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Old San Juan

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Address: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Shopping, Walking, Dancing, Dining
Description: Consisting of 400 restored buildings from the 16th- and 17th-century...
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.
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San Juan by horse drawn carriage

When we visited last time we just strolled aimlessly. This time we went by carriage and the driver pointed out the many landmarks. He provided historical information as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

When we visited last time we just strolled aimlessly. This time we went by carriage and the driver pointed out the many landmarks. He provided historical information as well, stopped for photo ops and I found a few differences from our prior trip which I believe he was surprised that I had noticed. Quite a pleasant afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

If there are two things to do in the metropolitan area of PR they are going to the nearest beach and Old San Juan. You will see lots of streets and buildings over 500 years old full of great restaurants, bars, parks, and amazing views.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

My family and I loved Old San Juan. We really enjoyed the old forts and the neighborhoods of Old San Juan. At night every plaza had bands or entertainment. We wandered around, ate good food, and visited historical sights. We always felt safe and the people were very friendly. We will be back.

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Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

As a local I love spending a nice evening at Old San Juan!! Come and enjoy this little old town!!! Historic with nice modern restauranta and bars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have been here before but it was the first time with our teenage son. As always we were mesmerized by the Old World Charm and its beauty. My son wnted to capture everything with photographs. He was our photographer! Full of life and people everywhere, this place does not dissapoint. Full of shops, fine dining and local artisans, these... More 

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Rows of shops ... like visiting Woodstock, N.Y., Jonesborough, TN, etc. Prices are equivalent to the States. Shop keepers are pleasant and unassuming. Goods seem to be Ok in quality. Nothing is outstanding

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The narrow streets, old blue cobblestones from Spain, colorful buildings and rich history made this a site well worth visiting.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This city was one of the stops on our cruise with Carnival and we were able to walk around the city without really needing a taxi to get everywhere. Loved the colorful houses and small streets with shops on both sides. Was so nice to see a whole different city than what we were used to.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We began our exploration of Old San Juan with breakfast at Café Calicultura on Plaza de Colon -- what a great start! The coffee there was s-o-o-o-o good! Spend a half- or full-day just walking around and taking in the ambiance. I personally didn't find the touristy, trinkets shops that enticing. For me, it was more about the architecture, ocean... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Just what you would expect from a very old town. narrow streets. ( cobbled ), small shops and very hot. you will need a map to find your way around, easy to get hold of. Fantasic views of the coast line, and across to the new town.

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