Old San Juan
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- 98%History Buffs
- 73%Family Travelers
- 72%Local Culture
- 62%Art & Design Lovers
- 62%Nightlife Lovers
- 58%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Old San JuanJul 05, 2014
Beautiful historic city with lots of culture, stores, restaurants and nightlife. Old San Juan is located on a small and narrow island which lies in the north coast, about 35 miles (56 km) from the east end of Puerto Rico, and is united to the mainland of Puerto Rico by the three bridges. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by San Juan Bay or "Bahia de San Juan" which lies between the city and the mainland. On a bluff about 100 feet (30 m) high at the west end of the island and commanding the entrance to the harbor rise the battlements of Fort San Felipe del Morro, in which there is a lighthouse.
The "Caño de San Antonio" lies to the Southeast where the island of Old San Juan connects to the mainland through Santurce by three bridges, "Puente Dos Hermanos" (Ashford Avenue), "Puente G. Esteves" (Ponce de León Avenue) and "Puente San Antonio" (Fernández Juncos Avenue).
The city is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings dating back to the 16th and 17th century when Puerto Rico was a Spanish possession. Near Fort San Felipe del Morro is the Casa Blanca, a palace on land which belonged to the family of Ponce de Leon.
- Old San JuanJun 28, 2014
Old San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and is encompassed by the centuries old Spanish fortifications built to defend San Juan's harbor. These fortifications are maintained by the Nat'l Park Service as a National Historic Site. Old San Juan also has a lively inner city with modern chains from Starbucks to Burger King inhabiting old buildings within the walls. Old San Juan is a "must see" when visiting Puerto Rico. I believe one day is long enough to see it all, but you can take a week and still find new things to discover.Recommended for:
- Old San JuanJun 22, 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- 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>Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- Old San JuanMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersApr 30, 2013
No two shades are repeated in this charming seven-block neighborhood, notable for its old-world European architecture. Palm trees add a decidedly Caribbean element, and the area heats up in the evenings; behind those vibrant façades are some of San Juan’s finest restaurants and bars.
- Old San JuanMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Apr 03, 2013
Old San Juan is the history visitor's destination in Puerto Rico. The area is well maintained and walkable. Restaurants are plentiful, but street directions are confusing. Leave yourself time to wander!Recommended for:
- Old San JuanMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersNov 11, 2012
If you'd like to get a feel for what it might have been like during the Spanish colonial era, cross the causeway to the Isleta de San Juan where narrow cobbled stone streets and quaint 16th-17th century buildings still stand amidst a surfeit of forts - Fort San Felipe del Morro, Fort San Cristobal and La Fortaleza. Ponce de Leon's family, of the Fountain of Youth fame, also have a house here which is worth a mirada if you're a history buff or a Pirates of the Caribbean fan.Recommended for:
- Old San JuanMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
Old San Juan is characterized by beautiful and colorful colonial styled buildings. Strolling down the cobble stone street completes the experience of getting to know old San Juan. For those who likes taking photos, this stroll will provide many awesome photo opportunities.