wooden carvings, musical instruments, lace, ceramics, hammocks, masks and basket-work. Located in every busy city are gift shops with the typical tee-shirts, shot glasses, and other gifts that say Puerto Rico to bring home to friends and family. Make sure to visit the Distileria Serralles, the home of Don Q, one of the oldest rums made in Puerto Rico whose logo is visible in the window of most PR bars. You would not only enjoy tours of the process of making rum, but a little taste of the rum. They also have a museum and it is an enjoyable place for a warm afternoon in the Enchanted Island.
For many years, the most prestigious large U.S. retail fashion goods chain present on Puerto Rico was the department store chain Macy's, whose sole store in the Caribbean is located at the Plaza Las Americas mall in San Juan. While significantly larger than the average Macy's store, the Plaza Las Americas store is still smaller than Macy's regional flagship stores on the mainland. Thus, it is of less interest to tourists from the U.S. mainland or who plan to visit the U.S. mainland shortly.
Historically, because Puerto Rico has a high crime rate and its per capita income has lagged far behind the mainland, many of the most elite and upscale luxury U.S. and international retailers e.g., Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue refrained from entering the Puerto Rican market. Instead, they preferred to serve Caribbean and South American customers out of their stores in Miami, Florida. During the 2000s, the Caribbean gradually accumulated enough wealthy "baby boomer" U.S. and European expatriates to make it attractive to those brands. In September 2012, Taubman Centers and New Century Development broke ground on the long-expected Mall of San Juan, which finally became the first true upscale shopping mall in the Caribbean when it opened in March 2015 with Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue as the anchor tenants.
Places that take credit cards often take only Visa and MasterCard. Large hotels and car rental places will likely take Discover and American Express. Many places only take cash. Consider bringing enough cash with you to warrant only one or two withdrawals if you will be subject to transaction fees.
There are plenty of ATMs in Puerto Rico. Most are linked to the Cirrus, Plus, American Express, and Discover networks. You may be subject to multiple ATM fees unless your financial institution is a member of Allpoint, a surcharge-free ATM network located all over the island.
The only bank that has mainland US branches is Banco Popular. None of the big four US banks have retail branches or ATMs in Puerto Rico. However, Bank of America customers can withdraw from ScotiaBank ATMs surcharge free, as both of these banks belong to the global ATM alliance.