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

    Sightseeing in Old San Juan, just walking around, is one of the best activities while in Puerto Rico. Just wander the streets, peek into the church, some of the many cafes and bars and restaurants, and just be enchanted by the old city. It is reminiscent of pirate days when Old San Juan was the heart of the Caribbean and Spanish Empire. The whole...

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  • Bacardi Factory

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Bacardi Factory is a fun little excursion if you're in San Juan, but I don't think it would top my list. First of all, be warned that it really shouldn't be called a "factory tour"--you don't see the actual factory at all or get to go into the building known as the "Cathedral of Rum." They do explain quite a bit of the history of the Bacardi...

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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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  • El Morro

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    San Juan Things to Do

    The views of San Juan Bay from El Morro are spectacular. The area was designated a National Historic Site in February 1949 with 74 total acres. It's the largest fortification in the Caribbean and rises 140 feet above the sea with 18 foot thick walls which proved to be a very important defense. The fort is a maze of tunnels, dungeons, barracks,...

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  • San Cristobal Fort

    San Juan Things to Do

    Castillo San Cristobal, with El Morro, makes up the San Juan National Historic Site. I recommend that you see both forts if you are in Old San Juan, especially since they are just a lovely 15-minute ocean-side walk apart from each other, but I think it may be a good idea to start at this one. At least when we were there, it was less-crowded than El...

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  • Cathedral

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    San Juan Things to Do

    If you're planning to visit Old San Juan, don't miss the second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. It has a pretty facade in the late Gothic style overlooking a very nice plaza. The Cathedral holds the remains of Ponce De Leon, the first Governor of Puerto Rico who as the story goes, died while searching for the...

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  • El Yungue Rainforest

    San Juan Things to Do

    Hiking through El Yunque is fantastic. We hike to a little off the beaten path swimming hole with small waterfall whenever we go. Water is freezing cold, really refreshing during daytime heat. La Mina falls is ofcourse the best known, fairly easy to get to, but there are others. Explore a little. El Yunque is a national treasure, and please leave...

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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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  • 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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  • Plaza del Quinto Centenario

    San Juan Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • Paseo de la Princesa

    San Juan Things to Do

    The Paseo de la Princesa is a really nice walk in Old San Juan, between the bay of San Juan and the old city wall. There are lots of other landmarks along the walk, like La Rogativa, the Raices Fountain, and the San Juan Gate. The gate is really interesting because you can see how thick the city walls really are. A lot of different festivals and...

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  • La Fortaleza

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    San Juan Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • Parque de las Palomas

    San Juan Things to Do

    Just like San Marco square, Parque de Palomas has many pigeons. Located right next to Capilla de Cristo with views of the caribbean this park is a nice spot for adults and children alike. Children love coming to this park and feeding the pigeons as do some adults. Many people can be seen surrounded by the pigeons while feeding them, I prefer to...

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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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  • Capilla del Cristo

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    San Juan Things to Do

    This Chapel built in 16th century has a few interesting stories surrounding its history and those stories conflict 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...

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  • Alcaldia - City Hall

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    San Juan Things to Do

    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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  • Plaza De Armas

    San Juan Things to Do

    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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  • 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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  • La Ballaja - The Barracks

    San Juan Things to Do

    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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