If you take a trip to Puerto Rico, you should set aside some time to visit Old San Juan. Whether you decide to stay there at one of the beautiful boutique hotels or just take a day trip or tour… it’s a worthwhile experience to visit Historical Old San Juan.
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is filled with history, rich colors, vibrancy but, it’s also intimate and intriguing. Much different from San Juan, PR which caters to tourists and has a definite western influence in the architecture, high-end shops, casinos, restaurants, etc. Old San Juan, PR has cobblestone streets, brightly colored houses and shops with a Spanish influence, forts with large stone walls, historical buildings and authentic restaurants… each with a story behind it that makes it even more interesting.
Places to Visit in Old San Juan
Castillo San Felipe del Morro (San Juan Historical Site)- It’s a large historical fort which was started back in the 1500s. There’s a lighthouse and wonderful views to the Atlantic Ocean while appreciating the history of the imposing large fortress.
La Fortaleza– It now serves as the Governor’s Mansion but, it was originally built as a Fort in the 1500s. For the best views, take a boat ride past it to thoroughly appreciate the expansive size and historical details.
The Raíces Fountain (Paseo de La Princesa)- A beautiful romantic fountain just outside the city walls which is a beautiful addition to the history surrounding it although it was more recently built in the early 1990s.
San Juan Gate- Large gated walls that used to be the front entrance to the city dating back to the 1700s.
I enjoyed my day-trip to Old San Juan. I went on an all-day group tour and met some really nice people, saw great sites, ate delicious food, did some shopping and just had fun. Next time I visit Puerto Rico, I would love to stay at one of the beautiful boutique hotels in Old San Juan. It’s definitely worth another visit. Enjoy the journey!
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