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Old San Juan

Walk down picturesque cobbled streets lined with centuries old buildings and some of the most popular historical attractions in Puerto Rico. 

Old San Juan, the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico, occupies a small island off the coast of the main island. Get there by driving across one of three bridges, and you’ll find yourself in a world dating back to 1508. 

This historic city is a stunning example of colonial heritage in Central America and features over 400 restored buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries. A great way to discover the quaint beauty of the walled city is on foot. The cobblestone streets of Old San Juan are lovely to explore and the distance between attractions isn’t far. Be forewarned, though: the afternoon heat can be taxing. Luckily, there’s some shade to be found and cafes to stop in for a cool drink. 

The San Juan National Historical Site houses all of the major historical attractions in the city. See the Castillo San Cristobal, an enormous fortress built by the Spanish in the 18th century. Make your way to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for a great education in the customs, traditions and culture of the diverse local people and their shared history. 

Old San Juan is home to many traditional Caribbean restaurants and bars where you can sample the local cuisine and cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two or a family-style meal, this is a great evening destination. 

Old San Juan is located approximately 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the main island’s eastern tip. No public transportation services the walled city, so come by rental car or taxi. Be aware that the cobblestone streets are narrow and often one way, so  the best way to sightsee is on foot. Old San Juan can be visited daily, and the shops and restaurants are open during normal business hours.

Accommodation in San Juan Antiguo

If you aren't sure where to stay in San Juan Antiguo, visit our San Juan Antiguo hotel options. There are 100 different accommodations to choose from in this highly popular destination.

If you want to make the most of island life, select from one of its more upmarket accommodations, such as The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan or the Hotel El Convento. Alternatively, if you're after a bargain, the Comfort Inn San Juan and the Hotel Plaza De Armas Old San Juan are two popular budget-friendly options.

San Juan Cathedral is a must-see for visitors to San Juan Antiguo, and staying within easy walking distance is a good way to ensure you get the chance to fully appreciate it. The Monastery Art Suites is situated just 0.1 miles away. Also nearby is the La Terraza de San Juan.


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Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel ¥15,123
Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel

100 Brumbaugh Street, San Juan
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Fabulous location. Clean facilities. Wonderful staff.

    Caribe Hilton
    Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
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    Caribe Hilton

    Caribe Hilton

    1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Super nice hotel super nice staff. I stayed in the beach wing and it was beautiful. 10/10 recommend

      CasaBlanca Hotel ¥11,753
      Reviewed on May 23, 2020
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      CasaBlanca Hotel

      CasaBlanca Hotel

      316 Calle Fortaleza, San Juan
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        I loved the artsy concept and the staff were super nice! I only stayed for a few hours, but totally loved the experience.

        Fortaleza Suites ¥6,910
        Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020
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        Fortaleza Suites

        Fortaleza Suites

        315 Calle Fortaleza, Old San Juan, San Juan
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Beautiful, old and historical building. Clean and safe. Pleasant and courteous staff. We will come back

          Hotel Milano ¥11,549
          Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020
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          Hotel Milano

          Hotel Milano

          307 Fortaleza Street, San Juan
             
            3.6 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Well when we arrive there was no room available until 3:00 at least it was confortable and well located

            La Terraza de San Juan ¥10,999
            Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020
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            La Terraza de San Juan

            La Terraza de San Juan

            262 Calle del Sol, Viejo San Juan, San Juan
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Pretty and convenient location, beautiful views from terrace. Hotel decor is very appealing. Our two-bedroom suite was roomy and quite lovely. No in-room tissues, so make sure you have your own! Also, not enough trash cans in the room, and lighting in some parts of the suite left something to be ...

              352 Guest House ¥13,479
              Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020
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              352 Guest House

              352 Guest House

              352 Calle San Francisco, San Juan, San Juan
                 
                4.9 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This is a beautiful property located to everything in Old San Juan. The owners are the absolute sweetest with the best recommendations for food and things to do. The architecture and history of the place just blew us away. The breakfast is top notch same with the rooftop dinner on Saturday nights! ...

                Hotel El Convento
                Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020
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                Hotel El Convento

                Hotel El Convento

                100 Cristo St, San Juan
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful hotel in the heart of Old San Juan. Walking distance to everything - classic feel with charming features including central courtyard.

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