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Old San Juan Tours

Explore the vibrant and historic city with Old San Juan tours

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Overview

Located on a small, narrow island connected to the mainland of Puerto Rico by only 3 small bridges, lies the historic capital San Juan Viejo. As the second oldest established city in the New World, it is one of the most historically significant destinations in the Caribbean and boasts impressive sea-view forts and UNESCO sites so why not explore with Old San Juan Tours?

 

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Old San Juan Tour: Culinary Experience

USD $118.00USD $136.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

San Juan City Tour: Experience the History of Puerto Rico

USD $251.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

Old San Juan Walking Tour: Explore at Your Own Pace

USD $100.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

Old San Juan Historical Tour: Discover the Colonial City

USD $52.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

Sunset Old San Juan Walking Tour in Puerto Rico

USD $99.00USD $151.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

Old San Juan Food Tour: Explore and Taste Puerto Rico

USD $89.00USD $151.00 Per Person

Puerto Rico Tours, San Juan Excursions

Tour of San Juan: Explore the Rum Capital of The World

USD $96.00 Per Person

At a Glance

Located on a small, narrow island connected to the mainland of Puerto Rico by only 3 small bridges, lies the historic capital San Juan Viejo. As the second oldest established city in the New World, it is one of the most historically significant destinations in the Caribbean and boasts impressive sea-view forts and UNESCO sites so why not explore with Old San Juan Tours?

Culture and History

Characterized by its blue cobblestone streets, and flat-roofed, colorful buildings that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, the ancient capital is the perfect location to absorb the country’s culture and history. The city is steeped in antiquity and boasts an old-world European feel thanks to its immense colonial past.

Nicknamed the Paris of the Caribbean, a trip to Puerto Rico would not be complete without exploring San Juan Antiguo. The ancient city has something for everyone, from elegant hotels and luxury shopping, to mingling with local communities and cooling off with a piragua in one of the many plazas. Don’t forget that this was where Justin Bieber recorded his infamous Despacito music video, so where better to try your hand at salsa dancing?

Visitors are captivated by the vibrant architecture, elegant balconies and doors, rainbow washed walls, all reminiscent of Puerto Rico’s colonial past. Exploring with Old San Juan tours makes you feel like you’re stepping into a living exhibition of Spanish colonialism.

Where to Stay

From budget breaks to splurge getaways, Old San Juan can cater to all needs. Depending on your taste, you could decide to stay in the more metropolitan and modern Condado and take shorter visits to the Old San Juan; or stay in the heart of the old town for perhaps a more charming and romantic experience.

Condado is home to the bigger and better known hotel names, but for a more authentic Puerto Rican experience San Juan Viejo holds all the keys. Furthermore, if you have decided to hire a car to explore the island to its fullest, you may struggle to find car parking in the center of Old San Juan; the narrow cobbled streets could also make for a more complicated driving experience.

It is also important to consider whether you are planning a culture-based trip or a beach center vacation. Obviously, Old San Juan is jam-packed full of culture and despite your historic surroundings, the nightlife is buzzing with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. The old town is further from the best beaches however, so if you prefer to step straight from breakfast into the ocean, a seaside resort in Condado you could find preferential.

What to Do in Old San Juan

  • Visit the El Morro and Fort San Cristobal: two of the oldest Spanish military fortifications in the Americas. They are both enormous and offer panoramic views of the ocean.
  • Get lost in the winding cobbled streets and try a cafecito in one of the many corner coffee shops. Most get their coffee beans from local farms so why not sit back, relax and let the baristas work their magic.
  • Go on a beer crawl: Old San Juan is home to the only microbrewery on the island so make sure you don’t leave without taste testing the Cerveza Santo Viejo.
  • Get an insta-worthy picture on Calle Fortaleza a.k.a Umbrella Street: typically touristy but great for a fun photoshoot!
  • Every Sunday head to Plaza Darsenas for a free sunset concert and a boogie with the locals.

The Keteka Difference

Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.

How to Get to Old San Juan

From air, land and sea, Old San Juan is easily accessible. Depending on how much you intend to travel around the island, hiring a car could be a worthwhile investment, but taxis and uber are readily available and within tourist areas usually have a fixed rate; for example, taxis between the airport and Old San Juan are fixed at 19 USD. Puerto Rico’s San Juan is the second largest port in the western hemisphere for cruise ships and for those visitors the main hub of the ancient town is just a short walk away.