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San Juan
The festive city of San Juan is the perfect place to experience true Puerto Rican culture. Get to know its roots by exploring the vibrant neighborhood of El Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan), which consists mostly of Spanish colonial buildings. Flesh out your self-guided history lesson with a visit to El Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a 16th century citadel that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then reward yourself with a cooling dip at Luquillo or Carolina Beach, then a tasty tour of the Bacardi rum plant.

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Old San Juan
Old San Juan
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... 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
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Historic Sites
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San Juan National Historic Site
San Juan National Historic Site
Owner description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six... more Owner description: Constructed to defend the San Juan coastline during the 17th and 18th centuries, this dramatic fortress rises 140 feet above the sea on a rocky promontory, and is composed of six huge levels of ramps, barracks, dungeons, turrets, towers and tunnels. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas
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Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Castillo de San Cristobal
Castillo de San Cristobal
This massive 27-acre series of fortifications is the largest the Spanish built in the New World.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Military Bases & Facilities
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Archtours Architectural Tours
Archtours Architectural Tours
Owner description: Experience Puerto Rico's 500-years of history exploring the islands main historic sites guided by a local historical architect and preservation expert. Stroll the streets of this... more Owner description: Experience Puerto Rico's 500-years of history exploring the islands main historic sites guided by a local historical architect and preservation expert. Stroll the streets of this unique Spanish colonial city discovering its most significant buildings and fortifications. Only Archtours offers tours for the history and architecture enthusiast interested in making the most of its visit to the city of San Juan -the oldest within the US territory. In a fun way, local historical architect Karen Gonzalez-Jensen will guide you through its cobblestone-covered streets, pointing out its most significant historic buildings and features -including the second-oldest church in the western hemisphere and the conquistador Juan Ponce the Leon's family tower-house. Also, Archtours offers the only specialized tours of both the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal, were architect Gonzalez-Jensen will guide you through each corner of these unique UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites. Archtours is the only company that uses graphic material on its tours to emphasize details, ideas and concepts about the history and physical development of this unique city and its fortification system. The tours provide detailed and little known information regarding, among others, how the city walls and fortifications were constructed, by whom and why; unique medieval and renaissance architectural elements; the history of the defensive system; daily activities held by the soldiers, civilians and workers within the city and the fortifications, the infrastructure of the place and other information regarding historic graffiti, artillery weapons and Second World War additions. Tours have a personalized VIP nature as the number of clients is limited to a maximum of twelve (12). The information offered is historically accurate and based on facts of the rich history and unique architectural features of Old San Juan--these are not "food", "ghost" or "pirate" tours. less
Attraction type: Historical & Heritage Tours; Castles; Walking Tours; Historic Sites; Architectural Buildings

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Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar
Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #1 of 796 Restaurants in San Juan
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Gluten Free, Caribbean, International, Fusion, Wine Bar
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Cafe Don Ruiz
Cafe Don Ruiz
Ranked #2 of 796 Restaurants in San Juan
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Delicatessen, Cafe
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Verde Mesa
Verde Mesa
Ranked #3 of 796 Restaurants in San Juan
Price: $8 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood, Vegetarian, Mediterranean
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oceano
Oceano
Ranked #4 of 796 Restaurants in San Juan
Price: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Puerto Rican, Gluten Free, International, Spanish
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pikayo
Pikayo
Ranked #5 of 796 Restaurants in San Juan
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Caribbean, Spanish, Puerto Rican
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Mango Mansion
Mango Mansion
$49 - $68
Posada Colonial
Posada Colonial
$57 - $70
Posada San Francisco Old San Juan
2.0 of 5
Posada San Francisco Old San Juan
$44 - $71
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Dreamcatcher
3.0 of 5
The Dreamcatcher
$111 - $291
Ranked #3 of 28 San Juan B&B and Inns
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Coqui del Mar Guest House
Coqui del Mar Guest House
$92 - $190
Ranked #4 of 28 San Juan B&B and Inns
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Andalucia Guest House
Andalucia Guest House
$93 - $157
Ranked #9 of 28 San Juan B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
5.0 of 5
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
$304 - $737
Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in San Juan
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Hotel El Convento
4.0 of 5
Hotel El Convento
$238 - $490
Ranked #2 of 44 Hotels in San Juan
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La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel
4.0 of 5
La Concha Resort: A Renaissance Hotel
$277 - $576
Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in San Juan
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