Old San Juan Attractions

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Old San Juan is the historic district of Puerto Rico's oldest settlement, San Juan. The narrow cobblestone streets and brick and stone buildings set the tone for the history you feel simply walking around here, and as you make your way around town you'll be confronted with dozens upon dozens of museums and landmarks.  A collection of public parks bring nature to the town, while beaches and casinos provide the entertainment.


Condado Beach

You will find a large selection of beaches to consider, though all of them are located in neighboring areas. Just click on each beach name for a detailed guide to that particular stretch of sand.

If you want to snorkel, a place worth considering is Escambrion Beach. Located at the Third Millennium Park, Escambron Park is the beach nearest Old San Juan. It is one of the island's Blue Flag Beaches, and life guards are on duty between 8:30 a.m.

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Another alternative that beach-goers can consider is Condado Beach. Backed by the high rise buildings of San Juan, Condado Beach. Because this is a public beach it is usually pretty crowded, but be warned: the undertow here can be strong a times, though it makes for a great surfing environment.

Parque Beach: Parque Beach is lined with well manicured tropical palms, and features fine tan colored sand and deep blue waters.

Of course, you'll find many other beaches to choose from nearby. Click this link to see our page dedicated to beaches for Old San Juan.

Landmark Attractions

Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena. It is found in Old San Juan. Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena is the official museum that houses all things of cultural significance in Puerto Rico, from performance and visual arts to science and history. The institute was created in 1955 with the sole purpose of preserving the culture of the island and continues to do so to this day.

Another popular destination is Pablo Casals Museum. It is located in Old San Juan. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am until 4:30pm.

Children's Museum: The Children's Museum in San Juan is a great place to take the island's youngest set to learn about a wide variety of subjects, from arts and science to history. There are plenty of fun hands on activities and exhibits that will get every child interested in learning.

The region has plenty of other interesting landmarks. Go to this extended discussion concerning landmarks in this area if you're seeking more facts.

Natural Attractions

Fortunately, you will find plenty of other choices. For a more detailed look at this specific topic, go to this guide.


Feeling Lucky? Travelers hoping to test their luck have plenty of opportunities to do so in and near the area.

Sheraton Old San Juan Casino is located in the heart of Old San Juan. Whether you frequent the casinos or new to the games, Sheraton Old San Juan Casino guarantees you'll have a good time at their facility. The over 400 slot machines and 16 table games means that there is room enough for everyone, and a chance that each player could go home a winner.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, you should check out Casino Metro. Part lounge, part casino, and all fun, Casino Metro is an adult's playground featuring games of luck, local bands, and twelve HD TV's broadcasting live sports and music videos. Whether you are in the mood to take a chance with the slots and tables, or you just plan on grabbing a seat and sipping a drink, Casino Metro offers a place to relax and enjoy the excitement.

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Casino has a collection of games for patrons to play, including Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette. This casino features over 350 slot machines in a 12,500 square foot facility. You can place a bet that ranges anywhere from five cents all the way up to $25 at one of these machines, and when you win, you really win big.

These are just a sample of what you can find. You can read this article dedicated to gaming in and near Old San Juan if you're seeking additional specifics.


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