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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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Plaza de Colon Tips (6)

Plaza de Colon

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, this square was given its present name in 1893 when the monument was erected to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the island. The statue of Columbus depicts him holding a flag in his left hand and a globe in the right. Some particularly finely wrought bronze plaques at the base of the monument illustrate important events in the life of Christopher Columbus.

At the outer edges of this plaza are many shade trees and seating for the people who gather here. Pictures of the statue taken from a different angle would show San Cristobal Castillo as a particularly fitting backdrop.

The plaza was lovely at dusk with lights in the surrounding streets just beginning to glow. The lovely building in the background is the subject of my next tip, the Casa Blanca Hotel.

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starship
Jan 20, 2016

Plaza de Colon

Christopher Columbus "discovered" Puerto Rico in 1493, during his second voyage to the Americas. However, as many people in the country will quickly remind you, others had discovered it before him. The native people were known as Tainos, and they were forced into slavery by the Spanish conquerors. About 30 years after Cristobal Colon first set foot on the island, the entire native population had disappeared. In this context, it's easy to understand how some people might not look at the huge statue that sits in the middle of the plaza with a friendly eye - the statue and plaza were dedicated to Colon in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his arrival to Puerto Rico.

Despite the slight controversy surrounding the explorer from Spain, I thought the atmosphere around the Plaza de Colon was really nice. Since we walked over from the Condado area, that's where I got my first taste of the old city. The plaza is surrounded by many cafes that offer outdoor seating, and every day people set up little tents to sell souvenirs and some local arts and crafts. Plaza de Colon is also where you need to go if you're looking for a taxi to get you back to your hotel after a great day in Old San Juan!

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Jefie
Feb 20, 2010

Plaza de Colon

Plaza de Colon or Columbus Square,
was originally called St. James Square
was officially renamed in 1893 to honor
Christopher Columbus on the 400th
anniversary of his great discovery of
Puerto Rico.

Bronze tablets at the pedestal of the
Columbus statue record important
episodes in the explorer's life .....

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al_mary
Feb 20, 2006

Plaza de Colom

Colombus plaza is on the main street that enters and leave the old town. This is the best place to catch a cab back out of the old city

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Jim_Eliason
Nov 23, 2003
 
 
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Christopher Columbus Plaza

Built in 1893 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of Puerto Rico. Nice place to rest and view the harbor.

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TexasDave
Apr 13, 2006

Plaza de Colon

In a nutshell it's a plaza to commemorate the "discoverer" of the Americas. There's not really much to do aside from snapping photos of the statue or of yourself.

We did that!

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garridogal
Nov 28, 2011

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