Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Plaza de Colon

    by JREllison Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    This small square in the center of Old San Juan was originally called St. James Square but was renamed in 1893 to honor Christopher Columbus on the 400th anniversary of his discovery of Puerto Rico. The statue of Columbus stands atop a high pedestal with bronze placques in the base the pedestal to record important episodes in the explorer's life.

    The Old San Juan trolly stops at the street intersection just below the square. Hop off, visit the square, shop in the many shops surounding the square, or just take a break and then hop back on the free trolly.

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    Walking Tour

    by jlpretty Updated Jan 6, 2007

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    Old San Juan is a fun place to walk around, shop, eat and drink. I loved the fried green plantains. They are wonderful and served everyhwere.
    Most of the worlds Rum is made in Puerto Rico. My favorite and the local favorite is Don Q. I like either the white or the Limon flavor...but I was told you must respect the Don Q as it is smooth and goes down easily. Ha

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    Old SAN JUAN

    by PrincessK Written Dec 15, 2004

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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.

    FUN TIMES

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    Pick up your free map at the Department of Tourism

    by joiwatani Written Sep 18, 2011

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    First thing we did was to get some maps at the Department of Tourism. They have a free map and it is very detailed. Also, there is a bathroom there where the children can use.

    This was also used as our meeting place because there are so many trees there that are shady and there are benches to sit down.

    Puerto Rico gets to hot in the afternoon and to wait in the scorching sun is really bad. This worked out fine with us.

    The Department of Tourism is a huge place and because the place is restricted for cars to park, it is easier for us to meet here after we toured San Jaun.

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    Old San Juan

    by BergsFinest Written Feb 13, 2006

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    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.

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    The OSJ Historic Cemetery

    by joiwatani Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    The historic Old San Juan cemetery is just before the San Juan Del Morro Castle. This is one of the oldest cemetery in Puerto Rico. It has this beautiful dome to the right side to the El Morro grounds.

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    OLD SAN JUAN. If I was allowed...

    by kwanou Updated Mar 18, 2003

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    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!

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  • The old San Juan is beautiful...

    by jujuking Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Visit the quaint area called...

    by rkyle2 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Old San Juan

    by apbeaches Updated Jun 19, 2015

    Old San Jaun has over 500 years of history, beautiful colonial architecture liberally splashed with tropical colors, and a timeless magic that makes it one of the most enchanting destinations in the Caribbean. We spent a few hours just walking around the walled city, stopping in shops, restaurants and cafes.

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    People watching.

    by geokid Written Oct 3, 2008

    This is a wonderful place just to sit and watch the world walk or drive by. There are hundreds of retail shops and eateries, historic buidings, national historic sites, city squares and the perimeter widewalk. This area is packed with people buying, selling, playing, romancing, picnicing and living. There is a rich music nightlife also.

    Old San Juan from the fort. Old San Juan from the fort. Old San Juan from the fort. Old San Juan from the fort. Old San Juan from the fort.
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    Discover Old San Juan

    by mannymiami Updated Dec 18, 2006

    Old San Juan with its beautiful cobblestone streets and beautiful homes reminded me of Old Havana and Santiago de Cuba but much nicer and cleaner. I fell in love with El Viejo San Juan. This special place with its small and quiet streets is the perfect place to discover.

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  • Great Walking

    by Melly2418 Updated May 18, 2008

    When we got there we were really excited about going to Old San Juan. The buildings were really old. It was like being in a time warp it was great. Lots of cool shops. Lots of great little alleyways to get lost in.

    side street lol I have no words

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  • Amazing views

    by jinkoe Written Apr 15, 2006

    It's almost a shame that I'm going to say this, because it's the same in nearly every location in Puerto Rico, but the views from Old San Juan are simply amazing.

    Standing on the coastline, in centuries old pillars of strength that fought off attacks from whichever Naval force that was insane enough to attack, it's easy to get preoccupied with the beauty. Make sure that you go on the trip, pay to minimal fee, and see the inside of the forts. The cannon views and cannonball piles make for perfect picture taking opportunities.

    I can't think of anywhere else on earth that has a 360 degree view in which every single view is basically a postcard to send home.

    Me in a lookout tower Me and my balls Me and the view (and a chick - not my kid)

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    Old San Juan Charm

    by laura4n8 Written May 14, 2004

    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.

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