Old San Juan is a great place to just stroll during either the day or night. There is alot of history with El Morro and the walls. The small boutiques that line the streets attract many shoppers, too. Just walk around and look at the colorful, old buildings, and you'll find things to do.
San Cristóbal Fort was built to protect San Juan from attack by sea. Along with El Morro, San Cristóbal Fort has been designated a National Historic Site and is part of a World Heritage Site.It is administered by the U.S. National Park Service. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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El Fuerte San Cristóbal fue construído para proteger a San Juan de ataques por mar. Al igual que El Morro, el Fuerte San Cristóbal ha sido designado como Legado Histórico Nacional y es parte del “World Heritage Site”.
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The Old San Juan is a picturesque historic city with colonial architecture, hanging balconies, fortifications, city walls and cobble stone streets.
If you come to Puerto Rico you have to at least dedicate one day to take a walk through the Old San Juan and its different historic fortifications, chapels, plazas, etc.
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El viejo San Juan es una pintoresca ciudad histórica con arquitectura colonial, balcones colgantes, fortificaciones, murallas y calles de adoquines.
Si viene a Puerto Rico debe dedicar al menos un día a caminar por sus calles y visitar sus capillas, fortificaciones, plazas, etc.
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At night Old San Juan comes alive like few other places in Puerto Rico, shedding some of its daytime decorum to make way for an exciting blend of voices, live music, fine dining, and plenty of dancing. One of the primary entertainment areas, San Sebastián Street, is lined with nightclubs and quaint taverns where people of all ages gather to enjoy the lively nightlife scene.
Restaurants offering international cuisine abound, ranging from small kiosks to bistros and first-class cafés, including chain restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café a favorite among both visitors and residents.
When you walk the historic district of Old San Juan you will notice these beautiful blue cobblestone streets. The stones were baked in Spain in the 1800's and brought to Puerto Rico as ballast. They are known as aquinos for their beautiful blueish gray color. Many of the stones are very worn, which just adds to their charm.
Old San Juan is best explored on foot. The streets are extremely narrow, parking is quite a challenge, and traffic is generally slow moving. Their are so many wonderful things to see. Take notice of the beautiful cobblestone streets paved with blue aquinos, which are bricks baked in the 1800s in Spain, that were shipped over as ballast. The buildings are painted a palette of tropical fruit colors and have elaborate wooden doors and quaint balconies. Check out El Morro, the Capilla del Cristo, duck into a bar for a Pina Colada (they originated in Puerto Rico), and spend time shopping for santos de palo (hand carved wooden saints). Their is a lot of commercialization in Old San Juan, but I still recommend visiting it, because it still has managed to retain its old world charm.
You have to take a walk through Old San Juan. Absorb the city's history and feel it though the cobblestone streets, the town squares/plazas, its cruise ship filled dock, tiny shops, El Morro and the many other treasures that Old San Juan offers.
There are tons of shops and restaurants to cater to everyone's tastes. Set aside a day to fully explore the city on foot.
See the El Morro to get a taste of what life was back in the Pirate days. It is this fortress that kept Puerto Rico safe in the 15th century.
Embrace the talented street performers and lucrative street vendors.
We planned on checking out Old San Juan on another trip, however we had some time between our Isla Nena flight from Culebra and our flight back to Orlando......so we checked our bags and decided to hire a taxi to show us Old San Juan. We paid the taxi driver $50 to drive us to a restaurant in Old San Juan (he waited for us while we ate), then he drove us to the Fort (he waited for us while we went sightseeing), and then he drove us back to the airport. This gave us some peace of mind (we didn't have to worry about hailing a taxi every time we needed one) and the driver was happy to earn $50. It was a good use of the time we usually spend waiting around the airport!
Pick up a walking guide map from the visitors center and explore this charming town. The fortress are interesting. Shopping....caution do not shop when there are Cruise Ships at the dock...prices go up. Enjoy the walk, savor the Puerto Rican Cuisine and hospitality of the people.
Old San Juan is charming! I loved the little boulevard, El Paseo de la Princesa! It the perfect spot for a romantic evening stroll. Plus, the boulevard is right on the bay so it features some nice scenery.
Security guards roam the boulevard at night and I'll add that they were mightly friendly. The man in the photo offered us a ride in his golf cart when I asked him for a dinner recommendation.
Unfortunately, I was only there for one night so I didn't get a chance to see too much. But I got enough of a taste to know that I wanted more.
OLD SAN JUAN. If I was allowed to visit only one place in Puerto Rico, this would definately be it!
We went there three times during our vacation.
It’s incredibly beautiful! Even the cobblestones are worth looking down at! Find out where they came from! ;-) For being part of a capital city, it’s a surprisingly peaceful place!
You can get information at the tourist info house by the harbour about walks they recommend. We did two of the walks, including one which leads to the ‘Fuerte San Felipe del Morro'. We also did some shopping and went for a drink at the ‘Hard Rock’ café.
Include the park of the pigeons 'PARQUE DE PALOMAS' in your walk!
Old San Juan is charming. The buildings are beautiful and the promenade has a lovely view of the sea. Old San Juan is a nice place to spend an afternoon strolling around, meeting people, enjoying the architecture, seeing the sites, and of course-- sampling the local cuisine!
Just wander in Old San Juan. Watch the people, have a cup of cafe' con leche and relax. Sit in a streetside bar and watch the locals and tourists interact.
You learn lots about all sorts of people. Plus, you can strike up conversations with people you wouldn't meet without sitting still.
The old San Juan is beautiful and close to get to from Isla Verde by a cab. It's really beautiful and a lot of good places to take pictures. The picture is of the old cemetary by the ocean. The white marble tomb stones against the deep blue ocean and sky look quite dazzling.
Visit the quaint area called 'Old San Juan'. It is being restored and makes a great day for shopping and browsing. It reminded me of being in an old European town. Cobblestones and all. At night you can people-watch in one of the squares or go to one of the many discos.