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Old San Juan Piers Tours

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Old San Juan Piers
A World Heritage-listed fort, a cobblestoned old town and a nearby rainforest make San Juan a perennial favorite with Caribbean cruisers. The second-oldest European-settled city in the Americas is a history buff’s delight with a 16th-century cathedral and city walls, but if you’d rather see Puerto Rico’s natural or modern-day attractions, take a shore excursion to El Yunque National Forest or the Bacardi rum distillery.

How to get to San Juan

San Juan is on the northern coast of Puerto Rico; you’ll dock in the Bay of San Juan, most likely at the Old San Juan Piers. If your ship docks on the other side of the bay, however, you’ll need to take a cab around the bay and into Old San Juan.

One Day in San Juan

Do a circle around Old San Juan, starting in the southwest corner at La Fortaleza, atop the city walls. Dating back to 1533, the palatial building was part of the city’s defenses; today it’s the official residence of Puerto Rico’s governor and is the oldest executive residence still in use in the western world.

From here, walk north about 10 to 15 minutes to El Morro (Castillo San Felipe del Morro), another part of the city’s defense system. This imposing six-level fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is thought to be the oldest Spanish fort in the New World.

Walk about 10 minutes back toward old town to San José Church (Iglesia de San José), the second-oldest church in the Americas (are you sensing a pattern?), and then head about five more blocks down to Plaza de Armas, the heart of Old San Juan.

Take a seat in the shade and enjoy some people watching while you rest your feet, and then take a cab to the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico), housed in a 1920s neoclassical building. One of the Caribbean’s biggest museums, it offers plenty to see for the rest of the afternoon.

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Puerto Rico is a United States territory and has two official languages – Spanish and English. The currency is the US dollar. You’ll find ATMs in Old San Juan.
Address: Old San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan TourDay Trips

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Bacardi Rum Distillery and Old San Juan Tour

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Absorb some Puerto Rican culture (and some of the island’s legendary rum) during this half-day tour of Old San Juan and the Bacardi Distillery. Explore the origins of rum and the famous Bacardi family at one of the world’s best-known distilleries. After knocking back a refreshing rum cocktail, discover the atmospheric Old San Juan neighborhood, a national preservation site and home to a 500-year-old fortress. Your entrance fees, a rum cocktail, a driving tour of Old San Juan, and round-trip hotel transport are covered.
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Sunset Sail by San Juan Historical Bay

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Go sailing and watch the sunset on a cruise from San Juan. Get great photo ops of Puerto Rico’s coastline and enjoy a comfortable sail on the Caribbean Sea. Your captain shares commentary about the region and provides complimentary drinks for your group of no more than six people.
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Old San Juan Bay Tours. Boat Tour

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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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Experience one of the Americas’ oldest cities, San Juan, on a sightseeing tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private luxury vehicle with a personal guide to Old San Juan, Isla Verde, Santurce, and other important districts in Puerto Rico’s beautiful capital. Learn about the city’s culture while visiting historic landmarks, trendy neighborhoods, art galleries and museums, and beautiful beaches—all on one fun and hassle-free outing.
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Private Old San Juan Historical Experience with a Historian as your Guide

