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Address: Fortaleza St, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Activities: Shopping
Description: A bustling street full of shops and boutiques.

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Lots of history, the Governor's mansion, beautiful buildings and streets, amazing restaurants. The shopping is trinkets and high end stuff, but it is definitely a fun place to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lots of history, the Governor's mansion, beautiful buildings and streets, amazing restaurants. The shopping is trinkets and high end stuff, but it is definitely a fun place to walk around and admire the architecture, historical sites nearby, and eat some amazing food. Tip..take a taxi into Old San Juan, enjoy the town and Fortelenza St., get a pina colada at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Where to begin?? Marmalade, the number one ranked restaurant in Puerto Rico with wonderful food/wine pairings presided over by a world class chef? Aguaviva with fresh seafood? The Punto de Vista with its harbor views and two for one mojitos until 5:00 every night? Pirilo Pizza Rústica with its one full block line? The Casablanca Hotel with its retro theme?... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Go down Fortaleza Street to the end. You will discover Casa Rosada and some other beautiful buildings behind an iron gate. Turn left and wander into the church. It is actually a hospital for the city poor. One of the nuns let us in and we wandered thru the church and hospital complex on our own.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

There are some incredible places on this street!! Try as many as you can! And take part in happy hour! Great deals with some yummy apps!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Yes, this is a tourist destination stop, especially for the cruise ships, but the real charm is the cobblestone streets, the architecture and the culture/food. If your not into that, might as well stay in your American hotel!

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I had very mixed impressions of Forteleza street, but mainly feel it's all about the boat loads, literally, of cruise ship tourists and get dropped off right near here. All the way at the western end of the street is the governors mansion which you will need to be on a scheduled guided tour to see, so make sure you... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The old architecture and the quaintness of the area. The colors of the houses and the cobbled streets are amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

There are many shops and restaurants in the area that are awesome to visit. Some of the best places to eat are on this street. Its in the heart of Old San Juan and a great place to see the lical street vendors in action.

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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is the main shopping street in Old San Juan. It is incredibly busy on cruise ship days, its bumper to bumper with cars and slow walking cruise ship tourist. Get off this road and check the side streets out. The brightly colored buildings are adorable.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

All the cruise boats empty their cargo of consumers into Fortaleza Street, where every possible bit of junk with "Puerto Rico" written on it is on display. Dozens of jewellery shops offer the same shiny bits of stones at huge prices. Avoid it.

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