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 like the idea of sightseeing at your own pace, there is a place that can help. For a better look at this topic, go to this page, about bike and scooter rental options.


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.

You'll find two dive operators and a small number of interesting dive sites in the area. To read our detailed page about diving in this area, follow this link.


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 like to go fishing you will be happy to learn there are a few charter fishing services in this area. Those wanting to get more information about fishing in this area can do so by visiting this page.


Like to golf? There are two area golf courses. The courses in the area are Fort Buchanan Golf Club and Río Bayamón Golf Course. For a detailed guide to the course, including location, number of holes, and more just click on the name of the course. Use this link to read our article concerning golfing throughout San Juan.

Sailing and Boating

La Rumba Party Cruises

You can look through the table just below to learn more about area firms that can help you get out on the water.

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 learn about local marinas and charter options go to this page.


El Galpon

If there are some shopping aficionados vacationing with you, they might enjoy visiting a few of the 55 retail shops in the area. To read about opportunities for shopping in and around Old San Juan, go to this article.


Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

Another popular activity is seeing the area's sights and natural environment. The area features 19 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Click here to visit our discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Details concerning a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be seen here:

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 exploring a watery world sounds fun there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Old San Juan. Anyone who needs to find out more concerning opportunities to go snorkeling here.


Relaxing in a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. If a visit to the spa sounds like fun, you will be happy to discover there are several in the area. Navigate here to read our page about this topic.


Caribe Hilton

If you want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below highlights some key facts. Included is the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to read about other aspects of 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

Be sure to look at this table for information concerning other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information about 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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