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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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Cool Place to Walk

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Paris, France
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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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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Lots of shopping and interesting people watching. Read the review about a man asking a reviewer below about money to make a phone call and we were approached by the same gentleman; we didn't see any payphones either ! Shops for all members of the family and was a good way to spend an afternoon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Starting at Agua Viva and working your way up to Dragon Fly, Parrot Club, Marmalade, Tres Cent Once and beyond up to Calle Cristo you can find a good to great, humble to fancy restaurant that will meet or exceed your expectations. Also plenty of shops along the way to browse and enjoy.

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We love visiting Old San Juan & Fortaleza Street. Lots of shops with homemade Arts, Crafts, Jewelry and Religious Items from Local Artists. I have bought many pairs of earrings, ceramic, beach glass and enamel crafts. Great restaurants too. Enjoy looking at the doors in Old San Juan too. Visit the Poet's Passage off the square if you have time.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Fortaleza Street was a very busy and tourist shopping area of Old San Juan if your budget can handle the prices. The direction travels from the Governors House (west) to Fort 2 (east). The properties are well preserved with beautiful rich colors. There are plenty of upscale shops to choose from. Be mindful, just watch where you walk in some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lots of stores with a good selection of local art & goods made on the island. Great place to people watch and see the sites of Old San Juan.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This street is an important tourist oriented street in Old San Juan. Many restaurants, bars and shopping joints. Walking distance from Ships and main Tourist Atractions.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This appears to be the main cruise-ship shopping street. It's the side streets off of it and the squares that give real beauty to Old San Juan. I did read that there are better bargains in places like St. Thomas, if you happen to be on a cruise ship making multiple stops. You follow Fortaleza Street all the way west... More 

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