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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 #3 of 103 attractions in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Love the uniqueness and arquitecture. Enjoyed the food and tropical drinks. It's worth to have some knowledge of its history beforehand but not necessary.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Old San Juan is mostly filled with tourists but that is not a reason that should deter locals from going. There are many good restaurants and museums around old San Juan, including El Morro. A must if you visit Puerto Rico.

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Gurnee, IL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

....but take the bus! Parking is nearly impossible down there, and so long as you know it's not a "state holiday", which are surprisingly frequent, the schedule runs. It does NOT, however on such holidays. Fort, Cathedral, Gate, are all worth seeing. There's a high degree of duplication among the shops, however. Be prepared to find the item you just... More

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NYC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

A great walk day or night. Loved it. There is so much history in the town of Old San Juan. It's a must visit if you are in Puerto Rico!

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Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Walking down the streets of Old San Juan is quite a walk back in time. The cobblestone streets, the colorful houses, the old churches all so charming. We were only there for one day after a weeklong cruise and will def. be back. Saw "policia" on every street corner and never felt unsafe, even late at night walking to/from dinner.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Perpetual Summer Breeze! Nice restaurants! Avoid vendors that sell water bottles for $2.00. Water bottles can be found for .50 cents!

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Baltimore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our cruise ship pulled into old San Juan at 7am and pulled out at 2pm. I got off the ship and took a 1 hr tour on a bus tour that started from the end of the pier. There were many tours available going to a variety of places and durations. The 1 hour tour went around the island of... More

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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Really loved this stop on our cruise. Visited the forts and just walked the cobblestone streets of the quaint city... Also enjoyed the food. And all within walking ditance of the cruise port terminal - no excursion fees....

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Williamstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This place is the most beautiful down to earth place to visit and stay..the atmosphere is awesome the food is amazing and the history is unforgettable not to mention the prices are very reasonable

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Sydney
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Beautifully restored old town with quaint narrow alleys sloping to the bay. History and restaurants altogether.

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