Old San Juan
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- 98%History Buffs
- 69%Local Culture
- 65%Family Travelers
- 60%Art & Design Lovers
- 60%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 56%Luxury Travelers
- 55%Adventure Travelers
- 55%Nightlife Lovers
Member Reviews (57)
- Old San JuanJan 25, 2014
The small pennisula of the Old San Juan (El Viejo San Juan) offers EVERYTHING for visitor as well as for locals: Great views, historical buildings, museums, night life, great shopping, all kind of restaurants. For economical but real puertorrican food find El Cafe Manolin. Take a self guided walking tour-there is too much to see and you don't want to miss anything.
- Old San JuanMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Mar 08, 2014
Old San Juan is a lot like Pier 39 in San Francisco. It's great for cruise shippers and first time travelers - a great gateway into PR.
However, the traffic is awful, the food is inauthentic and overpriced, and the attitude of the folks working is hardly inviting or friendly.
Great for souvenir shopping and checking out the fort. For real Puerto Rico, head out of Old San Juan.
- Old San JuanMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
I have to admit San Juan is not my favorite place in Puerto Rico. My exception is Old San Juan. If you like to wander and explore (like me) then you will appreciate the colors of this vibrant area. There are great restaurants tucked away and the people are friendly and gracious.
- Old San JuanOct 22, 2013
The historic colonial district of Puerto Rico is an absolute must-see for anyone who is interested in discovering the rich history of the colorful Caribbean island. Visitors will find worn cobblestone streets, opulent missions (most likely ringing with wedding bells if you're visiting during the weekend), great shopping (both local crafts and high end designer boutiques) and quirky attractions like the Pigeon Park, where you can buy a bag of bird seed and let the city birds flock to you like the crazy lady in Home Alone 2.
- Old San JuanOct 13, 2013
Old San Juan, our ancient walled city where you can learn about our history and visit the Spanish forts, museums, galleries and shops, plazas and patios- and a myriad of restaurants from the local cuisine to the most sophisticated and trendy spots in the island. Everything is within comfortable walking distance.
- Old San JuanAug 19, 2013
Falling in love with Puerto Rico was easy. Before boarding our first cruise, my travel companion Stacy and I spent a night in captivating Old San Juan. We began our journey by laughing in Spanish with our cab driver, Virgilio, and immediately were taken by the colorful architecture of the town. Soon after we wandered down to Barrachina where we met our new friend Jorge. He poured us their world famous pina coladas and generously pointed out all the must see spots in town.
After a much needed siesta, we tiptoed along the cobblestone streets in our heels to El Convento, a beautiful hotel in the middle of town. On the open-air balcony at Picoteos we indulged in sangria, tapas and attempted to flamenco with the local professionals. Next up was Carli’s Fine Bistro and Piano bar where the famous Fausto poured rum on the rocks while Carli sang at the piano. At this point, we were ready to test our dancing skills further at Nuyorican, the local spicy salsa club.
The most exceptional part of our experience in Old San Juan was the people. Bartenders like Jorge and Fausto were eager to share their love and passion for the island. Locals like Paul and Mildred boasted about the culture, explaining all the different events we must come back for. And Edgar, Rentas and Angel were not shy about pulling us on the dance floor to teach us some salsa moves. Everyone had the same explanation about their passion: when you live in paradise, you love life and want share it with everyone. And that, my friends, is truly the way to live.
- Old San JuanAug 19, 2013
500 year old city. Our capital and shining crown of history and culture. Music, fine dining, El Morro Historic Fort and the most beautiful homes in blue cobble stoned roads and homes you will find in the caribbean. Shopping galore and the port to cruise ships. Its a MUST SEE>
- Old San JuanFirst to ReviewJul 14, 2013
I just love Old San Juan.
It's a magical city with lots to see.
Walk the street and breath the history and look at the architecture.
It feel very bohemian, lots of locals artist have their shops in Old San Juan. Visit "El Chvirico" and Ask for Manuel. This young man is the owner and knows a lot about the local artist and can recommend very good deals on paintings by local artists. He's cussing is Erick Ledezma a young talented artist.