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Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #4 of 105 attractions in San Juan
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Walking, Nightlife, Dancing, Dining
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... more » 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. « less
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

go to puerto rico at least 3 times a year and love walking around old san juan every visit. great restaurants, shops and dont miss the narrowest house in the world on calle tetuan all the way at the end of the street

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful historic city! Many places to visit, and good restaurants. Try to visit El Morro and La Fortaleza .

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Elmer, New Jersey
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155 reviews 155 reviews
72 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Arriving by cruise ship for just a short stay, we opted to take a leisurely walk through historical Old San Juan. We first walked uphill to walk along the top of the wall where there were interesting shoe sculptures & historical architecture to be found as well as a good view of the harbor. Just before the San Juan Gate... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Expect cobblestone, narrow street and hilly road. It is fun to visit the Old San Juan on foot and wander around, visit stores, and take a bite when you are hungry. as expected.

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San Juan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Being from Puerto Rico, I can tell you Old San Juan is an old, historic city like no other! So many little alleys to explore, the stores, restaurants, forts, you can spend whole day walking around, and all night dancing salsa or having a great dinner in one of it's great restaurants. A must visit when in P.R.!

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Puerto Rico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Old San Juan is the closet vacation spot for the United States, where one can walk thru the streets and admire Fort and Building over 500 years old still kept in their original architecture. Old San Juan is full of colorful scenery, restaurant with native and international cuisine. Its is family orientated and security is present for comfort. A must... More

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Racine, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved the bright colors, architecture, plazas, cafes, and shops. We had a traveler with physical limitations so we used the free trolley service. So nice to have that available, it made our visit easy and enjoyable.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Old San Juan has spectacular opprtunities to walk through history, eat well & rest. A plus in PR. Plenty of restaurant where you can eat local or else in a great way.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

beautiful! even my kids appreciated how awesome the old fortresses are! breathtaking views! then fun to walk around in town and grab a bite to eat

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Old San Juan is a piece of history living today. With the cobblestone narrow streets and really well conserved buildings, museums, restaurants, and above all really spectacular sunsets. Also, close to Old City, across the bay, a short ride in the ferry takes you to the town of Catano, home of the BACARDI rum distillery. Being such a beautiful city,... More

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