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Old San Juan, San Juan
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Walking along the streets and World Heritage-listed fortifications of Old San Juan, you'll feel like stepping right into a time machine, allowing you to peek into Puerto Rico's colonial past. Five centuries of history seem palpable at every step, with a narrow grid of streets lined by colorful homes and churches, and the coastline protected by enormous walls. One of the district's major attractions is an early 16th-century cathedral, which contains the tomb of famed Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. Other highlights include an old naval station, city hall, and a bronze monument commemorating the city's successful effort to fend off a British attack in 1797. Arrange your visit to Old San Juan and discover more family-friendly attractions in San Juan using our San Juan vacation generator.
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  • Old San Juan is a must see if you're in Puerto Rico. The streets and surroundings are beautiful. Reminds me of Cartagena, Colombia. Very beautiful colors and well kept. Great place to buy souvenirs an...  more »
  • A lot of neat history there you can get a 1 hour tour on a bus for 15$ they are usually lined up by the cruise ship port. There are some very nice restaurants in town by the cruise port. There are sev...  more »
  • Streets are old looking with some sort of bricks instead of pavement. a lot of small bars and restaurants to choose from if hungry. the one I liked best was the cortes restaurant. HINT: you will eat a...  more »