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Paseo de la Princesa Tours

Paseo de la Princesa
Located just outside the city walls south of Old San Juan, the Paseo de la Princesa is one of the most pleasant and popular walks in the city. Dating back to 1853, the lovely pedestrian promenade is lined with trees, antique street lamps, benches, gardens, sculptures, and fountains, and offers wonderful views of San Juan Bay.
 
The Basics
The Paseo de la Princesa stretches for about 980 feet (300 meters), ending at the magnificent Raíces Fountain. Along the way, local vendors and stalls offer refreshments and souvenirs. The Paseo de la Princesa is also a great starting point for tours of Old San Juan. Walking and Segway tours typically take in the highlights, such as El Morro, La Fortaleza, Plaza de Armas, or Castillo San Cristóbal. Popular add-ons to an Old San Juan tour include a boat ride, snorkel trip, salsa lesson, or a visit to the Bacardi Factory.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Paseo de la Princesa is a must for first-time visitors to San Juan.
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture stunning vistas from the Paseo de la Princesa.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; the Paseo de la Princesa is best explored on foot.
 
How to Get There
The Paseo de la Princesa is located on the south side of Old San Juan, near Plaza de Hostos. It’s a pleasant walk from just about anywhere in Old San Juan. Or take the free trolley that runs throughout Old San Juan and get off at stop 12, the start of Paseo de la Princesa.
 
When to Get There

The Paseo de la Princesa can be visited at any time. Visit just before sunset and stay for the nighttime views. On weekends, there’s usually an artisan fair, along with live music and entertainment. Artisans and vendors also set up their wares along the Paseo de la Princesa when cruise ships are in town.
 
Raíces Fountain

At the end of the Paseo de la Princesa is the beautiful Raíces Fountain. Designed by architect Miguel Carlo, it’s a collection of bronze statues honoring Puerto Rico’s mixed Taino/Amerindian, African, and Spanish heritage, represented as a ship being steered out to the ocean, with San Juan Bay serving as its backdrop.
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Old San Juan Walking TourWalking Tours

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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Explore the colorful buildings and charming streets of Old San Juan in a small group with the help of writer David Rodriguez, author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate.’ During the course of your day, the knowledgeable author helps you discover the area’s key historic sites and gain new insight into Puerto Rican culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the many stories of the people who helped to define this unique neighborhood. Your walking trip’s length is flexible based on your needs, and also includes bottled water.
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Get a taste for the flavor and culture of Puerto Rico on this small-group Old San Juan food tour featuring several local eateries. Join your guide for a culinary exploration of island staples like plantains and sofrito, all with the cobblestone streets and colorful facades of the city’s oldest neighborhood as your backdrop. Your tour includes an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic substitute if you prefer. 
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Float past hundreds of years of history and picturesque scenery during this 2-hour sunset sailing excursion in Old San Juan Harbor. Climb aboard the "Amazing Grace," a topsail schooner fashioned in the style of 19th-century American sailing vessels, for an unforgettable ride past the wonders of this historic area. As you sail you’ll enjoy up-close views of Old San Juan sights like El Morro fortress, La Fortaleza, Paseo la Princesa and more, all set aglow by the fading late afternoon light. A guide and complimentary beverages and snacks are all covered.
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Old San Juan Segway Tour

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Experience the old and the new in the atmospheric neighborhood of Old San Juan on this 2-hour small-group tour by Segway. Effortlessly zoom around the 500-year-old colonial architecture of this ancient neighborhood as you visit 25 of the top attractions in the area, and learn about its evolution from Spanish colony to US territory. This intimate sightseeing tour is limited to just 8 participants and also includes all entrance fees, a helmet, secure storage, filtered water and sunscreen. Please note the weight restrictions on this tour, located in the 'additional information section'.
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Fountain of Youth Tour of Old San Juan

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Travelers who want to stay forever young will love this fountain of youth tour of Old San Juan. Learn about the colonial Gilded Age and discover the stories and history of Ponce de Leon's city and people. Listen in as your friendly guide shares stories about riots and revolutions and find out why the colony was known as "Gold Island". Wander through burial sites where greats like Ponce de Leon and other founding fathers of Puerto Rico are buried and get an up close look at history, culture and traditions that define this destination.
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Discover the historic delights of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 5-hour walking tour. Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area.
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Learn about our history and culture. Enjoy the best view of the bay. Take amazing photos while listening to our folkloric music. Our guides will make sure you have an unique experience.
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There is a magical feeling to the area of Old San Juan known for its rich history, five century old forts, romantic ambiance and old world European charm. San Juan is a colorful, vibrant Caribbean city full of life and activity.This walking Tour was created to experience Old San Juan in a fun and educational way to learn about the oldest city in the U.S., it's culture and history
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Old San Juan is considered the "crib" of Christianity in America. There is a lot of history (art, culture, architecture, etc. ) in the Old City. Alonso Manso (the first Bishop of San Juan) is also the first Christian Bishop to come to America (1512). That means that all the churches in America had to report to San Juan. Within the city walls, we have one of the highest concentration of temples per square mile in the world. Some of the structures are considered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Route of San Juan Bautista shows the most important religious attractions in Old San Juan. You can discover the origins of Christianity in the New World for the past 500 years. You will discover some of the oldest churches in America, some located inside forts and palaces; also catacombs, religious ceremonies, saint persons, miracles, religious art, relics and a unique architectonic legacy. I love to feel the energy of every church (different congregations).
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This tour is perfect for those looking for a quick yet informative tour with lots of fun facts about the island's history. In just 2 hours you will experience life in our beautiful colonial city of Old San Juan. You will capture views of our unique colorful buildings, Spanish and European architecture, and the oldest cathedrals created in the new world. Explore 500 years of history in approximately just one mile. Our certified tour guide will answer all your questions and will provide you with the most valuable information about all the places you will be visiting. Be amazed by all our old city has to hide. This is a must-do tour for history lovers and those with tight schedules. Learn and tell about your experience in Puerto Rico.
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Discover the history of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 3-hour walking tour! Old San Juan is the second oldest city in America, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a U.S. Historic Zone. You might feel that you’ve been thrown back into the past with over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city! Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area! A break to get a refreshment, snack and bathroom break will be provided halfway the tour or upon request. Points of interest: Plaza of San Jose San Jose Church Paseo de la Princesa San Juan Gate Castillo de San Cristobal La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina and more!
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Live the Dream of a Lifetime Experience, while immersing your souls in a quality cruise in Old San Juan. Discover 500 years of history, as the ocean breeze and our music caresses and pampers you. Relax in the comfort of a reclining deck seat, having your favorite drink in hand. Celebrate Life and Love, embracing the beauty of the moment while learning fascinating history aboard our roomy and cozy French sailboat. ♥ Let this be one of the best days of your life, while enjoying personalized services with amazing bright daytime, glowing sunset and nighttime lights of this spectacular city. ♥ An exquisite light dinner will be served, based on your dietary restrictions. ♥ A magical reverence to enjoy the best views of the Goats Island, filled with palm trees and a fading glowing sun, setting down behind. ♥ Your souls will be filled with sunshine, brightness and happiness, while you witness El Morro Fort, La Fortaleza and many more Landmarks of unique Old San Juan. Totally relaxed...
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