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Review of Old San Juan

Old San Juan
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Old San Juan Food Tour
Ranked #1 of 201 things to do in San Juan
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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 old-world and romantic European charm.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

We only had about six hours to explore Old San Juan as we were in port as part of a cruise. We chose to walk on our own, which was great. The architecture is so lovely, and the shops are varied and plentiful. The cigar shops were my husband's favorite; he loved roaming around the humidor rooms and speaking with the shop owners. In one of the shops, there were about four or five chairs in the middle of the room. They were quickly filled by women while the husbands went into the humidor room. I said "This must be how our husbands feel when we force them to come shopping with us!" . The next thing we knew, the shop owner was pouring Sangria for us so the wait was as pleasant as could be!

We then wound our way up to the Old Fort. It is awe-inspiring. Loving history as we do, we really enjoyed meandering around the fort, learning bits of its history along the way, picturing how it must have been back when the Spaniards were fighting off the Dutch. It really is something to behold.

We look forward to visiting San Juan again when we have more time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun, culture and scenery!”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Don't miss it! Just a walk around in the late afternoon is fun. Be sure to visit El
morro and the El
convento Hotel.
Both are breathtaking!

Visited January 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Eclectic and vibrant”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I unknowingly went the week of the San Sebastián festival and boy what a site - nonstop partying, dancing and people. The city definitely has an energy of its own. I can't speak as to how it is on a non-festival week, but w/ all of the interesting bar, clubs and restaurants to choose from, I'm sure it's a blast. A beautiful area worth a visit, both day and night!

Visited January 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Go Early”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Unfortunately this jewel of a city had been obscured by traffic, repetitive souvenir shops full of the same kitschy junk and cruise ship crowds. The cathedral containing the remains of Ponce de Leon and Pope Pius I and square around it, full of friendly cats that are the descendants of the felines from Christopher Columbus' boat should not be missed just go early to beat the cruise liner crowds.

Visited January 2013
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North Richland Hills, Texas, United States
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“Color and history compressed into streets, shops and views”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Use the free "trolley" to get into old San Juan and out again. It's hilly and the cobblestone streets are not the easiest to walk, but this is a fun place to be. Lots of history with museums and more shopping that any place I know. Check out the Port of San Juan, the nearby fountain that is a great starting place for Paseo de la princesa, a pathway along the outside city wall that meanders along the Bay to the Old City Gate. The Capilla de Cristo and the pigeon-filled park adjacent are must sees among many.

Visited December 2012
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