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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
"9am - Meet guide in front of Senor Frogs 102 Calle Marina San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico First visit La Fortaleza (Governors house) The gate of San Juan
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Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour
"There is a magical feeling to the area of Old San Juan and your first thought may be that you are not in the United States. There seems to be nothing that looks as old or has the history on the mainland as you will see in Old San Juan. Founded in 1521 this part of the city of San Juan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a US Historic Zone. Your walk begins at the water's edge and follows the city wall where the view is spectacular and the past comes alive. There are over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city that date back to its inception. The architecture is incredible and you will feel as if you are in Europe with cobblestone streets and buildings sitting side by side. Most of the old city will remind you of its history as a military stronghold but much of this area has now been modified to house attractions for tourism. Cafes small shops great gardens and courtyards abound. The former barracks now house the Museo de Las Americas and has a collection of Latin American Folk Art. Some of the religious structures spread throughout the area such as the San Juan Cathedral seem to be both Gothi San Juan Cathedral and many more historical places. And you will learn where to find other points of interest that you can return to and explore in greater detail.Some sights you'll see include San Juan Gate
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San Juan Bay Day Sail
"Departing from San Juan Bay Marina in the heart of San Juan your captain will take you on the best sail you will experience. Start off with your first complimentary drink as we exit the dock and set sail. Take in the sights along the way as the boat crew point out interesting facts and landmarks of San Juan. where you will see the adjacent towns and harbor. Sail along the historic wall of El Morro Fort for a perfect photo opportunity. If weather permits we will sail out to the open ocean to catch a glimpse of the north coast of Puerto Rico for an exciting sa"""Discover San Juan Puerto Rico aboard a sailboat. Take in the panoramic views on this pleasure sightseeing tour of San Juan Bay and adjacent waters. Relax on a romantic sail with your loved one or have a fun getaway with a group of friends. Take a break from the city and stitle=Highlights&1=Choice+of+morning+or+afternoon+departure&2=Family+friendly&3=Get+inside+tips+from+a+local&4=Romantic+experience%2C+perfect+for+couples&5=Small+group+ensures+personal+service&6=Free+drinks+included&7=Informative%2C+friendly+and+professio
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El Yunque Rainforest Tips (5)

Forest for the Trees

Favorite thing One of the main things I wanted to do when we were in San Juan was to visit this rainforest. It is unique in the Caribbean and in the National Park/Forest system of the US. You should stop at the Visitor's Center first to find out about the park. They have a film (both in Spanish and English) narrated by Jimmy Smits

Unfortunately it is really hard to get there. You either have to rent a car or take a tour. There is also a lot of traffic on the roads.

Fondest memory I got to see some of the land snails. There were hibiscus and ginger flowers, and traveler's palms. Marian told us there were more than 75 species of ferns (photo 5).

My favorite was a tree with a palmate leaf which turned over (white side up) when it was going to rain. Actually, it turns over when there is a breeze which there often is just before rain shower. Since the rain forest does get a lot of rain, the white side is visible fairly often.

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grandmaR
Apr 21, 2010

Rain Forest to Beaches

Favorite thing Few cities in the Caribbean are as steeped in Spanish tradition as San Juan. You'll find restored 16th-century buildings, museums, art galleries, bookstores, and 200-year-old houses with balustraded balconies overlooking narrow, cobblestone streets in Old San Juan. Out in the countryside, you'll find mountain ranges, numerous trails, vast caves, coffee plantations, old sugar mills, hundreds of beaches, and the 28,000-acre El Yunque rain forest.

Fondest memory Sailing away on our cruise with the Love of my life - Michael.

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windoweb
Jan 27, 2007

Go to El Yunque. We drove from...

Favorite thing Go to El Yunque. We drove from San Juan for about 1 hour to get there but it's well worth it. It's the 2nd Rainforest I've been in and it's the nicest. It's run by the US Forest Service. You can go hiking up and down the mountains. You can go right into the clouds. If you can spare a couple hours take the hike to Mina Falls. It's rough but once you're there you can stand under the waterfalls and jump into the lagoon. It's cold...

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davidb4732
Aug 26, 2002

El Yunque and the palm trees

Fondest memory The Bacardi Plant...it was so cool. You could drink and visit the plant where the most popular spirit of the world is sold. We bought so many bottles of Rum and a 10th of the price we would have paid in the states.

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davidb4732
Aug 26, 2002
 
 
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Go horseback riding at the...

Favorite thing Go horseback riding at the base of El Yunque Rainforest and a tour of the rainforest. Althought we didn't go as far in to the reainforest as we'd hoped it was still a beautiful ride up and back.

Fondest memory Flying on the very small eight-seater over to St. Thomas for the day. There was no airconditioning but, none was needed since there were numerous places for air to flow through.

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Priddylady
Aug 24, 2002

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Old San Juan

Sandwiched between La Perla Barrio and San Cristobal this cemetery is considered one of the most picturesque of burial grounds anywhere. The cemetery is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate...
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Alcaldia - City Hall

The City hall sits on the Plaza de Armas next to Puerto Rico's version of the state department. The Alcalde dates from the 17th century with it taking its current shape in 1789. Numerous other...
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La Fortaleza

This is the Governor's Palace and is also known as the La Fortaleza. it was built in 1533 and is the oldest executive mansion in the world. It still serves as the governor's residence today. It sits...
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Plaza De Armas

The Plaza de Armas is one of Old San Juan's main plazas or squares where people gather or relax in during various times of the day. The "Topuertorico.org" website states that "It was carefully planned...
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Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral, or formally the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, is the final resting place of Ponce De Leon. admission is $1. The original cathedral was built in 1521, the current structure...
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Capilla Del Cristo

This old church was built centuries ago. The legend behind it is that a young man on horseback plunged over the cliff that this church is located on. During his descent he prayed to one of the...
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