San Juan Municipio Things to Do

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San Juan Municipio Things to Do

  • Old San Juan

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    San Juan Things to Do

    After we got off the cruise ship, we were headed to the taxi ranks when a tour representative stopped us and advised us that the Festival of St. Sebastian was in progress and that traffic was a mess getting into Old San Juan. For $25 per person, they offered a tour of Condado, the ride into Old San Juan and a ride back to the airport for our...

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  • Beach

    San Juan Things to Do

    This area is east of the Condado, en route to the airport..AND IT IS CONSIDERED AMONG THE BEST BEACHES IN Puerto Rico and we were fortunate to have it right across our Marriott Hotel! There are lots of luxury condos and apartments, and even the glitzy Ritz is located here which we also took advantage of. Restaurants are aplenty, and mostly the...

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  • Bacardi Factory

    San Juan Things to Do

    When we walked off the ship we went to catch the ferry to old San Juan then a public bus to the Bacardi Rum Factory. Once we reached the factory we joined a group for a tour. The tour was interesting and then we had two free drinks each at the welcome center. My personal favorite was the cherry flavored rum. We bought one bottle of the cherry rum...

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  • El Morro

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    Castillo San Felipe El Morro protected San Juan's harbor, it was built by the Spanish over 250 years, one of the largest forts built by them in the Caribbean. It was attacked by the English in 1595 and 1598 and the Dutch in 1625. During the Spanish-American war in 1898, the US Navy attacked the fort. You can visit the fort on a self guided tour or...

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  • Cathedral

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    Originally built in the 1520's of wooden walls and a thatched roof this beautiful cathedral was then destroyed by a hurricane in 1529. It was rebuilt in 1540 and then again damaged by another hurricane in 1615. The Cathedral is said to be an authentic and rare New World example of medieval architecture. It is quite beautiful and contains the...

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  • San Cristobal Fort

    San Juan Things to Do

    We had visited El Morro, the other fort in old San Juan, on our last visit so this time we headed to San Cristobal which was free for the day in honor of Martin Luther King Day. We just missed a ranger guided tour of the tunnels but caught the tail end of it, try to plan your visit for one of these because he seemed like a really good guide. If...

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  • El Yungue Rainforest

    San Juan Things to Do

    When we first visited San Juan in the 1980's, we took a day trip which included visiting El Yunque Rainforest. We climbed Mount Britton tower but I could find no pictures in my travel odds and ends to post here. I remember walking trails to the rainforest to see a few structures such as this tower. For a fair prospect of the surrounding forests...

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  • Cemetary

    San Juan Things to Do

    I visited the Old San Juan cemetary Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis with my students a couple of years back. It was amazing because I asked the tour guide to give us a walking tour of Old San Juan and asked her to take us there. She called and had a local guide who knew historical information about the cemetary meet us there and walk us through the...

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  • El Capitolio

    San Juan Things to Do

    El Capitolio de San Juan was built in the 1920s just outside of the old city, close to Fort San Cristobal. It was built in an effort to officialize the position of Puerto Rico as part of the American Commonwealth, and promote the political autonomy of the territory. Its design was influenced by the architecture of the Washington Capitol building,...

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  • La Fortaleza

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    La Fortaleza is the Governor's mansion. It's located in Old San Juan at the western section at the end of Fortaleza Street and faces the bay. The Fortaleza is the home of several governors since the Spanish and American colonial rule. It's a beautiful mansion which was originally built as a fortress in 1540 and has gone through several...

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  • Paseo de la Princesa

    San Juan Things to Do

    To the south of Old San Juan, just outside the walls that surround the city, you'll find the Paseo de la Princesa. It's worth making the quick detour to walk along the short promenade and see the beautiful "Raices" fountain. Of course, "raices" means "roots", and the fountain features three figures - representing the Spanish, African and Native...

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  • Plaza de Colon

    San Juan Things to Do

    Around Old San Juan you'll find several tributes to Christopher Columbus who is credited with the island's "discovery" in 1493. This particularly lovely fountain and monument can be found in Plaza de Colon bounded by Calle Fortaleza and San Francisco Street. Originally named St. James Square, the square was given its present name in 1893 when the...

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  • Parque de las Palomas

    San Juan Things to Do

    Palque de las palomas was a great and fun place to visit. I say was because unfortunately it has closed. I was there with my son on June of 2012 and we found out it was closed due to health reasons. I found that weird as I was there in November of 2011. I checked for myself and it was true.

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  • Plaza del Quinto Centenario

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    Right next to the Cuartel de Ballaja (the former Spanish barracks, the most massive building in all of Old San Juan), you'll find the Plaza del Quinto Centenario. This plaza was inaugurated on October 12, 1992, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493. Unlike its predecessor (Plaza de Colon),...

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  • Camuy Caves

    San Juan Things to Do

    Jason and I planned to hit the caves only because they were so close to the Arecibo Observatory. I'm glad that we went, I was expecting something like Howe's Cavern's like we have here in NY, but I got so much more. You start the tour by decending down 200 feet into a ravine. You ride on a sort of wheels train. I suggest keeping your hands and feet...

