The Walled City

Ponce de Leon never did find the Fountain of Youth, but he did stumble upon the island of Puerto Rico with its lovely capital, San Juan, which we think had to be a worthy consolation prize. The Spanish obviously liked what they saw—San Juan is the second oldest European settlement in the Americas and the entire city is still enclosed by the original fortress walls dating back to the early 1500s.

Get a feel for the history of San Juan with a stroll through the Old Town where attractively restored buildings with filigree cast iron balconies line its narrow distinctive blue-hued cobbled streets. Pay a visit to Palacio de Santa Catalina, the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afterward, check out the beaches in Condado and Isla Verde. Lined with the hottest night clubs, restaurants serving gourmet cuisine, boutiques, and more these strips of snow-white sand are places to see and be seen. But wherever you go, just move to the rhythm of the ever-present salsa beat and you’ll be in the spirit in no time. The secret? It’s all in the hips.

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Still partially enclosed by the original fortress walls, Old San Juan is characterized by its narrow, blue cobblestone streets and flat-roofed brick and stone buildings. Explore streets lined with an abundance of shops, historic sites, museums, cafes, and graceful homes, or simply relax in one of the many shaded plazas.

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Head to the ocean-front neighborhood of Condado to discover beautiful beaches and stunning architecture. This pedestrian-oriented community is the perfect place to take a relaxing walk along the beach. Explore the streets and discover interesting boutiques and leading edge, world-class restaurants.

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Old and New San Juan City Tour with Airport Transfer

Old and New San Juan City Tour with Airport Transfer

Experience both modern and colonial San Juan. Explore Fort San Cristobal, a 17th-century military fortification, the largest ever built by the Spanish. Visit the San Jose Church, the Governor's Mansion, the Cristo Chapel, and the Condado section of new San Juan, before your 2:30PM or later flight.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico At a glance

Current Time:
2:17:36 pm2017/04/25 14:17:36 pm
Tuesday, April 25
UTC/GMT -04:00
US Dollar
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.36
  • 0.78
  • 1.33
  • 0.92
  • 64.22
  • 3.13
  • 18.78
  • 1.43
Local Details:
GPS: 18°27'58.8"N 66°6'20.6"W
Size: 199.20 KM2 (76.91 MI2)
Population: 395,326
Density: 1,985 Pop/KM2 (766 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +787/939


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