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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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Old San Juan

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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apbeaches
Jun 19, 2015

The OSJ Historic Cemetery

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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joiwatani
Sep 23, 2011

Pick up your free map at the Department of Tourism

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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joiwatani
Sep 18, 2011

The doors of San Juan

What is unique about San Juan, Puerto Rico? It's not the Hispanic culture. It's not the people...The doors of San Juan are obviously the talk of the tourists! Check out all the doors of the houses and apartments- these are exquisite and unique...Just a door but made so unique!

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Sep 17, 2011
 
 
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Go fly a kite

On the cliffs above the Caribbean Sea between El Morro and Castillo de San Cristobal the breezes off the sea rise over the large grassy area in front of the fortress making the perfect kite flying green. There were many family groups with kites on the green. Many of the kites were real works of art. Flying dragons, actual paper biplanes, birds, and a flying sailboat

The National Park Service hplds a kite flying festival here which includes a kite flying competition, educational exhibit, and a kite making class. All activities are free of charge.

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JREllison
Jul 23, 2010

Plaza de Colon

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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JREllison
Jul 23, 2010

Dig into the corners of Old San Juan

The main bus terminal in Old San Juan is at the bottom of the hill with the fortresses. You can catch the Old San Juantrolly bus at the bus station of at any of the numbered trolly stops around town. The trolly is free and stops at about 30 attractions in the Old town.

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JREllison
Jul 10, 2010

Must-see: Old San Juan

If you are planning to visit Puerto Rico, San Juan will almost certainly be your port of entry into the Island. San Juan's Old City, or Viejo San Juan is a must-see for all tourists and the top-priority stop for those ones, perhaps on a cruise, who plan spending in town only few hours.

Top sights of the Old City are (i) the colonial architecture and (ii) the Spanish forts El Morro and San Cristóbal, the best-preserved Spanish forts in the whole Latin America. The colonial town with its pastel-colored few-story houses and the cobble-stone streets is pleasant to walk around, the two Forts, with the dramatic views of the ocean and the coastline, are impressive. But Old San Juan is not only about history or "the past", it is also very much into the present with a very rich and lively dining and partying scene. In the last few years the area called "SOFO" in Calle Fortaleza along with Calle San Sebastián have developed as a major center of San Juan's nightlife with trendy restaurants, bars, lounges and dance clubs, and it is worth to give them a try.

Once in San Juan, I recommend getting an Hotel in the Old City and spending in the Old City at least two full days to have enough time to visit the sights and enjoy some of the nightlife life. If you are coming on a cruise with only few hours at disposal, plan to have a walk through the colonial streets and visit one of the two forts (in my view San Cristóbal is a more impressive construction while El Morro has a better panoramic view).

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Dec 07, 2008

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People watching.

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.

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geokid
Oct 03, 2008

Great Walking

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.

Melly2418
May 18, 2008

Walking Tour

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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jlpretty
Jan 06, 2007

Discover Old San Juan

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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Dec 18, 2006

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