We provide a guaranteed private tour of Old San Juan and it´s vicinities in our luxury Audi SUV. Our guides are professional historians, who have a love and passion for our culture and history. We will transport you in time as you learn the intricacies of San Juan´s 500 years old history.
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San Juan Done Right! Experience Old San Juan in a delightful ode to its seat of honor within the history of the New World’s conquest. Receive insight into the life of the common city dwellers, as well as the military origins of the Spanish stronghold that is the City of Saint John the Baptist. Our licensed tour guide will impart on a walking tour along the Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade) to enter the old city through the historic San Juan Gate. Believed standing since approximately 1540. Once inside see Plazuela La Rogativa. Then it’s on to visit the Basilica Manor Cathedral San Juan Bautista, full of devotion, architecture, and art. Our guide walks you through its history and mystique. Later learn about La Fortaleza, today it remains the official residence of Puerto Rico’s governor. Close by, take pictures of Cristo Chapel, Pigeon Park and La Casa Estrecha (the Narrow House), one of the skinniest houses in the world. Finish with a Piña Colada at Barrachina Restaurant.
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Experience San Juan, Puerto Rico; one of the Americas’ oldest cities on a slow paced tour specialy oriented to having you create your own ever lasting momentos and capture pictures while discovering how us, fellow american citizens lived 400 years of struggles with Spain, how we have flourished after becoming part of USA and how you can help us stop inequality a d keep being considered an alien race and uncivilized by the territorial clauses of the 1930's wich still rule us as a Comonwealth of the USA. Learn about the city’s history and must see buildings like San Cristobal and El Morro Forts, El Convento, Saint John's Cathedral and monuments like Ponce de Leon square and La Rogativa by the hand of our historians while driving it's narrow streets. After that visit new San Juan's main touristic areas of Condado where you will get to know historic landmarks and buildings in a relaxed and fun way. 
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Join a nighttime adventure into the waters of Laguna Grande as you visit the area’s amazing bioluminescent bay during this half-day excursion. Hop aboard a clear-bottomed kayak as you paddle through the dense mangrove forests, heading to the area where the microscopic plankton puts on its surreal aquatic light show when you glide through the water. Your professional guide also tells you more about this fragile ecosystem and how visitors can help protect it.
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Combine visits to Flamenco and Culebra beaches, two of the San Juan area's best, on this guided tour via speedboat. Learn about the area's marine life and environment from your guide between relaxing on the beach or exploring the underwater world with a provided mask and snorkel. Midday, refuel with a provided lunch. San Juan hotel pickup and drop-off included, as well as snorkel instruction for beginners.
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Kayak through the waters of Laguna Grande, a stunning bioluminescent lagoon, during this half-day tour from San Juan. Watch the glowing organisms in the water light up as your kayak slides through the water. Paddle through stands of mangrove trees and watch small fish dart through the water underneath your boat like shooting stars. Stop for a break with snacks and refreshments before heading back to your starting point. Use of all kayaking equipment and round-trip hotel transfers are included.
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A Day at El Yunque Rainforest & Beach Tour

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See many of Puerto Rico's top natural attractions in a single day on this half-day experience from the San Juan area. Hike through a rain forest, relax at the beach, all with a guide who will teach you about local wildlife as you go.
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Private Guilligan's, Parguera Sunset & Bioluminiscent bay full day from San Juan

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MBTION VIP offers you the ultimate beach day in Puerto Rico! Be one of the very few, among the millions of tourists visiting the island to experience the calm, warm and turquoise waters of arguably the best beach in this island, Cayo Aurora, or how we locals call it: Guilligan's Island! You will have up to 2 hours to discover every inch of this piece of paradise and relax in it's transparent waters under the mangroves shade. Swimming and snorkeling at the mesmerizing bioluminicent bay waters is the most unique thing you can do in Puerto Rico. Our tour includes complimentary snorkeling gear, lifevests for those who cant swim, floaters, drinks and fresh fruit in a private and exclusive setting just for you. We guarantee you will be back with memories that will last a lifetime. Be aware that moon's phase light output afects eyes pupil size and not the dynoflagelates. With less light the pupil becomes larger making the bioluminiscense apear brighter and more dramatic.
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Casa Bacardi, Puerto Rico’s “Cathedral of Rum,” is the world’s largest producer of the sugarcane-based spirit. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famous distillery, including a master class in rum cocktails from a mixologist. End the visit with a scenic drive through Old San Juan and lunch (own expense) at the 17th-century Hotel El Convento. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Fly through the forest canopy on a full-day zipline adventure from San Juan. Cradled in a safety harness, with a helmet and a guide nearby, fly 'Superman-style', or face down and headfirst, down the highest zipline in the world. No experience necessary, those seeking adventure and close contact with nature will have a blast on this tour. Lunch and round-trip transportation from San Juan are included.
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San Juan Bio Bay Kayak Adventure

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Kayak on Puerto Rico’s “Big Lagoon” in the evening to see it light up with the natural glow of bioluminescent organisms. Paddle roughly one mile on this 5-hour small-group tour from San Juan to one of Puerto Rico’s most popular natural attractions.
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Self Guided Old San Juan Forts Tour Plus Bacardi Factory Historical Tour

This tour is perfect for history lovers. You will have a chance to see the Old San Juan and the new San Juan on the way to Bacardi Factory. Highlights: *Castillo de San Cristóbal, or Saint Christopher Castle, is the largest fort in Puerto Rico, and the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere. *Completed in 1785, it covers 27 acres of land and rises almost 150 feet above sea level. *Built to guard against a land assault from the east, San Cristóbal is an example of the “defense-in-depth” architectural model. This was a tiered network of fortifications that would force an enemy to face several defensive barriers before the fort was breached. *San Cristóbal fired the first shot of the Spanish-American War in 1898. In 1942, the U.S. army built World War II bunkers on the northern face of the fort. *Bacardí is made almost identically according to Don Facundo's original secret process of fermentation, distillation, and charcoal filtration.
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