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Old San Juan

Address: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
93%
Ranked #4 of 104 Attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Shopping, Walking, Dancing, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: Consisting of 400 restored buildings from the 16th- and 17th-century...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Shopping, Walking, 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 old-world and romantic European charm.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Get your camera and pull out some cash and get ready to experience Old San Juan. Give yourself the whole day. Gorgeous cobblestone roads, authentic bars and restaurants around every corner. You'll get a mix of a European and Mexican feel from the architecture and narrow roads, and how there's lots of hidden restaurants and gems tucked away in the... More 

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Old San Juan is very walkable - from end to end and the Institute of Culture has maintained and/or renovated Spanish-era buldings in authentic and attractive style. Many excellent restaurants have been established in OSJ as well as some traditional ones that date back over 100 years.

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Sacramento, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We have visited Old San Juan twice and fully enjoyed it both times. There are many shops, good inexpensive restaurants and fun bars, plus you can walk along the wide sidewalk that runs next to the ocean and El Morro. Definitely will visit the area when we are in San Juan again.

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London, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
8 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We loved the historic layout of the city, with beautiful pastel buildings and cobblestone streets. The plaza's were a nice place to grab a drink and relax and there were lot's of name brand stores and hotels within walking distance. The cruise ship terminal is also close by with lot's of shopping available. The two Forts are amazing to see... More 

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Johns Island, South Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I'll start with the positives. The history (forts, walls around the city, architecture) is wonderful, it's very walkable, the weather is amazing in the winter. Now the disappointments..... the rest feels a little too manufactured and the nighlife was uninspiring. The buildings are pretty but don't appear lived in except for trash in the entry ways. There are bars over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This place is beautiful & historic! So much to see, so much to do! Have your camera ready! I love Old San Juan!

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Old San Juan has great food and great charm! Bring good tennis shoes, you don't want to be walking these cobblestone streets and hills without them.

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Frisco, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

San Juan and "Old" San Juan are very quaint and picturesque. However, unlike some places I've traveled, it is important to know where you are going ahead of time. There are some places that you might stumble upon that are unsafe. We had "private drivers" soliciting us and offering cheaper fares. Before you go "off the beaten path", you might... More 

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Puerto Rico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

What I expected and much more. Locals are awesome. Environment is comfortable and beutiful. Old and new. Cuisines from everywhere around globe. Sighting is just beutiful. Full of history. Just go.

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Washington D.C.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and colorful historic buildings. The architecture is breath taking. I visited old san juan for a destination wedding in August 2013 and it was a must return to place during this visit. I like the local vendors and food trucks. I tried the Cigar guy that makes the hand rolled cigars back in 2013, I made it my business... More 

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