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“Saint Sebastian Street”

Calle San Sebastian
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Walking Tour of Old San Juan
Ranked #34 of 203 things to do in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A lively strip of cafes and bars - and well-dressed pretty people.
Orlando, Florida
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“Saint Sebastian Street”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

In Spanish, calle is pronounced “ki-yea”, what English-speaking folk call street, thus this is San Sebastian Street. It’s one of the longer east/west streets, on the northern—or Atlantic—side of the Old San Juan island. The main attractions are Beneficencia Plaza, School of Fine Arts, Juan Ponce de León Monument, Casa Blanca Museum, several churches, and ends at Abraham Lincoln School. It’s accessible from trolley stops 20&21 (which are also for San Juan Cemetery, and San Juan Museum), and two blocks south of trolley stop 26, which leads to El Morro fort. Walk north for a block on Calle Cristo, and you’ll find Las Américas Museum (highly recommended).

San Juan’s gray bricks were used as ballast for empty Spanish ships coming to the New World, the same as Brits used cobblestones. The beauty of stone cut into brick shape is that they take less space and were used to pave streets, when cargo holds were filled with loot stolen from indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. (Cobblestones were rough riding for carriage or cart wheels.) Calle San Sebastian is mostly residential, but there are a few shops. Enjoy the sites, and perhaps a mojito as Irish anesthesia to ease aching feet. If alcohol isn’t your thing, caffeine-fortified café con leche (espresso with milk and sugar) can get you going again, to visit seemingly endless sites in Old San Juan. Enjoy!

Visited February 2014
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Okemos, Michigan
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“A fun street for the younger generation”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Not as much to see and do as on other street within Old San Juan. Lots of bar to party in. If your a senior citizen I do not think this is the street for you. Unless you just want to walk down it, it might be interesting and bring memories of your younger days.

Visited December 2013
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“Great hood!”
Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Cool hip neighborhood and great little bars. Check out Taverna Lupolo for some great beers and a world class Bloody Mary.

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New York City, New York
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“Not as interesting as other streets”
Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Yes, there are bars... A few shops too. That would be about all that is interesting. I'd say go drinking here, but take in the nicer looking structures and shops on the side streets.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“If you're Young & Looking for fun”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is the spot for you. Bars on both sides of the street for blocks.
This is where the "action"is. If you've always wanted to learn to dance Salsa... and again, no crime reports here. The streets are too narrow. no one could "escape".

Visited November 2012
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