Activities in Old San Juan

Photo credit: © J Ortiz Rosario

Without a doubt, Old San Juan's most popular activity is sightseeing.  Tourists travel from around the world every year to walk the blue cobblestone streets to see the excellently preserved historic buildings and military fortresses that are in many cases well over 450 years old.  

This town itself is the biggest tourist attraction in Puerto Rico, so after you finish your walking or trolley tour of the important sites, you'll be able to relax and enjoy some of the other activities available, which mainly revolve around shopping, dining, and nightlife. 

Bike and Scooter Rental

With many attractions packed into a small area, renting a bike or scooter is all many tourist need when exploring Old San Juan. Just remember that traffic can be a little rough at times.

If you are intrigued by the idea of exploring the area in the open air there is a place that can help you. To read more about this topic, visit this page, about options for renting a bike or scooter.


Old San Juan Diving

San Juan is known for many things, but diving is not one of them. Still, since this is where most tourist will be spending their time, you can expect to see a few services for divers here.

There are a couple of dive services and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area. Read this article about scuba diving in this area if you want to discover additional specifics.


Puerto Rico Fishing

The water around Old San Juan are very deep, meaning that fishing charters do not have to go very far to reach the prime spots in the area.

If you're an avid angler you'll be pleased to learn there are several charter operators in this area. To read a more complete discussion of this specific topic, visit this article concerning nearby fishing.


Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? There are a pair of golf courses in the area. The area courses are Fort Buchanan Golf Club and Río Bayamón Golf Course. All you have to do is click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more. If you'd like to obtain more information concerning golf courses throughout San Juan can do so by going to this page.

Sailing and Boating

La Rumba Party Cruises

More information concerning firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found here:

Boating Opportunities In And Around Old San Juan
Name Phone Location
La Rumba Party Cruises (787) 375-5211 Old San Juan
Sail Old San Juan (787) 340-7567 1.9 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Sail San Juan Bay (787) 667-7778 1.0 mi. East of Old San Juan
San Juan Water Tours (787) 624-6295 0.6 mi. East of Old San Juan

If you'd like to find out about charter operators and area marinas click here.


El Galpon

If there are some avid shoppers vacationing with you, they can "discover" a few of the area's 55 retail stores. To read our detailed guide to shopping in and around Old San Juan, follow this link.


Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

Sightseeing is also a great activity for visitors to Old San Juan. Among other things, the area has 19 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Click on this link to check out our article about area sightseeing and attractions.

The chart below provides you with information on a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights.

Sightseeing Services In And Around Old San Juan
Name Phone Location
Atlantic San Juan Tours (787) 644-9841 5.3 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Pablo Tours (787) 448-9788 Old San Juan
Segway Tours -- Old San Juan


Atlantic San Juan Tours

If you love to snorkel there's good news -- you'll have the chance while vacationing in Old San Juan. To read a more detailed discussion of snorkeling, go to this guide, which discusses nearby snorkeling.


Going to a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. If you enjoy going to spas, you will be happy to know there are a few in the area. For a more comprehensive look at places to relax in this area click here.


Caribe Hilton

If you're a tennis player you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. You can view the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on the names to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis Near Old San Juan
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Caribe Hilton 2.0 mi. East of Central Old San Juan 4 check
El San Juan Resort & Casino, a Hilton Hotel 6.6 mi. East of Central Old San Juan 4
Condado Plaza Hilton 2.4 mi. East of Central Old San Juan 2 check

For instance, Caribe Hilton is located directly on the beach, where you can go and relax between games.

Other Activities

The chart just below has some key facts concerning other activities.

Other Activities In And Around Old San Juan
Name Type Phone Location
Bahia Urbana Scenic Trail (787) 765-2900 0.7 mi. East of Old San Juan
Caribbean Cinemas - Fine Arts Miramar Movie Theater (787) 721-4288 2.2 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Hato Rey Cinemas Movie Theater (787) 767-0374 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Old San Juan
Sixto Escobar Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- 1.8 mi. East of Central Old San Juan
Tapia Theater Movie Theater -- Old San Juan

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