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Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan Small-Group Sailing Cruise
93%
Ranked #4 of 94 Attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Shopping, Walking, Dancing, Dining
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Consisting of 400 restored buildings from the 16th- and 17th-century Spanish colonial period, this area in San Juan is steeped in history with an old-world and romantic European charm.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Sacramento
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The town of Old San Juan is steeped in history. Cristobal Castle just a few blocks up from the cruise ship dock is well worth a visit. You are walking in the steps of Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Spanish soldiers of the 1500s on and change of country rule with history. You will even learn about the US take... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Built by the Spanish in the 1500, presented by the locals in a Delightful Palate. Impressed with the blue glazed cobbles later to find they came from Spain as ballast. Unfortunately they become hazardous when missing blocks leave foot size holes that you can 'break you neck' in. We shall return.

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Logan, Utah
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We recently cruised with Carnival, on the Glory. Old San Juan was one of our stops, and we booked the "Bacardi" Rum factory for our excursion. I believe the excursion cost us about $60. It was pouring rain when we got into port, but it was still about 80 degrees. We got a bus to the factory, and tour guide... More

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Denver, CO
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The streets make you feel like you're in Europe. The people are very friendly and there is a ton of history. Go see the Fort ($5 to get in, kids under 12 are free). Look for mementos in some of the more 'artsy' shops, they have made in P.R. not made in China goods.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Old San Juan is just magical. From 500 year old buildings to modern restaurants; from charming streets to breath-taking views; from Spanish fortresses to modern cruise ships; Old San Juan has a mix of everything and appeals to anyone. It is my favorite place to hang out at night. It just has so many choices to eat and drink and... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

I went to see the architecture, hoped to do some shopping, but it felt like every other tourist trap type stuff. The food was the best we had in PR.

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

So colorful and beautiful. Nothing like it and certainly worth the visit. We certainly want to go back to see more of this beautiful place!

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Years ago I traveled to San Juan and stayed in the Old San Juan during a weekend at the hotel El Convento, and also had a chance to travel through the island, which was a wonderful trip, just unforgettable. This time I also went to old San Juan early in a Saturday morning, returning in the afternoon, but I did... More

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Van Anda
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67 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Go off the main streets to side streets for even more old buildings with character. But go slow, those cobblestones are wicked, look down when walking and stop lots to look around.

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San Antonio, Texas
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We did a walking tour with Spoon and a riding tour with Charlie and the history they explained was extremely interesting. The streets, the Cathedral as well as some other churches, the forts the cobblestone streets how they were made and I could go on an on. Besides the history the beauty of Viejo San Juan is beautiful. The weather... More

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