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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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All reviews cobblestone streets colorful buildings old city beautiful city souvenir shops great shopping every corner free trolley street vendors walk around historic sites el morro great place to visit cruise ship wear comfortable shoes walking tour lots of history
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Great locations and some great history to see. Make sure you spend some time in Old San Juan and go see the forts along the coast, great stuff.

Date of experience: January 2019
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We have toured with Edwin on 2 occasions. On our 1st visit to PR (1/18) we booked him for a half day Old City tour. Edwin is very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. The 4 of us toured in his SUV and we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Old San Juan is one of the historic Mecca of Puerto Rico. It's a time capsule with loads of food, bars, sights, and experiences! Pro Tip: catch the sunset by El Morro or hit up one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants for an...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Old San Juan is the most charming city ever. Walking its streets, alleys, stairs in this beautiful living ancient city full of history, architecture, and beautiful views to the bay and the ocean. It has restaurants, shops, and bars for every taste. What a wonderful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

If you go right around it will take your breath away in more ways than one. Its a fantastic place to while away the hours and find some wonderful local shops and bars

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JJ1690
Reviewed yesterday

We toured the two forts and learned more about the significance of the history of San Juan and the Spanish American War. Pleasant place to walk around the city and browse the arts and crafts shops, souvenir shops, specialty shops, many good restaurant choices, and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DavidR133
Reviewed 2 days ago

Old San Juan is an interesting part of town to walk around. There is so much history to absorb and it is very pretty. I highly recommend spending the small fee to access the old fort. It is truly a great part of history. There...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful place to visit and walk around, very nice night life the 7 days of the week, a lot of History to visit, walking distance from hotels and cruises.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jsantiagoclaudio
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A visit to Old San Juan is a visit to 17th century. The walls that surround the city, San Felipe del Morro and San Cristobal are fortress that took more than four hundred years of construction. San Felipe del Morro is looking toward the entrance...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ericrr2016
Reviewed 2 days ago

Old San Juan is a beautiful city with so much to see and delicious restaurants. Too many souvenir shops, but I'll keep visiting anyway!

Date of experience: December 2018
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mxprqt
January 4, 2019|
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Response from MontanaAndy | Reviewed this property |
Well it was near the Governor's mansion on far west end of fortezela street
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Response from knazir2018 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The "Umbrella" street is the one that the Governors residence is at the end of! The decorations changes sometimes, at the whim of the Governor and / or his wife! You can also feed the pigeons close by there! Enjoy... More
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Response from mrrrr5 | Reviewed this property |
The weather is good for the most part all year round; our tour guide informed us that the beaches are occupied practically every day of the year.
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Rent a car for sure. Puerto Rico's temp is governed by the Tradewinds from the Atlantic. Mid 80's year round.