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Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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As featured in 3 days in San Juan and 1 other guide
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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Greenbush, Wisconsin
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66 reviews 66 reviews
27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

No trip to Puerto Rico would be complete without a visit to Oldtown. Big Spanish forts that merge into the sea, 17th century pastel colored building with wrought iron railings and excellent inexpensive restaurants, give this place tons of charm. There to be good shopping too, but I passed on that. Why shop when you're surrounded with this wonderful architecture... More

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Spanish Fork, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We walked through most of Old San Juan after visiting the fort and found it quite fun. The streets were small but easy to get around even though it was such a busy Saturday. We got caught up looking at the old church right when they were prepping for a wedding....that was interesting. My husband and friends found a cute... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We walked the entire city and never felt unsafe. I hope to move to Puerto Rico one day. There are many nice places to eat and the culture is out of this world.

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San Diego, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit to the Caribbean period, and I would have liked for it to be more beach-y, but I did like Old San Juan. It is a well preserved "Spanish Colonial" hill top town with American cell reception and amenities. Previous experience in Peru as well as Spain and Portugal themselves gave me a good idea of... More

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

First, you must know that I love hanging out at a good beach more than any other venue. I'm also not big on shopping and doing tourist things. However, my wife wanted to see Old San Juan as she heard about the unique shops and restaurants so we took a taxi there, got dropped off and went exploring on our... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Nothing better than spending a day in Old San Juan walking around enjoying that unique sense of being in Old Continent. Lots of churches, squares, little parks and historical monuments and forts to relax and reminisce. You'll find some good restaurants and coffee shops.

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Greenwich, CT
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Forts were great, area very clean, some nice shops, and good restaurants. Visit El Convento and have at least a drink in the open lobby.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Love to walk in Old San Juan and admire the Spanish architecture. There are many small shops and restaurants that are good to take a break.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and such an integral part of Puerto Rico. The forts were great and the pastel colors of the buildings were beautiful. We also went into the "Capital" and had a wonderful conversation with an interesting young man who shard his knowledge of the building. I wish I remembered his name.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We just returned from a vacation to San Juan for Spring Break 2014. Really I cannot say enough about the experience. We stayed at the Caribe Hilton, which was perfect because it is located on a beautiful island cove, and within walking distance to the outskirts of old San Juan for restaurants and attractions. The beach there was lovely. Make... More

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