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  • Address: Puerto Rico
  • Admission: Free
Old San Juan sits on a small island guarding the entrance to the Bahía de San Juan, the “rich port” which gave Puerto Rico its name. Its strategic position was backed up by fortifications include the forbidding San Felipe del Morro fort at the tip of the island, as well as San Cristóbal fort and La Fortaleza, now the Governor’s residence.

Inland, the compact grid of hilly, narrow streets, with their colorful houses and elegant wrought-iron balconies, represents one of the oldest and best-preserved town centers in the Western Hemisphere. Two historic houses of worship bookend the center Plaza de Armas square: in the north, the simple white exterior of the San José Church and the comparative grandeur of the older Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, built in 1521, in the south. The latter contains the tomb of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. The area is also home to Alcaldia (City Hall); El Arsenal, a former Spanish naval station; and La Rogativa, a bronze monument that tells the legendary story of the city's governor and his "rogativa," or plea to God, to save the city from British troops.

Practical Info

Old San Juan is connected to the rest of the city via a bridge. Buses stop just outside the historic center, which is best navigated on foot.

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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, San Juan, null
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Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 296 Reviews

Discover the rich heritage of Puerto Rico and wander the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan — one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world — ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
Casa Bacardi and Old San Juan Tour, San Juan, Half-day Tours
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Casa Bacardi and Old San Juan Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

A fan of Bacardi spirits? Then don’t pass up a chance to visit Casa Bacardi, known as the Cathedral of Rum. Kick back a cocktail before hopping aboard a ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.99
Old San Juan Walking Tour, San Juan, Half-day Tours
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Old San Juan Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

Discover the beauty of Old San Juan with writer David Rodríguez, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate. Tour Old San Juan's most important ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $40.00
Old San Juan Segway Tour, San Juan, Walking Tours
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Old San Juan Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Glide through Old San Juan’s 500 years of history on this 2-hour tour by Segway. Known as ‘The Walled City,’ Old San Juan was founded as a military stronghold ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.69
Old San Juan Harbor Sail, San Juan, Segway Tours
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Old San Juan Harbor Sail

Kick back and relax while taking in the beautiful sites of the historic city of Old San Juan, El Morro, La Fortaleza and Paseo La Princesa. There are over 500 ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Fountain of Youth Tour of Old San Juan, San Juan, Sailing Trips
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Fountain of Youth Tour of Old San Juan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

From San Juan’s colonial Golden Age to the Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of Ponce de Leon's city and people. Riots and ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Old San Juan Hop On-Hop Off Trolley Tour, San Juan, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Old San Juan Hop On-Hop Off Trolley Tour

Enjoy this independence of this hop-on hop-off trolley tour where you have the freedom to hop on and hop off as you please. Hop on and off at Plaza Colon, ...  Read more

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.00

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