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  • Capilla del Cristo

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    This Chapel built in 16th century has a few interesting stories surrounding the history of which conflicts wildly except on one point. Someone on horseback took a terrible spill off the cliffs at the end of Calle Cristo. Whether he lived, and the chapel was built to commemorate the miracle, or whether he died and the chapel was to block off the...

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  • Alcaldia - City Hall

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    Like the Capitolio, the San Juan City Hall is open to all visitors from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Located on the Plaza de Armas in a beautiful building dating back to the 17th century, the Alcadia frequently showcases small art exhibits that are accessible free of charge. Visitors can walk around the building on their own, which...

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  • Paseo del Morro

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Paseo de la Princesa takes you to the San Juan Gate, which is the city's oldest. Here, you can pick up the Paseo del Morro. This hike, only about a mile, follows the walls of the old fortress of El Morro.

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  • El Convento

    San Juan Things to Do

    El Convento is the most famous hotel in San Juan, and probably the most popular as well although not everyone can afford to stay there. Even if you are not one of the lucky few, you can still take a look around the beautiful 17th century building. Located across the street from the San Juan Cathedral, El Convento was originally built from 1646 to...

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  • Plaza De Armas

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    Probably so named because it was the sight of parading Spanish troops during the Spanish-American War, we came upon Plaza de Armas on this beautiful, bright day to find it already decorated in November for Christmas--notice the big tree in the accompanying picture!! This park-like plaza is a gathering spot for humans and pigeons by the hundreds....

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  • La Ballaja - The Barracks

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    The Cuartel de Ballajá, or "Ballajá Barracks," once housed Spanish troops during the 1800's and later becoming the the quarters for American soldiers following the Spanish-American War. This building has also been used as a military hospital during World War II. The second floor of the barracks is now El Museo de Las Americas which has three...

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  • None By Land Shall Invade

    Sitting on the edge of a wall at Fort San Cristobal, my daughters and I have the Atlantic side coastline behind us. Looking east along the coast from the fortress of San Cristobal we can see all the way to Isla Verde. Looking slightly south we gaze at the old city and the Capitol Building.The sights are awesome and the fortress, a look back in...

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  • Fort San Cristobal

    Old San Juan has two very famous forts, built by the Spanish to guard the settlement. San Felipe del Morro is right out at the very head of the city and is the better known of the two, but I chose to visit San Cristobal.San Cristobal was built mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries. It's the largest Spanish fort in the New World. You can see the...

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  • C'mon in, the door's open!

    And here is the very door that welcomed visitors to San Juan. It was heavily guarded back in the day - the guards needed to let you in. Nowadays, it's a bit easier to get in. You can walk through this door to start your adventure in Old San Juan

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  • Spanish Walls in Old San Juan

    Here's another great thing to do in Old San Juan. There are old Spanish walls ringing the city, from the early days of the city. They were designed to guard and protect San Juan from Spain's enemies. Take a look at them and appreciate them as you're walking around town. Seeing them made me understand the history of this city, and what it was like...

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  • Walk Around Old San Juan

    A walk around Old San Juan is a great way to start any trip here. This is the oldest part of the city. It has narrow, cobblestoned streets, lots of very good shops and restaurants, many fine museums too. You can also check out the walls that surround the old city, originally erected by the Spanish, and imagine what life was like in the 16th and...

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  • Jet Ski ADVENTURE in San Juan

    Jet Ski in Old San Juan is a great Adventure! The sea, the views....The WAVES!!!!! THE PIRATE JET SKI BATTLE and the Chance to see DOLPHINS!!!!!!!! I have incredible pictures about my adventure...Definitely AQUATICA was the Highlight of my vacation....

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  • Bacardi Rum Distillery

    The Bacardi Rum Distillery, the largest in the world. A trolley takes you to the Bacardi family museum, where a history of the product and landmarks in its development are seen. At the end of the tour you can purchase drinks and get sample of drinks as well.

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  • San Cristobal Fort

    Its better-known sister fort, El Morro, was designed to protect the city from attacks by sea; San Cristóbal guarded from approaches by land. If you are interested in history, enjoy a walk on the ramparts, where half a millennium ago Spanish soldiers held their watch. There is a panoramic view of the coast from Old San Juan to Condado and beyond.

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  • Fort San Felipe del Morro

    El Morro, officially known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, sits atop a high promontory overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay. It is the result of the efforts of many different Spanish engineers over a period of more than 200 years and is one of the largest forts built by the Spaniards in the Caribbean. From El Morro you can see the city of San...

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  • The Only Tropical Rain Forest In the US...

    Located deep within the Loquillo Mountains, you will discover the Caribbean National Forest: El Yunque (Rio Grande). The park boasts of being THE only rain forest in the US national park system! The flowers and foliage are many, and the views are spectacular. You can hike to two different towers for many panoramic vistas. Waterfalls lie within the...

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  • Paseo de la Princesa

    This promenade hosted a former Spanish prison. It offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Bay and is bordered by a huge colonial wall. Several cultural activities are held here throughout the year. Walking the full promenade also offers views of Isla de Cabras, a beautiful small island located in the bay.

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