Landmarks in Isla Verde

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Overcrowded by hotels, restaurants, and high-end shopping centers -- not to mention the main international airport, Isla Verde has little to no landmarks located directly within city limits.  To soak up local culture, however, you need only travel to the surrounding towns such as Old San Juan.

Museums

Museo de arte de Puerto Rico

Assuming you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To get complete information regarding each museum, click on the name.

Museo de arte de Puerto Rico is a museum just on the edge of Isla Verde. Spanning 130,000 square feet, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico has worked towards providing the Puerto Rican public with access to contemporary artwork since 2000. There is a permanent collection of Puerto Rican and Latin art from the 16th century to present, plus a number of educational programs that are available to educate the public and raise awareness about the world of visual arts.

Attractions Map

Another common landmark for vacationers is Museum of History, Anthropology and Art. It can be found at University Of Puerto Rico San Juan and situated in Rio Piedras, 2.9 mi. South West of central Isla Verde. This small museum is actually just part of the full museum, which is closed to the public. The rotating exhibits that the museum does offer, however, is diverse, high quality, and sure to be a hit by any history buff.

Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico: The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico is the premier visual arts museum on the island. Housed inside the museum is a collection of over 1,100 pieces of art work, all created by Puerto Rican artists.

The chart directly below summarizes more details concerning some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Isla Verde
Name Phone Location
Ecourbano (787) 792-2252 Ocean Park, 2.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery (787) 723-3068 Old San Juan, 6.5 mi. West of Central Isla Verde
Museo Tower (787) 725-6363 Ocean Park, 2.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (787) 977-4030 Condado District, 3.7 mi. West of Central Isla Verde
Museo de Artes Populares -- Old San Juan, 6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Museo de arte de Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 Ocean Park, 2.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico (787) 977-6277 Condado District, 3.1 mi. West of Central Isla Verde
Museum Of Our African Heritage (787) 724-4294 Old San Juan, 6.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Museum of History, Anthropology and Art (787) 763-3939 Rio Piedras, 2.9 mi. South West of Central Isla Verde

Historical Sites

Ateneo Puertorriqueño

Enjoy learning about the history of countries you visit? If yes, you might want to visit some of these historical attractions during your vacation.

Many travelers choose to visit Fuerte San Geronimo. It is situated on Viejo San Juan, 4.6 mi. West-Northwest of central Isla Verde. Fortín de San Gerónimo was built to replace the original "El Boqueron" that was destroyed in 1598 by the British Navy. After the completion, and the renovation of other forts in San Juan, San Geronimo became the first line of defense in the case of an attack.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Plaza San Juan Bautista. It is located on Viejo San Juan, 6.0 mi. West-Northwest of central Isla Verde. Located within Plaza San Juan Bautista is the Plaza Hotel, Jose Castro House, and the San Juan Bautista Church. Tourists who visit this site will be able to see a great example of how villages were laid out during the 19th century Spanish colonial area.

Ateneo Puertorriqueño: Founded in 1876, Ateneo Puertorriqueño is the oldest and one of Puerto Rico's most important cultural institutions. It began as the first center for higher learning on the island, where some of the brightest minds have free lectures on the arts, and evolved into the center is it today featuring a school, library, museum, and performance hall.

Be sure to look through this table for a listing of historic sites nearby.

Historic Sites Near Isla Verde
Name Phone Location
Ateneo Puertorriqueño (809) 722-4839 Viejo San Juan, 6.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Casa Ramon Power y Giralt (787) 722-5834 Old San Juan, 6.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Fort San Cristóbal (787) 729-6777 Viejo San Juan, 6.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Fuerte San Geronimo -- Viejo San Juan, 4.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Olympic House -- Viejo San Juan, 6.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Plaza San Juan Bautista (831) 623-4526 Viejo San Juan, 6.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Spanish House -- Viejo San Juan, 6.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Caballito del Mar

Travelers will experience some other intriguing attractions close to Isla Verde.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Bahia Urbana. It is located on Viejo San Juan, 6.0 mi. West-Northwest of central Isla Verde. Walk along the Southern Side of Old San Juan on this scenic trail that stands as a testament to the economic and cultural power of Puerto Rico. Here you will find sculptures, monuments, and other art, as well as restaurants, stores, water activities, and ever changing live entertainment.

Many travelers also choose to visit Caballito del Mar. It is located on Viejo San Juan, 6.1 mi. West-Northwest of central Isla Verde. Created by local artist Jose Ignacio Morales, this tall seahorse stands against the city for all walking along the Bahia Urbana to appreciate.

Raices Fountain: Most people stop at the Raices Fountain as the tour Old San Juan. The bronze sculpture represented the combination of Amerindian, African, and Spanish culture.

Other kinds of landmarks close to Isla Verde can be seen here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Isla Verde
Name Type Location
Bahia Urbana Scenic Trail Viejo San Juan, 6.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Caballito del Mar Monument Viejo San Juan, 6.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde
Raices Fountain Monument Old San Juan, 6.7 mi. West of Central Isla Verde
Totem Monument Old San Juan, 6.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde

Luckily, there are other attraction types available too. Take advantage of this page which is all about even more attractions if you'd like to find out additional facts.

 

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