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Things to do in Viejo San Juan, San Juan Antiguo

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Old San Juan, the old Spanish town, takes you back in time. You have to visit the Forts and walk around its streets. Spend the whole day walking around :)”
  • 164 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Old San Juan is home to the San Juan National Historic Site, with buildings dating from the 16th century, including the San Felipe del Morro and San Cristóbal fortresses and the old city walls. The Bautista Cathedral houses the tomb of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León. Brightly colored houses line cobbled streets and shady plazas, alongside cool cocktail bars and renowned Caribbean fusion restaurants. Also many local shops to buy souvenirs, designer brands and jewelry. A must go if you visit PR for the first time. ”
  • 142 locals recommend
Castle
“The San Juan National Historic Site includes the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, most of the city walls, la Puerta de San Juan, and the Fort San Juan de la Cruz. El Morro, a UNESCO site and a true testament to the wonderful history of Puerto Rico, is the most recognized landmark in the island and a must-see if you are short on time during your visit and trying to choose must-see attractions. The construction of El Morro began in the 16th century with the purpose of protecting the entrance to the San Juan harbor by the Spanish conquistadores. It served as a defensive position in the New World and was witness to many battles against foreign powers and pirates. From the fort, the views of the city and the ocean are stunning. Before leaving, make sure to fly a kite on the enormous green fields outside of El Morro, take a deep breath, and relax under the magnificent blue skies — this is a treasured experience. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an entrance fee of $7 per person (children under 15 enter free). Paid admission to El Morro also gets you admission to San Cristóbal as well, just save your receipt.”
  • 95 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This is the bar that has put Puerto Rico on the cocktail lover’s map, is so famous that it doesn’t need a sign outside. Has different rooms with different ambiances.”
  • 103 locals recommend
Housing Development
“Located in Old San Juan, El Morro takes you back in time. You cam enjoy a lot of Puerto Rico's culture in one place. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Castle
“Castillo San Cristóbal is the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Probably the biggest beer selection on the island, plus ion addition to imported lots of local craft beers from all over the island. For snacks we recommend ordering fried Puerto Ricvan cheese with guava dipping sauce”
  • 41 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“If you are looking for typical foods. Try mofongo, alcapurrias and bacalaito!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“If you are looking for a good place to eat in old San Juan, I strongly recommend this place, my favorite. Rice and beans, beef steak, and plantains. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This place is certainly worth the 5-block walk from the 'Blue Room' as the pizza is delicious! And it's located in a beautiful, well-preserved Spanish building. Be sure to ask for a table in the second floor: you'll be amazed by the brick walls and tall ceilings. But, again, the food is what makes it all worth it. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
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“The chocolate is grown, harvested, processed, and made by the Cortes family for over a century. Step in between four and eight pm and enjoy Chocolate's Martinis. Great brunch spot for chocolate lovers! Many traditional dishes with a touch of chocolate. They also have an assortment of chocolates to go.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Definitely on the pricier end, but worth every penny. Get the five course meal with wine pairing and you won't regret it!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee and sandwiches. Everything is fresh. Cuatro Sombras is a well known Puerto Rican coffee roaster.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn about the Americas and Puerto Rico and admire art from the past as well as modern times.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A great spot to work out of during the day. The food is healthy, has creative options and is reasonably priced. The service is friendly as well.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Church
“Located at Cristo street in front of El Convento Hotel and Caleta de las Monjas. Some of it's Chapels date back to 1536 what positions it as one of the three oldest in América between Santo Domingo and Habana. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Beer Garden
“Probably the biggest beer selection on the island, plus ion addition to imported lots of local craft beers from all over the island. For snacks we recommend ordering fried Puerto Ricvan cheese with guava dipping sauce”
  • 41 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“If you are looking for typical foods. Try mofongo, alcapurrias and bacalaito!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“If you are looking for a good place to eat in old San Juan, I strongly recommend this place, my favorite. Rice and beans, beef steak, and plantains. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“This place is certainly worth the 5-block walk from the 'Blue Room' as the pizza is delicious! And it's located in a beautiful, well-preserved Spanish building. Be sure to ask for a table in the second floor: you'll be amazed by the brick walls and tall ceilings. But, again, the food is what makes it all worth it. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
“The chocolate is grown, harvested, processed, and made by the Cortes family for over a century. Step in between four and eight pm and enjoy Chocolate's Martinis. Great brunch spot for chocolate lovers! Many traditional dishes with a touch of chocolate. They also have an assortment of chocolates to go.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Definitely on the pricier end, but worth every penny. Get the five course meal with wine pairing and you won't regret it!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“The birth of the Piña Colada. Barrachina is a wonderful place to eat and store your luggage if you arrive early from a trip, and wants to hang out in Old San Juan ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great local food at reasonable prices. Diner style layout with a great variety of breakfast and lunch options.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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