San Juan Gate, San Juan

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Step back in time and enter the city through the historic San Juan Gate, the last remaining of the six gates that once served as entrances through the old town’s protective walls. Observe the thickness of the wall as you pass through the gate, and witness the beautiful, romantic town open up before you. Try a refreshing "piragua," a popular local drink, from one of the street vendors, and stroll the cobbled streets, observing beautiful architecture of this World Heritage Site. Using our world travel planner, San Juan attractions like San Juan Gate can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • When visiting old San Juan you really should see the gate. It is history! It is also quite amazing when you look at it and think that it was actually used. It was a good starting point for our adventu...  more »
  • Here you can get access to the city on foot from Paseo la princesa. Make sure you take a picture at the gate!  more »
  • San Juan has a lot of historical sites and buildings. This being one of them. While I appreciate the historical context, it isn’t really a “thing to do in San Juan” which would be very misleading. It’...  more »
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  • To walk thru the pathway was amazing. This gate is iconic. You can go early to avoid crowds and is breezy and feel good.
  • There's a great trail that you can take from here, along the water, just outside of the city wall. It takes you all the way up and through Castillo Felipe del Morro.
  • Amazing place. I'm sad I'm not there now. So beautiful there. Have fun and enjoy!
  • Beautiful walk between the coastline and the city wall on the way to Castillo San Felipe del Morro.
  • Historic gate to the city. There's a great little park with a fountain next to it that's the perfect spot for a rest during a long day of sightseeing.

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Where to stay in San Juan

If you're looking for colonial-era lodgings, explore the streets of the old town area, where many grand buildings house guesthouses and hotels. The neighborhoods of Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde contain the majority of beach resorts, with some glamorous and upscale options sitting alongside more laid-back and family-friendly ones. Rental bungalows just back from the beach, as well as side-street hostels, provide the city's budget-friendly places to stay.
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