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.

Beaches

Condado Beach

You will discover a large number of beaches to enjoy, although they are all found nearby. Click on the beach names to get additional information concerning that beach.

If you want to go snorkeling, a place providing that option 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 location to consider is Condado Beach. Situated in the western corner of San Juan, Condado Beach is protected by a natural rock barrier that creates smooth waters. The beach is modest, but features tan colored sand, aquamarine waters, plenty of shade, and a separate lagoon.

Parque Beach: Parque Beach is so named because it is backed by a city park called Parque el Indio. Visitors can split their time between the beach and the park, making this stretch of Puerto Rico coast line double the fun.

Nearby areas offer a full range of beach choices. You can get more information here.

Landmark Attractions

Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena

A landmark worth visiting is Instituto De Cultura Puertorriquena. It is located 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 situated in Old San Juan. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30am until 4:30pm.

Children's Museum: The Children's Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

That's not all -- you'll be able to find other choices as well. Read this page regarding other sites worth visiting in Old San Juan if you want more information.

Natural Attractions

Luckily, you will find many other choices. Anyone needing to get more information concerning natural attractions in Old San Juan, can do so here.

Casinos

Ready for some action? Visitors interested in trying their luck on the slots will have quite a few places to go nearby.

Casino Metro, which is part of Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, is located in Miramar, 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of central Old San Juan. 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.

If you enjoy the simplicity of playing the slots, you should check out Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Casino. 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.

Casino del Mar has a selection of games for visitors to play, including Baccarat - Mini, Blackjack, Blackjack - Progressive, Craps, and Poker - 3 card. The casino falls in line with the general theme of the resort, and has a very chic design that will have you feeling classy just by being there.

These examples are just some of the options that are available. Follow this link to view our extended discussion of gaming close to Old San Juan.

 

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